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An Assembly to Remember

American flags stand next to the markers amid the headstones of veterans and their family members to mark Veterans Day in Riverside Cemetery on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Ashley Knapp and Kallie Buss

November 12, 2016

Freedom is not free, and many of our family members, neighbors, and coworkers, have paid that price to give us something that is unmatched by any material possession. Yesterday, Apple Valley came together to celebrate all those who have served and who are currently serving the country with our ann...

2016’s Lunar Surprise

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Zach Crowley, Sports Writer

November 11, 2016

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It’s a supermoon! On the night of Sunday, November 13th, to the morning of Monday, November 14th, a moon much bigger and brighter than normal should appear. With any luck, people will find themselves outside staring at the unique astronomical super hero known as a supermoon...

Sacred Land or Construction Site?

A protester holds up a placard against the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline on the Standing Rock Reservation.

Osob Abas, News Writer

November 9, 2016

Who knew a pipeline being built near our state could cause such an uproar? In the recent weeks, the protests in North Dakota have been in the media’s spotlight. Thousands of protesters have been camping out in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, speaking out against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline ...

ISIS Threatens Americans in Turkey

Islamic State group militants hold up their flag as they patrol in a commandeered Iraqi military vehicle in Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad, Iraq.

Megan Navratil, News Writer

November 8, 2016

For most Americans, "ISIS" is a far too common name. For those unfamiliar with them, here's a brief explanation: ISIS stands for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and it is an extremist militant group that originated in Syria. “ISIS has as many as 10,000 fighters in Iraq and Syria,” U.S. officials estimate....

Conquering the Fall Blues

Conquering the Fall Blues

Spencer France, Arts & Entertainment Writer

November 7, 2016

 It’s official—Halloween has been over for a week now, and as we anxiously await the incoming horde of holiday cards wishing us “Greetings!” we cannot help but feel down in the dumps. There is more to this feeling of boredom than just a lack of creativity. Fall and winter are seasons where stress begins to b...

Pumpkins: A History


Jane Michaelson, News Editor

October 31, 2016

We’re used to seeing pumpkins three times a year, as jack-o-lanterns, in our coffee cups and an entire section of Target. But these wonderful round vegetables--yes, that means your pumpkin spice latte is actually a vegetable drink--have been around much longer than we expect. So today, let's take a ...

To Vote or Not to Vote, That is the Question…

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton shakes hands with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump after the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (Joe Raedle/Pool via AP)

Noah Packwood, News Writer

October 28, 2016

November 8th.  The day when the nation votes for our next president to lead us through the trials and tribulations of the next four years. Despite their opinions on the issues of late, one of these candidates winds up with a desk in the Oval Office... whether we like it or not. This year however, it...

Apple Valley Girls Are Not For Sale

London, UK.- 15 Oct 2016.

Ashley Knapp, News Writer

October 26, 2016

The world’s oldest profession?  More like the world’s oldest oppression. This is all the more prevalent in light of the breaking news that startled members of the metro community earlier this month: an international sex trafficking ring had been broken up in Minneapolis. Thai women, called “f...

Teens “Stay Woke”


Celia Nguyen, News Writer

October 24, 2016

Growing up most kids are the ones to complain when their parents switch from Nickelodeon to NBC. But times have changed and studies have shown that today’s millennials are more likely to watch the news than their elders. Today’s slang term, “woke”--defined by urban dictionary as ‘being aware ...

Virtual Reality: Clever Gimmick or the Future of Tech?

Will virtual reality prove to be an effective educational tool, or will it remain a niche product for basement-dwellers only?

Henry Dikeman, Sports Writer

October 19, 2016

We live in an era where technology once considered science fiction is now rapidly becoming reality. The generation that first saw films like Tron or The Matrix, where humans could enter a virtual world held in a computer, is now watching them come to life with innovations such as practical, interacti...

Hurricane Matthew in Minnesota?

Debris from the storm surge of Hurricane Matthew litters the ocean front street in Edisto Beach, S.C., on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Town officials say the storm washed between 3 and 4 feet of sand onto the street and the community took its worst hurricane hit since Hurricane David back in 1979. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

Megan Navratil, News Writer

October 19, 2016

Here in Minnesota we aren't in the eye of the storm when it comes to hurricanes. We see the aftermath on TV and hear advertising for relief efforts on the radio or on social media, but we have never felt the reality of the disaster. People may ask themselves, “Is there even anything we could do to h...

Islamophobia on the Rise

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Osob Abas, News Writer

October 19, 2016

For a country founded on religious freedom and liberty, Americans have made it clear that there is an exception where the Bill of Rights doesn't apply: Islam.  It is a peaceful religion that has experienced backlash ever since the September 11 terrorist attacks. Hate crimes have risen to an alarming rate s...

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