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New city program reaches out to students

Samantha Klepfer

January 28, 2020

As part of her role as Park elections specialist, Cara Luebke said she is running a new civic engagement program to get students more involved in politics. “Last year it was a program called student elections program,” Luebke said. “Now we’re kind of revamping it to be a little bit more focuse...

Superintendent meets with Student Advisory Council

Superintendent meets with Student Advisory Council

Ryan Barnett

January 23, 2020

After attending Superintendent Astein Osei’s District Student Advisory Council meeting Jan. 16, senior Jordyn Turek said she was happy with the outcome of the discussion. “The meeting went really well. We always have a lot to talk about and discuss,” Turek said. “Mr. Osei is really good a...

Rec Center hosts entertainment swap

Rec Center hosts entertainment swap

Jayde Claussen

January 17, 2020

In an effort to promote reuse and waste prevention, the St. Louis Park Rec Center will host an event to exchange entertainment items to give them a new purpose, according to Emily Barker, a solid waste specialist. “It's not first nature for a lot of people (to reuse). It's still easier for people to...

Talmud Torah hosts commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 

Talmud Torah hosts commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 

Marta Hill and Talia Lissauer

January 16, 2020

After speaking to families at a Jewish commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, chairman of the Human Rights Commission and senior Amaya Fokuo said she was invited to speak to share her views on youth activism and relate it to Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “I worried for a second to the point w...

Two-hour early release announced for Park schools Jan. 17

Two-hour early release announced for Park schools Jan. 17

Marta Hill

January 16, 2020

According to communications specialist Matt Thomas, students will be released from school two hours early Jan. 17 because of forecasted severe winter weather.  The winter storm is expected to bring five to nine inches of snow from late morning to the evening of Jan. 17, according to the National...

New ordinance alters straw accessibility

New ordinance alters straw accessibility

Sam Swisher

January 15, 2020

After the city’s new straw ordinance went into effect Jan. 1, the city’s solid waste manager Kala Fisher said the ordinance was put in place to reduce the number of straws used in St. Louis Park. “(The ordinance) would both reduce the amount of straws that people have to throw away and it would...

Parking passes for second semester move to online sales

Parking passes  for second semester move to online sales

Kate Schneider

January 10, 2020

When purchasing her parking permit this fall, junior Greta Kulevsky said she felt inconvenienced by the line. However, she looks forward to the possible benefits of online sales. “I had to get up really early just to wait in a long line. If you forget any of the stuff you need, you lose your spot,...

Minnesota: No Hate. No Fear. unites community

Minnesota: No Hate. No Fear. unites community

Anna Benishek

January 8, 2020

In response to an anti-Semitic attack on the seventh night of Hanukkah, Temple Israel hosted an event called Minnesota: No Hate. No Fear. Over 1,400 attended the event. Sophomore Ella Roether said she attended the gathering to stand up against anti-Semitism.  “A bunch of different people spoke and wer...

City Council bans sale of vape products, e-cigarette products

City Council bans sale of vape products, e-cigarette products

Marta Hill

January 8, 2020

At the first reading of the ordinance, former City Council member Steve Hallfin said the City Council should not get to decide what adults put into their own bodies. “People put bad things in their bodies all the time. We could be up here trying to ban alcohol. We know how many people get killed beca...

Students to work with REM5, local soda company

Students to work with REM5, local soda company

Henry Brettingen

January 8, 2020

According to Art Tech head Trevor Paulson, students are working with the virtual reality company REM5 to design soda cans for a local company. “The students are going to work on designing the cans for the soda company, and the artwork going on the can, with the local company using only virtual r...

National Suicide Prevention Hotline to change number to three digits

National Suicide Prevention Hotline to change number to three digits

Colin Canaday

January 7, 2020

Following a vote by the Federal Communications Commission Dec. 12, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline will be shortened to three digits. Tanya Carter, a representative for the Minnesota Department of Health, said she thinks the change will help increase public knowledge about mental health issues. “Currently,...

Attendance numbers low following break

Attendance numbers low following break

Marta Hill, Isabel Kjaer, and Kaia Myers

January 7, 2020

After returning to school two days earlier than pervious years, freshman Wilton Bomsta said he felt the time in school wasn’t worth it. “I didn’t really like it because I don’t feel like we did anything on those two days,” Bomsta said. “I’d rather have a longer winter break than a two-day...

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