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Season 25 of “The Bachelor” Includes Controversy

Billy McGannon, Sports Editor April 7, 2021

It was the 25th season of the bachelor, possibly one of the most controversial seasons yet. After watching the journey of Matt James date 32 women for more than two months, we found out how his journey...

New Music Suggestions to Listen to With the Windows Down

New Music Suggestions to Listen to With the Windows Down

April 7, 2021

As the temperature rises and the snow disappears, the long-awaited excitement of spring is finally here. Warmer weather marks the beginning of cranking the tunes while sitting by the bonfire, swimming,...

An interactive visual to give Orono students a fun and easy way to find new music to listen to.

Music recommendations based on the artists and genres you know and love

Lauryn Pietrzak, Editor In Chief-Visuals April 6, 2021

In this age of technology, being able to listen to music is at our fingertips. In the click of a button, anyone can play any genre or style of music they desire. According to the popular music streaming...

Mrs. Herring, Juliana Ward, and Mikayla Burns are getting ready in room 216 for the annual start of Garden Club.

Garden Club Springs Into Action

Libby Engebretson, Opinions Editor April 5, 2021

  Starting the week of April 12th, Garden Club presidents Mikayla Burns and Ronan Banavige are excited to begin the club’s third consecutive year. This opportunity will be enforced with strict...

Has the Pandemic and Virtual School Ruined our Work Ethic?

Has the Pandemic and Virtual School Ruined our Work Ethic?

Lily Schlobohm, Copy Editor March 18, 2021

Last March, Orono Schools were sent the news that school would be online for what seemed to be only two weeks, but we would soon learn would become an entire year. After an extended lockdown and a year-long...

Digitally check out books using the Libby app

Grace Hornbaker, Editor in Chief March 11, 2021

Within recent years, mental health has been a focus for many as new information comes out about the importance of caring for oneself. One proven way to improve mental health is reading books. “[Reading]...

Winterfest Week Taking Place During Hybrid Learning

Winterfest Week Taking Place During Hybrid Learning

Juliana Ward, Social Media Manager March 11, 2021

From February 22-26, Orono High School students celebrated the 2021 Winterfest Week. Compared to past years, Winterfest looked a little different. While starting with distance learning, then transitioning...

2021 Book Suggestions for Orono Students

2021 Book Suggestions for Orono Students

Cate Challgren, Features Editor March 10, 2021

The 2021 book reviews for teens is a diverse visual of Orono Students recommending books for Orono Students. This piece includes varying styles of writing and genres: mysteries, romance, greek mythology,...

At the end of February will be the 78th annual showing of the Golden Globe Awards.

The Annual Golden Globes are Just Around the Corner

Jillian Cook, News Editor February 22, 2021

On Feb. 28, the annual Golden Globe Awards will take place for the 78th time. And as with most events in the past year, the Golden Globes will be virtual. On the East Coast, Tina Fey will be hosting from...

In the heart of Uptown Minneapolis, books line the shelves of Magers and Quinn booksellers, hundreds of books line the shelves behind old fashion ladders that were once used for employes to access books high and far across the shelves. Magers and Quinn has occupied their current retail space on Hennepin Ave since 1994

Small business book stores

Grace Hornbaker, Editor in Chief February 11, 2021

Graham gets ready to play the beat drop of the song Novocaine by The Unlikely Candidates. Graham uploaded his cover to his youtube channel.

John Graham: from a drumming prodigy to an aspiring professional musician

Lauryn Pietrzak, Editor in Chief: Visuals January 22, 2021

John Graham is an Orono senior with an undeniable musical talent. Graham’s love for playing music began when he got his first drum set on Christmas in fifth grade. Learning how to play the drums, Graham...

Complexity of winter photo story board

Cate Challgren, Features Editor January 20, 2021

Throughout my seventeen years in the same neighborhood, I do not think I have taken an appropriate amount of time to truly observe the beauty and complexity of the environment in which I have grown up....

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