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Football coach named All-Metro Coach of the Year

Football coach named All-Metro Coach of the Year

Alex Balfour

December 13, 2017


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Until head football coach Ben Wolfe received a phone call Nov. 18, the day the annual All-Metro Offensive Team was named, he had no previous knowledge regarding his serious consideration for the All-Metro Coach of the Year award.   “Our athletic director Andy Ewald called me on Friday, the day...

Money raised following theft

Money raised following theft

Atticus Raasch

December 12, 2017


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Following a theft of around $400 from the Special Education Department, senior Mimi Fhima said she and senior Sophie Yarosh felt inspired to act by starting a GoFundMe fundraiser. “We felt really bad about how the money had been stolen,” Fhima said. “We couldn't do anything directly to help s...

Flavored tobacco ban passes

Flavored tobacco ban passes

Nicole Sanford

December 6, 2017


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At a City Council meeting Dec. 4, banning the sale of flavored tobacco in the city of St. Louis Park passed with a vote of 7-0. This meeting took place following a previous hearing Nov. 20. According to Stlouispark.org, youth remain the primary buyers and users of flavored tobacco and banning its sale aims...

Minnesota House of Representatives offers annual page program

Minnesota House of Representatives offers annual page program

Eli Curran-Moore

November 28, 2017


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Having evolved into one of the top page programs in the nation, according to the Minnesota House of Representatives, the prestigious Minnesota High School page program is designed to instill a lifelong consciousness of the importance of government and public service. According to Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms Andr...

Interim assistant principal appointed to PELSB by Dayton

Interim assistant principal appointed to PELSB by Dayton

Eli Curran-Moore

November 21, 2017


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As a newly appointed member of the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board, interim assistant principal Penny Dupris said she feels happy to have another opportunity to benefit her fellow teachers. “Hiring new teachers is a great responsibility for setting the standards for who we want in...

City Council holds tobacco hearing

City Council holds tobacco hearing

Alex Balfour, Hadeal Rizeq, and Sophie Yarosh

November 21, 2017


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At a City Council meeting Nov. 20, after a hearing regarding the sale of flavored tobacco products in St. Louis Park, the City Council unanimously voted to continue discussion about the flavored tobacco ordinance. Sophomore Eitan Weinstein, who spoke in favor of banning tobacco, said he was asked...

In-school suspension referral process changed

In-school suspension referral process changed

Annabella Strathman

November 20, 2017


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After being closed for the first six weeks of school, the procedure for in-school suspensions has changed, according to assistant principal Charles Johnson-Nixon. Johnson-Nixon said Grade Level Coordinators (GLCs) now determine if a student requires time in the in-school suspension (ISS) room. ...

Carpenter Park excites local skaters

Carpenter Park excites local skaters

David Bryant

November 20, 2017


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With the last touches being made to the skatepark in Carpenter Park, junior Isaak Kimmel said he felt excited to check it out. “I'm really happy with the park as it is a good first free skatepark in St. Louis Park,” Kimmel said. “I think as it becomes less crowded with time, it will be a gr...

Drug policy confusion draws controversy

Drug policy confusion draws controversy

Alex Balfour, Izzy Leviton, and Hannah Leff

November 17, 2017


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Upon returning from a leave for lunch, an unnamed student claims to have been greeted by accusations of drug use based on his smell, and then to his further surprise — suspension. “I went out with my friends at lunch time, and some of them were smoking in the car. I came back (to school) and ...

Fundraiser to commemorate officer Bill Mathews

Fundraiser to commemorate officer Bill Mathews

Dani Orloff

November 16, 2017


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According to Em Spark high school staff member Pat Kripps, the community and Wayzata police officers plan on honoring the fallen officer Bill Mathews at the Wayzata to the Wall fundraiser Nov. 17. “What this is is it’s a benefit to honor the sacrifice of officer Matthews and the Wayzata Police Depa...

Drivers irritated by lack of space

Drivers irritated by lack of space

Lukas Levin

November 16, 2017


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As parking lot monitor Mary Quinn makes her rounds through the gravel-paved field of cars, she notices the inequalities many student drivers face when trying to park. “If (students) pay for a permit and there are students who don’t have a permit taking up their spots, that’s an issue,” Qui...

Racial events inspire demonstration

Racial events inspire demonstration

Mimi Fhima and Annabella Strathman

November 10, 2017


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This story has been updated to reflect an error in the location of the event. Echo apologizes for the mistake.  Approximately 100 students gathered in the old gym at 11 a.m. Nov. 10 to show support for students affected by recent events in the Champlin Park school district, according to Grade Level Coordinator (GLC) Derrick Turner. According to the Star Tribune, two girls’ vo...

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