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Sartell Anglers’ Corner: Research

How to Research a New Body of Water



On the left side is the Google Earth Image of the Lake, the right side is from the Minnesota DNR lake survey.

One of the most important, and oftentimes underlooked parts of bass fishing doesn’t even happen on the water. This is the time before you ever even get to the water, sitting at home:  the research.

There are a couple things I look at while I am researching to prepare myself to get on the water and be as efficient and successful as possible. First before doing anything, you have got to pick the body of water you want to fish.

When I’m looking for a new lake, I first start on the DNR website. I look at if the lake has public water access. I also look at the vegetation that may be listed for that particular lake. They do surveys of the fish species and size in almost every lake in Minnesota, and these oftentimes tell me if the lake is worth fishing. These surveys can tell you what the main forage is, which will help you in choosing what baits to use.

Once I have found the target lake, I jump onto Google Earth. I look for any sort of emergent vegetation, like pads, rice or reeds. I also like to see if there are any visible points, corners, or small creeks that run in or out of the lake. All of these places should hold fish. Looking at Google Earth also helps with familiarizing yourself with the lake, rather than just going out blind and having no idea what the layout of the lake looks like.

Google Earth can also give you a good idea what the water color and clarity is going be. Knowing the water clarity and color is very important when it comes to bait selection, you can then decide if you need to fish light colors, or dark colors.

One of the most important parts of researching for a day on the water is looking at the weather. You need to know what mother nature is going to throw at you so you can be prepared. Paying attention to the weather conditions can help you predict which spots are going to produce the highest quantity of fish.

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Peyton Henkensiefken, Journalist

Peyton Henkensiefken is glad to be a senior at Sartell High School and is looking forward to being done with high school. He loves to fish and hunt. He's...

Read this until you believe it

You can live this moment into the next.

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You can live this moment into the next.

Sometimes, you may feel down. There may be a reason, and there may not be. I offer you these words as emotional support and encouragement to help you through this time full of uncertainty and hardships.

Read it until you believe it.


Right now is a hard time.

You don’t have to love it. You don’t have to do this gracefully. You don’t have to find what’s good in this moment. You just have to make it through.

These words are here to help you get there.


No matter what has happened, no matter how you feel right now, you are still you.

You are still you. Even through this.


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You are extremely complex

You are still infinitely complex.

You are still bigger than this feeling.

There is more to you than this moment. There is more to you than where you are and where you have been.
This is another part of your story. This is not the whole story.


Storm clouds may gather, but you can survive and thrive.

Everything you are, everything you have already lived through, makes you able to weather this storm.

There is no shame in grief, no disgrace in sorrow, and no weakness in despair.

Love will help you through.

This feeling means your heart works. This feeling means you have lived fully and loved deeply.

Honor what’s been lost. Give yourself time. Take as long as you need.

Sometimes, you can take life a day at a time. Sometimes, you can take just an hour at a time. And sometimes, all you can do is this very moment, hand over hand, until the next moment is given. In these times, be very gentle to yourself.


It will not be this difficult forever. You will not be forever in the dark. It may seem small, it may seem distant, but there is light for you here.

The light in the darkness. It is here for you
A jumble of lines representing the healing process.


Your healing may not occur in a straight line.

You are still here. You are on your way. Just by living, just by continuing, your healing has begun.

Uplifting flowers in a field.

A bright moment does not dishonor your loss. A difficult moment does not dishonor your joy.

There is still life in the moments of transition.

Dirt road leading home.


You can do a lot, but you cannot do everything. Forgive yourself. Come home to yourself.

You have an incredible amount of life poured into you. It fills you to the top. Your life is still a story of joy and complexity, trial and overcoming. You can still create what comes next. And what’s next is worthwhile.

 It may be messy, it may be painful, it may be complicated. And it is still worthwhile.

You can live this moment into the next.

Whenever you feel sad, whenever you feel worthless, or unloved or unimportant, read these words. Read it until you believe it.

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M. Franzmeier, Journalist

Madison Franzmeier is a senior at Sartell High School. She is involved in multiple choirs including her school and community choirs. She loves performing...

Hardee’s is put to the test


Images photoshopped by Raven Vastag

Hardee's was founded nearly 20 years after Carl's Jr, with Carl's Jr being created in 1941, and Hardee's being made in 1960

In 2013 Hardee’s started to open more locations in the northeast
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In this world, nothing is certain except death, taxes, and a random burger chain having 2 different names despite being nearly identical restaurants. Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr. is a fast food chain found across the United States.

Carl’s Jr. is found in the west coast areas and part of the south, and Hardee’s is found in the midwest and the east, as well as the rest of the south

Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. started as two different burger chains, until CKE bought them out and decided to combine them, as well as build a small storyline around the burger chains. In 2017 CKE co-marketed the burger chains, coming up with a fake joint-owner named Carl Hardee who’s son, Carl Jr. took part of the company to himself. The storyline followed Carl Hardee and his attempt to get the company back. 

There aren’t many differences between the two chains. The logos are different with Hardee’s having the star next to the word Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. having the star on top and behind the words Carl’s Jr. but it’s the same star and the same font. They have somewhat different taglines, both on a red ribbon under the logo, but the Hardee’s tagline is “Charbroiled Thickburgers” while the Carl’s Jr. tagline is “Charbroiled Burgers.” With differences in the food, Hardee’s has red burritos while Carl’s Jr. has green burritos, and Carl’s Jr. in a west coast fashion, serves salads while Hardee’s does not.

I decided to go to Hardee’s to test out the food myself. I never heard of Hardee’s being a great fast food place, but I also never heard anything bad about it. I never really heard anyone talk about it at all. I vaguely remember going as a kid but I hadn’t been since. I went, and I got the Original Thickburger combo in order to get the full Hardee’s experience. I got it to go and my friend convinced me to eat it in the car while we waited for a few other friends, and I must say eating in the car did not make my experience any better or worse.

It’s alright. I feel like Hardee’s quality of food I’d put a tier above most fast food joints. I’d put it around Culver’s or something for quality.”

— Mr. Walker

I was surprised with the taste. It was a very sweet burger without much salt on it. It came with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, bacon, mayo, and ketchup. The bacon was the only part that tasted salty. It threw me off guard with the first bite but after eating a bit of it it was a good quality burger. If you’re not a fan of sweet burgers I wouldn’t recommend it, but I didn’t mind. I tried some of the fries, and they were almost completely saltless. There was some flavor in them but I didn’t taste any salt, so either I got a bad batch of fries or Hardee’s is trying to help people with their sodium intake, either way I appreciate the cause of extending my life

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Raven is a senior at Sartell High School. His favorite SZA song is "Doves In The Wind." His plans after high school are to be rich and famous for his music...

The Last Dance documentary recap


Cole Zunker

Basketball finals are on their way.

ESPN and Netflix teamed up with Michael Jordan and the rest of the 1997 Bulls to make a new ESPN documentary called The Last Dance.

The background of the show is that last year all the star players were together for the Chicago Bulls in 1997-1998.  They had a film crew follow them around and film everything that they were doing every day during the season. The documentary was made to capture the complications that went on during that season and to show that it wasn’t all perfect sailing.

In the first two episodes of the documentary, it showed Michael Jordan, the star player for the Chicago Bulls, as a kid and how his life was before he was a world-famous basketball star. He lived in North Carolina and didn’t even make the varsity basketball roster his sophomore year.  He came home crying to his mom and was saying he would never play basketball again. But his mother told him to keep going and try harder.  Then he went from not making the basketball team his sophomore year to having major college basketball teams see him play basketball.

It went on to show him in college winning the NCAA tournament with the North Carolina Tar Heels. After that, he played two more years in college until finally he went pro and was drafted number three overall to the Chicago Bulls. He went on to win rookie of the year and lead them to their first playoff appearance in a decade.

The second episode is all about Scottie Pipen, the second best player on the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan’s right-hand man. It showed his life and his basketball career. He went to Central Arkansas University and played four years there. He was a very talented basketball player there but wasn’t the best until his junior year. He grew seven inches his sophomore year to junior year, and he went on to be a highly rated prospect in the NBA draft. He was drafted 5th overall to the Chicago Bulls and the rest is history.

In this second episode, it really shined on the fact that Scottie was very underpaid for the role he played in that organization. He was the second best player on the Bulls and was one of the best players in the NBA but was paid the 6th most money on the Bulls and 122nd most money in the entire NBA. He signed a contract for 7 years and 17 million dollars his 2nd season, knowing that he would have made way more in the future. 

He said, “I couldn’t risk getting injured and having no money.”

Michael and Scottie were the best duo in the NBA for several years and won multiple championships.  The next episode this Sunday talks about the 3rd player on their team that doesn’t get the most credit, Denis Rodman.

If you haven’t seen the first two episodes I would advise you to check it out. 


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Dominic Hagy is a senior at Sartell High School. He plays basketball and football for the Sartell Sabres. His favorite Netflix series is Daybreak because...

V’s Quarantine Playlist #2

This week has been specular, and it has but me in a great mood. The songs on my playlist this week are more upbeat and fun. These are a few of my favorites from this week.


“Partition” -Beyonce


I love all of Beyonce’s songs as much as the next girl but this song will always be one of my favorites. I love this song because it has variety; there are four different parts of the song, and they all come together to create a masterpiece. The song opens with the call-and-response that Beyonce pumps the crowd with before her show on The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. The song then moves on to a more upbeat and fun part which is very hard not to start dancing to. The song is fantastic and very pleasing to listen to.

Zara Larsson


“Never Forget You” -Zara Larsson ft. MNEK

Right at the very beginning of this song, it is easy to tell that it will be a high energy and fun song. Although the song is about a breakup, Zara adds a beat that will easily make people want to listen to the song over and over. Zara says that the song is inspired by exes and friends who may not be in your life anymore but you still have love for them.


“Açaí Bowl” -Dominic Fike

This song starts slow but as it goes on it becomes more upbeat and fun. An Açaí bowl is made of frozen and mashed Açaí palm fruit. It is served as a smoothie in a bowl or a glass and is topped with things like granola, banana, chocolate, powdered milk, and condensed milk. I think the song was titled in this strange way because he is talking about a messy relationship with many different problems that may be happening within the relationship. Dominic Fike is a fantastic artist, and I recommend him to anyone who hasn’t heard his music.

“3 Nights” -Dominic Fike

This song starts with an amazing beat that will get you on your feet to dance and sing along. This was the first song I head by Dominic Fike, and I can honestly say that it is still one of my favorite songs. This song is about a broken relationship. Fike catches feeling and everything is going well, but suddenly she doesn’t return his calls. He is very much in love with her and he invites her to spend 3 nights at the hotel with him. This is a fantastic song, and I recommend it to anymore needing a new song to jam out to.


“Bang”- Trippiest Redd

This song does not pertain to the taste of the older generations.

I love this song because it is so high energy, and it is something you can listen to on a car ride with friends. This song is a great song to jam out and scream on top of you’re lunges. This song is most likely about his girlfriend at the time. The song seems as if he is praising Trippie Reddhis girlfriend for what she does for him.  He says in the song “Baby, yes, you’re mine, baby, yes, you’re fine.” I recommend this song to anyone willing to give something new a try, and I recommend listening to at least the middle of it before you make a judgment.



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Vaniesa is a senior at Sartell High School, and she is planning on moving to Arizona for college next year. She is planning on majoring in psychology to...

Flowers for book buds


Ethan Johnstone

A photoshop done by Ethan Johnstone for this episode’s topic, science fiction.

In this episode, we discuss science fiction novels, what they’re about, why we like them, and why they’re important with special guest Taylor Chaika.

Books Mentioned:

  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab
  • Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Music: purple planet

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Alyssa Haus, Journalist

Alyssa Haus is a junior at Sartell High School. Her favorite activities include drumline and marching band. Reading and watching musicals are just a few...

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Ethan Johnstone is a junior at Sartell High School. His activities include jazz band, marching band, and winter drumline. His hobbies include reading,...

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Emma LeMieur, Journalist

Emma LeMieur is a junior at Sartell High School. She is involved in band and morning drumline at the school and loves them both. In her free time, she...

Paramount food service unemployment across Minnesota sparks concern for many

The state of Minnesota has been halted in place as COVID-19 cascades throughout the United States. One select group that has been laid off due to this crisis is the largest economic group in the state, employees in the foodservice industry. 

On Tuesday, March 17th at 5:00 pm Gov. Tim Walz announced the mandatory shutdown of all sit-down restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues throughout the state of Minnesota. This was set in place to help ease the spread of the novel Coronavirus throughout our state and help more Minnesotans stay healthy and well. Although unemployment has helped aid employees fight against this roadblock, most workers still fear the imminent and uncertain future that lies ahead.

Employees in the foodservice industry make up 282,273 employees in Minnesota’s combined workforce statistic according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. This intense shut-down and conversion of the food industry have left many especially the age group of 18-25-year-old workers unemployed for an immeasurable amount of time.

Many of these hospitality workers, especially those that make their living off of tips from customers and their customer interactions are hurting even more. The recent changes to the unemployment program throughout Minnesota have been the biggest change in the program’s history and required a complete redesign in the way the application was sent in and accepted.

Zee D. Carter, an employee of Top Golf Event Center for two years
Zee D. Carter

Zee Carter, a hospitality host, and server for Top Golf Event Center located in Brooklyn Center, MN, is one of many workers facing hardships during this strenuous time. When asked how he felt about the matter Carter remarks, “I felt it was a genuine disservice to everyone living paycheck to paycheck but in retrospect, I feel like this shutdown is necessary.”

The new unemployment system has been flooded with activity over the past month as vast amounts of Minnesotans look to rebound after losing their jobs. Carter began the application for unemployment right as Gov. Walz finished his press conference.

Carter asserts, “The process was concise and efficient and allowed both my girlfriend and I to apply the same day.”

When asked about the efficiency he claimed, “The website was clearly overloaded with activity as it was hard to process near the end, but we pushed through the buffering to get to the support.”

Carter points out, “A consequence of this is not being able to see all of our work friends and me and my girlfriend miss that a ton right now. Social distancing is really trashy, but the benefits outway the selfish consequences.”

When asked about his income now he stated, “I do have a side-hustle currently with programming for some small businesses in the Twin Cities, and that is making me some extra cash on the side.”

“This is the new normal,” Walz said according to The Pioneer Press, emphasizing that more restrictions on businesses and the public are likely to come.

Another employee that has been laid off and forced to file for unemployment is twenty-two year old Jake Massman. Massman is a server at Buffalo Wild Wings and has worked at the location in Saint Cloud, MN for three and a half years.

This is an image of Jake Massman, an employee at Buffalo Wild Wings in Saint Cloud, MN.
Jake Massman

When asked about how he felt with the shutdown occurring Massman acknowledges, “It really wasn’t a shock, but it was definitely necessary.”

Massman was dismissed from work completely although, he commented, “There were alternatives for us to work, but I decided to not take them. I was offered to work in the kitchen as an alternative. I chose not to so that other people could still make a living, working, and supporting themselves.” 

Applying for unemployment seemed to be just as successful for Massman, as he agreed with Carter, “They did not have everything in place right away for this. There was only one question towards COVID-19 at the end, but then since the previous weeks, it has become much easier.”

When asked about the efficiency of getting approved, Massman confirms, “I have received funds, and I was accepted for unemployment only 48 hours after I had virtually applied.”

Extraneous consequences of quarantining also have effected Massman greatly. He commented on his struggles when he explained, “I have just had the struggles everyone is having, and dealing with the issue of how you live on a fraction of your salary and support yourself.”

Since Massman’s major at Saint Cloud State University is in Vocal Performance, he also has been singing quite often to help relieve stress and practice his craft.



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Dylan Pringle is a senior this year at Sartell High School. He is adamant about his constant involvement in music both in and out of the school day. Dylan...

The Quarantine Diaries: Day 11


Jordan Wenshau

I forgot to take pictures of me and my siblings when we were at the park so here's the basketball we played with.

Howdy! Welcome back to another adventure in quarantine, I’m Jordan Wenshau, and I’ll be your host on this fine day.

Today started like every other day in quarantine so far: coffee and eggs, online school, then boredom until about one o’clock when I checked the weather. The temp was nearing 60º and the UV index was at six. It was tanning time. So raced up onto the roof, yes you read that correctly, and I basked in the glorious sunshine for about an hour.

Later, after my siblings and I had finished our dinner, we headed out on our bikes for an evening ride. We ended up at the park playing basketball and sandman until the sun set. I ended my day with some TikTok and drawing my heart out.

I also discovered a website called Brainden. It is full of brain teasers, riddles, and optical illusions. Check it out when you get bored. Overall I’d say that today was a great day, and I hope yours was too! 🙂

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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...

Find ways to relax with self-care

We are really bored with this stay at home order, and it is really important to fulfill your day. Most of us have already gotten the house chores done like laundry, picking up things that go in their rightful places, meal prep, etc. Now it is time to relax, and if you are anything like me, this can be a challenge especially if you are used to being on the go all of the time. A good way to start off your day is with some cinnamon rolls to get your day of relaxation rolling. 


Sydni Scherr


After eating your big meal of cinnamon rolls, it might be nice to take a bath and just relax and just reflect on yourself. Think about how you can be a better person and know your self-worth.  It is so important to grow as a person, and it makes it so much easier when you know how to do so. 


Sydni Scherr


 I also don’t mean to hop on the trend of trying to stay fit during this whole quarantine time but on the other hand, it is too nice outside to do nothing with the weather. What I personally love to do is rollerblading and you can still do so with some of your friends, but remember to stay six feet apart. Being outside when it is sunny does wonders for your mood according to Health. Physical activity has been shown to relax and cheer people up, so if being outside replaces one’s bad habits into healthy ones then it also might mean more smiles and laughter.

Sydni Scherr


After all the excitement of being outside, it is a good thing to keep your face clean. I personally love peel-off masks because it is so satisfying to rip it off and feel your face not be so stiff anymore.


Sydni Scherr Left- there is a pink Pore Refining mask and it is supposed to get all of the junk and dirt lifted off of your face. Middle- there is a purple Firming mask and it is supposed to firm and tighten the skin. Right- there is a sliver Illuminating mask and it is supposed to make your face look bright and softer.


Sydni Scherr Right now I am going to use the pink Pore Refining mask to get all of the dirt and grime out of my face so it can start healing.


Step one, you want to throw the container of your face mask into some warm water so it is not so cold when you put it on your face. 

Step two, dampen your face with warm water to open your pores. 

Step three, apply the mask to your face and put it on as even as you can. ( Do not get it close to your eyes and keep it away from your eyebrows and hairline. If you accidentally get it in those places use a wet washcloth and it should come out right away.)

Step four, wait until it is all dry and sometimes this can take up to an hour.

Step five, peel off the mask. 

Step six, any left over pieces of your mask use your washcloth and just rub off.



Sydni Scherr


There is a lot more you can do with your relaxation time, but hopefully you’ve enjoyed or been inspired by some awesome tips to spend your day treating yourself with some mindfulness.   


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Sydni Scherr, Journalist

Sydni Scherr is a senior at Sartell High School, and she enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities from snowmobiling in the winter, to four-wheeling...

The Quarantine Diaries: Day 10


Jordan Wenshau

After I finally stopped laughing at my own jokes, I played with my cat Louis.

Knock knock. Who’s there? Woo. Woo who? Woo hoo is right!

Welcome back to another installment of the Quarantine Diaries! As you can probably tell, I’ve become quite the dad joke connoisseur. Would you like to hear some more? Who am I kidding, of course you would! And if not, I’m sorry to say that you’ve come to the wrong place for entertainment. Anyway. Here’s a list of my 10 best dad jokes:

  1. Knock knock. Who’s there? Cow says. Cow says who? No silly, a cow says moo!
  2. What did the farmer say when he lost his tractor? Where’s my tractor!?
  3. What did Tennessee? The same thing that Arkansas.
  4. Did you hear about the kidnapping at school? It’s fine, he woke up.
  5. Why did the man fall down the well? Because he couldn’t see that well.
  6. Sundays are always a little sad, but the day before is a sadder day.
  7. I lost my job at the bank on my first day. A woman asked me to check her balance, so I pushed her over.
  8. Stop looking for the perfect match…use a lighter.
  9. If the early bird gets the worm, I’ll sleep in until there’s pancakes.
  10. Want to hear a joke about construction? I’m still working on it.

Hahaha, I hope you liked my dumb jokes. Try reading these to your family members and see who gives you the best reaction. Have a great rest of your day! 🙂

P.S. If you want some more dad jokes, click here. If you want some more knock-knock jokes, click here.

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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...

Movies vs. Musicals: Beetlejuice


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Beetlejuice the musical is better than the movie because the plot is thicker and you actually see Beetlejuice more!

Ever since I could remember I have always enjoyed theater, whether I was just watching it or being a part of it. One day I got thinking about how there are so many musicals that are also movies, so I have made it my goal to compare the two and find out which one is better in my opinion. I decided that I am going to start with Beetlejuice and Beetlejuice the Musical. 

Let’s start with the plot of the two. The movie starts inside the house of Adam and Barbra Maitland.  They head to the store and later when they get back home they actually find out that they have passed away. The musical has a very different start with it beginning with the funeral of the character Lydia Deetz’s mother’s funeral. If you watch both the movie and the musical you see that they both have almost completely different plots while also have some similarities.

In the movie, Barbra and Adam are trying to get the people that moved into their house out. In the musical, it also has Barbra and Adam trying to get the people out but at about the middle of the musical, the story switches to Lydia trying to get her mother back from the netherworld, so she can see her again.

Another difference between the musical and the movie is that in the movie Barbra and Adam go to the netherworld right away to try and figure out how to get the Deetz family out of their house. In the movie, they try to avoid the netherworld at all costs. In the movie it shows that Lydia’s father Charles had already gotten remarried to someone named Delia but in the musical Charles and Delia have been secretly having relations and Charles eventually asks Delia to marry him, further pushing the plot.

The last thing about the plot differences is probably what bothered me the most. In the musical, we see Beetlejuice in the second song of the musical but in the movie, we don’t see him until about the middle of the movie. In fact, in the movie we barely see Beetlejuice at all, he’s only in it for about 15 minutes of the entire movie. Both the movie and the musical have some explicit content though.

Beetlejuice the movie actually has some pretty well-known actors such as Winona Rider, Michael Keaton, and Alec Baldwin. The musical doesn’t have as well known actors like Alex Brightman, Kerry Butler, and Sophia Anne Caruso. But in my opinion, the actors in the musical were better than the movie.

Now I would like to talk about my top 5 songs in the musical. My favorite song from the musical is Home. I chose this song as my favorite because I am a sucker for a ballad, and I just like the sound of Sophia Anne Caruso’s singing voice. My second favorite is probably Say My Namecause I think that the song has a lot of power behind it from what is going on in the story. My third favorite is Prologue: Invisiblebecause once again I love a good ballad. I just put this one a little lower on the list cause it doesn’t have as much power behind it. My fourth favorite is No Reasonjust because I think it’s a really fun song to listen to. My fifth favorite song is The Whole “Being Dead” Thing, Pt 2.because it is also a very fun song to listen to.

Between the movie and the musical though, I’d have to say that I like the musical more than the movie because I find the story to be slightly more interesting along with the fact that Beetlejuice was barely in the movie that was named after him.

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Ethan Johnstone is a junior at Sartell High School. His activities include jazz band, marching band, and winter drumline. His hobbies include reading,...

Hiding away in quarantine? Keep your mind sharp and your bodies moving


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Learning something new is one of the many ways to stay busy in quarantine.

Hi everyone, we’re still in the depths of quarantine, and like many of you, I began to get bored really quickly. So, I’ve decided I might as well come up with a list of things to occupy our time while we’re all stuck at home.

The first thing I want to suggest is picking up a new book. Now, before you click off this article, hear me out. I know many people don’t like reading or find it boring, but this is exactly the time to find the perfect book for yourself. I am a firm believer in the idea that there is a book out there for everyone, and if you ever need recommendations, here on the LeSabre, I run a podcast about reading with two of my best friends. Otherwise, you can check out channels on YouTube that talk about books like emmmabooks and aclockworkreader who have endless videos about books. I’m currently reading They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera, and I’m absolutely loving the story and the characters.

Emma LeMieur
They Both Die At The End is the book I’m currently reading.

The next thing I would like to suggest is watching a movie, TV show, or musical. We have some movie reviews here on the LeSabre like Charlie Monson’s review of Birds of Prey and Netflix right at our fingertips to find a new show or movie. Some of my favorites TV shows on Netflix are Jane the Virgin, The Umbrella Academy, and The Politician, and some of my favorite movies on Netflix are Corpse Bride, The Ring, and Sweeny Todd. Musicals are a little harder to find, but you can find bootlegs of Broadway shows on YouTube or listen to the soundtracks on Spotify. Some of my absolute favorites at the moment are Falsettos, Legally Blonde The Musical, and Chicago the Musical. 

Another easy thing you can do is go for a walk, exercise, or stretch. I try to stretch daily, usually following a video from emmmabooks on YouTube because I think it’s a good length and great for improving flexibility. I’ve also been trying to take walks when I have time, and on those walks, I listen to podcasts on Spotify. Recently I’ve been listening to the Jenna & Julien Podcast as well as Wine & YA

Another thing that I’ve been doing multiple times a week is Skyping with my close friends. Half the time, we don’t even have anything to talk about, we just want to be in each other’s presence while we do our homework or make dinner. It helps us stay connected even if we aren’t allowed to get together in person. FaceTime is another option for video calls.

I am not an artist. Honestly, I can’t draw or paint to save my life, but many of you out there can, and can use that to stay busy. Draw what it would be like if you were somewhere else, paint the sunset. If you don’t want to draw or paint, you could write a poem or story, or make a musical composition on a website like One of my favorite creative things I’ve been doing is my makeup. When we have the time, my friends and I will Skype and spend an hour or two trying new makeup looks and experimenting. This suggestion isn’t just for female readers, as I have a male friend who joins us every time and has just as much fun as we do. You don’t have to be good at what you’re doing, all you have to have is the motivation to try something new.

Something I want to do more of in this quarantine is bake. I’ve always loved helping my mom and my grandmother bake, and it used to be something we’d do often, but my school work piled up, and we weren’t able to bake as much. So, I want to try some new recipes and old favorites while I have more time. Here is a picture of the peanut butter cup brownies I made for my friend’s birthday, and they were delicious. If you want to do some baking, check out Lucie Mathon’s Délicieux recipes here on the LeSabre.

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These are the peanut butter cup brownies I made with my mother.

You could do something to learn outside of your online classes like watching CrashCourses on anatomy, psychology, engineering or another one of the many topics they have on their YouTube channel. You could also start learning a language on Duolingo or a similar application. I was planning to start learning Latin this summer, but I’m contemplating starting soon since I have the extra time.

One final suggestion I have is getting into a self-care routine. Whether self-care for you is exercising daily, taking more baths, creating a better skin-care routine, or eating healthier, developing better self-care habits is crucial in a time when we’re trapped at home. It can make you feel better and give you more motivation to do what you need to. To help with relaxation and stress relief, I’ve been stretching and getting into a better skin-care routine.

I hope you found something on this list to keep you busy when there’s nothing else to do. I also want to remind everyone to take media breaks because looking at the news can often stress you out or make you upset, so make sure you take care of not only your physical health but your mental health as well.

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Emma LeMieur, Journalist

Emma LeMieur is a junior at Sartell High School. She is involved in band and morning drumline at the school and loves them both. In her free time, she...

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