The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Stillwater Area High School
Josie St. Martin travels to Sweden for hockey Junior Olympics
Sports

Lauren Guinee | December 2, 2021

Sophomore Josie St Martin must balance the demands of being a world-class athlete and a high school sophomore.

“To have the best time of my life. Don’t put too much pressure on myself. Just go out there…

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Teens turn to crystals for guidance
Features

Tyler Quade | October 29, 2021

The events of 2020 left many with a sense of loss, whether it be control, connection, or hope. For many of today’s teenagers, however, it meant a time for self discovery when it seems like the self may…

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Another virus makes its way across America: anti-Asian hate
Opinions

Lubnag Xiong | May 27, 2021

Following a year of xenophobic rhetoric and racially charged attacks, the Asian American community has faced a terrifying increase in violence. Stop AAPI Hate is a coalition dedicated to tracking reports…

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Minnesota rape law outdated, harmful
Opinions

Adelee Wrightsman | May 24, 2021

In May of 2017, a 20-year-old woman took five shots of vodka and prescription pills outside a bar in Minneapolis, Minn. As the young woman stood outside with her friend, a man with the last name of Khalil…

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Students walk out April 29 in support of law enforcement
News

Morgan Delaney | May 19, 2021

Editor’s Note:
As an Editorial Board, we struggled with how to approach this issue and the events that have transpired over the past month, especially as it relates to social justice and how it impacts…

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Students host walkout April 19
News

Alex Steil | May 3, 2021

Students walked out at the end of second period April 19 to protest and “stand in solidarity against police brutality,” read a flyer posted on social media. The walkout was organized by senior…

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Trading card market explodes during pandemic
Arts & Entertainment

John Piekarski | April 27, 2021

Over the past year, many forms of trading cards have seen gigantic increases in sales and value. One example of this increased popularity is eBay, whose sales of soccer and basketball cards have gone…

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New foundation created to connect children with adaptive equipment
Features

Sophie MacDonald | April 26, 2021

Children often ask for something. Whether it is the class field trip cost, clothes, even a new hockey stick or soccer ball for sports. Now imagine that hockey stick costing $10,000 and a child needs that…

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Gabe Beyer’s restaurant: playing chef turned into great success
Features

Olivia Bystrom | April 22, 2021

There is an unbelievable amount of planning, money and good old fashioned blood, sweat and tears that goes into starting a new restaurant. It comes with a risk that even experienced adults will shy away…

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Hassani develops Green Room at Anderson Elementary
Features

Kiera Rivers | April 19, 2021

In the past few years, mental illness has been on the rise, particularly in students. Some schools have taken notice and implemented new strategies to ease the burden of mental illness.  Anderson Elementary’s…

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Afton-Lakeland Elementary’s secretary provides students with new perspectives
Features

Mason Buck | March 17, 2021

There are few minority staff members in the Stillwater school district, and the Afton-Lakeland Elementary secretary, Foua Fitzpatrick, is one of few Asian-American staff members. After a few years of working…

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Biden’s minimum wage proposal simply not enough
Opinions

Olivia Bystrom | March 11, 2021

From fast food service to grocery store employees and every odd job in between, minimum wage workers are the backbone of this country. As radical as that statement may seem, Americans’ comfortable and…

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Dr. Jill Biden shall not concede to Epstein’s request to remove ‘Dr.’ from her title
Opinions

Elaina Mankowski | January 21, 2021

Dr. Jill Biden should not drop the ‘doctor’ from her title regardless of the opinion of Joseph Epstein. Epstein’s op-ed article in the Wall Street Journal was misogynistic and discretionary towards…

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Andrea Kaiser rises in popularity on TikTok through art
Features

Emma Wagner | December 22, 2020

As she presses the publish button, senior Andrea Kaiser smiles and relaxes. A new TikTok video will help boost her following and her rising art business. Although her new video is only half a minute, her…

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Becoming myself: Brendon Rich
Features

Sophia Arndt | December 16, 2020

Brendon sits quiet, silhouette illuminated by the fluorescent blue light of their computer. Zoned out from the music playing softly, staring determinedly at the email document. 

Deep breath, and begin. 

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Smith family encounters many medical scares with their children
Features

Abby Anderson | December 15, 2020

After a restless night, English Teacher Andrew Smith woke up on October 20, 2009, alone in his house. His wife was still at the hospital with their son after giving birth the day before. He, however, was…

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Morgan Molenda keeps punk culture alive
Arts & Entertainment

Olivia Bystrom | December 10, 2020

In the words of famous punk band The Exploited “Punk’s not dead,” at least not in senior Morgan Molenda’s garage, anyway. As if it were straight out of a 1980’s coming of age film; sharpie signatures…

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Paula Harrison’s journey in teaching creates unity
Features

Ella Hamilton | December 10, 2020

Paula Harrison looked down at the icy cold water, grabbed the warm hands of the anxious teenage students next to her and they jumped in. The freezing lake water was so cold that when her body hit the water…

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Weaver helps inspire a character in upcoming Disney+ film ‘Clouds’
Arts & Entertainment

Bella Godfrey | December 4, 2020

Science teacher Andrew Weaver has a character based on him in the upcoming film “Clouds”, which is being released Oct. 16 on Disney+ about the inspirational life of former graduate Zach Sobiech….

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Rish addresses equity issues surrounding community
Features

Connor Quaderer | November 23, 2020

“I’m glad I’m doing the work I’m doing, but we’re going to need a lot more of me in Stillwater. We’re going to need many more people doing the work,” cultural liaison Cornelius Rish said as he talked…

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Attorney General Barr threatens protesters with sedition
Opinions

Lubnag Xiong | November 20, 2020

Even though the majority of the Black Lives Matter movement has proven to be peaceful, United States Attorney General William Barr has considered charging violent protesters with sedition. Barr’s responses…

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Paramedics handle COVID-19 with care
Coronavirus

Ava Hoezel | May 20, 2020

Long hours, weird schedules, little sleep, busy days, slow days and stressful intense work– these are experiences paramedics encounter day to day. Now that COVID-19 has entered the United States, the…

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Boutwells seniors persevere through pandemic
Coronavirus

Sandy Liu | May 18, 2020

Throughout the community, people are forced to adapt to a new way of life. While some may be mildly inconvenienced by drive-by pick-ups, distance working or learning and the ever-present challenge of fervently…

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Protection for election security cannot come soon enough
Opinions

Alex Steil | May 11, 2020

For the world’s oldest democracy, voting would seem to be the act most unilaterally protected by the government. In the United States, however, that does not seem to be the case. Although states and…

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Students return home as Universities shut down
Coronavirus

Drew Jurek | March 31, 2020

When college freshman, Chester Hearne, heard the University of Minnesota would institute an extension to spring break, he was happy. An extension in his mind meant he would be able to spend more time…

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Community comes together to fight Coronavirus amid social distancing
Coronavirus

John Franklin | March 30, 2020

According to the World Health Organization, People should stay one meter (3 feet) away from each other during this pandemic.  In the St. Croix Valley, the community has found many ways to come together…

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Coronavirus impacts on local education
Coronavirus

Alex Steil | March 27, 2020

The coronavirus was on everyone’s radar. Most knew about it and that it would impact economic markets. No one, however, knew it would disrupt the world economy to this extent. More importantly though,…

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News sources withhold awareness: immature, unacceptable
Opinions

Rosie Nichols | February 25, 2020

The Australian wildfires have taken over and destroyed more than 12.35 million acres of land, killing at least 24 people and destroying more than 2,000 homes. This catastrophic trend of wildfires, bushfires…

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Stillwater speed skater earns new personal best
Sports

Kathleen Pothen | February 7, 2020

Junior and speed skater Milan Jostes competes with the Midway Speedskating Club. The Midway Speedskating Club is based at the Guidant John Rose Minnesota Oval. According to the city of Roseville website…

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Shanley drives for Gold Award
Features

Natalie Williams | January 27, 2020

As citizens pass through the hospital, they may notice changes in the availability of media sources such as books and board games.

While it may seem like Girl Scouts is fun and games, hard work and…

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Thomas Watry prepares for U.S. Paralympics team
Sports

Drew Jurek | January 17, 2020

It was 2014 when junior Thomas Watry went to his first national competition in Richmond, Va. It was a relatively small meet in comparison to future competitions he would take part in; however, the experience…

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Acharya strives for excellence throughout academic journey
Features

Sandy Liu | December 12, 2019

Half a serotonin molecule, an eye set in a sun and a one-line sketch of a face. All of these designs are set in ink on her skin. The tattoo that holds the most significance for senior Meghana Acharya,…

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Advice from Olympic gold medalist sparks girls nordic ski team
Sports

Ally Benning | December 11, 2019

Jessie Diggins’ gold medal victory in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea inspired the whole community, but she has affected a specific group more than anyone else.

“She has impacted…

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Math MCA scores decline over past years
News

Elle Guggenberger | December 10, 2019

Just weeks ago, many students received their previous year’s MCA results. The MCAs are a state assessment which helps to measure how well students are performing relative to the state’s academic standards…

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Cancer survivor Danny Valerius heads back to school, participates in unlimited shopping spree
Features

Ella Gag | November 21, 2019

“He’s one of the most positive and heartwarming people I’ve ever met,” sophomore CeCe DeLeon said about sophomore Danny Valerius. Valerius entered remission after being diagnosed with t-cell acute lymphoblastic…

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Back to school PSA shows new reality of going to school
Opinions

Mia Lucido | November 11, 2019

Gun violence, especially in schools, is a prevalent topic in today’s society. The Sandy Hook Promise Organization put out a video PSA entitled “Back to School Essentials” urging viewers to know the…

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‘Clouds’ movie set to pay tribute to Zach Sobiech
Features

Olivia Bystrom | November 7, 2019

Nearly seven years ago, Stillwater alumni Zach Sobiech fell victim to Osteosarcoma. However, his legacy has continued to impact the local community and people across the globe ever since. His hit song…

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Superfans seating policy upsets student spectators
Opinions

Rosie Nichols | October 16, 2019

Football games have not been the same since the drama regarding seating began. The “Friday night lights” used to have more excitement, but the energy has turned in a negative direction. Fingers are being…

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Free the Pee open forum answers questions, leaves changes uncertain
News

Abby Banks | May 20, 2019

Monday, April 1 marked the date bathrooms at Stillwater Area High School closed during class times, except for those next to the Red, White and Black Pony Centers. After the viral success of the “letuspee”…

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Siegfried excels in stocks and socks
Features

Chas Morgan | May 5, 2019

Senior Justin Siegfried has excelled in the Stock Market Games and his Marketing class teacher Debbie Drommerhausen thinks highly of him. Siegfried is not only known for his success in the Stock Market…

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Budget cuts severely diminish professional and curriculum development plans
News

Abby Banks | April 19, 2019

The school board voted 5-1 to cut $348,000 from the district’s budgeted professional development (PD) days at a March 7 business meeting. This was on top of the $500,000 cut with combined PD and curriculum…

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Board meeting red-out: students stand in support of Student Council President representation
News

Abby Banks | February 28, 2019

Inspired by senior Isabella Portelli, Student Council Senior Officer, many students showed up in red to the Stillwater School Board meeting Feb. 21 to support student leader representation at board meetings….

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‘Animal Farm’ cast soon will take one act competition by storm
Arts & Entertainment

Taylor Lee | February 14, 2019

Last year’s One Act team performed “Scenes from Metamorphoses” and, for the first time in history, went to the Minnesota State High School League [MSHSL] State One Act competition. However, they…

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‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama, a memoir written by a woman America does not yet deserve
Arts & Entertainment

Emma Kostroski-Polucha | January 31, 2019

Some people look up to the President, some people look up to a different idol, but some people look up to the First Lady, one of the most important women’s roles in the United States. When that First…

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BSU welcomes non-black students
Features

Grace Wirkkala | January 28, 2019

The Black Student Union advocates for a more diverse club by including students of all races in their meetings. The club aims to create a welcoming and safe space for black students who may otherwise feel…

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Stillwater Speech team battles funding deficits to succeed in coming season
News

Abby Banks | January 28, 2019

Confidence and a strong voice are not the first things associated with the Gen-Z teenagers struggling with higher rates of mental illness than any before them. Yet, in a nook of Stillwater Area High School,…

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Boyd Huppert surprises Steil, teaches journalism
Features

Lilly Sample | January 23, 2019

“Oh my god! You are my favorite journalist ever,” newspaper advisor Rachel Steil exclaimed upon seeing Kare 11’s Boyd Huppert enter her classroom. What started as a typical third hour newspaper…

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Vaping epidemic overshadows drug problem
Opinions

Jameson Stahl | January 23, 2019

With the recent federal “crackdown” on vaping, JUUL in particular, the vaping epidemic is no secret. The school administration has been very vocal about the problem in our school over the past few…

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The fight through a fire
Features

Sierra Hippel | January 10, 2019

“I was Black Friday shopping and when I got back it was 3:30 a.m. I got out of the car, it smelt like bonfire, and then I went inside, not thinking much of it because it was Thanksgiving. So I went inside…

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Facing death twice hasn’t stopped me from living
Features

Megan Baxter | January 8, 2019

Three weeks before sophomore Sophia Nelson was diagnosed with diabetes, she kept getting overly thirsty, wetting the bed and losing massive amounts of weight. One afternoon in the summer adventure camp,…

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