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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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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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