The Pony Express

Long range task force analyzes boundaries of District 834

Senior Elise Riniker uses her Flex Time to look at the previous boundaries of District 834.  Riniker attends all task force meetings and represents the student body's voice.

Dorothy Chislett, Graphics Editor

November 1, 2019

The district has put together a long range task force together this fall/winter to analyze enrollment numbers and consider possible boundary changes if needed. These changes depend on the population demographics of the many parts of District 834. Senior Elise Riniker said the Lake Elmo and Woodbury s...

Pollution impacts drinking water in Washington County

Junior Max Vogel after testing water from Brown's Creek for the amount of various chemicals in the water. This natural stream is a prime example of where animals could be harmed if the water were to become dense in pollutants.

Ben Jacobs, Podcast Reporter

November 1, 2018

The Stillwater community is affected by water pollution, as is any populated area. Large corporations such as 3M have had effects on the local environment and contributed to the pollution of water sources around Stillwater. Chemicals were dumped by 3M legally in the 1970s and since then have s...

Pankalo provides specialized learning opportunities for disabled students

Pankalo provides specialized learning opportunities for disabled students

Sarah Junko, Layout Editor

October 19, 2015

District 916 authorized the purchase of property in Lake Elmo to move forward in their three step facilities plan. Step one was building Karner Blue, a special education school in Blaine. Step two is building Pankalo, another special education facility, but this one will be in Lake Elmo. The purch...

Lake Elmo development causes controversy

An excavator parked on a work site of future homes off of Manning Avenue. Edward Gorman owner of local restaurant Gormans in Lake Elmo explains how the citizens have become frustrated by saying,

Sarah McCarthy, Photographer

October 13, 2015

Lake Elmo has been featured in the news more than once for their upcoming changes, along with the controversy surrounding these changes. Although it leaves outsiders confused as to what is really going on in Lake Elmo. There is also confusion if these changes are positive or negative. In Lake...

Low gas gives people unleaded happiness

Low gas gives people unleaded happiness

Sabrina Storms, Video Editor

December 23, 2014

Driving down Highway 5 through Lake Elmo and a sign reads, “$2.49” for unleaded gas. Since September, gas prices have been steadily declining and, overall, have dropped an astonishing 29 cents. In December, prices have dropped under $3 in Minnesota. This is a common occurrence as gas prices are...

Oakland installing new tennis courts

Oakland Junior High School makes renovations to their tennis courts for $404 thousand.”The tennis court reconstruction is funded by lease dollars, which is only allowed to use on reconstruction of facilities not the general fund. We can’t use that money on the new courts, which is why we looked for alternative funding from the city,” Director of Operations Dennis Bloom explained.

Alex Eitzman

May 5, 2014

This summer, Stillwater School District is planning major renovations for Oakland Jr. High's tennis courts. The district is planning a $340 thousand project to repair the three existing courts, and build an additional three new ones behind those already built for $64 thousand. The district is also...

Community rallies to revive Lake Elmo library

Community rallies to revive Lake Elmo library

Sam Japuciak

November 26, 2013

The centerpiece of typical small town America is a sense of community built around local businesses and community events. A big aspect of this is the local library. Not many cities fit this description like Stillwater’s neighbor, Lake Elmo. According to the Star Tribune, in 2011, after a low numb...

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