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Students have been required to wear face masks throughout the school year as part of COVID-19 restrictions. With vaccines rolling out, it’s time to do away with masks- at least for the vaccinated students.

Vaccinated students should not have to wear masks

Charles Calderone, Copy Editor June 5, 2021

This school year has taken on a new normal due to COVID-19 protocols. This new normal includes changes to the school day structure, social distancing measures, and most notably wearing masks during school....

Junior Addie Demars gets her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Allina Health pop up clinic. Demars is an essential worker at Boutwells Landing, a senior home, and getting this vaccine is more than just for herself.

Americans step towards normalcy

Lucille Miller, Business Editor May 25, 2021

With COVID-19 vaccines getting more and more accessible in America, Americans are finally getting their hands on them. Trying to slow the spread of COVID-19, average people are getting their vaccinations...

Lydia Geiser holding her fully filled out vaccination card proudly after her second and final dose of the vaccine on April 24, 2021.

16 and 17 years olds are allowed to get the COVID vaccine

Josie Crombie, Video Editor May 24, 2021

After almost a year of the spread of COVID-19 and the struggles that go along with it, the first ever vaccine was administered in December of 2020. Sandra Lindsey was a nurse and a healthcare worker who...

Then-sophomores Marena Saeger, Josie Crombie, and Carley Saeger perform at their last choir concert before COVID-19 became a global pandemic, during November of 2019.

Choir performs first concert in March

Bella Godfrey, Online Editor April 30, 2021

The choir for grades 9-12 will be returning to the concert on March 19. Due to the COVID-19 virus, this will require singers to stand six feet apart and have masks on during the song. The pandemic...

This photo was taken Oct. 5, 2019 during a Peer Helper retreat. Assistant Principal Chris Otto teamed with a group of peer helpers for a team building scavenger hunt. They found themselves 'trapped' in a golf cart.

Peer helpers still offer support during COVID-19

Olivia Fear, Copy Editor April 30, 2021

This year, the Peer Helpers have to do things quite differently due to COVID-19. Peer helpers are available to help other students throughout the school year. They are willing to help students by listening,...

Stephanie Nord, the advisor for the stillwater math league, holds up a team T-shirt in the classroom where they normally meet. Due to COVID-19 the team did not print out new shirts for the 2020-21 season.

Math League prepares for new season after slowed by COVID-19

Drew Jurek, Print Editor-in-Chief April 28, 2021

After quarantine complicated recruitment and forced their season to be done remotely, the Math League is making plans to rebuild in a post-COVID-19 world. Math Leagues are teams that play in large competitions...

Junior Dylan Magistad playing tennis his freshman year, the last real season the boys were able to have due to COVID-19.

COVID-19 impacts upcoming boys tennis season

Elizabeth Harter, Photographer April 27, 2021

Last spring, the boys tennis team was thrown a curveball when COVID-19 hit. Governor Walz’s statewide lockdown caused the team’s season to be canceled, impacting many of the boys. The 2021 boys tennis...

In May of 2019, the boys track and field team celebrates their true team section championship. This was the most recent time they competed.

Boys track and field looks to successful season, despite missing previous year

Mason Buck, Broadcast Editor April 26, 2021

This spring, the boys track and field team will compete for the first time in two years due to covid-19 restrictions last season. The team is fairly inexperienced, but holds the same high expectations...

Members of the team look cheerful as they perform one of their routines. The team is hoping to compete at state this year.

Girls synchronized swimming team excited for new season amid changes

Nila Cooper, Photography Editor April 26, 2021

Girls synchronized swimming starts this week with almost half of their normal numbers. The swimmers can not wear masks when they swim so this poses questions and new safety precautions during COVID-19. 47...

Patrons dining at Big Guys BBQ Roadhouse in Hudson, WI on Mar. 10.

During quarantine, people adapted, picked up new hobbies

Tucker Wyland, Podcast Reporter April 23, 2021

COVID-19 is a pandemic with far-reaching effects that have not been observed in nearly a century. But as vaccines begin to roll out and restrictions have begun to roll back, some people are feeling more...

Union Rooftop Bar and Grill in downtown Minneapolis on March 26. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are plexiglass barriers between tables, non-reusable paper menus, and masks are to be worn by all staff and customers when not actively eating or drinking.

COVID-19’s lasting affects

Mikai Tasch, Social Media Editor April 23, 2021

Throughout this year, many aspects of life have been different in regards to going out to eat, entertainment, and traveling for everyone across the country. Some want to travel around the country and others...

Boys track season is another spring sport that will be greatly affected by COVID-19. These track and field players will have to wear a mask at all times as well.

Spring sports will look different this year due to COVID-19

Isabella Appert, Distribution Reporter April 22, 2021

With spring sports just around the corner and COVID-19 still affecting many people, athletes are allowed to play spring sports. All of the athletes are grateful to have a season this year, yet their...

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