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American Music Awards

The American Music Awards had several nominations for artists and anticipated fans

Rae Malik, Opinions Editor

January 2, 2020

Rae Malik Opinions Editor and Online Layout Editor This year the American Music Awards took place on November 28, 2019. The hosting responsibilities this year fell upon Ciara as she was the emcee of the award show. The opening performance of “Lose you to Love Me” and “Look at Her Now” by ...

The Art of Being Thankful

Grace Berbig, Opinions Editor

January 2, 2020

Grace Berbig Opinions Editor As we embark into January, the expectations of a peaceful, exciting and happy holiday season are increasing by the day. Although there are many joy-filled events during this month, such as giving, seeing family, receiving presents, ice skating, and watching Elf, there i...

The Power of Volunteering And How You Can Help

Many Orono students are involved in the St. Jude Teen Gala, a great way to volunteer locally.

Grace Berbig, Opinions Editor

November 22, 2019

Grace Berbig Opinions Editor There are countless reasons to volunteer and even more ways that you can get involved. Volunteering has many benefits; not only does it impact others, but it has significant benefits on yourself as well. According to a study done by the University of California-Berkeley an...

Following the Yellow Brick Road to Opening Night

Maddie Combs, Visuals Editor

November 21, 2019

“Mic check!” yells soundboard operator, Senior James Konkol, over the commotion of the auditorium. Actors quickly file through as Konkol gives them the ‘OK’ that their microphone is ready. Meanwhile, stagehands are busy running back and forth from wing to wing ensuring that all the props are...

There is enchantment in The Light(house)

'The Lighthouse' is one of the newest drama/horror films from A24.

Claire Suchy, Copy Editor

November 15, 2019

Claire Suchy Copy Editor Following the success of his directorial debut, The Witch, Robert Eggers’ second installment on his filmography effortlessly blends sea shanties, excessive drinking, and annoying seagulls into the most wonderful 110 minutes of insanity seen on film this year. The Light...

Does Time Fry When You’re Eating at Warren’s Restaurant and Bar?

Warren's staff taking a break from preparing meals to pose for a quick photo

Elsa Larson, Online Layout Editor

November 12, 2019

Elsa Larson Online Layout Editor Warren’s restaurant and bar opened summer of 2019 in Loretto, just across the street from popular diners Choo Choo and Pig On The Porch. Warren’s is an American style restaurant that has grown to be a frequent choice to residents in the Maple Plain - Medina area...

Eat a Mango, Don’t Vape One

Vaping illustration by junior Hannah Johnson, demonstrating a student vaping the the restroom; oblivious to the sign that reads

Kenzie Taylor, Editor in Chief

November 3, 2019

Kenzie Taylor Editor in Chief Vaping is the use of electronic cigarettes; an array of hand-held devices that simulate smoking tobacco. It’s caused a rapidly growing epidemic throughout high schools nationwide, as more and more students find it to be a popular alternative to smoking cigarettes. Or...

‘Joker’ Review: a Harrowing Descent into Madness

Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix, has an 8.8/10 on IMDb and a 69% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Sam Capece, News Editor

October 28, 2019

Sam Capece News Editor This October, Joker was released in theaters, starring Joaquin Phoenix and directed by Todd Phillips. The film is centered around a failing comedian named Arthur Fleck, and the way in which he manages his mental health while caring for his sick mother. Throughout each metic...

Harry Styles Releases a New Single, Two Years after Debut Album

Harry Styles' new song

Maddie Combs, Visuals Editor

October 16, 2019

On Thursday, Oct. 10th at 11:00 p.m, hundreds of thousands of fans waited for the premiere of Harry Styles’ new single ‘Lights Up’. The surprise release came just days after posters stating “Do You Know Who You Are?” Were plastered throughout cities worldwide. The former One Direction singer...

The Dough Room Raises Hopes, But Disappoints

The entrance to the Dough Room looks welcoming, but the experience disappoints.

Kenzie Taylor, Opinions Editor

June 12, 2019

The popular clan of restaurants in downtown Wayzata have recently welcomed a new member: The Dough Room. The website claims to serve an array of quality dishes, while spotlighting their handcrafted pasta and pizza, prepared by the executive chef, Chef Alex. As stated on The Dough Room website, “Each...

A Detailed Look Into ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Movie poster of Avengers: Endgame at the movie theater.

Jagur Justen, Opinions Editor

May 16, 2019

Jagur Justen  Opinions Editor It all started with Robert Downey Jr. starring in Iron Man in 2008. After 11 years, the final chapter of heroes we have grown up with has reached its culmination. Avengers: Endgame features the original six actors: Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Ha...

The Local Serves Up Tasty Irish Food and Atmosphere

Fresh made fish and chips is served at the Local West End.

Annika Sorenson, News Editior

May 16, 2019

Annika Sorenson News Editor Boasting a cozy, yet playful ambiance, The Local serves up traditional Irish pub fare with a matching atmosphere. At either of its two locations, Minneapolis or West End, one can find fresh-made fish and chips, rubens, and even corned beef and cabbage. The Local started...

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