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Teachers work to keep students safe

Math teacher Peter Hamilton takes precautions by wiping down desks. Hamilton ensures safety for students in the classroom.

Greta Sorenson, Social Media Editor

October 1, 2020

Teachers have been affected by COVID-19 immensely, and have to change their style of teaching by incorporating online learning. This year teachers are experimenting with new ways to teach students and are finding their way through this pandemic. The new schedule consists of only three classes for one quarter ...

Custodial response to COVID-19

The wresting gym overtaken by seating that custodians moved due to lack of social distancing ability.

Sophia Arndt, Photography Editor

October 1, 2020

Starting a school year in the middle of a worldwide pandemic is never an ideal situation. Head Engineer Mike Miller is combating the transmission of COVID-19 through proper sterilization of surfaces in the school, extra hours of laborious work, and temporary hires.  A recent study by the National Institute of Al...

Administration creates a prevention and action plan for COVID-19

Junior Greta Sorenson abiding by the new preventions in the school. She is wearing a mask and following the one-way hallways, keeping herself and others safe from COVID-19.

Luci Miller, Business Editor

October 1, 2020

High school student’s education dramatically shifted with new precautions at school and the fear of COVID-19. The action plan at school could keep kids and parents quarantined at home for two weeks. The preventions such as masks, one-way hallways, and a different schedule have been added to the school. ...

All students currently eat for free

Juniors at Stillwater Area High School, Amelia Bretl, Nick Koehn and Connor Quaderer take advantage of the free lunches provided due to COVID-19. Each student can receive one entree but must take one serving of fruits or vegetables.

Austin Buck, Broadcast Editor

October 1, 2020

Due to many families across the country being in financial hardship right now, the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) extended a nation-wide waiver allowing all children ages 0 to 18 to receive free breakfasts and lunches during the school week, regardless of family income.  Any student in the community ages 0-18 can receive free breakfasts and ...

COVID-19 creates new cafeteria set up

This is the new seating arrangement in the cafeteria for the 2020 school year. The cafeteria looks very quiet and empty due to the individual desks and the reduced number of students attending to lunch.

Ella Hamilton, Social Media Editor

October 1, 2020

This 2020 school year is already unlike anything ever seen. One of the many differences is the cafeteria. Inside the cafeteria, students see individual desks spread out six feet apart so the contact between students is limited due to the CoronaVirus. Traditionally, the cafeteria and lunch is a time during the day ...

Even though tough times are crushing performing arts, they still manage to spread good

The Minnesota Orchestra stands for applause after performing Gustav Mahler's

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief

May 12, 2020

No one had prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic, least of all performing arts venues. Because of social-distancing constraints, operatic and classical orchestras around the globe have stopped performances and ask for donations to help keep the music afloat. Even long-standing, world-class orchestras have...

Teens saving for college suffer due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Taco Johns has had to move to drive through only due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They have had to lay off workers leaving them jobless because they do not have enough jobs with nobody able to come inside due to new rules set in place by the government.

Sam Elletson, Podcast Reporter

May 11, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many teens who were actively saving for college are now unemployed. The pandemic changed their financial plan greatly. Minnesota offers an unemployment benefit except it is only applicable to people who have held a job for a period over five years, which makes it especially...

Summer will change due to COVID-19

The Minnesota Fair is one of the highlights of the summer. About two million people go to the Fair every year. This year it is unknown if the State Fair will happen because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mia Lucido, Distribution Editor

May 10, 2020

This summer will not look the same because of COVID-19. Nobody knows when the pandemic will be over, but it is expected to go through the summer. For many people, especially students, summer is the time to go outside, travel and be with friends and family. As of now, a lot of summer activities like s...

Non essential businesses remain open despite public opposition

Cars line up down the street for Raising Cane's despite being encouraged to stay home. The restaurant has experienced a shortage of employees due to exposure to COVID-19.

Elle Guggenberger, Graphics Editor

May 5, 2020

COVID-19 has unfortunately impacted thousands of Minnesota families in just a few short weeks. Immediately following Governor Tim Walz’s state-wide stay-at-home order, non-essential businesses were temporarily shut down leaving parents forced out of work and left to file for unemployment. Some bus...

Stimulus bill signed to help struggling economy

Around 80-85 percent of Americans qualify for federal stimulus checks. These checks hope to provide financial security for those struggling to stay afloat.

Joseph Devins, Business Editor-in-Chief

May 1, 2020

Since the COVID-19 outbreak began many people are out of work or working from home. This has severely impacted the United States and world economy. Due to this, Congress has conducted a bill to provide stimulus checks for citizens who are severely affected by the pandemic. The stimulus bill was signed into law on March 27, it consists of $2.2 trill...

Global pandemic takes toll on nonprofit organizations

The Camp Odayin office remains quiet due to the stay at home order issued by Governor, Tim Walz. Staff will be working from home until further notice.

Paige Sanders, Photography Editor-in-Chief

May 1, 2020

With unemployment rates through the roof, thousands hospitalized and businesses temporarily shut down, everyone, everywhere is being affected by COVID-19. Nonprofit organizations are highly affected from the pandemic as they are struggling to raise money, and overall trying to keep their organization runn...

Social distancing necessary for progress

When going to grocery stores, the CDC has advised staying six feet apart from others. Many stores have implemented systems to intentionally separate groups of people when shopping.

Julia Bennett, Social Media Editor-in-Chief

May 1, 2020

COVID-19 has changed the way many people live their day-to-day lives. While it may be difficult, the most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to social distance as much as possible. Unnecessary contact with others will continue the spread of the virus and further alter the road to norma...

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