Abby Petersen


Location icon United States of America

Editor-in-chief of the Bethel University Clarion in St. Paul, Minn.
Former intern at the Rapid City Journal. Enjoys Red Bull, South Dakota and story deadlines.

The Clarion
A good neighbor

By Abby Petersen At 10:15 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Bethel University, the post office closes. The library lights flicker, then turn off and the doors are locked. The Royal Grounds coffee shop in the Brushaber Commons closes its folding gate. The university is buzzing with activity, but its offices are closed.

Rapid City Journal Media Group
Woman killed after grass fire in Fairburn spreads to home

FAIRBURN | James Pawelski watched smoke rise from what remained of his home Tuesday morning and stamped out a cigarette. His mind was numb. Authorities had found a body inside the home, and Pawelski feared it could be that of his 26-year-old daughter.

Rapid City Journal Media Group
Red Cloud graduate accepted to Ivy League schools

He picked up the hitchhiker near Pine Ridge after school. It was something he wasn't supposed to do, not according to his parents, who warned him about murderers and muggers disguised as people just seeking a ride. Dusk had begun to fall over the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and the hitchhiker was drunk.

AP News
Oglala Sioux Executive Director celebrates 3 years at job

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) - At first glance, Darrell Brown Bull's office resembles a college dorm room. The walls are painted bright orange; a mini fridge buzzes in the corner; whiteboards hold lists of important names and tasks; and a Darth Vader bowl filled with Jolly Ranchers candies rests comfortably on his desk.

After today

Maria Trinidad Santos hugs a pink blanket around her shoulders in a surgical waiting room in Antigua, Guatemala. It is 6 a.m. - the time the doctors told her to arrive - but the doors to the operating room are dark. Patients line the walls like the tire spokes of the chicken buses that brought them there.

The Clarion
How Snoop Dogg came to Bethel

Bethel didn't know the rapper was coming until Jan. 22. Ten days later, he walked through the door.

Black lives, they matter here

Graffiti on the rock in Kresge courtyard sparks controversy - and discussion - at Bethel By Clarion News Staff The Brushaber Commons went silent as Chief Diversity Office Ruben Rivera walked onto the atrium platform. "I've been here 19 years and I've never seen this," Rivera said, gesturing to the crowd that spread up the atrium stairs,...

Rapid City Journal Media Group
New Americans symbol of future

Sister Mariana Moreno wore plain white sneakers under her habit the day she became an American. Black, white and red fabric hugged her from head to toe as she stood Thursday for the Pledge of Allegiance at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, even though the temperature was almost 80 degrees.

Bethel hosts election debate in the Underground

College Democrats and College Republicans square off in an election debate Oct. 26. Abby Petersen | News Editor Four College Democrats and three College Republicans sipped from Dasani water bottles in the Bethel University Underground Wednesday night. They prepared to speak for the election debate hosted by Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society group...

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