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Have yourself a furry little Christmas

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If you’ve never considered adopting a pet before, a quick trip to the St. Cloud Tri-County Humane Society might change your mind. With so many furry friends looking for a home it’s hard to not want to take one home. With the holidays fast approaching, these pets might just be the perfect gift. It’s not something you can wrap up and put under the tree but it could be the best gift your loved one receives this holiday season. Tri-County Humane Society marketing coordinator Kayla Koscielniak said that seeing an influx of adoptions and interest in adoptions is fairly common this time of year. “[An adoption] usually works out really well. We do see an increased amount of adoptions this time of year because people do like to see pets go home for the holidays,” Koscielniak said. Despite all the excitement that surrounds the adoption of an animal, volunteer and humane…

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Walking in a winter wonderland (of parking tickets)

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What comes to mind when you think of winter? Snow? Hot chocolate? Christmas trees, maybe? Well, for those driving in the St. Cloud area, parking tickets might also come to mind when they think of winter – and many members of the St. Cloud community feel as if they haven’t been informed well enough on winter parking regulations. We reached out to the St. Cloud State Public Safety Parking Department on the matter but they were unavailable for comment. However, the information is out there, but it requires an effort on the community’s behalf to find it. According to Alison Hemmesch, a St. Cloud resident, “when we moved in [to our new house] we weren’t told the regulations of parking in the winter, we just assumed it was the same as the summer months, and then once we got the ticket, we learned we couldn’t park there,” she said. These…

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“The Great Gatsby”: The reality of an illusion

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“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter – tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…and one fine morning – so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly in the past”. Nostalgia has a way of ripping us from the present and throwing us down a rabbit hole of memories – things both loved and lost. In The Great Gatsby, we see Jay Gatsby lost in the comforting hushes of the past as he chases his lost love. This fixation on the past that he harvests teaches us a lot about how we survive in the present. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel casts a harsh light on jealousy and passion while building a love story on the foundations of desperation. Although in the age of Daisy and Gatsby’s love affair…

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Aladdin: amazing, astounding, astonishing

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I sat in my seat at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis, mouth agape and eyes sparkling, as the actors and actresses for Aladdin took the stage. Four years ago I sat in the same theater and utterly melted under the sounds and sights of Beauty and the Beast, the best show I’d had ever seen. I never thought I’d like another show more, but Aladdin gave that show a run for its money. I usually know exactly what to say and how to say it, but this show left me completely speechless. From the beautifully built set, to the sparkling costumes, to some of the longest and most flawless musical numbers I have ever seen, I walked out of this show with very few negative criticisms. I could babble on and on about how the costumes absolutely glowed under the bright lights, or how realistic it looked when Jasmine and…

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Wild’s faithful Finn seals two-year deal

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In 2001 the Minnesota Wild began their second season in the NHL. This same year, 18-year-old Mikko Koivu pulled a green and white jersey over his head as the Minnesota Wild selected him in the sixth round of the NHL draft. In four short years, he officially began playing in the State of Hockey, with a team as young as him. He tallied 21 points in his debut season. If that wasn’t impressive enough, his stats improved drastically in the 2006-07 season, burying 20 goals and tallying 34 assists. These accomplishments placed him fifth in his team’s stats for points on-season, sitting behind only the popular names of teammates Brian Rolston, Pavol Demitra, Marian Gaborik, and Pierre-Marc Bouchard. Not bad company to be in, in only his second season in the NHL. Over the years, this feisty Finn has won over the hearts of Minnesota hockey fans as not only…

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New school year, new stress: learning to cope with life’s changes

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With each new stage of life we enter, we experience many new things. Unfortunately, amongst that list are new kinds of stress. The first days, weeks, and sometimes even months of a student’s transition into college can be some of the most challenging and exhausting times in their life. No family to go home to at the end of the day, a completely new routine, financial stress, and much more can all contribute to students feeling overwhelmed. Finding ways to cope with stress can be more than upsetting and, at times, even seem impossible. For many, the struggles that accompany these kinds of changes in life are inevitable. But help is always within reach as long as you know how to address it and look for assistance in the right places. Holly Schuck, Associate Director of Advising and Student Transitions at St. Cloud State, says poor time management can cause…

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‘The Shack’: the beautiful – and surprising – explanation of God

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For some, God and the afterlife are nothing more than a magical story. For others, it is a beautiful way of life and a way to shape and explain their existence. Whichever side of the fence you stand on, there are questions behind the purpose, point, and prerogative of God, which are so eloquently answered in “The Shack”. In a way that has never before been depicted in movies, “The Shack” fearlessly attacks the questions so often presented in the face of religion. This fearlessness, in my opinion, deserves the highest form of praise. The 2017 film is based on the 2007 novel of the same title written by William P. Young. Mack Phillips (played by Sam Worthington) takes his three children on a camping trip that’s all family fun until his daughter Missy (played by Amelie Eve) is kidnapped and killed while he’s trying to save his other two…

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13 reasons why this show is not worth your time

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“Welcome to your tape” sounds comforting to the naïve ear, but for the characters in this show it marks the beginning of trouble, anxiety, and fear. In a show that glorifies the tragic topic of suicide, it’s dangerous food for thought to the exact people they are trying to touch with their story. ’13 Reasons Why’ is a television series based on the 2007 novel of the same name. The show follows the aftermath of high school student Hannah Baker’s (played by Katherine Langford) suicide as the people she leaves behind are each left with 13 tapes, each tape explaining a different reason why she killed herself. Clay Jensen (played by Dylan Minnette) is the main focus of the aftermath as he was Hannah’s closest friend and love interest. I believe this show ultimately had good intentions but several things really bothered me:   THERE WAS A LOT OF GOOD…

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A Journalist’s Take on A Journalist’s Take

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Curiosity is the catalyst to discovery. A journalist’s job is to follow where their curious minds take them, fueled by a passionate desire to come upon the truth. It is in these truths that we establish our beliefs and morals. As a journalist, there is no greater reward than pursuing a story and turning a hunch into a reality. But sometimes the truth isn’t the result of initial expectations. Sometimes it forces us to come face to face with one of the biggest decisions a person can ever be asked to make: follow the facts or believe in the fiction. Based on a true story, the 2017 American Christian drama, “The Case for Christ” follows the life of journalist Lee Strobel (played by Mike Vogel) in his pursuit to uncover the truth behind Jesus Christ. After Lee and his wife Leslie (played by Erika Christensen) witness a stranger save their daughter…

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