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Drone usage during the Coronavirus pandemic

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Drones around the country are being used to help fight the pandemic.

All over the globe countries are using drones to accomplish tasks that would be otherwise impossible without the use of these machines. Drones are being used for delivering packages as well as important supplies that are used for testing in developing countries. Drones are also being used for surveillance and enforcing social distancing in public, and are even being used as testing and monitoring devices for the pandemic.

While many people debate the ethics of the usage of drones, especially when there is the concern of the drones being used to spy on people, most would consider the usage a smart and safe idea.

In the U.S. drones have been deployed in the state of Connecticut to detect symptoms as well as to enforce social distancing out in the public. The drones are equipped with devices that measure body temperature, read heart rates, and detect sneezing and coughing from almost 200 feet away. Using these drones can also be useful in getting to remote or difficult places that would be otherwise hard for actual police officers to get to.

While in other countries, drones are being used to deliver important tools used for testing. Yahoo News states that the country of Ghana has around 834 confirmed infections and nine deaths but with the delivery of important tools and medicine, the country will be able to safely use these tools to combat the virus.

In the future, we may find new advantages or disadvantages brought on from using these drones to combat the epidemic but for now, they might be one of our most useful tools in this pandemic.

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Diego Melendez is a senior at Sartell High School. This is his second year being a journalist for the LeSabre.  Diego enjoys cooking, biking, listening...

The Quarantine Diaries: Day 16

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Jordan Wenshau

Here are some blobs of color that I drew to brighten up your quarantine.

This is it. This is the final installment of the Quarantine Diaries. So welcome, for the last time.

I have learned so much during this crazy time. I’ve learned to appreciate the little things like just going for a drive and not knowing where you’re going. I have also begun to realize how my dogs felt cooped up in the house all day when everyone was at work and school.

I’ve tried new things and I’ve gotten creative with my time. Most importantly though, I have realized that I do not need a bunch of friends to be happy because I have my family. They are the best friends I could ask for, and I am sure glad that I was quarantined with them.

I’ve learned new things about myself, each of my siblings, and my parents through this whole process. I’m not saying I am a fan of COVID-19, but I am very thankful for this quarantine. 🙂

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Jordan Wenshau, Journalist

Jordan Wenshau is a junior at Sartell High School. She is one of six kids. Her favorite hobbies include singing, cooking, writing, reading, drawing, and...

The Quarantine Diaries: Day 15

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Jordan Wenshau

These here are two of my favorite flavors of bubbly water.

Welcome welcome. This is the Quarantine Diaries.

It is day 15 and today I realized that quarantine has totally changed me. Take sparkling water for an example. I used to hate that stuff, like hatred with a fiery passion. I didn’t understand why someone would carbonate water and not add sugar. It was disgusting. I couldn’t even drink it if it were the last source of water on earth, until the earth turned on its axis or maybe I’ve stumbled into an alternate reality.

Anyways, I gave it a try, and I don’t know why I did this, but I am sure glad I did because yes, I love carbonated water. I never thought I’d see the day. My mom just said that it means I’m growing up. Ha! Ya right. It must be the alternate reality thing.

So, the moral of the story is that you should not be afraid to try new things. Even if you have tried something and not liked it before, you might appreciate it more if you give it another chance. So surprise yourself today. Try something you thought you didn’t like. If you still don’t like it, that’s totally fine but at least you tried. Have fun, be adventurous. 🙂

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Jordan Wenshau is a junior at Sartell High School. She is one of six kids. Her favorite hobbies include singing, cooking, writing, reading, drawing, and...

Opinion: Why fireworks should be legalized in Minnesota

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Lauren Wensel

The legalization of fireworks in MN would boost the economy.

Most consumer fireworks are illegal in Minnesota. Ground based fireworks including sparklers, tubes that emit sparks, fountains, and ground spinners and wheels are all legal. However any fireworks that are aerial and explosive are illegal to buy or use throughout the state.

If local law enforcement catches someone setting off illegal fireworks, the citizen could have to pay up to $3,000 in fines. Laws are identical for nonresidents as well. The Minnesota Department of Safety enforces these rules, however, it can be hard for them to do so especially around July 4th. 

Citizens can receive their Fireworks Operator (Public Display) Certification if the state approves. Applicants must provide proof of experience in other states. There is a fee required in order to obtain the certification. The certifications allow for the firework shows that take place in Minnesota during the summer to happen.

I believe that big fireworks should be legalized in Minnesota. There would be several benefits for the economy, and citizens within the state would enjoy fireworks. I argue that since the laws against big fireworks are not being heavily enforced, and citizens simply travel out of state to buy fireworks, the government should remove the laws.

Many MN citizens travel just over the state border to buy big fireworks. (Photo via Tom Huesing under the CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license.)

Senator Jason Rarick traveled to a firework shop in Wisconsin, right by the Minnesota border. The staff revealed that about 75 to 80% of their customers are from Minnesota. As Rarick states, “[Fireworks] are here and they’re being used… It’s not being enforced, so why not legalize it and let people enjoy it?”

Legalizing big fireworks would bring in a lot of revenue for the state. By banning big fireworks, the state is losing out on sales and tax money. Senator Rarick estimates that more than $6 million in tax money will be raised every year in Minnesota from fireworks if they are legalized.

The tax money would allow more money to go to schools, so the public education system would be improved. There could be smaller class sizes and more teachers. It would also fund healthcare and construction to fix roads.

Another reason it would make sense for Minnesota to legalize fireworks is that firework companies could make public safety announcements and education happen. Big fireworks are far more dangerous for citizens in Minnesota when they do not get the proper education on how to be safe with them. Accidents related to fireworks will be less likely to happen.

Legalizing fireworks in the state would also create job opportunities. Temporary and permanent structures selling fireworks would both open up across the state. 

Former Governor Mark Dayton was firmly opposed to the idea of legalizing fireworks. On the other hand, the current Governor, Tim Walz, is open to the idea. With the COVID-19 pandemic still being resolved, firework legalization is not likely on the top of Walz’s list, but there is hope for it in the next couple of years. 

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Lauren Wensel is a junior at Sartell High School. Her favorite subject is English, and she enjoys reading and playing sports in her free time. Her current...

Native Americans hit hard by virus are getting help from the Irish

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The Native American people and Tribes are being hit harder than most by COVID-19

Native American tribes are being hit hard by the virus in many ways.  It is infecting their members, and they are also needing to rely on Washington for financial aid during these hard times.

Native American Tribal meeting so they can discuss problems and concerns as a tribe. (Wikipedia Under the Creative Commons License)

There are billions of dollars that are marked for the tribes, but the tribes are being met with red tape and also delays on the funds they are being provided with. This delay leaves tribes uncertain of how they are going to live off of the little money they have and also support their family as well as other families.

USA Today wrote an article about the stress that is on the tribes currently. They stated in the article that the tribes have access to a small business loan program that is called “The Paycheck Protection Project.”

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But those tribes or individuals that rely on income from casinos weren’t allowed access to apply for those small loans due to “an error in legislation.”  Due to the virus and quarantine rules, many of those casinos have had to close their doors which causes many families and people to lose their main source of income. Over 500 casinos owned by native people have had to close due to the virus and risks which has caused a lot of stress and hardships for those families and people.

The Navajo Nation is being hit hardest by the virus. The Navajo Nation stretches across parts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah has reached a very grim and sad milestone of this virus. Around two months ago the nation had their first confirmed case of COVID-19, but as of May 2020 the nation had 3,245 confirmed cases of the virus and among those 103 members have died.

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Across the Indian Country which ranges from Arizona to Minnesota, 5,200 cases have been confirmed on reservations. This virus is exposing the underlying fractures of the nation and how neglected those Native American tribes are from the US Government. NBC News stated in their article that those tribes have been underfunded for years and are running low on basic needs such as water, food, and healthcare. 30% of homes in which home roughly 175,000 Navajo members of the reservation do not have access to clean reliable drinking water, and they have to haul it miles from local utilities NBC stated. Also, the medical resources on the reservations are very scarce because they are understaffed, don’t always get medicine quick enough, and rural medicine is hard enough.

Native Americans are more vulnerable to this virus because many members suffer from asthma, heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes. Those conditions listed are some of the conditions that make people more vulnerable to the virus and lower survival rates.

This an example of housing on a reservation and it shows how close the houses are to each other. (Wikipedia under the Creative Commons License)

Also, the reservations they live on are very crowded and many houses have a large number of people in small houses and spaces which is a prime example of how the virus can be spread. Also, Native Americans aren’t being counted in for the demographic data for COVID-19, and they are being labeled as other rather than being in the other categories. This upset many of the tribes because they count for a large number of COVID-19 cases and the fact that they are just being forgotten about and not even getting a proper label is very demeaning and not okay. New Mexico is one of the only states that are properly labeling and counting the Native American people towards there numbers of COVID-19 and the deaths related to the virus. In New Mexico, they represent only 10% of the population but over 1/3 of their total cases. In Arizona, they make up 16% of the state’s COVID-19 cases.

It is very hard for the tribes to be able to follow the CDC’s guidelines for washing hands when they don’t always have ready access to water and also they don’t have access to many sanitizing products as well. In an article from the NY Times, it was said that in the Dakotas and Montana where it is very hard to find good and affordable housing, those who couldn’t afford to have a house of their own are having to find shelter with others on the reservation which is hitting those tribes very hard.

The Irish people and the Native American people have always been civil and worked together. It all started back in 1847 when the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma sent $170 to Ireland during the Great Famine since they saw they were struggling.

The Choctaw Tribe Seal. (Wikipedia under the Creative Commons License)

173 years after that amazing act of kindness, Ireland donated and raised over $2 million for the Navajo and Hopi nations who are struggling financially during this pandemic and have been hit the hardest. In the article that NBC wrote about this donating, many people were interviewed and a lot of the Irish people that the reporter talked to said that they thought it was the right thing to do especially to honor their ancestors who had created a strong bond with the tribes years and years ago. Many of the donations had small messages that had the common theme of how the people of Ireland wanted to give back to those who helped their nation survive and stay strong when they were going through a similar issue. The donations received are going to purchasing critical supplies, including food and available water, and also PPE since those living on the reservations have close to no PPE.

This is the sculpture that honors the Choctaw Nation and their relationship with Ireland (Wikipedia under the Creative Commons License)

Ireland honored the Choctaw Nation and their act of generosity by creating a sculpture of 9 stainless steel feathers that stand 23 feet high. The Prime Minister of Ireland, Leo Varadkr visited the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma and gave his thanks and praises in person rather than over the phone or social media platforms.

Other people have also been donating to help the Native American people out during this terrible time and have been sending their prayers. They are going through such a hard time but having the support from so many people and the people Ireland has helped them out tremendously and hopefully, soon the lives of those in the tribes and on the reservations go back to normal and they will return to their normal daily lives.

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Kylie Reisinger is a senior at Sartell High School. She plans on going to SCSU for college and is going to major in early education to become a kindergarten...

NYC reopening in June

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New York City skyline in Manhattan.

Bill de Blasio, mayor of NYC. (Wikimedia)

Last Thursday, Mayor of New York City Bill DeBlasio spoke at a press conference that the city could be reopening earlier than previously expected. DeBlasio said that New York City could reopen as early as June 1st, but anywhere from the 1st to the 15th is the range the mayor is predicting.

DeBlasio said the city possibly reopening earlier than expected is due to the city hitting or exceeding the targets set by the city for hospitalizations, ICU patients, and confirmed cases in the city. The city is currently tracking seven different statistics to stay on top of the pandemic in the city.

However, this is merely hypothetical, as the pandemic has thrown the city a lot of “curveballs” according to Mayor DeBlasio. Phase I of reopening the city includes construction, manufacturing, and supply chains. Businesses will be allowed curbside pickup to generate revenue.

Public transportation in NYC has seen increased ridership since the outbreak, with more New Yorkers venturing out to carry out their daily lives. As it stands, 9 percent of the city population is confirmed to be infected, amounting to nearly 750,000 people. However, Cuomo and DeBlasio have both stated that the state is making “remarkable progress.”

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Governor Cuomo of New York stated in an interview that this is about “balancing between financial ruin and death” and that “a spike in cases is the worst possible scenario.” 8.3 million people live in New York City, and the state of New York has 19.5 million residents in total.

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Josh Harrington is a senior at Sartell High School. After high school his plan is to go to the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and obtain his Bachelor's...

Quarry Park closing swimming areas

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Quarry #2, the most popular among residents for swimming and cliff jumping.

On Thursday, a joint commission of the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office as well as the County Parks Commission formally announced the indefinite closure of Quarry 2 and 11, the most popular amongst visitors. The closure was cited by the Sheriff’s Office as being required due to “limited space for park users to properly social distance.”

Quarry 2 is extremely popular among residents, as its 100+ foot water depth and 40 foot cliffs allow for jumping and swimming during the summer. Quarry Park is normally busiest Memorial Day through Labor Day during the summer, and Stearns County estimates 150,000 people visit during the year. 

While these two quarries are closed, the rest of the park remains open to visitors. The two swimming quarries will be closed “until further notice” and will reopen “as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Quarry Park is located in Waite Park, near Menards on Stearns County Road 137.

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Josh Harrington is a senior at Sartell High School. After high school his plan is to go to the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and obtain his Bachelor's...

How is Minnesota going to recover and reopen from this?

Govenor Walz is making more steps into the direction of Minnesota reopening.

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Govenor Walz is making more steps into the direction of Minnesota reopening.

Minnesota is currently a hotspot for COVID-19 especially in the St.Cloud area. Stearns County currently, as of May 21st, has 1,831 cases and 11 deaths.  Many of these cases have come from the meat processing plants such as Pilgrim’s Pride and Jenny-O. All the workers from those meat processing plants are currently being tested for the virus in order to move further with the plans for those plants.

The stay at home order for Minnesota has been extended many times. First it was going to be lifted on May 4th but then it got pushed back to May 18th. This has made many small business owners upset because they aren’t able to open back up and that could cause a lot of small businesses to close. Some of those businesses have been saying they will open without permission because if they don’t their businesses will go under and they will lose the business they worked so hard for.

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Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store opened up this week with over 200 customers inside.

Minnesota’s largest candy store which is located in Jordan opened the other day and had 200 customers inside of the store! This infuriated many small business owners who had remained close due to orders and lost a lot of money in the process of quarantine. In this Kare11 article, they included an interview from a small business Karen Lewis who is the co-owner of Ficus and Fig located in Burnsville. In this interview, she stated how frustrating this was, and after the candy store opened they decided they will open their doors for business as well. She also included more of her opinions and feelings in the article which is linked here.

On Monday other businesses such as dentist offices, veterinarian offices, and elective surgeries can finally begin and take place. Elective surgeries are often the lifeline of hospitals, they are what keep them running and going since there are so many of them nowadays. But with these businesses opening up, extra safety precautions have to be taken, and N95 mask and PPE supplies have had an increased production number which allows those businesses to safely open up. Governor

Walz did say this is a “calculated risk” but it is what needs to happen in the steps leading up to Minnesota opening and recovering from this unexpected closure. Many nurses have expressed their frustrations and concerns about Minnesota opening up so fast and allowing large gatherings. Nurses also are frustrated because allowing elective surgeries to begin leaves nurses wondering when they should use the N95 masks versus the standard masks that put them at risk for the virus.

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The Minnesota Nurses Association was interviewed by StarTribune where in this article one nurse stated “Continuing this crisis of standard PPE use while adding nonessential surgeries will result in needless infections and death of patients and workers.”

Governor Walz had a press conference last Wednesday at 6 pm where he announced on May 18th the stay at home order for Minnesota will be lifted. The day he announced the state at home order would be lifted was the same day that Minnesota had reached a total of 6,700 positive tested cases. He also announced that churches can only have 10 people max inside, retailers should work at 50% capacity, and this order is is still allowing group gatherings with 10 people or less. But with this announcement, restaurants, gyms, salons, barber shops, etc. aren’t allowed to open until June 1st.

Also, the Minnesota State Board of Education banned all in person graduations even those outside or in gyms which would let students be spaced out. This has been devastating news to many seniors.

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Minnesota is going to have a long recovery to get back to how it used to be. Businesses have been closed for almost two months now losing business, customers, and money. As all businesses and places can reopen some won’t be opening and especially small family-owned businesses because this virus and stay at home order wiped them out.

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Kylie Reisinger is a senior at Sartell High School. She plans on going to SCSU for college and is going to major in early education to become a kindergarten...

Places to visit this summer after quarantine

Minnesota summers are going to look very different this summer, but check out these amazing places to visit.

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Minnesota summers are going to look very different this summer, but check out these amazing places to visit.

Summer is some of the best three months out of the year. It’s always hot outside, it gets darker later, the lakes are open, and you get tan. But this summer might be a little different due to the situation we are in currently.

There are many places to visit in Minnesota during the summer besides the lakes, there are many state parks and attractions. If you are interested in being outdoors and learning more about our history then Split Rock Lighthouse in Duluth is just for you.

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A beautiful picture of The Split Rock Lighthouse in Duluth Minnesota.

The Split Rock Lighthouse is just south-west of Silver Bay and is a very historic sight to see.

The lighthouse was retired in 1969; however, it then became the focal point for The Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. I have been to the park myself, and it was so interesting to see the lighthouse and to learn about all of the histories behind it. The climb and walk up to the lighthouse are also very scenic which adds to the beauty of the lighthouse. Guided tours of the lighthouse are also provided for $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, veterans, and active military, and college students, $7 for children 5-17, and free for children  under 4

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A picture of a tourist on the shore of Lake Superior with Split Rock Lighthouse in the background.

The lighthouse isn’t the only historical place you can visit. While at the park you can also visit the restored lighthouse keepers house, oil house, and the fog building. For more information, you can visit the official website for the national park.

 

Another very common place for people to visit in Minnesota is Valleyfair. Valleyfair is an amusement park in Shakopee, MN. Valleyfair is a very popular place to go during the summer because of all of the fun rides including the waterpark Soak City.

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Soak City’s Ripple Rapids which is one of the 2 lazy rivers.

Soak City is built in the middle of Valleyfair and includes five waterslides, two lazy rivers, and also some smaller splash pads for little kids. Pictures and more information about Soak City can be found on Valleyfair’s website. 

Besides Soak City Valleyfair also offers multiple other rides ranging from huge and tall rollercoasters to smaller rollercoasters and rides for kids of all ages. Valleyfair has many popular rides but some of the most popular are Wild Thing, Renegade, Steel Venom, Excaliber, and The Xtreme Swing. These rides are made for people who love adrenaline and are very brave.

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The Wild Thing Ride at Valleyfair.

The Wild Thing is a rollercoaster that has a 207-foot drop; it reaches speeds up to 74 miles per hour! The rollercoaster is a fan favorite due to all of the drops and the sharp curves that make this ride thrilling but enjoyable at the same time. This video shows a first-person view of riding the Wild Thing.

Another very popular ride for thrillseekers is Steel Venom.

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Steel Venom’s Main Entrance at Valleyfair.

Steel venom is a unique ride because it accelerates riders in four seconds from 0 mph to 68 mph! That is crazy. The ride has two 185 foot vertical spikes going back and forth and reaching the top of both spikes on the last pass. The video I linked is a pov of steel venom from the front seat and really shows how scary and thrilling this unique ride is!

Let’s get into more of the scenic spots to visit in Minnesota. Bay Lake is a breathtaking place to visit in the summer.

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People fishing off the dock on Bay Lake.

Bay Lake Township is a very gorgeous and relaxing town that is only home to around 900 people. Bay Lake is home to a beautiful resort called Rutgers Bay Lake Lodge.  It is a cute cabin lodge and is located right on the lake.

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A beautiful lakeside view at Ruttger’s Lodge

Rutgers offers many activities that adults and kids can both participate in such as a summer camp for kids called Kid’s Kamp and golfing and a spa for adults. Lodging at the resort includes cabins, Bay Lake Villas, Jane’s cottage, Elsie’s cottage, and more. The lodging prices vary from the different types of lodges and cottages and those prices can be found on Rutger’s website.

Itasca State Park is a classic sport for Minnesotans to visit any time of the year but summer is its a prime season.

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Mississippi headwaters which is one of the most popular sites to see.

Itasca State Park is Minnesota’s largest state park and is known for the Mississippi Headwaters. There are many things to do at the park: hiking, camping, fishing, and even watersports. The park is home to 200 campsites which you can reserve and rent for a certain amount of days and all the fares are listed on Minnesota’s DNR website. The state park is also home to the historic Douglas Lodge. The lodge contains guest rooms, meeting rooms, a dining room, and a lobby. You can stay in the Douglas Lodge but it is fairly pricy, DNR.state.mn.us   states that one night in a room with one queen bed, and a room with two queen beds are both 150 dollars a night and 900 dollars a week if you want to stay in the Four Season Suites. You can also stay in the Douglas Lodge Suites or the Douglas Lodge Fourplex that are less expensive but still good quality places to stay. That is more pricy than staying in one of the campsites, but you’re paying for the quality. Pets, however, aren’t allowed in any of the Itasca lodging facilities, but they are allowed at the campsites.

Minnesota is such a beautiful place to live in and visit. There are so many wonderful places that you can visit that I didn’t list but you can find some more amazing places on either of these two websites I have linked below.

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Let’s hope we get to have an amazing summer and go explore our beautiful home state that has so many  unique parks and more.

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Kylie Reisinger is a senior at Sartell High School. She plans on going to SCSU for college and is going to major in early education to become a kindergarten...

Treasure hunts, sun-kissed surfers, and murder mysteries? The Outer Banks has it all

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"We're the Pogues, and our mission this summer is to have a good time, all the time." - John B

The internet has been buzzing about Netflix’s new action-packed drama Outer Banks since it’s release on April 15th, 2020, and honestly, it’s well deserved. 

With summer just around the corner, Outer Banks makes me want nothing more than to be at the beach all day, every day; and I don’t think I’m alone on that. Many teens on social media are showing off their Outer Banks style and wanting to make the most of their summers just like the characters in the show.

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Speaking of the characters, the show focuses on four teenage friends: John B, JJ, Kiara, and Pope. They all live the island life most of us dream about, out on the Outer Banks in North Carolina. There are two sides to this island, the rich and privileged also known as the Kooks, and the hardworking impoverished known as the Pogues. It’s a classic tale of rich versus poor, and our main characters aren’t exactly living the high life.

John B has been left to his own devices for the summer. His mother left when he was young, and his dad has been missing since his disappearance at sea nine months ago. With no legal guardian around, the Department of Child Services has threatened his summer plans with foster care. Thankfully a visit from Hurricane Agatha keeps the DCS at bay for a little while. 

And this is where the adventure begins. 

Out fishing after the hurricane, the gang stumbles upon a sunken boat. Upon further diving inspection, they find a motel key and decide to find out who owns the boat. After searching the motel room and coming across an empty room with nothing but a safe full of money and a loaded gun, they start to question what to do next. That is until a lowlife marina known as Scooter Grubbs is found dead that same day. 

After investigating, they start to think Scooter was involved in the smuggling of some kind of illegal contraband, which leads them on a wild goose chase to cover their tracks from cops, the Kooks, and other unpleasant outsiders. 

Turns out this was a very small piece to a much larger puzzle, one John B was set on solving; a puzzle he couldn’t solve without the help of Kook princess Sarah Cameron. 

John B and Sarah Cameron become quite the treasure hunting team. (photo via Refinery29 with fair use permission)

You see, John B’s dad was set on finding an old sunken wreck known as the Royal Merchant that was known to have had four hundred million dollars worth of gold aboard. John B decides to continue his dad’s search for the gold with the help of his friends, but kids from the poor side of the island can only get so far. Maps and archives John B needed for his treasure hunt were located in places poor kids aren’t necessarily allowed. This is where rich kid Sarah Cameron comes into play. 

Turns out they have a lot more in common than just wanting to find hidden treasure.

This relationship, however, could have grave consequences considering where each of them comes from. The Kooks don’t like the Pogues and vice versa. While John B and Sarah were out gathering information, we learn that the rest of the Pogue gang isn’t well-liked among the elites.

After being attacked by Kooks Rafe and Topper, Pope has had enough with being treated poorly. With help from mischievous JJ, they decide to retaliate.  Not only adding to the already toxic relationship between the two sides but also creating one heck of a mess for themselves later down the road.

JJ, in my opinion, has the best and strongest story arc among all the other characters. (photo via Forbes with fair use permission)

Besides rivalries, treasure hunts, dramatic teen romance, and mysterious murders, Outer Banks has a huge message for what family means. While some families in the show turn out to be extremely toxic, notably the relationship between JJ and his abusive father, we also see that some families just want what’s best for their kids. And we even see how new families can be made just by the likes of friendship and how far that bond can stretch. Relationships between the characters are constantly being tested, turning best friends against each other at times.

This show starts off slow with just a few surfer friends trying to have a good summer and quickly takes a very serious turn. It’s addictive and fast-paced and gives us a healthy dosage of adventure, something a lot of us have been craving lately. It may be just another teen drama on Netflix, but definitely one you should check out. Trust me, once you start watching, the thrill this show delivers makes it hard to put on pause.

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Charlie Monson is a junior at Sartell High School. Her hobbies include watching movies, playing video games, painting and listening to music. She is currently...

A series of unfortunate book buds

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In this episode, we discuss some of our favorite middle-grade novels, what they are about, and why we like them.

Books Mentioned:

  • The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
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Sartell Anglers Corner: Cooking Fish

How to Fry Up Some Killer Fillets

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Peyton Henkensiefken

Frying Fish is also a great way to spend time with friends and family.

Fish is one of my favorite things to eat.  It is something I learned how to cook when I was just a little guy. My favorite fish to eat are walleye, crappie, perch and bluegills.

There are two ways I like to make fish, they are both similar. The first way is the one I learned first.

For this first recipe you will need first of all, fish. Fillet them however you like. Then I like to put the fillets into a bowl with cold water and some ice, this will help draw some of the blood and that kind of stuff out of the meat. 

Next you are going to want to crack some eggs into a bowl and break the yokes up. You are also going to need to crush up Saltine and Club crackers.

Start by dipping the fillet into the egg, flip it so both sides are covered. Next put the fillet into the cracker crumbs, again make sure both sides are covered. Then put the finished product onto a plate until it is time to fry them up. 

The next recipe you are going to want some Frank’s Red Hot, and flour. For this recipe you will dip the fillets into the Frank’s as if it was the egg. Then put the fillet into the flour, similar to the cracker crumbs. Again put these on a plate until it’s time to fry them.

When it comes to actually frying the fish, you are going to need vegetable oil. Pour the vegetable oil into a frying pan so it just covers the fillets. Next place the fillets into the hot oil, it should bubble up around each fillet, that is how you know the oil is hot enough. When the fillet starts to turn golden brown, it is time to flip them. When both sides are golden brown the fillet is cooked. 

As for sides, I like to have some little potatoes, beans, and white buttered bread. I also like to have tartar sauce to dip the fish in.

If you can prepare this meal everybody will be so impressed. It is one of my all-time favorite meals when family comes around, so enjoy.

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