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Owning a small business during a pandemic

Small business owners in Minnesota face big challenges due to the pandemic Small businesses across the country are still reeling from the ramifications of the executive orders, spurred by COVID-19, that enforced temporary closures on certain establishments. It’s a time of instability and unforeseen outcomes, and it doesn’t seem to …

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Small businesses reel from racial unrest

Rioting adds to setback of pandemic; personal connections to Floyd’s death felt strongly        “I didn’t know at the time that he was George Floyd. He worked downtown, and he would come and buy little gifts for his daughter,” said Susan Zdon, the owner of a small shop on Lake Street, …

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2020 and the apocalypse

2020 might have been a terrible year, but some thought it was the final one In the year 2020 there was a global pandemic, massive racial unrest across the nation, an economic crash, record breaking wildfires in western America and Australia, Kobe Bryant’s death, tensions rising with Iran almost leading …

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Aftermath of wildfires

With wildfires slowing, other threats are posed With wildfires slowing to an end as the West Coast enters the wet season, other threats are being posed. The severe wildfires raging through the West Coast of the United States of America have burned through around 4 million acres already, according to …

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From Baby Ducks to Toilet Paper: Stress Spending in a Pandemic

How COVID-19 has sparked a wave of impulse buying and hoarding “Quack!” Said Poppy and Mei Mei, senior Lily McClelland’s two baby ducks, as they waddled around a pen near the dining room table of her Edina home.  McClelland had brought up the idea of buying and raising baby ducks …

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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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