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Christmas shopping

Christmas shopping – how much is too much? Here’s a quiz: This Christmas season, when did Black Friday sales begin? Thursday. That seems crazy to some. “Thanksgiving should be about spending time with your family,” said senior Ben Gifford. Many companies opened their doors for Black Friday this year a …

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The success of the block

Minnehaha’s block schedule has affected students and teachers since it was put in action “I had every single class, every single day,” said freshman Anna Zellie. “The homework I got was due the very next day and I feel like I rush it when that happens.” She was talking about …

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Teens and global awareness

Taking time to catch up: why it’s important for teens to stay informed about global events Refugees flee Syria. Aid pours into the Philippines. Nuclear talks between the US and Iran are stalling. These are a few of the many current events happening in the world right now, and many …

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School lunch prices

Full stomach, empty wallet: Are school lunches too expensive? It’s lunch hour for sophomore Yaphet May and he picks up a sandwich, an Arizona tea and trail mix. It doesn’t seem like much, but his one lunch ends up costing $5.50. Similarly, junior Jamie Dovolis gets a classic lunch with …

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Creative dance invitations

The unwritten rules surrounding dances at MA are a new obstacle for freshmen When freshman Grace Diersen woke up that morning in the week before the Sadie Hawkins dance, she knew she was going to ask freshman Justin Evenson to the dance; she just wasn’t sure how. She eventually came …

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Christmas tree origins

Traditions surround the tree Christmas is celebrated throughout America with the erecting of the Christmas tree. But where did this tree originate? As early as 1570, people erected trees hung with nuts, paper flowers, apples, and dates. The custom was originally a pagan tradition where the people would hang evergreen …

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Family dinners: more than a home-cooked meal

In busy times, eating together as a family matters, research shows “In high school, I got really caught up in going from whatever sports practice I had straight to homework and often times [my family and I] would tend to eat dinner at different times.” said current University of Southern …

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Healing through music

While music may be an enjoyable pastime for some, its health benefits often go unnoticed  As the heart transplant patients at Teikyo University in Tokyo, Japan recovered in 2012, their ears filled with different sounds from room to room. In some, notes of classical music swelled while in others a …

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Science makes a difference

Researchers attempt to produce a “Universal” flu vaccine. The research which began in 2009 has built a strong foundation and brings hope. Early this February news of the flu seemed to appear everywhere. It was a chaotic time as young and old became sick. Throughout every Minnehaha hallway posters to …

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Brady Ryan (’12) in Jordan

Examining belief in the Middle East Varying beliefs have been a source of controversy worldwide for thousands of years, and still are today. However, Arabic-speaking nations are free of such controversy (at least nominally) simply because of semantics; in Arabic, there is no word for “beliefs,” only a word for …

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