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Top 5 Christmas Gifts

From childhood to adulthood, a gift underneath the Christmas tree will always bring cozy and home-filled feelings.

Zynab Ahmed, Features Writer

December 23, 2016

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

Winter break is the perfect time to catch up on your to-read list.

Lauren Bernard, Features Assistant Editor

December 22, 2016

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

A snow covered pine.

Kallie Buss and Sarah Crippes

December 16, 2016

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

The German students departing MSP Airport in late October.

Erik Vogel, Special to The Talon

December 14, 2016

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

FILE- In this March 30, 2014 file photo, riot police stand guard near a crowd protesting police shootings in Albuquerque, N.M. As this city of 550,000 continues to see public demonstrations over a rash of police shootings, activists say they are looking to New Mexico’s history of resistance and previous protests to draw attention to what they said are major problems within the police department. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

Zynab Ahmed, Features Writer

December 13, 2016

“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

A sign outside a Starbucks hangs over the Riverwalk with the Navarro Street bridge in the background in San Antonio, Texas.

Ethan Elumba, Special to The Talon

December 6, 2016

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?

FILE-This Nov. 24, 2014 file photo shows the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house  at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Hamdi Abas, Features Writer

December 1, 2016

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

A student absorbed into her phone while walking on the street.

Natalina Tekie, Features Writer

November 29, 2016

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

A close up of Kylie Maxfield's contact lenses- can you see them?

Claire Doty, Features Writer

November 29, 2016

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

Devon Ek's Family Celebrates Thanksgiving (Devon Ek)

Annie Nguyen, Features Writer

November 29, 2016

"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

On the road again!

Alyssa Knapp, Features Writer

November 23, 2016

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

Macy's yellow star balloons lead the way through downtown New York City.

Lauren Bernard, Features Assistant Editor

November 22, 2016

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...

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