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Nicolle Thomas: Cooking up Community

Thomas makes homemade pasta at Threshing Table Farm, a farm in Wisconsin. She partners with them for farm fresh produce and also has farm dinners outside.
November 9, 2020

Nicolle Thomas, Blake's Lunch Program Administrator can be in her office crunching numbers, in the food line handing out meals, or in the dishroom cleaning. Wherever you locate her, you will find her wearing...

World Mourns Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Oversimplifies Her Complex Legacy

World Mourns Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Oversimplifies Her Complex Legacy
RBG touted as liberal icon, feminist symbol, bipartisan leader
November 5, 2020

According to Social Studies Chair Beth Calderone, "In modern American history, there is no greater champion of women's rights" than late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. While serving on the...

Online News Platforms Fail to Fulfill Their Advertised Mission Statements

Online News Platforms Fail to Fulfill Their Advertised Mission Statements
Information distorts public sentiment
November 4, 2020

Twitter's main purposes, according to their website, are to "give everyone the power to create and share ideas" and "not detract from a free and global conversation." Instagram's mission statement claims...

Preconceived Biases Influence Readership

Preconceived Biases Influence Readership
Importance of validity rises as election looms
November 4, 2020

Since social media's rise in the early 2000s, its most powerful tool has been the ability to disseminate information widely and rapidly. Current events that would've taken days, even weeks to reach our...

2020 Mock Election Results

Kelly Dayton '22 fills out a sample ballot before the mock election.
November 3, 2020

President - 407 total votes Biden - 324 (79.6%) Trump - 36 (8.8%) Kanye - 35 (8.6%) Jorgensen - 5 (1.2%) De la Fuente - 3 (.7%) La Riva - 2 (.5%) Hawking - 2 (.5%)   Senate...

Students Perform Interactive Fall Play on Zoom

Shown above is the entire crew of the upcoming play, including Taous Khazem, Audrey Ronan ‘21, Riley Carroll ‘24, Truman Morsman ‘23, Nora Cornell ‘21, Aarathi Dhavileswarapu ‘24, Declan O’Connell ‘23, Sarah Costa ‘23, Joshua Smith ‘23, Taggert Smith ‘21, John Erlandson '21, Oskar Alexander ‘23, and Amanda Ward ‘21.
Director, cast explore new ideas for theater department amidst pandemic
November 3, 2020

We’ve heard about live streaming concerts, but how about our own fall play? This year’s fall play adjusted to the complications of COVID-19 and became an interactive Zoom experience.  The fall...

Minnesota Transforms into a Political Battleground

Minnesota Transforms into a Political Battleground
Will Democrats or Republicans win the majority of Minnesotans votes?
November 1, 2020

November 3 is just around the corner and we all know what that means. This year's election is particularly high stakes due to the novel coronavirus and recent civil unrest among other factors. While in...

U.S Government and Politics Students Create Senate Race Websites

Websites spotlight closely contested Senate seats
November 1, 2020

Students Acknowledge, Stress Importance of Voting in Upcoming Election

Students Acknowledge, Stress Importance of Voting in Upcoming Election
Despite voter exclusion attempts, young people must turn out to ballots
October 31, 2020

This past month I cast my first ballot and while in reality I simply marked dots on a piece of paper, I truly felt very empowered; I felt like my voice was being heard, and I encourage my peers to do the...

Movie Theaters Suffer as COVID-19 Continues

Movie Theaters Suffer as COVID-19 Continues
The film industry is forced to adjust plans
October 29, 2020

Similar to most businesses, the film industry, along with indoor cinemas, suffered and experienced uncertainty during COVID-19. Many movies and films that were supposed to be released over the summer were...

MSHSL Makes Changes Guidelines, Allows Fall Seasons to Begin

Pictured above is the 2019-2020 Blake Volleyball team. They entered the fall expecting not to be able to play until the spring, but due to the new MSHSL guidelines, delivered September 21, they are now able to begin their fall 2020 season rather than waiting until spring.
Football and volleyball finally back after long holdout
October 1, 2020

Before Monday, September 21, Minnesota high school volleyball and football seasons were supposed to take place in the spring amid Covid-19 concerns. But throughout the morning of September 21st, members...

Online Students Combat Disconnection, Fatigue

Remote Student Christina Chekerdjieva's at-home work space
Remote learning widens gap between in person and online students
October 1, 2020

While the whole community prepared for the Hybrid Teaching and Learning Plan, a few students chose to stay inside and learn through Zoom remotely. My decision to stay online was quite obvious because I...

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