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Drone team recognized statewide

After the traditional state championship for drone racing was cancelled due to COVID-19, Hydra FPV transitioned to a virtual event. Senior Rafe Covin and junior Clayton Horstman placed first in the team competition May 17 and senior William Schwietering and junior Marcos Tapia Vizcarra finished in fifth, according to drone team advisor Mark Miller.

Marta Hill

May 23, 2020

While the pandemic forced most end-of-year competitions to be canceled, including all Minnesota State High School League events, Park’s drone team was still able to compete in the state championship. Junior Clayton Horstman Olson, who placed first in the team race with senior Rafe Covin, said it was an exciti...

COVID-19 cancels Minnesota State Fair

In an announcement May 22, state fair general manager Jerry Hammer announced the Minnesota State Fair will not be opening summer 2020. The last time the state fair was closed was in 1946 for the polio epidemic.

Talia Lissauer and Marta Hill

May 22, 2020

For the first time since 1946 the Minnesota State Fair will not open their gates for the summer of 2020, according to state fair general manager Jerry Hammer.  “This isn’t a difficult decision. It’s the only decision. It’s the right thing to do. As we go through this strange summer, we’re extremely grat...

Park tri-sport senior named All-American Athlete

Senior Aaron Ellingson passes the ball in a game Dec. 10 against Henry Sibley. Ellingson was named one of 28 recipients of the All-American Award.

Maggie Klaers

May 21, 2020

When strength and conditioning coach Jessica Gust heard about the “All-American Athlete,” a relatively new award from the National High School Strength Coaches Association, she introduced it to senior Aaron Ellingson. Ellingson said he filled out the application, which included some essay question...

Interim principal announced for Park

In a statement May 19, Superintendent Astein Osei announced Wendy Loberg as the interim Principal for the 2020-2021 school year. Loberg is set to being in the position in July.

Marta Hill and Talia Lissauer

May 19, 2020

In a statement posted by St. Louis Park Public Schools, Superintendent Astein Osei announced Wendy Loberg will fill the vacancy left by Principal Scott Meyers beginning in July.  “In her past leadership experiences, Wendy has demonstrated the ability to implement effective strategies, to elevate st...

Seniors await Graduation plans

Park alum Natalia Caraballo gives her classmate a hug during Graduation June 6, 2019. After Gov. Tim Walz banned all large in-person commencement ceremonies for the class of 2020 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic May 8, Park had to reevaluate its Graduation plan.

Talia Lissauer

May 19, 2020

Breaking down in tears of frustration was the only way senior Shayla Miller felt she could react after discovering that Gov. Tim Walz banned all in-person graduations in Minnesota due to COVID-19 for the class of 2020. “I know that Graduation is only applicable to a small number of people in comparison ...

Park issues parking pass refunds

Photo illustration by Emily Ziessman. Park students will receive a $25 refund for second semester parking passes, according to 6425 News May 15. Money will be returned via credit card or mail.

Marta Hill

May 18, 2020

According to 6425 News May 15, students who purchased a second semester parking pass will receive a $25 refund.  “If you purchased the permit online with a credit card, your refund has been returned to your credit card. If you purchased your parking permit with a check or cash, refunds from the d...

First semester editorial staff 2020-2021

First semester editorial staff 2020-2021

May 15, 2020

Editor-in-Chief: Talia Lissauer & Maddie Schutte Managing Editors: Gabriel Kaplan, Noah Orloff & Lilly Strathman Copy Editors: Colin Canaday* & Adam Gips Assistant Copy Editor: Tenzin Gyaldatsang Design Editors: Sophie Livingston & Emmy Pearson Infographics Editor: Ryan Barnett Phot...

Search for interim principal continues

Principal Scott Meyers speaks at the Graduation ceremony for the class of 2019 June 6. Meyers announced his resignation effective June 30 and St. Louis Park Public Schools is currently searching for an interim principal.

Marta Hill

May 14, 2020

Less than two months before Principal Meyers’ resignation is set to go into effect, Superintendent Astein Osei decided not to hire any of the candidates that were previously considered. In 6425 News May 1, Osei announced he would begin the search for an interim principal for the 2020-2021 school y...

Breaking down the surge in COVID-19 testing

Art by Emmy Pearson. 
Recently there has been an increase in COVID-19 testing in Minnesota, allowing for more cases to be confirmed in the state.

Talia Lissauer and Maddie Schutte

May 13, 2020

Minnesota's new $36 million COVID-19 testing strategy has given rise to a new level of confusion surrounding the severity of the virus, the rate at which it spreads and what these numbers mean for the future.  This new plan has the capacity for up to 20,000 people being tested per day, rather than ...

Stay Safe Minnesota: Walz allows stay-at-home order to expire

In a time of social distancing, playgrounds around Minnesota remain empty. Gov. Tim Walz announced May 13 that the stay-at-home order will be allowed to expire May 18 and will be replaced by a Stay Safe order. Walz also signed four Executive Orders aimed at reopening the economy safely.

Marta Hill, Isabel Kjaer, and Talia Lissauer

May 13, 2020

Protecting public health and economic stability was at the forefront of Gov. Tim Walz’s mind as he signed four Executive Orders May 13 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.  “We believe that we should be able to handle an increase in cases as more people move out and about. We can use what w...

Pandemic overshadows local, national news

Ilhan Omar speaks to the crowd at a Bernie Sanders Rally March 2. Omar will have opponents in both the primary and general elections this coming November.

Tobias Khabie

May 11, 2020

Flipping through news channels and news apps, it is hard to find any non-COVID-19 coverage, as the disease causes turmoil among Americans. All this news can be tiring, and it feels as if it is starting to get repetitive. Despite the pandemic shutting much of the country down, there is still plenty...

Minnesota bans in-person commencement ceremonies for class of 2020

The class of 2019 throws its caps in the air after graduation June 6. Minnesota Department of Health and Department of Education announced May 8 that large scale in-person graduations are prohibited for the class of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Talia Lissauer

May 8, 2020

This story is updated as of 6 p.m. May 8.  Park announced in 6425 News May 8 that the in-person Graduation for the class of 2020 set for June 23 will not be happening at the St. Louis Park High School Stadium after receiving the guidance from the state. “St. Louis Park High School is committed to the Jun...

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