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History of ‘Tackle Cancer’ football

Around 15 years ago the first tackle cancer game was played. Randy Shaver was diagnosed with cancer in 1989 and five years later started Tackle Cancer, a program designed to raise money for cancer awareness and research.

Not many know the history of Tackle Cancer football. For over 33 years, Randy Shaver has been covering high school football and has done a pretty good job doing it. It was not until a little later into his career that he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

A few years later he started advocating and speaking on behalf of cancer research and had a thought that maybe high school football can be more than just high school football.

Tackle Cancer has been going on for 15 years and has also helped raise around six million dollars for cancer research. Over 140 different schools from around Minnesota participate and designate one game in their season to wear pink and receive donations for cancer research. Sartell has its own Tackle Cancer game this Friday, October 12. Almost everyone is touched by some form cancer in some way.

It is important that we all help in some way whether it is donating, volunteering, or just making people more aware. Randy Shaver has many events to help raise money for cancer research. If you are interested click here

About the Writer
Cody Neitzke, Journalist

This is Cody. He is a country boy that enjoys trucks and country music. He is a senior at Sartell High School. He is very involved in school sports such...

Evil Genius

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Emma Rasmussen

Evil Genius is a recently released Netflix crime documentary

On August 28, 2003, Brian Wells was working as a pizza deliveryman in Erie, Pennsylvania. His boss handed him the phone when he could not understand a customer asking for a delivery. Wells drove out to a remote area near an abandoned television station on Peach Street. By late afternoon, Brian Wells was robbing a bank with a bomb strapped around his neck.

Evil Genius, a Netflix documentary, follows the infamous Pizza Bomber case from small-town Pennsylvania and the unusual suspects and circumstances that make this case unique, not only to the viewer but to United States history. Its mix of expert commentary and original footage, buttressed with an artistic flair, makes Evil Genius an honorable contender amongst the other Netflix original true crime documentaries.

The first episode of the four-part series focuses primarily on Brian Wells, the day of the heist, and his subsequent death. The first ten minutes successfully captivate your attention with a showing of borderline gruesome original footage. The first episode tells the facts of the case. Brian Wells robbed a bank with a bomb around his neck and a homemade cane gun at his hand. Police caught him and the bomb went off, but they open the series with the story of Majorie Diehl-Armstrong.

Majorie Diehl-Armstrong captures the attention of most of the series, but I didn’t find her as captivating as I was led to believe she was. She was a criminal mastermind with many misinformed mental diagnoses, but I never felt her to be the “evil genius” they played her to be. Her character, and the relationship she had with the narrator, was also shown in a dull enough way that I couldn’t ever focus when they spoke about her.

While the first episode is a winner, the subsequent episodes are lackluster. The increased focus on the narrator and his journey, while necessary to explain the cases revelations, is awkward and boring. While the first episode had my unending attention, the later episodes had me zoning out.

The insanity and peculiar nature of the story itself carries the entire crime documentary and keeps you watching. Peppered with explosive confessions, Evil Genius keeps your interest piqued long enough to make it through the ultra-boring facets of a very unusual crime.

Featured freshman of the week: Sophie Speckhard

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For those of you who do not like to branch outside your grade, here is a brief look into the life of freshman Sophie Speckhard.

Q: What do you think of high school so far?

It’s a lot better than middle school because of more freedom.

Q: What has been your least favorite part of high school?

Long classes

Q: Are you in any activities?

Track, STUDCO, soccer

Q: Who is your favorite upperclassman? Why?

Aiden Speckhard: he is super funny and social

Q: Biggest fear?

Public humiliation

Q: Favorite Song?

“Like Gold” by Vance Joy

Q: Celebrity Crush?

Tom Holland

Q: Who would you say are the 3 biggest legends dead or alive?

Prince, Ellie Mahowald and Chris Daughtry

Q: Where do you want to be in 10 years?

Traveling

Q: What is your #1 piece of advice to give people?

“Live each day like it is your last.”

About the Contributor
Eddie Hamilton, Journalist

Eddie is a family man... He loves to have fun with his friends and bum around the town. He is a Senior at Sartell High School and an avid learner. This...

Farewell, Sartell High School

As graduation is coming up around the corner on this Saturday, these are the last few days for seniors here at SHS. This journey of high school has left many memories: some good, and some bad, (some delicious) but all memories we will remember. Many seniors are prepping for their last summer, as we will all be heading to various colleges next year. Many people tell you that high school will go by fast and that you should enjoy it, but you never really take into account how fast it is until you are standing in those blue caps and gowns walking up on stage.

These last few days seniors are reminiscing about the good old days of 9th grade gym and how they are glad they are not in it anymore, that 3.7 GPA you started off with four years ago, or the Valleyfair trip in 8th grade. Each memory makes this place more special, no matter how much you want to leave or how bad you might miss it. You made friends. You learned something. You made a lot of memories. More importantly, you had fun, probably…hopefully.

 

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Kaden Garcia, Journalist

Grade: Senior

Go-to Article of Clothing: Turtleneck

Living Room Decoration Must Have: Ceramic Cat

My Favorites: art, tv shows like Gilmore...

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Rachel Eisenschenk, Journalist

Grade: Senior

Go-to Article of Clothing: Turtleneck

Living Room Decoration Must Have: Ceramic Cats

My Favorites: Hip-Hop dance, Photography,...

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Harper Atkinson, Journalist

Grade: Senior

Go-to Article of Clothing: Turtleneck

Living Room Decoration Must Have: Ceramic Cats

Quote to live by: "I know."-Han Solo in Star...

Dance season closing to an end

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Rachel Eisenschenk

The entry way at Ms. Melinda's.

This past weekend, Burnsville held the last competition of the year for Ms. Melinda’s dance studio and many other studios, as well.

For the competing teams, they worked their hardest to give their last dance of the year a high score. This dance competition was held by Bravo at a convention center. Ms. Melinda’s scored many high golds, elite high golds, and even some platinums.

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Awards from the Bravo dance competition

The way the scoring works is that High gold would be compared to a bronze, elite high gold is compared to a silver, and platinum is compared to a gold. There are other scores held beneath these three, but almost no one seems to get those scores with the level of skill that the teams bring to compete.

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A practice room at Ms. Melinda’s.

All the teams ended the season with some great new medals to add to the collection, and they hope to do even better next year. Ms. Melinda’s hopes to bring the game again next year with some fresh new dances to compete with. For some dancers, however, this season is coming to a close with only their recitals left. As for the seniors who are graduating from high school, this is their last year that they are able to be in studio dance.

Megan Thooft, a senior who attends Ms. Melinda’s, stated, “My team definitely found themselves this year. We work so well together, like a family. This last comp was the best we have ever done those dances and I am proud to say that they are on my team. I am going to miss them all so much next year.”

 

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Rachel Eisenschenk, Journalist

Grade: Senior

Go-to Article of Clothing: Turtleneck

Living Room Decoration Must Have: Ceramic Cats

My Favorites: Hip-Hop dance, Photography,...

Pets of Sartell: The finale

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Alex Moritz

A true artist.

Pets of Sartell is a weekly article where people’s pets get a chance to shine like the stars they are.

 

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Doggo plays with a toy.

The first pet of the week is Sadie Moritz. This dog belongs to junior Alex Moritz and his family. The Moritz family first got Sadie when she was only 1 year old. Sadie is now 3 years old but still has just as much energy. Sadie loves to play catch, and her favorite toy would have to be a tennis ball. She always seems to be making sounds, whether it is whining or barking. Sadie can also snap her jaw, and it will make a noise. This German short hair is a lovable and crazy dog.

Sadie Moritz’s Photo Album

 

Erin Mallo
Noodle is hanging out.

The second pets of the week are Noodle and Clover Mallo. They are the cuddly pets of Erin Mallo. Noodle and Clover are Snowshoe and Calico Mix cats. Each of these furry companions has completely different moods and behaviors. Noodle is a mellow cuddler that spends his days lounging around, while Clover is busy doing laps around the living room. When Noodle isn’t cuddling, he can always be found tormenting Clover or playing with his little mouse toy. Clover’s favorite toys are anything not intended to be a toy: the throw pillow, shoes, and anything else she can get her paws on. While Noodle and Clover are two completely different cats with their own personalities and differences, they still manage to entertain and bring joy to Erin and her family, which truly makes them special cats.

Noodle and Clover’s Photo Album

Noodle is one of the cuddliest scardy-cats.”

— Erin Mallo

 

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Rachel Eisenschenk, Journalist

Grade: Senior

Go-to Article of Clothing: Turtleneck

Living Room Decoration Must Have: Ceramic Cats

My Favorites: Hip-Hop dance, Photography,...

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Harper Atkinson, Journalist

Grade: Senior

Go-to Article of Clothing: Turtleneck

Living Room Decoration Must Have: Ceramic Cats

Quote to live by: "I know."-Han Solo in Star...

The Good, the Bad, and the Delicious: Season Finale

With more and more food places popping up all over the St. Cloud area, it’s hard to find good food at a decent price. You’re in high school, you don't have the time or the money to go to every food place and find the best deal for the best food possible. But that's why we're here, to do it for you. Every week we explore different food options ready for us and find the the Good, the Bad, and the Delicious in your next meal.

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Kaden Garcia

"Glitter" enjoys his food.

On week one of the Good the Bad and the Delicious we found three different subs shops and rated their food. With the school year winding down, we decided to revisit subs and conclude which sandwich is the most delectable in your local St. Cloud area. This conclusion on the Good the Bad the Delicious will include Jimmy John’s, Jersey Mike’s, and Firehouse Subs. At each location we once again purchased their version of a roast beef sandwich and got whatever was on it even if another sandwich did not have it.

 

Jimmy John’s

Starting off at Jimmy John’s, we return to the roast beef sandwich and got a #2: The Big John. This sandwich contained roast beef, lettuce, tomato, and mayo on white bread. Surprisingly enough, there’s not much to say about this one. As it is a fairly simple sandwich, we found that it brought out and complimented the taste of the roast beef quite pleasantly. The portions were smaller than most of the other locations and our service was quick and easy; much like how it is promoted. An overall good sandwich that had nothing bad going for it, its simplicity and smaller stature truly makes this sandwich good.

Cost: $6.29

Rating: 3/5

 

Jersey Mike’s

Next we visited Jersey Mike’s. Its arrival earlier this year was an invited and welcome addition to the variety of food locations around the area. The sandwich however, was far less welcome. It had roast beef, provolone, onion, lettuce, tomato, red wine vinegar, an olive oil blend, oregano, and salt on white bread. Although the red wine vinegar made the sandwich seem so much more appealing, the sandwich overall was still lacking. The roast beef was dry and the lettuce was bogged down with oil and vinegar that didn’t make it to the rest of the sandwich. If there were to be less roast beef then there might  have been more balance to make this sandwich a lot better.

You really don’t get a cold sandwich from Jersey Mike’s. You get a warm sandwich; you get a cheesesteak.””

— Rachel Asfeld

 

This location had advertised a lot of really good elements to their sandwich, but unfortunately just didn’t serve them in a manner that made the sandwich into what it could have been. Everything felt like just a texture with nothing really able to bring it from a bad sandwich, especially for it being the priciest one on the list. Although we were excited for a new sub shop, it had come to be a little more of a slight disappointment than anything.

 

Cost: $8.25

Rating: 2/5

 

Firehouse Subs 

The last stop was Firehouse Subs. Anything you could have possibly wanted in a sandwich was indeed here. We had ordered a roast beef and provolone that was “Fully Involved”. This meant it included lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, mustard, all heated to perfection. Although it took a few minutes longer here for them to finish creating our sandwich, it gave you the time to really take in the firehouse aesthetic the sub shop had. It was a very welcoming place to be. Once our sandwich was served and we dove into our first bite, it was a beautiful experience. Everything complimented each other nicely and could all be tasted without one flavor overpowering the other. Of all the sandwiches this one knew just what it was going for and kept us coming back for more and more with each bite. This sandwich was truly outstanding from its counterparts this week and truly makes it delicious.

Cost: $6.59(or 7.00 if you round up your change to donate to charity)

Rating: 5/5

 

With Firehouse being deemed the best this week, there is only one question to ask. Week 1 winner: Erberts and Gerberts or Week 2 winner Firehouse Subs? Just as a refresher here is Erbert and Gerberts review:

“Our final stop was Erberts and Gerberts which had was by far the smallest sandwich we found but also the cheapest! It was a fairly simple and small sandwich, and it wasn’t messy like the other two had been. The roast beef and bread were definitely the favorite of the three. Although Subway strongly advertises how fresh their ingredients are, Erberts and Gerberts somehow left us thinking that this sandwich had the freshest ingredients of them all. Not only were the ingredients the freshest, but they also had a good balance. All the flavors kind of just melded together into one happy flavor. The best part of this sandwich, however, is how they give you the extra insides of the bread on top to eat. The bread is downright the best of them all in every category. The only downside of this experience was how small of a sandwich you receive. Although it left us wanting more, it was definitely a favorite amongst them all and highly recommended. Lucky enough, it also happens to be the most affordable of the three.”

To determine which one of the two is the best vote below, which is your favorite, Erberts and Gerberts or Firehouse Subs?

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Kaden Garcia, Journalist

Grade: Senior

Go-to Article of Clothing: Turtleneck

Living Room Decoration Must Have: Ceramic Cat

My Favorites: art, tv shows like Gilmore...

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Rachel Eisenschenk, Journalist

Grade: Senior

Go-to Article of Clothing: Turtleneck

Living Room Decoration Must Have: Ceramic Cats

My Favorites: Hip-Hop dance, Photography,...

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Harper Atkinson, Journalist

Grade: Senior

Go-to Article of Clothing: Turtleneck

Living Room Decoration Must Have: Ceramic Cats

Quote to live by: "I know."-Han Solo in Star...

Sami Lundgren

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Sami Lundgren football game

In high school Sami Lundgren played softball for all four years, and she was also a member of NHS. Sami also worked at Caribou for 8 months. Sami said her favorite class she took in high school would either be Spanish or AP Bio. She also said her favorite teacher she had at Sartell was Mrs. Madrigal. Sami plans to continue studying Spanish in college because she enjoys being able to speak another language.

What are your plans after high school?

College. St. Bens

How/Why did you pick that school?

I get free tuition.

What are you thinking about majoring in?

spanish/pre-med

Is there anything you are nervous about?

Going to class

What advice do you have for the upcoming seniors?

Do your homework!

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Ally Koopman, Journalist

Grade: Senior

Go-to Article of Clothing: Turtleneck, Khakis (standard color for smart, casual dress trousers for civilians)

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Featured freshman of the week: Morgan Cromwell

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For those of you who do not like to branch outside your grade, here is a brief look into the life of freshman Morgan Cromwell.

Q: What do you think of high school so far?

It is very okay and boring.

Q: What has been your least favorite part of high school?

Distance between classes.

Q: Are you in any activities?

Hockey and Soccer

Q: Who is your favorite upperclassman? Why?

Cameron Cromwell, he is my brother

Q: Biggest fear?

Bugs

Q: Favorite Song?

I don’t have one.

Q: Celebrity Crush?

Zac Efron

Q: Who would you say are the 3 biggest legends dead or alive?

Zac Efron, Jerome Nemanich and Michael Jackson

Q: Where do you want to be in 10 years?

Alive and well.

Q: What is your #1 piece of advice to give people?

Please do not forgot to tie your shoes

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Eddie Hamilton, Journalist

Eddie is a family man... He loves to have fun with his friends and bum around the town. He is a Senior at Sartell High School and an avid learner. This...

Find a new best friend at the Tri-County Humane Society!

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Summer is here! Summer is a great time to find new friends and experience new things, with animals or humans.

Summer is a great time to get a new pet because you have so much time to spend with them and teach them new tricks.

So where is the best place to get a new pet? The humane society (the closest one to use is the Tri-County Humane Society) has many different dogs and cats.

The Tri-County Humane Society is popular in this area for rescuing an animal. They are a no-kill shelter (no- kill means that they don’t give the animals a time limit on how long they are but sometimes they do have to humanly euthanize animals if they are medically not healthy or they are just not able to be adopted.)

This time of year the humane society has an influx of kittens. Kittens are undoubtedly adorable and are relativity inexpensive at the humane society, usually around $150, but they come already spayed or neutered.

Kittens need a home, but the older cats also need a good, loving home. As sad as it is, not everyone wants an older cat, but the older cats can be the best! Most of the older cats are only $50, and some are only $10.

This is “Big T”. He came in as a stray, so they don’t know much about him. From volunteering there, I can tell you that he loves being pet!

Kassy Markey
A cat at the Human Society

This is Spike. Spike loves attention and loves being pet! If you stop petting him, he will put his head under your hand.

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Cat at the Humane Society

This is Charlie. Charlie is apprehensive about meeting new people, but once he knows you he can be sweet.

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Cat at the Humane Society

This is Peanut. Peanut is a very vocal cat and loves attention! He has diabetes so he needs someone who can care for him properly.

Kassy Markey
A cat at the Humane Society

It’s universal knowledge that dogs are man’s best friends, and the humane society is the best place to find a new best friend. They sometimes have puppies but a majority of the dogs there are at least one year old, they even have some older than ten sometimes.

 

This is Harley Syd. She is a love bug and loves attention and being pet, if you stop petting her she will reach her paw out for more.

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Dog at the Humane Society

This is Maggie, and she is a sweet girl who loves attention from people she knows.

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Dog at the Humane Society

If dogs or cats are your favorite, don’t worry; they have rabbits, guinea pigs and more.

This is Pecan.

Kassy Markey
Rabbit at the Humane Society

The Humane Society is a great place to adopt or volunteer. Not only will you be recusing an animals, you will find a new best friend.

Here are some more photos of some adorable animals that are ready for a new life!

 

 

 

Artemis 

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Dog at the Humane Society

 

 

Cuddles 

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Dog at the Humane Society

 

 

 

 

 

Cloud 

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Cat at the Humane Society

 

 

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Kittens at the Humane Society
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A kitten at the Humane Society
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A kitten at the Humane Society
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Kassy Markey, Journalist

Grade: Senior

Go-to Article of Clothing: Turtleneck

Living Room Decoration Must Have: A ceramic cat

My favorite animal: Dog and goats

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The great hawaiian pizza debate

There is long-running controversy over whether pineapple belongs on pizza or if it is simply meant to be a fruit.

Hawaiian pizza originated in Canada in 1962 and has been a hit ever since. When young Sam Panopoulos first thought of the idea, his brothers were onboard because they enjoyed the contrast between the sweet and savory.

Today, this much-loved contrast of the past has become a heated controversy amongst pizza connoisseurs. In order to put this heated debate to rest, Sartell students shared their opinions on the matter.

I am understanding of those who don’t have similar tastebuds as mine, but I also feel bad for them because they are missing out on such a great treat. ”

— Lexie Lamont

Senior Tj Raden says, “I have a passion for pizza, I have it at least three times a week, and pineapple belongs on it.”  This opinion is backed by years of pizza consumption.

His view on pineapple pizza is a popular one at Sartell High School.  When asked if pineapple belongs on pizza, senior Lexie Lamont explained, “Pineapple belongs on pizza because it adds that extra sweetness yet sourness that no other topping can provide.” Lexie is a strong advocate for the sweet fruit being a topping on her pizza. She strongly disagrees with those who favor pizza without pineapple.

On the other side, I personally am not the biggest fan of pineapple pizza. To me, it is a disgrace to the delicacy that is pizza. My strong belief is supported by other Sartell students as well.

Senior Kassy Markey shared her thoughts about pineapple on pizza saying, “It shouldn’t be warm or eaten with cheese.” The strong opinions around the pineapple controversy doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon, but I am certain my view won’t change. To clear up the controversy please vote in the poll below, and share your honest opinion.

Does pineapple belong on pizza?

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Ally Koopman, Journalist

Grade: Senior

Go-to Article of Clothing: Turtleneck, Khakis (standard color for smart, casual dress trousers for civilians)

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Little Rock Lake drawdown

Little Rock Lake, which is located northeast of Sartell, has a horrible algae bloom right now.  There have been many ideas brought to the table about fixing this algae problem; the one the DNR decided on was to draw the Mississippi River down three feet in order to clean up Little Rock Lake.

 

Little Rock Lake satellite view

Little Rock Lake has the worst algae bloom ever right now.  An algae bloom is where there is a lot of algae in a concentrated area.   

The plan is for the Boy Scouts and other volunteer groups to plant vegetation once the drawdown happens. The vegetation will then absorb the phosphorus (which is what is polluting the lake) before the algae absorb it. This idea of the drawdown is the most cost-effective and the most practical; other lakes around the area have done this method and it has had amazing results.

Sartell teacher and local expert, Becky Thompson, is currently doing a graduate class and needed a “real world” problem for one of her projects.  So she asked to be a part of the process to fix Little Rock Lake.  Thompson says, “The whole thing hinges on whether or not the plants will take and throw seeds and survive the winter.”

The drawdown will also benefit the river; the vegetation planting will cover the bank of the river helping stop erosion.

Logan Hamak says, “I think it is stupid, I don’t think it will work, [and] because I won’t be able to do my water sports.”

Some people who live on the river do not like this plan for fixing Little Rock Lake. One thing they dispute with the drawdown is that they will have no recreation for six weeks starting August 1, 2018.

Thompson says, “I agree with the drawdown.”

Little Rock Lake map
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TJ Raden, Journalist

Grade: 12

Go to clothing: turtle neck

Living room decoration must-have: ceramic cats

Favorites: golfing, White water canoeing, normal canoeing,...

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