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You Betcha We Have Slang

You Betcha We Have Slang

Kallie Buss, Features Editor
January 6, 2017
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Living in Minnesota has a uniqueness that you can’t quite find in any other state; from the kindness people spread that has pegged them with the term “Minnesota nice,” to the winter wonderland that lasts from November to March, the state has a lot to offer. At the end of the day, the main thing that s...

A Different Normal

A Different Normal

Alyssa Knapp, Features Writer
January 5, 2017
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There are close to 1.4 million U.S. soldiers currently serving our country.  For many, those soldiers are moms, dads, aunts, uncles, brothers, or sisters. While fighting for our country on the other side of the world or the other side of town, there are many families behind these brave faces. T...

Better Desks, Better Students

Better Desks, Better Students

Annie Nguyen, Features Writer
January 5, 2017
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Let’s face it: students have a lot of work to do, from homework to personal projects, but more often than not, current work spaces aren’t the ideal. The Ideal Work Space: From kitchen tables to couches, student work spaces vary, but which will rein over the rest? Some key aspects of an effecti...

A Few Good Memes

A Few Good Memes

Henry Dikeman, Features Writer
January 3, 2017
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Whether you’re a casual internet user or a frequent keyboard surfer, chances are you’ve seen a meme at some point in your life. Memes, defined as “ideas, behaviors or styles that spread from one person to another in a culture,” have become commonplace in American internet culture, especially a...

Top 5 Christmas Gifts

Top 5 Christmas Gifts

Zynab Ahmed, Features Writer
December 23, 2016
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As we mentally prepare ourselves for three months of snowy horror, there is most definitely a light at the end of the tunnel. Christmas is slowly approaching and it's almost impossible to avoid the excitement of a warm and colorful celebration. Being the season of giving, anticipating a gift is half...

Teachers Talk Books

Teachers Talk Books

Lauren Bernard, Features Assistant Editor
December 22, 2016
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Reading: the national pastime. Or was that baseball? In the frigid Minnesota winter, reading wins in my book. As the temperature drops and the snow falls, consider curling up by the fire with a good book. Can’t find one? Try one of these staff favorites.  

Seven “Chill” Things to Do This Winter

Seven “Chill” Things to Do This Winter

Kallie Buss and Sarah Crippes
December 16, 2016
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Winter is a special time in Minnesota. Some love it, and many hate it. But no matter if you’re a Scrooge or a Buddy the Elf, here are some great winter options that will (snow)blow your mind away.

Wir sind aus Deutschland nach USA geflögen

Wir sind aus Deutschland nach USA geflögen

Erik Vogel, Special to The Talon
December 14, 2016
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In the beginning of October, over a dozen people flew over 5,000 miles from Germany to Minnesota. These were not fall vacationers, nor businessmen. These were students; they came here to see Apple Valley High School. 11 students and two teachers came here from Prälat-Diehl Gymnasium in Gross-Gerau, Germany...

Closer Towards Justice: Mending Broken Bonds

Closer Towards Justice: Mending Broken Bonds

Zynab Ahmed, Features Writer
December 13, 2016
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“I can’t breathe.” As Eric Garner uttered these finals words on July 17, 2014, it formed into a rallying chant. The unbelievable situation that occurred to Garner in New York City was caught on tape, and after previously being confronted by police officers for distributing unlicensed cigarettes,...

Starbucks vs. Caribou: The 24-Year-Old Minnesotan Conundrum

Starbucks vs. Caribou:  The 24-Year-Old Minnesotan Conundrum

Ethan Elumba, Special to The Talon
December 6, 2016
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Coffee makes the world go ‘round. It’s true, isn’t it? 76% of Americans alone run on coffee according to the National Coffee Association (NCA). Minnesota is definitely no exception. However, for 24 years it’s been where Minnesotans get their morning joe that causes a feud: Starbucks or Caribou? ...

Greek life: Is it truly worth it?

Greek life: Is it truly worth it?

Hamdi Abas, Features Writer
December 1, 2016
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Fraternities and sororities are a group of men or women who have common goals and aspirations, making a commitment to each other for life. The members that form a fraternity or sorority also share their efforts, friendship, and knowledge. These organizations engage in activities like hosting parties an...

Cell Phone Policy: It Never Changed

Cell Phone Policy: It Never Changed

Natalina Tekie, Features Writer
November 29, 2016
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Funny how an electronic device can easily drive us from learning and have us completely absorbed in another world. We hear a buzz or see a light come on and our focus instantly turns to our cell phones, and we forget about the world around us. Students have been getting distracted easily from their learnin...

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