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With holidays, a return to online learning

Minnehaha takes on round 2 of digital learning “You’re on mute.” “Turn your camera on, please.” For better or worse, online school is back.  Due to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases across Minnesota, Minnehaha Academy shifted to 100% distance learning on Nov. 30. After 12 weeks of in-person learning …

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Behind the scenes: Preparing for a COVID-19 school year

What it took to prepare for in-person learning In the mid summer heat, weeks before school was to start, Principal Michael DiNardo confronted the big question; What’s next? With the help of Maker Space Coordinator Shannon Boehm, they started out with the basics. Stepping into each classroom and surveying the …

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Volunteering during a pandemic

Students continue to serve, despite COVID-19 limits It was a summer day and junior Tessa Bianchi and her family were delivering sandwiches through Caring and Sharing Hands. As they were pulling up to St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Mendota Heights, there was a little kid that said she didn’t like …

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Modern Army Recruiting

Military looks to tech to draw 21st-century recruits Over the last two decades, as technology has become a bigger part of our lives, many companies and organizations have had to adapt in order to share their message. Possibly the biggest of these organizations in the U.S. to adapt to the …

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Building space projects and gardens during a pandemic

ISS team looks to tackle three projects this year Due to COVID-19 restrictions and social distance mandates, the International Space Station (ISS) class has faced challenges beyond the usual obstacle of designing an experiment to be conducted in space. In order to engage each student in the large class while …

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Worldwide Wonders

What happens next? What changes will stick? The past eight months have been a whirlwind of chaos and change. COVID-19 stormed the United States in March, causing a shutdown of businesses, schools and the public in general. Eight months later, some say there is no turning back. “I don’t think …

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Perceptions of people with masks

How communication is affected when you can see only half of someone’s face Mask wearing has begun to be our new normal, at least for the moment. Everyone is trying to get in some sort of routine like they had before COVID-19 hit the world. So, with this new challenge, …

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Pandemic conditions complicate college admissions

What you need to know about the college admissions process during COVID-19 Applying for college is a stress filled endeavor under normal circumstances, but the current COVID-19 pandemic is forcing an overhaul on the college admissions process, adding additional layers of anxiety for everyone involved. With limited available standardized (ACT …

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A man who moved a nation

The death of George Floyd sparks nation-wide unrest On May 25, George Floyd, a 46 year old Black man was killed by Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin. A ten minute video was released on May 26 of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck while he was handcuffed and laying face down. …

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100 years of journalism at M.A.

A century of student voices Since 1920, Minnehaha Academy students have been covering news, exchanging opinions and recording school history. In 2019-20, The Talon newspaper staff reviewed this history in a four-part series. PART 1 PART 2 PART 3 PART 4

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