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Around 36 high school students are still “alive” in the Nerf War but about 165 signed up to participate in the student-arranged game. Some of the participants are shown together at the high school -- neutral ground for the combatants: Karly Murphy, Ace Sauerwein, Jackson Vanderwagen, Dillon Owen, Sam Purfeerst, Reed Blasius, Chris Morgan and Logan Johnson.

War, Nerf style, has been declared

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On a recent afternoon a teenage student could be seen running down the sidewalk on Cemetery Road, near the high school, carrying a small, neon-colored Nerf Gun and looking over his shoulder as if pursued by enemies.


Similar sights have shot up around town the past few weeks, often confusing bystanders, according to high school students Karly Murphy and Ace Sauerwein.

“There’s been weird looks, like, ‘Why is that high schooler carrying a Nerf gun?’” Sauerwein said.

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Gretta Stark
Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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