Making a Murderer

Making a Murderer is new Netflix television series based on the trials of Steven Avery. ~b975254

Avery was originally imprisoned for 18 years by the State Wisconsin for rape, a crime he did not commit. Because of his false imprisonment, Avery was planning to sue the Manitowoc police department for $36 million dollars, but was accused of the death of Teresa Halbach before his case could be resolved.

Avery was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of photographer, Teresa Halbach in 2005, though he says he is not guilty and that “The murder is still out there.”  


On Halloween, 2005 Halbach went to Avery’s property to take photographs of cars for sale, when she was mysteriously murdered. Avery’s nephew, Brendan Dassey confessed that he helped his uncle kill Halbach, but later confessed that he was lying. Dassey was also sentenced to life in prison.

The Manitowoc police department found a lot of evidence that pointed towards Steven Avery being guilty of the death of Teresa Halbach, but he is still fighting for his freedom.

This series will take you through the trial of Steven Avery, and go further into the details of the Teresa halbach case. 

New television shows In 2016

Are you sick of old boring shows, or are just looking for something great to watch? From adventure, crime, reality, comedy and suspense, here is a list of new attention getting T.V. series in 2016!

Shadowhunters  Shadowhunters is an upcoming television series based on The Mortal Instruments book series by Cassandra Clare. It aired on January 12, 2016 on ABC Family. Starring: Matthew Daddario, Katherine McNamara, Isaiah Mustafa, Alberto Rosende, Dominic Sherwood. With such an interesting cast and plot this series will have you on the edge of your seat throughout all the shocking adventures that are sure to come.

Zoe Ever After is a sitcom series starring Brandy Norwood, Ignacio Serricchio, Dorian Missick, Haneefah Wood, Tory Devon Smith, and Jaylon Gordon. It’s about a woman (Brandy Norwood) who was recently divorced, and starts her own cosmetics company. It aired on January 5, 2015 on BET!

The Shannara Chronicles is an adaptation of The Sword of Shannara Trilogy books by Terry Brooks. With the amazing cast of Manu Bennett, Poppy Drayton, Aaron Jakubenko, Ivana Baquero, John Rhys-Davies,  and Austin Butler this adventurous series is one that you won’t want to miss. The Shannara Chronicles aired on January 5, 2015 on MTV.

American Crime Story is an American T.V. series that is based off true crimes that happened in America. This suspenseful show aired on January 6, 2015 on ABC. Starring: Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Regina King, and Richard Cabra. These twisted actions will have you counting down the days till the next episode!

The Real Housewives of Potomac follows the upscale lives, Gizelle Bryant, Katie Rost, Karen Huger, Charrisse Jackson-Jordan, Robyn Dixon, and Ashley Darby, all of whom have fought for their places in this society by way of legacy or marriage. In a town where entry is granted only through class, pedigree, and lineage, how far will these ladies go to secure their spot. Aired on Bravo on January 17, 2016.

Holiday recipes

Holiday Recipes

Here are some delicious, easy recipes for this holiday season!

Homemade Cheesy Potatoes

~b8302093 pounds Russet Potatoes, peeled

4 tablespoons Butter, divided

1/2 cup Yellow Onion, diced small

1 clove Garlic, minced

2-1/2 tablespoons All-Purpose Flour

1/2 cup Low-Sodium Chicken Broth

1/2 cup Whole Milk

1 cup Sour Cream

3 Green Onions, sliced

3/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper

1 cup grated Sharp Colby Cheese


  1. Peel a pound of potatoes
  2. Slice the potatoes into planks, then strips and dice into cubes. Add the potatoes into a pot of cold water, bring to a boil and cook for 8 minutes. Remove and drain the potatoes and set into a sink. Let the potatoes cool.
  3. In a 10-inch skillet add three tablespoons of butter. Over medium-low melt the butter and then add in the diced onions. Cook until just softened and add in the minced garlic. Cook for one minute.
  4. Add small amount of four in the flour and stir, cooking for 2-3 minutes. While stirring, pour in the 1/2 cup of broth and 1/2 cup of whole milk. Continue to stir until thick, about 5-8 minutes.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cup of cold sour cream.
  6. In a large bowl add in the cooled potatoes, onion and sour cream mixture, green onions, salt, pepper and grated Colby cheese. Stir to combine and pour in the prepared pan.
  7. Bake at 350 degree oven for 1 hour or until bubbly and lightly golden. Let cool for 20-25 minutes before serving.

Green Bean casserole:


  1. 1 can of Cream of Mushroom Soup  
  2. 1/2 cup  milk
  3. 1 teaspoon  soy sauce
  4. 1 dash  black pepper
  5. 4 cups cooked cut green beans
  6. 1 1/3 cups french fried Onions


  1. Stir the soup, milk, soy sauce, black pepper, beans and 2/3 cup onions in a bowl.
  2. Pour into a casserole dish.
  3. Bake at 350°F. for 25 minutes or until the casserole is hot and bubbling. Stir casserole and sprinkle with the remaining french fried onions.
  4. Bake for another 5 minutes or until the onions are golden brown.

Chocolate Chip Cookies:


  1. 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  3. 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  4. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  5. 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  8. 2 large eggs
  9. 2 cups semisweet and/or milk chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the flour and baking soda and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars, beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed.
  4. Add in the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Drop tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes.
  8. Let cool completely.



  1. 4 cups milk
  2. 5 whole cloves
  3. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. 12 egg yolks


  1. Combine milk, cloves, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and cinnamon in a saucepan and heat over lowest setting for 5 minutes. Slowly bring milk mixture to a boil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine egg yolks and sugar. Whisk together until fluffy.
  3. Whisk hot milk mixture slowly into the eggs. Pour mixture into saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring for 3 minutes, or until the mixture is thick.
  4. Do not allow mixture to boil. Strain to remove cloves, and let cool for about an hour.
  5. Stir in, cream, 2 teaspoon vanilla, and nutmeg. Refrigerate overnight before serving.


Gifts for under $15

For Her


The Maybelline eyeshadow palettes are great stocking stuffers for daughters or mothers who enjoy makeup and experimenting with their look ($9.98 at Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS, and

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The Burt’s Bees Tips and toes kit is a reasonably priced set with hand creams, a foot cream, and a lip moisturizer. Perfect for a woman who likes natural healthy products to improve her skin. ($10.39 at Walgreens, $12.99 at Target and Macy’s)


Scarves are a great accessory for women to put the final touches on their outfit of the day. With many different kinds of scarves there are plenty of options. Depending on what type of material or style the scarf is the prices will vary however some good stores with scarves under or around $15 are Target, Charlotte Russe, and Forever 21.


For the Kids

Screen Shot 2015-12-03 at 10.29.03 AMHasbro® Classic Jenga Game is a classic entertaining game perfect for younger kids and families ($7.89 at Target, Walmart and

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Wubble X Floating Bubble Ball – Blue (Target Sale Price: $7.99)

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Gift Cards are great alternatives if you need to buy a gift for someone and have no idea what to specifically get them. There are gift cards for basically anything, so if you know any hobbies or interests of the person you are getting a gift for this is a great option. (You can go directly to the store for the gift card or else Target, Walgreens, Walmart, and Gas stations have a good general selection).


For Him

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Socks are a great present that everyone enjoys receiving. These socks are both stylish, comfortable, and the quality is great. Nike Matchfit Crew Soccer Socks (variety of colors) (Target Sale Price: $14.00)

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Calvin Klein Men Body Mist. With a variety of high-end body sprays, he can smell great all season long for a low price! (Men’s Euphoria by Calvin Klein Body Spray, Men’s Eternity Aqua by Calvin Klein Body Spray, Men’s Obsession by Calvin Klein Body Spray) (Target Sale Price: $13.19)

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Merona Men’s Bifold Wallet ( black and brown) This gift is affordable, quick to buy and present that will be used on a daily basis! (Target Sale Price: $9.10) 

HSPH 2015-2016 Dance Team

Highland Park Senior High has a wonderful dance team that looks for new members every year. I interviewed one of the new dancers on the HPSHS dance team to see what tryouts were like.

I interviewed Erin Matter, a freshman here at Highland Senior Park High School. Erin has been doing serious dance for the past two years at Roseville Dance Studio. I asked Erin a series of questions regarding dance.

How intense were the tryouts on a scale to 1-10?

“It was around 6 I would say, it wasn’t extremely intense, but you still had to put in a lot of effort if you want a spot on the team!”

What are you looking forward to this dance season?

“I’m really looking forward to competing against other teams, making new friends and learning new skills. You could tell straight off the the bat that the HPSHS’ dance community is like a family and that we all are excited to work as a team.”

What do you think your best skill is in dance?

“I always try to bring positivity, even if it’s just a small “You did great in practice today!”


photo courtesy of Terayah Glaser Forward

I also interviewed the dance coach for the 2015-2016 dance year, Ms. Mendenhall, asking her a variety of questions regarding the dance team.

What specifics were you looking for while choosing the dancers?

“I was looking for dancers who had a positive attitude, because it’s really hard to teach someone how to have a positive outlook on situations.”

How many competitions will HSPH Dance Team be participating in?

“The HSPH Dance Team will be competing in four competitions.”

What style of dancer will the HSPH dancers be performing during competition?

“The dancers will be doing kickline and jazz.”

How many dancers are on the HSPH Dance Team?

“We have 27 girls on this years dance team”

What is the Goal for the 2015-2016 HSPH Dance Team?

“The goal would be for these girls to learn new skills, have fun and work as a team.”
Can’t wait to see what’s to come for the HSPH 2015-2016 Dance Team, good luck!!

Halloween DIY ideas

                                                       Decorations for Halloween.

Here are some great ideas to make your Halloween pumpkin different from everyone else’s this holiday. These fun and creative decoration ideas for your pumpkin will make yours stand out from all your friend this Halloween!

#1 Glitter Pumpkin

Things you’ll need  

  1. Pumpkin
  2. Glitter of choice
  3. Spray adhesive
  4. Paint brush
  5. Newspapers
  6. Spoon

Instructions for glitter pumpkin

  1. Lay out newspaper onto flat surface. (Table, floor, cement)
  2. Spray the top half of your pumpkin with spray adhesive, if you don’t want the stem of the pumpkin to be covered in glitter do not spray with adhesive.
  3. With your spoon, sprinkle glitter over the adhesive you previously sprayed onto your pumpkin.
  4. Remove unwanted glitter by carefully shaking pumpkin over newspaper.
  5. Let your pumpkin sit for at least 5 minutes.
  6. Spray the bottom of your pumpkin with adhesive.
  7. With spoon, sprinkle glitter over the adhesive you previously sprayed on your pumpkin.
  8. Let your pumpkin sit for at least 5 minutes.

#2 Glow in the Dark Pumpkin

Things you’ll need

  1. Pumpkin
  2. Glow in the dark paint of your choice
  3. Paintbrush
  4. Newspaper
  5. Paper plate

Instructions for  glow in the dark Pumpkin

  1. Lay newspaper down onto flat surface. (Table, floor, cement)
  2. Squeeze glow in the dark paint onto paper plate.
  3. With your paintbrush, design your pumpkins how ever you choose.
  4. Let the paint on your pumpkin dry.

#3 Starry Night Pumpkin

Things you’ll need

  1. Pumpkin
  2. Dark blue or black paint
  3. Silver paint
  4. Gold star stickers
  5. Newspaper

Instructions for starry night pumpkin

  1. Lay newspaper down onto flat surface. (Table,floor,cement)

2.Paint the entire pumpkin (including stem) either dark blue or black, depending on which color you chose to use.

  1. Let your paint dry.
  2. After the paint has dried, using the silver paint, paint a crescent moon onto your pumpkin.
  3. Let paint dry.
  4. Stick the gold stars all over your pumpkin.

                                                            Halloween Treats

These snacks are great for any upcoming Halloween event. All tasty, affordable and easy to make!

#4 Nutter Butter Ghosts

Things you’ll need.

  1. Nutter Butters. (How many packaged you need/want)
  2. 8 ounces of melted white chocolate.
  3. 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips.
  4. Plate or tray
  5. Fork
  6. Parchment paper

Instructions for Nutter Butter Ghosts

  1. Put 8 ounces of white chocolate into a microwaveable bowl and heat for 1 minute and 15 seconds.
  2. Carefully place bowl onto a flat surface.
  3. With a fork dip Nutter Butter into white chocolate, rotate until the whole cookie is covered.
  4. With fork, pick up Nutter Butter and place onto parchment paper
  5. Place two mini chocolate chips as the eyes of the ghost.
  6. Let your ghosts dry.

#5 Gummy Worms

Things you’ll need.

  1. 2 Rubber bands
  2. Bendy straws
  3. Jello (red)
  4. Water
  5. Large cup
  6. Bowl

Instructions for Gummy Worms

  1. Pack all of the bendy straws together and wrap two rubber, one on the top and one on the opposite end.
  2. Make jello.
  3. While the jello is still in a liquid form, pour into straws.
  4. Let jello sit for 2-3 hours in fridge.
  5. Carefully pour warm water over jello filled straws to release “worms” from straws into a bowl.
  6. Pour out extra water.

#6 Witch Finger

Things you’ll need

  1. White bread
  2. Red jam/jelly
  3. Peanut butter/almond butter etc.
  4. Shaved almonds
  5. Knife
  6. Rolling pin
  7. Plate

Instructions for Witch Fingers

  1. Cut the crusts of the bread off.
  2. With rolling pin flatten out bread
  3. With knife spread peanut butter or almond butter onto the bread.
  4. Roll bread vertically.
  5. Cut a V shape onto one of the ends of the bread.
  6. Put a small amount of jelly/jam onto the V shape of the bread.
  7. Push shaved almond into the jelly/jam
  8. Put sandwich onto a plate
  9. Put jelly/jam onto end of sandwich

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Upcoming events outside of school!

Have nothing to do for the next few weeks? Or just want to help in your community? Here are some great fundraisers/activities coming up!




Maplewood 5k/3k rec run: Join families on Saturday, September 26, 2015 in a 3k/5k run at the Maplewood community center. A fun filled day with a crazy hair station, games, nature crafts and much more! One child gets in free for the price of one $30 dollar adult ticket.





MIA: A free event celebrating native american art on Sunday, October 11, 2015. hands-on activities, meet Native artists, and watch live drumming and dance performances at the Minneapolis Institute of Art!




TUTU 2 mile run: Don’t miss the Tutu 2 mile run on Saturday September 26, 2015. CHILD provides support for abused children and promotes public awareness about child abuse. Join them in a 2 mile run wearing your favorite tutu to help stop child abuse. $25 dollars for an adult ticket ( 18+) and $10 dollars for childrens tickets (18 and  under).

These organization a great way to get involved outside of the Highland Senior Park  community and to help those around you! Go Scots!

Maplewood 3k/5k rec run:


Tutu two mile run: