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Andrew Weaver outside with one of his raptors.

Weaver hatches, raises falcons to instruct his classes

Harrison Walz, Copy Editor March 12, 2021

Andrew Weaver, biology and environmental science teacher, is most widely known for his long-time dedication to raising Peregrine Falcons.   Weaver's hobby started in his youth when he used an incubator...

The district website was released on Jan. 12 after over a year of redesigning by district staff. The site is fully accessible, mobile-friendly, and has a quick translate option located in the bottom right corner.

District implements new website

Nissa Wilcox, Layout Editor March 5, 2021

The Stillwater Area School District released a new website in January which looks far different than the old and dated website from previous years. The new website features a quick links tab for families...

Science teacher Andrew Weaver inspiries a character in the movie

Weaver helps inspire a character in upcoming Disney+ film ‘Clouds’

Bella Godfrey, Online Editor November 8, 2020

Science teacher Andrew Weaver has a character based on him in the upcoming film “Clouds”, which is being released Oct. 16 on Disney+ about the inspirational life of former graduate Zach Sobiech....

Former student Zach Sobiech was the inspiration for the upcoming move 'Clouds', which premiered on Disney + Oct. 15.

Disney plus will be releasing Zach Sobiech ‘Clouds’ this October

Macy Gonnion, Online Editor October 29, 2020

“You don’t have to find out you're dying to start living,” 17 year old Zach Sobiech said. At the age of 14, this Oak-Land Junior High School student was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a rare type of...

Ocean acidification consuming world oceans

Ocean acidification consuming world oceans

Paige Sanders , Photography Editor-in-Chief April 19, 2020

Nearly 75 percent of the world's coral has been wiped out due to ocean acidification. Ocean acidification is the absorption of excessive amounts of carbon dioxide in the ocean, causing the water to become...

This detailed graph shows the Nitrogen dioxide emissions in China in Jan. and Feb. before and after the coronavirus outbreak. The picture in Feb. had a drastic reduction in Nitrogen dioxide levels in the air due to people being quarantined.

Coronavirus quarantine causes positive benefits for environment

Paige Sanders, Photography Editor-in-Chief March 26, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak has caused a halt on many public events, sports, and even schools. With the spread of the virus across the states, people have been quarantined in their homes for weeks to help...

Updates are being posted via FOX news, controversially calling the fire strictly caused by humans. The Australian wildfires are currently being covered by both scientifically backed stories and articles based on belief.  These differences in article key ideas is revealed in mainstream news sources, being read and taken in all over the world.

News sources withhold awareness: immature, unacceptable

Rosie Nichols, Layout Editor February 24, 2020

The Australian wildfires have taken over and destroyed more than 12.35 million acres of land, killing at least 24 people and destroying more than 2,000 homes. This catastrophic trend of wildfires, bushfires...

Students gather at St. Paul capital on Sept. 29 to protest climate change. Students' handmade vibrant signs in hopes to catch the government's attention.

Global climate change strike attracts local protestors

Paige Sanders , Photography Editor-in-chief October 13, 2019

A global climate change protest took place in major cities all across the globe, including St. Paul on Sept. 29. Protestors and young climate activists gathered at the state capitol to protest climate...

The Banicks met in Jan. 2013 at a friend's house. This picture was taken right when the Banicks starting dating.

Staff couples share a glimpse into their lives

Claire Anderson, Field Reporter February 14, 2019

Amanda Banick, math teacher and girls swim and dive coach, worked at the White Bear Lake ALC. The security guard at the school consistently offered her his son's phone number. She felt it was a little...

The doe waits in the trap on the morning of Dec. 4, 2018, just an hour prior to the commencement of the experiment. The deer was lured into the trap using corn as bait.

Weaver’s classes get hands-on experience with deer

AJ Gunderson, Podcast Reporter December 11, 2018

On Dec. 4, science teacher Andrew Weaver’s Field Biology and AP Biology classes caught a deer in the ELC. Once the deer was anesthetized and unconscious, students proceeded to gather information on the...

Local rivers and lake also see pollution from farming, being so far away from larger farms.

Agribusinesses contribute to local water pollution

Haley Nelson, Online Editor November 3, 2018

Pollution from agribusinesses is responsible for most of the pollution in over 100,000 streams in the U.S. With an increase in the population, larger farms and agribusinesses need to produce more crops,...

Flex time activities keep students engaged

Flex time activities keep students engaged

Ike Gunderson, Online Editor January 4, 2018

This year flex time was implemented and the focus is equity and students finding their passion. The overwhelmingly positive response raises the question: What are kids doing during flex time? The Pioneer...

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