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The Rohingya Refugee Crisis

The Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Roxy Neset, Staff Reporter

October 22, 2020

The Rohingya Refugee Crisis Roxy Neset Staff Reporter The Rohingya people of Myanmar are in one of the most precarious refugee situations in the world. Around one million Rohingya have fled since the brutal military crackdown in their native Rakhine state. In 2017, the government of Myanmar began...

New Voters Prepare for Upcoming Election

Voting allows for citizens to get their voices heard, so vote!

Jillian Cook, News Editor

October 9, 2020

With less than three weeks until Nov. 3, both interest and tension are heightening around election day. Inundated with information and reminders, new voters face sorting out their research and beliefs in order to choose their respective candidates. This Presidential election, as with all others, brings...

George Floyd Police Pre-Trials Begin

George Floyd mural outside of Cup Foods where Floyd was murdered.

Mikayla Burns, Editor in Chief

October 9, 2020

According to Doyle Greene, a writer for Film Criticism, an online film review company, George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who pressed his knee down on Floyd’s neck to act as a chokehold and held it there even as Floyd complained of not being able to breathe. This horrific...

School COVID related laws

Mrs. Herring sanitizes desks between classes.

Gracie Hornbaker, Editor in Chief

October 9, 2020

The fall 2020 school year is underway, but looking much different from previous years. Many of the precautions taken inside of Orono High School are due to requirements enacted by the Minnesota Department of Health and Safety. There are still many local schools who have returned to distance learning...

The Passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg mural on the intersection of 15th and U St. in DC. Photo taken by Joe in DC.

Juliana Ward, Social Media Editor

October 8, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on September 18th. She had struggled with pancreatic cancer for at least 20 years and she lost her fight at 87 years old. The world has recently taken the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg very deeply. Many knew Ginsburg for her women’s rights advocacy, her intelligence an...

Zoom Fatigue

Zoom fatigue is a real, and affecting people. If you know what to look for, and how to prevent it, you will be okay.

Tillie Hogenson, Health and Wellness Editor

October 8, 2020

Many health professionals are reporting that Zoom fatigue can cause impactful physical symptoms. In addition to physical fatigue, people have been experiencing headaches, eye-strain, neck pain, back pain and more. Laura Dudley, a behavior analyst at Northwestern University found that working remot...

Coronavirus Disrupts 2020-2021 School Year In The Orono District

Photo of Orono High School

Cate Challgren, Features Editor

October 5, 2020

It is well known that the Coronavirus has disrupted a variety of people's everyday lives, one of the more prominent aspects being education. High School English teacher Sarah Cole and 8th grader Cameron Cole give the full scope of the effects the implemented plans have taken on both a student and teacher...

How the Restaurant Industry is Changing in Response to COVID-19

Several restaurants have changed their policies in order to comply with CDC regulations.

Kenzie Taylor, Editor in Chief

June 3, 2020

It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the day to day operations of the restaurant industry. Across Minnesota, restaurants have been ordered to close for dine-in service, leaving takeout as the only option to keep their doors open. However, without enough local support, several restaurants...

Venezuela in Crisis

This infographic shows key details about the political and economic crises in Venezuela.

Roxy Neset, Staff Reporter

May 28, 2020

In the year 2013, Nicolas Maduro assumed the Venezuelan Presidential position when the past president, Hugo Chávez, passed away. Under the reign of Maduro, Venezuela fell into chaos, with poverty rampant and the economy falling into a deep recession. The country’s economic and humanitarian crises...

Orono plans an alternative graduation due to COVID-19

Orono plans an alternative graduation due to COVID-19

Gabby Hyrkas, Features Editor

May 27, 2020

Graduation ceremonies will look very different for the class of 2020 across the state due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In-person graduation ceremonies should be avoided in order to keep everyone in the community safe according to The Minnesota Department of Health. Orono has decided to hold a virtual...

Fatal arrest of George Floyd and a demand for justice

In the midst of a pandemic, an arrest turned fatal has caused outrage across the nation.

Nina Johnson, Editor in Chief

May 26, 2020

Nina Johnson Editor in Chief On Monday, May 25, an unarmed man in Minneapolis named George Floyd was killed in custody by police after he was arrested for forgery: a nonviolent crime that officers responded to. Footage taken during the incident is now circling social media, where Floyd was held down...

Decision Day 2020 Video

Decision Day 2020 Video

May 26, 2020

by Darby Sween and Josie Peterson

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