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District names new Superintendent

District names new Superintendent

Maggie Bahnson, Ethan Brown, and Mimi Fhima
May 25, 2017
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Incoming Superintendent Astein Osei was woken up at 10:30 p.m. May 10, startled by the two superintendent search firm members outside his door offering him a position as the new superintendent for St. Louis Park Public Schools. “I jump up, literally run upstairs in like a T-shirt, basketball shor...

Ramadan to occur week before finals

Ramadan to occur week before finals

Hadeal Rizeq
May 24, 2017
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Every year, freshman Zahra Mohamed looks forward to the Muslim holiday, Ramadan, but worries academics and finals will make things difficult. “I love Ramadan. I’m kind of excited that Ramadan is coming up, but I feel like the best idea is to not have it during finals because some people are real...

Project officials outline building process

Project officials outline building process

Hadeal Rizeq
May 24, 2017
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Since the flooding of the loading docks at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in 2014,  Minnehaha Creek Watershed District project and land technician Laura Domyancich said she has supported the hospital’s idea of working on a flood wall every step of the way. “The flooding in 2014 was considered a 100...

Planning moves forward for new Chick-Fil-A

Planning moves forward for new Chick-Fil-A

Amaia Barajas
May 24, 2017
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According to Assistant Zoning Administrator Gary Morrison, the building of Chick-Fil-A has finally been approved after a wait for approval from the city. “The council approved the second reading. The council review is completed, and the project is approved. We have some paperwork to do in our offic...

Event hosted to honor outgoing superintendent

Event hosted to honor outgoing superintendent

Emma Kempf
May 19, 2017
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Community members gathered to attend Rob Metz’s retirement reception on Thursday, May 18 at the Doubletree Hotel, commemorating his 19 year career in the district. District communications director Sara Thompson said the community turnout helped to provide a celebratory atmosphere.  “Rob Metz ...

Echowan prepares for yearbook distribution

Echowan prepares for yearbook distribution

Izzy Leviton and Samyu Yenamandra
May 19, 2017
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According to senior editor-in-chief Talia Simonett, after a long year of working on putting together the yearbook, the Echowan staff are excited to share their final product with the rest of the school. Simonett said yearbook distribution day will be on May 22 and 23 in the auditorium foyer. “This day ...

Graduation to be held May 25

Graduation to be held May 25

Isabelle Becker
May 18, 2017
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According to Kiki Christensen, assistant principal Kari Schwietering's secretary, graduation will be held 7:30 p.m. May 25 and seating outdoors is open to anyone. “(Graduation is) at the football field here at 7:30 and if it rains, it will be held indoors,” Christensen said. Christensen sa...

Bridgewater housing proposal denied by City Council

Bridgewater housing proposal denied by City Council

Alex Balfour
May 18, 2017
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According to St. Louis Park planning supervisor Sean Walther, the City Council denied a proposal to construct a building on the northeast corner of Excelsior Boulevard and Monterey Drive at a meeting April 17. Sophomore Aidan Henry, who lives near Excelsior and Grand, said he heard opposition from his ...

Academic Awards Night celebrates ‘dedicated’ students

Academic Awards Night celebrates ‘dedicated’ students

Samyu Yenamandra
May 17, 2017
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Every May, Park honors its dedicated students at its annual Academic Awards Night, a ceremony recognizing the outstanding students at the school, according to Gifted and Talented adviser and English teacher Mary Norris. “What I absolutely love about (the night) is the kids who have worked so har...

Friends, community prepare for Metz farewell reception

Friends, community prepare for Metz farewell reception

Raphy Gendler
May 17, 2017
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Friends, community leaders and district staff will gather to celebrate Superintendent Rob Metz’s 19 year St. Louis Park Public Schools career at his retirement reception May 18. Metz’s retirement reception will take place at the Park Place DoubleTree hotel, according to district communications...

School Board names incoming superintendent

Ethan Brown
May 11, 2017
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Astein Osei was named as St. Louis Park Schools' next superintendent May 10, according to School Board chair Jim Yarosh. The decision marks the end of a search to replace outgoing superintendent Rob Metz. Osei, currently the assistant superintendent at Osseo Public Schools, was chosen from three...

Thomas Friedman returns to Park

Thomas Friedman returns to Park

Mimi Fhima and Kirby Goodman
May 9, 2017
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When reflecting on visits to his hometown, distinguished Park alumnus and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman said the trips aided him in writing his latest book “Thank You For Being Late.” “I really, emotionally, just wanted to come home because all of the other things I’ve been working o...

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