A Different View
Just south of the interstate and the Wisconsin Dells lies a town called Reedsburg which consists of nine thousand people. There really isn’t anything too special about this town; it has restaurants, grocery stores, gyms, and rec leagues. But what makes it so unique is the attitude of the occupants during the COVID pandemic. Bagging at the local grocery store, Viking Village, I have gotten to have brief but informative conversations with a good portion of people in town. Many are very positive during a time like this. “We all have a sense of comradery; we are all going through the struggles of getting used to the new normal,” said Maddie Neyhart, a five-year employee at Viking Village and an eight-year resident of Reedsburg. The people of Reedsburg have found great ways to stay busy and active during quarantine. In this quiet corner of Wisconsin, the residents have never been louder with happiness.
By; Aaron Neyhart
Some Good Prom News
There is plenty of good news about the Coronavirus from around the world despite these trying times. Much of the news coverage is focused on the negatives, the death toll, the spread of the infection, but there are plenty of feel-good stories and positive statistics out there. One very important stat is that less than one percent of the people who contract the virus die. This is a much lower rate than other diseases such as Ebola or SARS. Also, kids tend to receive milder versions of the virus. Even though we have to stay at home, we are more connected virtually than ever. Our friends are just a snap away. Perhaps the world will become more united, hopes Rob Shmerling “we can also hope that this threat brings us together...we’re all human, we get sick, and we worry about loved ones. As social creatures, we try to help one another when bad things happen.” Sure, there is plenty of bad news right now, but there is plenty to be thankful for.
By: Joshua Kehren
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A New Working Era
American corporations and companies have needed to alter the way their company works to keep it up and running in these strange times. To keep in agreements with the government’s Stay-At-Home agreements, most companies have sent their employees home, but others have set up a way to keep those who are at home working. Corporations are still working out little kinks here and there, but most have found this to be a huge success and will likely continue stay-at-home working well after the Corona-virus dies out. Having people work from home relieves companies from renting and maintenance costs. Working from home will lessen the employee’s travel expense and will boost worker productivity because there will be no interruptions from co-workers. Now this will not work in all circumstances, but I believe that we could possibly be entering into a new working era: the stay at home era. Because of this coronavirus could have a sliver of positive impact on our lives.
By: David Baumann
A publication of Luther Preparatory School
Pet adoption and foster rates have gone up in shelters all over the nation during this pandemic. People across the United States have adopted or fostered cats and dogs (with the occasional rabbit) while stuck at home for many reasons. Some people finally obtained their family pet, others just want a little company, but I bet they didn’t know that people unknowingly turn to animals for therapeutic comfort. Ben Lehrer, president of Kitten Rescue, says “We are being inundated with offers to foster kittens and are also seeing a sharp increase of interest in adopting.” Adding new additions to houses such as cats and dogs has helped to ease anxiety and take people's minds off of this pandemic. There have been over 1,451 people coming forward to foster animals, and, who knows, maybe the next foster parent could be you.
By: Corianna Lamb
Devoted One Direction fans found some clues pertaining to the reunion of the boy band on social media last week. Liam Payne, a member of the band, went live on Instagram with the DJ Alesso, with whom he collaborated on the song Midnight. During the video, Payne revealed that the boys had secret plans that he wasn’t allowed to talk about. As fans asked questions during the video, Alesso tried to filter out the One Direction themed inquiries. According to Liam, “I can’t say too much. Louis told me off for revealing a bit of our plans the other day” (France). If Liam is sworn to secrecy, it’s safe to say that something epic is in the works. You can bet that fans will be on the lookout for more news.
By: Abby Winkel
John Krasinski recently held an online Prom for those who are missing Prom 2020 because of COVID-19. The online prom came during a time when most seniors are missing their end of the year celebrations. The Office actor wanted to do something special for those people, so he brought on some celebrity guests including: the Jonas Brothers, Billie Eilish, Chance the Rapper, and Rainn Wilson (Dwight from The Office). Commenting on how he could spread some GOOD NEWS, the actor said; “It’s a very weird time, but each and every one of you are missing something. This is the least I could do, and I couldn’t be more proud to do it” (Ehrlich). The kind gesture is now recorded for people to watch back on the YouTube channel SOME GOOD NEWS.
By: Sadie Schultz
The Boys Are Back?
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Fostering Furry Friends
Home at last
There is starting to be good news about the coronavirus pandemic. In the avenues of knowing how to stop or slow down the virus, scientists working on a cure and people actually recovering, there is a slow but steady positive change in the pandemic. Countries have installed social distancing and issued stay at home orders as well as advising people to take care of themselves when sick. “Scientists around the world are looking for a coronavirus vaccine” (Trenholm). Work has been started and is shown to be promising. China already has clinical trials to help find a vaccine. Imperial College London is using coronavirus RNA genetics to create a vaccine. Hardworking doctors have helped half-a-million to recover worldwide. A British 106 year old has recovered from it. Doctors are trying new techniques to heal people. There’s hope of total recovery By: Sarah Holcomb
The Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2016 NBA Championship at Oracle Arena. This is one of those stories that people long for as underdogs are one of the best things in sports. This Cavs team had to play against the Golden State Warriors, who had beat them the past two years and finished the season with the best winning record. LeBron James wanted to make his hometown a city of champions again, and he did so in an ezciting fashion. The Cavs had lost the first two games at the Oracle Arena and won only one of the next two at home. Going back into what seemed to be a death trap, losing 3-1 in the series, LeBron and his team made it known they were not done yet. They won the next three games to take home the best prize an NBA team can obtain. LeBron did not accomplish this feat on his own; his main helper was Kyrie Irving. LeBron won the Finals MVP in one of the toughest Finals history. "It has been made clear to me by multiple people, Kyrie never really wanted LeBron to come back [to Cleveland] in the first place, he didn’t think it was necessary. LeBron said something to Kyrie on the court following a game when he was with Miami - something to the effect of, ‘Keep going, keep doing what you’re doing. You never know, I could be back here one day.’ And Kyrie basically said, ‘What’s he talking about? We don’t need him'" (Lloyd). The Cavs will forever thank LeBron for bringing home the trophy. By: Adam Brands
Under the Sea
My brother Ben and I came home to Zambia in April. Our family had decided to have us fly home before all the airports closed. I think this was a great decision because I am now able to spend four whole months with my family. Being home is a positive topic because I usually only spend two months at home. Now I have all the time in the world to hang out with my sister and be able to help out in our big backyard. I love being able to feed the chickens and pick tomatoes from the garden. My sister, Anna, described why she is happy that Ben and I are home: “I’m happy that you’re home because it was really boring by myself in quarantine, and I couldn’t hang out with my friends. Now I get to play video games with Ben and borrow your clothes.” Although we are kept busy with chores, homework, and activities, at the end of the day we all gather together for daily devotion. The Coronavirus may be a major problem all over the world, yet sometimes it is hard to look at the little, good things in life. Right now God is bringing so many families together, even if it means being quarantined. People may not realize it, but this pandemic is also creating opportunities for families to come together in God’s Word. By: Louisa Felgenhauer
New movies are still planned to be released online in the summer of 2020. Movies such as “Scoob” and “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run” are still set to come out this summer, even with the corona-virus shutting down theaters. These movies have been highly anticipated by many, so it is only right to change how things are done at this time. ”The past few months have seen seismic shifts in the 2020 summer movie season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s unclear exactly when audiences will once again head to the [theaters]” (Han). With releasing films online first, before theaters, this may change how movies are released in the future. Still, many movies are waiting until a further date (presumably summer 2021) to finally put out the finished product. Important to many, the film industry is doing what they can during this tough time.
By: Sadie Schultz
Leonard Norocos invented the first ever underwater diving suit while visiting Maine in 1834. Now this suit was much different than what we have today. The suit was made from an elastic Indian rubber-backed cloth, which was able to form a watertight seal. There was an air pipe that connected to the huge bucket of a helmet, which allowed the diver to breathe, but, with all that air in the suit, the suit would reach the bottom of the sea floor. So, to combat the buoyancy of the suit, it was filled with lead shot to weigh down the diver. The helmet had small circular windows in them which allowed the diver to see. These suits of the past just show us how far we have come in technology and how much more there is for us to improve upon it.
By: David Baumann
Governor DeSantis is allowing places in Florida to start opening up this past week. Florida has now entered phase one of multiple phases to go back to normal living. Although, in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, citizens are still not able to enter this phase. They were the counties with the highest Covid-19 cases. Some businesses are starting to open, allowing twenty-five percent capacity. Only bars, gyms, spas and salons, and schools are remaining closed. Even though these places are opening up, nursing homes are still not allowing visitors. "I am willing to reevaluate that if we have enough rapid testing" (DeSantis). Florida is opening more testing sites and will be improving its trace backs to see who has been in contact with Coronavirus patients. This is great news for the country. States are starting to reopen, which will help bring the nation back to some sort of normalcy.
By: Adam Brands
The Start of Normalcy?
Keep Calm and Run
Disney’s live action film, Mulan, will premiere on July 24th. Directed by Niki Caro, the epic tale of one of China’s legendary warriors comes to life. The original release date was set to be March 27th, but it was postponed due to COVID-19 and is now rescheduled for this summer. This PG-13 movie is one of Disney’s many new live action films. No reviews are out yet, but RottenTomatoes says, “It is an epic journey that will transform her [Mulan] into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation...and a proud father.” Although Mushu, Mulan’s dragon sidekick, will not be pictured in this film, this movie is still a must see. They are not sure if the movie will be shown in theaters or if it will be added to Disney+, but regardless it's a great family movie that everyone should watch.
By: Corianna Lamb
Zoo Animals Too
Everywhere in the world people are looking forward to summer running. While sports practices have been cancelled, athletes are excited for the satisfaction of staying fit over the next few months. One of the many ways to stay fit is to run. Running can be a ton of fun, and it’s a super healthy way to be active. One of the countless great things about running during summer is that you are able to be your own coach. Being your own coach can help manage your time so you can spend anytime you need with your family while also being able to conduct a running plan that fits you best. This way you can take as many off days as you’d like or follow your favorite running plans that you usually can’t do while at school. Another thing that is great with running is that you can contact your friends who also love summer running and start a group to encourage each other or handout ideas to make your summer running even better. Summer running is really something to look forward to, because “No matter how good or bad you feel at any given moment, exercise will make you feel better” (Allen).
By: Louisa Felgenhauer
People have come up with new quarantine sports to make up for the lack of professional sports. “Almost every major sports league is on hiatus, but as long as humans occupy the world, it will never be sports-less,” said Louis Bien, reporter for SBNation. As many are forced to self isolate without the comfort of their favorite sports team, millions have gone to social media platforms to show off their new “sports." These new sports can be as simple as playing with pets, playing tennis with friends out apartment windows, or using a mop and Roomba to imitate curling. A new sport that keeps many occupied is making Rube Goldburg machines. The idea is to create an elaborate contraption that performs a relatively simple task. Just because sports are gone doesn’t mean people still can’t find a way to be entertained.
By: Aaron Neyhart
Many countries in East Asia are planning to reopen soon. Hong Kong has planned to open schools, bars, and restaurants, and authorities are planning to provide all residents with reusable face masks. South Korea, which has done an admirable job containing the virus, is planning to reopen schools in the middle of May so that students can prepare for exams needed to enter a top university.To ensure safety, “Students and teachers will have to wear a mask except during mealtimes, wipe their desks and observe social distancing as they move around. Schools will also be required to regularly disinfect their premises” (Guardian). South Korea has also started their baseball season in empty stadiums. Thailand and Vietnam are slowly relaxing social distancing rules, and Australia is trying to figure out the best way to reopen businesses while still keeping the citizens safe. By: Joshua Kehren
Meg Zukin’s gossip website has raised $9,893 for relief charities as of last week. The website is called The Social Distance Project, and it features a compilation of messy situations from people who are co-quarantining together. The website “started from a tweet and raised $5,000 in less than two days” (Zukin). At the beginning, Zukin charged readers $1 to view the compiled stories and sent all of the proceeds to charity organizations. Today, the content is free to the public, but donations are still rolling in. The Social Distance Project not only contains tales of quarreling couples but also heartwarming stories about the kindness of humans. The website offers hope to people through the gifts of entertainment and monetary aid. By: Abby Winkel
The corona virus has also affected animals across the globe during this time. Not only can people become sick from animals, but animals can also become sick from people. This is what is happening in multiple zoos. Seven wild cats at the Bronx Zoo have gotten the infection, supposedly from a zookeeper. “Zoos across the globe have been closed as part of national lock down” (Moulds). Lock downs are affecting animals too. The animals would follow their routine they had become used to, only to find nobody around. This could cause confusion to the animals, but also good benefits. With no people around, zookeepers are able to have the animals breed naturally. Some of the rarer animals might now have the possibility of coming back in increasing numbers. It just goes to show that people and animals are all being affected by this, whether it be for good or bad.
Returning to Normal
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