Partnership with PRI gives greater meaner to recycling

A recycler does her work in the area between the cafeteria and the loading dock. The work done by these individuals is crucial to the operations of the school. (Celia Smithmier)

Partnership with PRI gives greater meaner to recycling

April 23, 2014

They can be found carting dishes in the cafeteria, collecting paper from classroom recycling bins throughout the school, or hanging out in their nook between the cafeteria and loading dock, removing the lids from each individual Gatorade bottle disposed of at lunchtime. Led by Kate Thersleff, these workers come from Partnership... Continue Reading

Both boys and girls golf teams look forward to a solid season

Due to cold weather, the golf team has been forced to practice inside. (Taya Rettler)

Both boys and girls golf teams look forward to a solid season

April 22, 2014

After practicing indoors due to the weather for the past two months hitting balls and getting their form down, the girls’ and boys’ golf teams are ready to start their seasons. When the teams began playing outside, they played nine holes while focusing on putting and driving. “I believe that we have a lot of strong and talented players on the... Continue Reading

Bowling prodigy: junior achieves perfect score for second time

Bowling a perfect 300 requires pristine physical talent and an unbreakable mindset. (Madeline Rockhold)

Bowling prodigy: junior achieves perfect score for second time

April 22, 2014

The no hitter, the hat trick, and the triple-double are what every athlete strives to accomplish. They require pristine physical talent and an unbreakable mindset, but one achievement is often left off of the list: bowling a perfect 300. For BSM junior Joe Kleven, this dream has become... Continue Reading

Craft making options abound in the Twin Cities

Craft making options abound in the Twin Cities

April 22, 2014

Fired Up Tucked away in a spacious warehouse near the University of Minnesota, Fired Up, the pottery creation shop, provides a sculpting experience unlike any other. Potters of all skill levels, including newcomers,... Continue Reading

Paint your plate provides a fun and colorful environment for guest to realease their creativity and enjoy painting a unique pottery piece. (Taylor Blad)

The AP Euro Review: a journey in procrastination

Staff writer Emily Pirkl struggles through the perils of her AP Euro assignments. (Shannon O'Connor)

The AP Euro Review: a journey in procrastination

February 25, 2014

It’s 11:09 p.m. (nine minutes after my self-imposed bedtime) and I’m far from snuggling under my flannel bed sheets. By the looks of it, I will be violating my own rule for the fifth night in a row, and, judging by my track record, this won’t be the last time. I’m on Tumblr, of course. Or, at least, I was. Then I clicked on link for a YouTube... Continue Reading

SportDateTimeOpponentLocation
Boys TennisWed, Apr 23 4:00 p.m.WayzataWayzata High School
BaseballThu, Apr 24 4:15 p.m.Spring Lake ParkHome
Girls GolfThu, Apr 24 3 p.m.NSC OpponentsMajestic Oaks Golf Course
Boys LacrosseThu, Apr 24 7 p.m.Blake Away
Girls LacrosseThu, Apr 24 7 p.m.EdinaHome
Boys TennisThu, Apr 24 4:00 p.m.Spring Lake ParkAquilla Park (St. Louis Park)
Boys GolfFri, Apr 25 TBDTBDEdinburgh USA
Boys TennisFri, Apr 25 4:15 p.m.Holy AngelsValley View Playfield (Bloomington)
Boys TrackFri, Apr 25 3:30 p.m.Moore RelaysBenilde-St. Margaret's
Girls GolfFri, Apr 25 3:30 p.m.Moore RelaysBenilde-St. Margaret's
BaseballSat, Apr 26 12 p.m.EdinaAway
BaseballMon, Apr 28 6:30 p.m.St. Louis ParkAway
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.
SportDateOpponentResultW/L
BaseballSat, Apr 19 Totino-Grace2-1W
Boys LacrosseSat, Apr 19 Eagan14-15L
Boys LacrosseThu, Apr 17 Spring Lake Park17-4W
Girls LacrosseThu, Apr 17 Spring Lake Park17-3W
Boys TrackThu, Apr 17 Multiple OpponentsCANCEL
Girls TrackThu, Apr 17 Multiple OpponentsCANCEL
BaseballTue, Apr 15 Fridley5-1W
Boys GolfTue, Apr 15 NSC Opponents2nd Place
Boys LacrosseTue, Apr 15 Eden Prairie8-7W
Girls LacrosseTue, Apr 15 Columbia Heights15-1W
Boys TennisTue, Apr 15 Totino-Grace7-0W
Girls GolfMon, Apr 14 BSM/Red Knight InviteCANCEL
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.

Dayton’s tax-hike: good idea

The Super Bowl is awesome. It’s as American as white picket fences and apple pie. It’s competition at its finest and the NFL works well at making sure the same team doesn’t win every year. This is done by giving the Super Bowl winner last pick in the following year’s draft; also, every team gets an equal budget. In other words, the National Football League punishes success. It’s too bad that this system pushes team not to win and stifles competition… oh wait.

Governor Mark Dayton announced his budget plans to bridge the 6.2 billion dollar gap between the state’s revenue and expenditures by “punishing success” and taxing the rich. The governor is hiking taxes on the people hit hardest by the recession: the top five percent of earners in Minnesota and people who own homes worth over a million dollars. I’m sorry, but I’m not feeling the sympathy, especially considering that just over half of these tax increases are set to expire after three years. The state has been cutting social program after social program and this increase will help fund some of the things that have fallen in our efforts to balance the state budget (education––both higher and K-12––and child care for working people). Furthermore, this new statewide tax hike will help take some of the pressure off our local governments that have had to deal with the state budget cuts.

The proposal isn’t all about taxing the wealthiest Minnesotans, though. Like any feasible balancing proposal, it also made some substantial cuts to statewide relief programs––specifically state funding for nursing homes, healthcare and public employment––that were not well received by the working class (or me seeing as I work for the city and am looking at getting my hours cut); however, while these cuts will hit some people hard, they are unfortunately necessary.  What we at the receiving end of these cuts need to remember is that our Republican legislature is vehemently opposed to tax increases of any sort which means that any balancing proposal they write up will probably mean even deeper cuts than Dayton’s. Well, unless you make over $500,000 a year.

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