The Spartan Speaks

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

OHS seniors’ plans after graduation

The OHS Class of 2020 will be going all over the world after graduation on June 3.

Margaret Kraus, Sports Editor

May 21, 2020

Click on the interactive buttons on the map and state pages to see what the seniors of Orono High School plan to do after graduation June 3. Note: Only students who responded to our survey are included on the map....

Celebrities celebrate the class of 2020

Several of the campaign images for online graduation celebration live streams that were held to celebrate graduates.

Megan Fritz, Online Layout Editor, Social Media Manager

May 17, 2020

Megan Fritz Online Layout Editor, Social Media Manager Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, graduates have received a lot of attention in the media. Determining how to best acknowledge the achievements of these students has been a thought in the minds of many across the nation and worldwide. This pa...

Is it possible to get testing and treatment for all?

The US healthcare system is deciding on how to deal with Coronavirus.

Claire Suchy, Copy Editor

May 8, 2020

Claire Suchy Copy Editor Currently, the United States is the epicenter of the coronavirus, reporting the highest number of coronavirus cases in the world. With almost four million cases worldwide, a number which is growing rapidly every day, the question of whether or not getting everyone who need...

Coronavirus: Protests erupt nationwide as people demand governments lift stay-at-home orders

Protests have erupted across the country as people begin to feel executive state shelter-in-place orders may be infringing on their freedom.

Maddie Combs, Visuals Editor

April 23, 2020

It has been more than a month since Gov. Tim Walz (D) declared the executive stay-at-home order for the state of Minnesota. Previous executive orders also called for non-essential businesses and restaurants to close their doors temporarily as a precaution to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. 42...

Orono’s Nutrition for the Future Workgroup Proposes Changes in the Lunchroom and Beyond

Orono's nutrition instagram @oronochildnutrition shares a photo describing lunch, and adds that they are serving antibiotic-free chicken

Kenzie Taylor, Editor in Chief

April 10, 2020

Kenzie Taylor Editor in Chief On Thursday, January 9th, a temporary committee called the Nutrition for the Future Task Force held its last meeting. The group is composed of Orono parents and staff from the nutrition program, among other members of the Orono community. Over the course of four months...

Students celebrate success at state DECA Conference

Kendall Mauer, Darby Sween, and Megan Marzolf advanced to the International Conference in Nashville.

Cooper Klaers, Staff Reporter

March 13, 2020

Cooper Klaers Staff Reporter Out of the 67 Orono students competing at the Minnesota State DECA Conference, 28 advanced to the International Conference. “We had 67 kids there, and 52 advanced to finals, which is astronomical,” marketing teacher and DECA advisor Keith Jurek said. One of these ...

COVID-19 causes panic

COVID-19 causes panic throughout the world, and now Orono is questioning the possible impact on families and staff.

Ajalon Peterson, News & Features Editor

March 12, 2020

Ajalon Peterson News & Features Editor The coronavirus: it’s the only thing on the news these days. Originating in Wuhan, China, the novel coronavirus has now reached pandemic level, according to the World Health Organization. Entire countries are on lockdown, and President Trump gave a st...

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