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Sunflower Bean Debuts Shoegaze Album “Twentytwo in Blue”

Ellie Burr, Opinions Editor April 30, 2018

Alt-rock sensations Sunflower Bean debuted their second full-length album on March 23. "Twentytwo in Blue" is a mellow yet melodic coming-of-age album for the rock trio. Having not released any new...

Why Call Me by Your Name is so important

Why Call Me by Your Name is so important

Nikki Praus, Editor in Chief April 6, 2018

Call Me By Your Name’s cinematography and music quite literally took my breath away. The movie proved to stimulate all of my senses to a point of tears swelling (okay, maybe weeping). The drama of the...

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A day in the life of a Taiwanese student

Cari Spencer, Editor in Chief March 25, 2018

In a brunch cafe somewhere in the middle of Taipei, Taiwan, my cousin Yui Chao leaned over a stack of strawberry waffles, her mouth covered so the girl beside us wouldn’t hear what she had to say. “Do...

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PrairieCare brings hope to mental health patients

Lindsay Craft, News Editor March 19, 2018

PrairieCare is a mental health organization aimed to treat mental health illnesses in children, adolescents and adults. Depending on the severity of their mental illness, patients are treated with inpatient...

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Get over it: the mental health stigma

Sonia Driskill, Copy Editor March 13, 2018

When someone breaks a leg, they receive only sympathy and understanding from those around them. No one’s telling the person to simply walk it off, to ignore the pain or to just “get over it”. They...

Can Can Wonderland

Lindsay Craft , News Editor March 13, 2018

Can Can Wonderland is a place of entertainment that offers mini golf, a boardwalk of arcade games, and an assortment of different foods and drinks. Located in St. Paul, Can Can is a great place for all...

Keeping animals in captivity at zoos is unethical

Ellie Burr , Opinions Editor March 12, 2018

The placement of animals in caged, artificial environments has become socially normalized in our modern day society. Schools, families and vacationers frequent zoos of all sizes across the globe. Keeping...

Pitch Perfect 3

Pitch Perfect 3

Rae Malik, Staff Reporter February 8, 2018

Pitch Perfect 3 brought an end to the Pitch Perfect franchise. The movie begins with an action scene and then goes back to explain how it led up to that point. The movie shows the lives of the Bellas,...

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99/1 Policy at middle school hinders incoming freshmen

Sonia Driskill, Copy Editor February 6, 2018

The 99/1 policy at the middle school has caused some controversy among students and teachers, both at the middle school and at the high school. The policy is designed so that 99 percent of a student’s...

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U.S. healthcare is failing its people

Sonia Driskill, Copy Editor January 25, 2018

How much is a human life worth, in dollars? Are some people worth more than others? These are questions that can arise when there are stark differences between the poor and the rich in a nation--and when...

Wonder movie is warming hearts of all ages

Wonder movie is warming hearts of all ages

Ellie Fasbender , Online Editor January 22, 2018

The movie Wonder, released on Nov. 17 2017, was an instant hit with all age groups. Wonder originally came out as a book by Raquel Jaramillo Palacio in Feb. 2012; it was featured on the New York Times...

Lana Del Rey stuns audience in opening show

Baileigh Januik, Opinions Editor January 18, 2018

On January 5 Lana Del Rey kicked off her Lust for Life tour in Minneapolis. The Target Center sold-out show drew thousands of fans for her first Minnesota performance. “Having her start the tour...

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