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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...

Cyborgs Among Us

Cyborgs Among Us

Claire Doty, Features Writer
November 29, 2016
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When my sister Haven stumbles out of bed most mornings, the first thing she does is head to the bathroom to pop in her contact lenses. Immediately, her vision improves--she can see details clearly. Many mornings my sister joins the ranks of people known as augmented humans:  people who use technology to ...

What Thanksgiving Looked Like in Culturally Diverse Homes

What Thanksgiving Looked Like in Culturally Diverse Homes

Annie Nguyen, Features Writer
November 29, 2016
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"Hand me the gravy boat please and eat your potatoes politely so we can get to the pumpkin pie. Let’s wait until Grandpa falls asleep before we start the board games." Thanksgiving, or “Turkey Day,” was celebrated by millions in homes all across America last Thursday, and Apple Valley was no ex...

Boredom Busters: Road Trip Edition

Boredom Busters: Road Trip Edition

Alyssa Knapp, Features Writer
November 23, 2016
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We all know what road trips can be like: extremely boring and unbearably long. If sleeping, eating or sitting in awkward silence isn’t up your alley, here are some fun games that you can play with the whole family to pass the time! 1. The License Plate Game This could possibly be the most pop...

90 Years of Tradition

90 Years of Tradition

Lauren Bernard, Features Assistant Editor
November 22, 2016
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November 27th, 1924: a day that started a tradition for many American families. Extravagant balloons and floats put smiles on faces and joy in the hearts of young ones, and those young at heart.  In light of its 90th anniversary, let’s take a look back at the beginning. The first ever Macy’s Thanksg...

We Are Apple Valley

We Are Apple Valley

Kallie Buss, Features Editor
November 17, 2016
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Approximately 1,900 students walk the halls of Apple Valley High School everyday. With a student body that large, it’s hard to truly know everyone. This is especially true for a vibrant classroom nestled in a corner of the building, home to a group of students you may not know. Apple Valley’s s...

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