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Protection for election security cannot come soon enough

Secretary of State Steve Simon and Senator Tina Smith are both elected officials striving to secure United States’ elections. Simon created the position of Election Security Cyber Navigator, held by Bill Ekblad.

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief

May 10, 2020

For the world’s oldest democracy, voting would seem to be the act most unilaterally protected by the government. In the United States, however, that does not seem to be the case. Although states and the federal government are providing basic funding measures for Secretary of States’ offices and...

Small businesses combat coronavirus

Local small businesses sit empty and closed until further notice. Business owners endure the financial burden due to COVID-19 and anxiously wait until they can reopen once again.

Ella Nelson, Copy Editor

April 30, 2020

Small businesses across the nation continue to feel the financial toll of COVID-19. Federal assistance loans continue to be distributed, but many small business owners are wondering if it will be enough for their business to survive this unfortunate time. "We had to close our retail store for the ...

‘Chinese Virus’ causes backlash on Asian Americans

President Donald Trump calls COVID-19 the

Julie Xiong, Cartoonist

March 25, 2020

On March 18, President Donald Trump referred to COVID-19 as the “Chinese Virus.” This term began gaining popularity when Trump tweeted, earlier that morning, about his methods of saving America from COVID-19. President Trump stated it is not racist at all; it [the virus] came from China and he wants to ...

Political tribalism, violence, effects of having far-right news on social media

Senior Michael Finch views Breitbart News’ Facebook page. In 2018, Wikipedia said Breitbart could only be allowed for opinion supports in their informative articles because of the reporting slant.

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief

November 20, 2019

Breitbart News, during the heat of the 2016 presidential campaign, was one of the most trafficked news sources on the internet, behind Fox News. It is one of the farthest right news sites in the conservative mainstream. It has been marketed as a news source on Facebook, but is not allowed on Wikipedia...

Impeachment inquiry against President Trump sparks national debate

President Trump speaks at a rally in April. Recent rallies in Minneapolis have caused controversy following the impeachment inquiry.

Austin Fierro, Online Editor

November 18, 2019

The system meant to keep the country together is ironically what divides it the most: politics. Following a phone call between President Trump and President Zelensky of Ukraine, which seemed to suggest that President Trump would withhold financial aid from Ukraine until Ukraine launched an investigati...

Trade War negatively effects consumers

Consumer Eugine Romano holds up almonds to show price increase. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the price of almonds has risen by $1.30 since June 2018.

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief

October 1, 2019

You are losing money. I’m losing money. Your parents are losing money. People are losing jobs. We have yet to see the full impact of what this will mean for us. President Donald J. Trump engulfed the United States into a full-on trade dispute with China in June 2018, and it hurt the average consume...

Death penalty for cop murderers unjustified

Death penalty for cop murderers unjustified

Issy Boegel, Copy Editor

December 20, 2018

  The United States grants certain criminals with a death sentence everyday. President Donald Trump mentioned in his 2016 election that he would sign a executive order forcing those convicted of killing police officers to be put to death. He recently restated this order in December and ha...

The only thing to hate is hate itself

A German synagogue left to burn, no firefighters will come. Nov. 1938, similar attacks are being carried out across Germany on the night known as Kristallnacht. Last October the shooting of a synagogue in Pittsburgh shows that antisemitism is still present despite the defeat of Nazi Germany.

Q.C. Ho, Editorial Cartoonist

December 8, 2018

Late October, America watched as news of bomb threats to prominent Democrats and the shooting of a synagogue showed horrors we did not expect from Halloween. The antisemitism and hate Americans fought against in World War II has now resurfaced in our own country. We the people have a duty to stop hate in ...

Trump’s threat to revoke birthright citizen laws immature, impulsive

Young Democrats meet weekly on Wednesday mornings to discuss current events and political issues. Michael Wilhelmi came to speak to the Young Democrats on the morning of Oct. 10 to influence the Young Democrats to get involved and help out the Tim Walz Campaign.

Rosie Nichols, Layout Editor

November 3, 2018

America is posed as a country of freedom, freedom formulated from the birth of the Constitution. Standing by our nation's morals has never been an issue, but now more than ever, our morals are being put through their paces. The rules and regulations in which our governmental ancestors handcrafted have be...

Melania Trump tackles cyber bullying

Melania Trump tackles cyber bullying

Linnea Phillips, Print Editor-in-Chief

May 20, 2018

Melania Trump has chosen to focus her time with her FLOTUS campaign on the end of bullying. Yet she has been criticized because her husband, Donald Trump, has been frequently called a bully....

17 events that characterized 2017

17 events that characterized 2017

Malaina Fragnito, Student Playlist Reporter

December 28, 2017

2017 has been a year of change, devastation followed by hope and success. From events that impact the whole world to things that impact the community of Stillwater, many things have happened this year. This year has been filled with everything, from tragedies due to natural disasters, to controversy over the president to...

Recap of Donald Trump’s first year as president

Alternate Copy Story and Photos by Allie Faeth

Ellie Faeth, Editor-in-Chief

December 7, 2017

It has been nearly an entire year since Donald Trump was elected as president of the United States. Love him or hate him, he has achieved much. From the first ninety day travel ban on people from certain middle eastern and North African countries to ending DACA. Hurricane season then challenged the ...

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