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Too many people loose their lives due to texting and driving. View Alicia Youngkin's slideshow which explores the dangers of distracted driving. Click here.
Photo taken by: Jenna Thompson
Recently a lone moose was pictured wondering about in a field off Alder road in Marcell.
Congratulations to our National Honor Society Members of 2015!
Left to Right: Cassie Cormican, Jessica Schmit, Emmy Priem, Melissa Grover, Kendra Porter, Jade Kallinen, Gigi Wanner, Jenna Thompson and Shawna Youngberg.
Bigfork Bellyfloppers raise over $2500 for Special Olympics Minnesota
Zenon Dance, out of Minneapolis, MN, traveled to Bigfork to teach children in grades kindergarten through third to express themselves through the art of dance, in a healthy way of learning. The residency took place the week of January 26-30 and culminated in a dance event for parents and local community.
“Under the Sea” was the theme of this year’s Sweetheart Dance. The dance is put on each year by the sophomore class around Valentine’s day. The sophomores setup coronation with decorations of an anchor, a ship which the candidates walked through onto the stage, and with little fishies in which the faces of the candidates were put onto. These decorations were also included in the sweetheart dance on Friday, February 6, 2015.
On December 19, the local fire department rushed out to a house fire in our little town of BigFork. The house fire left a little family homeless. December 19 was one of the saddest days for the BigFork community as the Brunder family of four lost their small home.
Gas prices, falling like flies in the winter, have allowed many teens to do more in these frozen months than they have in past years. Recently, gas in this area dropped to a whopping $1.96 per gallon of unleaded. This is the lowest it has been in over 16 years.
Computers grow stronger in the high school along with the addition of iPads for students who may need the additional tools for learning. The introduction of the iPads to the ninth grade students at Bigfork High School gives them a tool that is portable and which can be used outside of school, while retaining all of their information.
Is the death penalty really necessary? I think it is. If someone has murdered people or has bombed a place and hurt and killed several people I think they deserve the death penalty. Some people might not think the same. They think that there should not be a death penalty because it cost a lot of money or it’s too cruel, but that isn’t the reason why we shouldn’t have the death penalty.
A new law that started in August of 2014 has caused a lot of controversy in Minnesota. The law states that you have to be 18 to tan inside of an ultraviolet tanning bed. Due to all of the negative effects of tanning, this law is very reasonable and needs to stay in place.
Recently the Bigfork High School Drama Club put on an impressive performance of The Foreigner by Larry Shue in the Edge Center for the Arts.
Throughout the week of March 15th through the 20th Minnesota roads have undergone another spring of road restrictions. Road restrictions affect many roads across the midwest affecting loggers, farmers and construction workers who are instantly unable to move equipment or haul produce from limited roads.
First Robotics is something that “outsiders” see as small and “dorky”. In truth it’s huge. Minnesota alone has seventy-five robotics teams. Sixty-three teams competed in the Northern Lights Regionals, however there were over one hundred teams present with two competitions clashing in a divided arena.
In the Minnesota State High school League there are four different classes, single A, double A, triple A, and four A. Single A is the smallest class and is where the smaller schools play each other in playoffs in basketball, volleyball, football, but lately a few bigger schools have becoming single A. Is this fair for the smaller schools who have smaller enrollment? Enrollment as well as free and reduced lunch, have played a huge role in the problem.
Agoraphobia is the fear of being in places or in situations that might cause panic. Many teenagers, including myself, have an anxiety disorder such as agoraphobia. An anxiety disorder makes everyday life very difficult. It’s almost like a disability; you may never know when anxiety might overwhelm you. When you are having a panic attack with anxiety you may feel sick, shaky, like it’s hard to breath. Not many people know all the facts about anxiety, so I would like to inform you what it is like to deal with the everyday torment of having anxiety.
Upward Bound has helped thousands of teens prepare for college, even helping them obtain enough scholarships and grants to lessen, or completely eliminate college debt. As well as providing financial aid and college prep, Upward Bound rewards its students for their attendance at meetings and good grades in school with a stipend of up to $40 a month.
According to Pewinternet.org, 74% of people are using the Internet to access a social media site. People flock to social media for many reasons. Some of the reasons are to tweet, post statuses, watch videos, and more. Social media is a good way to keep “in touch” with a lot of things that are going on in the world today, but is it a good idea to let yourself be exposed to the dangers of the Internet?
They have homes and they have lives, they have families, husbands, wives and children. The phone may ring any hour of the day and they will have to spring into action to help somebody in need. Not only have I heard teens bash on cops but I’ve also heard adults do the same thing. Yes, there are some “not so good” cops but there are plenty that make very fine cops a well.
Austin LaneWith the economy today and the price of college being so high students choose not to go to college simply because it costs too much money and time. Debt, loans, and costs of living are just part of the expenses of attending a college. This is not to mention much under-age drinking, lack of attention in class and near useless credits that one must “understand” in order to get their degree.
Recently the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has taken aim on a popular assault rifle round, the M855 to be exact, a popular military round that can be bought cheaply due to surplus. The ATF has proposed to ban the round for sale due to its ability to be fired from a pistol. In my opinion the round should be legal for sale because of the following reasons: the M855 round is a cost effective surplus round, the AR-15 platform pistol is a rare platform and requires a special permit to acquire.
I was coming home one night after work and the roads were ice and as I was going around a corner the car started to kick out. Suddenly, I was sliding and ended up in the ditch.One day, after school it had snowed about a couple inches and my friend and I were heading home and the roads weren’t plowed at all, it was hard to drive in because our vehicles kept pulling us into other people’s tracks and while we were driving we saw a plow truck go by us with his plow up.
Why should we lower the drinking age? That just gives teenage kids permission to go out whenever they want to and start drinking. Consequently, something bad can happen to them or to someone else if we don’t pay any attention to them or what they are doing. Some kids might ask, “Can I go over to a friend's house?” and their parents will reply, “Yeah, you sure can.” But the real question is what they really gonna do. Are they lying and planning to go to a big party?
Would lowering the drinking age be a good idea? When someone turns eighteen they are legally an adult. They can smoke, vote, and gamble. So why not drink legally?
Sleds storm the trails even after the snow is beaten to the ground. Mother Nature is really putting a great depression on Minnesotans that enjoy riding snowmobile during the winter. Since Mother Nature has dropped very few inches of snow on Minnesota sleds have been seen broke down all over the state. Suspensions broken from hitting bumps and sled over-heating from not being in deep enough snow.
The weather is warmer up in Bigfork, Minnesota which means the Huskie golf team is getting prepared for their season to take off in full force.
Recently there have been a few changes in the rules for girls basketball that were admitted by the Minnesota State High School League. As a basketball player I believe that the rule changes are getting out of hand and that some of them are completely unnecessary.
Storming the court has been a tradition for college basketball for a long time, but is it starting to get out of hand? Lots of times when the students storm the court it is because they just won a rivalry game, a big upset, or a national championship.
The Bigfork boys’ basketball team failed to take the win against the Mesabi Giants in a recent game on their home court. The Huskies led for most of the game before the Giants tiptoed by and racked up another win.
Last week the Lady Huskies defeated their rival Warriors with an end score of 66 to 45. It was a battle to the finish with both teams feeling the heat because it was a conference game and a big rivalry.
Across Minnesota, thousands of fisherman flock to cities on ice for a chance to pull a trophy onto the frozen lake, surrounded by darkness and watching the depths of the lake for a chance to spear a monster northern pike.
Powder falling to the ground is what Minnesotans are in need of. In Minnesota there is an unusually sparse amount of snow that has fallen this year. For automotive drivers, there have been fewer crashes and accidents on the roads and also it has made it better for fisherman by providing solid ice and allowing travel by car and trucks on lakes.
Local high school fishermen are hooking into walleyes and crappies during this mid-winter lull. This time of year fishing usually gets really slow for all lakes but Matt Jorgenson and Ethan Beckman will tell you how to get the fish to bite.
Kids in Bigfork High School are bringing in the big guns in the weight room. Early this school year the school invested in new equipment to get kids in shape.