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This infographic shows the horrific statistics currently occurring against the Uyghur ethnic group of China.

Xinjiang Genocide in China

Libby Engebretson, Opinions Editor April 9, 2021

Recently Mike Pompeo, the former secretary of state for the Trump administration, declared the acts from the Chinese government against the Uyghur people a “genocide.” This event is occurring in the...

Mikayla Burns's broken car window. Picture was taken shortly after the broken window was discovered.

Car Break-Ins are on the Rise in West Metro

Gracie Hornbaker, Editor in Chief April 7, 2021

The year 2020 came with many difficulties for individuals and communities. Within Minneapolis, the rate of crime increased by 21% in 2020. Experts cannot pinpoint a specific cause for the increase but...

Carver County, Minnesota must take extra precautions amidst their current coronavirus outbreak.

COVID-19 Outbreak in Carver County

Lauryn Pietrzak, Editor in Chief-Visuals March 28, 2021

Carver County is a group of towns located southwest of the Twin Cities; it includes Chaska, Waconia, Victoria, Watertown, Mayer, Norwood Young America, and New Germany. According to Carver County MN, just...

MSP Airport encourages people to

Precautions for Travel!

Claire Hyrkas, Copy Editor March 28, 2021

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s Party!’” Robin Williams once said. This is the mindset for many Orono students this week as they prepare for their annual spring break vacation. This...

Photographed for the New Yorker, Suu Kyi smiles for the camera oblivious of what is to come.

Myanmar Stands Up

Rachael Driskill, Copy Editor March 14, 2021

On February 1st, the Myanmar military seized control of the government of Myanmar, returning it to military rule. According to Victoria Milko at AP News, the military declared a year-long state of emergency...

Texas faced a combined crisis of extreme weather and electricity shortages.

The Crisis in Texas: What Really Happened?

Jillian Cook, News Editor March 10, 2021

In the early weeks of February, when most of the country was gearing up for Valentine’s and Presidents’ Day, Texas entered a crisis that would prove to be like no other. Frigid temperatures and icy...

Getting enough sleep is important for health and wellness. These five tips can help you solve small sleep difficulties.

The Complex Relationship Between Sleep and Mental Health

Tillie Hogenson, Health and Wellness Editor March 9, 2021

According to the National Library of Medicine, lack of sleep is one of the most common symptoms of depression among teenagers. This is true for adults too, with 92 percent of people with depression complaining...

Timeline of the return to full in-person learning for Orono High School.

Orono Secondary School Returning to Full In-Person Learning

Faith Hanson, Staff Reporter March 9, 2021

This information comes from the emails sent out by both the principal Dr. Amy Steiner, and Superintendent of Orono Schools Karen Orcutt, to Orono families and students. Orono secondary students will be...

The Student Voice Club at Orono High School presents, “We Are Black History Today” presentation sharing their stories and personal experience.

Orono High School Celebrates Black History Month with Student Voice

Tillie Hogenson, Health and Wellness Editor March 8, 2021

According to Jeff Wallenfeldt, an editor for Britannica, Black History Month is a yearly celebration of the achievements by African Americans and a time to recognize their role in American History. The...

Orono students gather around the snowman they made outside the windows at the Trails of Orono.

Snowmen for Seniors

March 7, 2021

Although this past year has brought on many obstacles, Orono students are keeping up the spirits and spreading positivity throughout the community. This past week, students gathered at the Trails of Orono...

OHS Back To School Plan

OHS Back To School Plan

Lauryn Pietrzak, Editor in Chief-Visuals February 23, 2021

OHS is easing back into a normal school routine of all in-person learning. Check out the interactive visual below to get information on when you go back to school full time!

Jeffery Aman's school picture on the Orono High School's Website.

Jeffery Aman Takes New Role as Interim Associate Principal

Mikayla Burns, Editor in Chief February 6, 2021

On January 29 Orono School District announced that social studies teacher Jeffery Aman would take the position of Interim Associate Principal at the high school. Aman will be taking the place of Caryn...

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