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Citywide blood drive circulates hope

Citywide blood drive circulates hope

Sean Cork

November 13, 2013


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A city-wide initiative to collect blood donations aims to strengthen the community bond and save lives. The St. Louis Park City Hall is  hosting a blood drive Nov. 19. The blood drive is sponsored by Memorial Blood Centers, an organization that distributes blood to local hospitals. The event is...

Expansion starts at Peter Hobart

Expansion starts at Peter Hobart

Emma Weisner

November 13, 2013


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Early next year, Peter Hobart Elementary School will have two new classrooms, thanks to a lease-purchase agreement approved by the School Board in April 2013. The construction began in July and is slated to be finished by the end of January. Kue Contractors won the bid to build the expansion, which...

Administration enforces weapons policies

Administration enforces weapons policies

Shoshi Fischman

November 13, 2013


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  Two students were found in possession of Airsoft guns during school Oct. 24. A teacher reported a student putting unusual objects into his or her pocket, and upon further investigation the objects were found to be Airsoft pellets. Later searches revealed this student and one other were...

Hats honor life of Seuss

Hats honor life of Seuss

October 30, 2013


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The St. Louis Park community has the opportunity to see the national touring art exhibition of Dr. Seuss’ hat collection. Audrey Geisel, Dr. Seuss’ widow, has opened up the collection to go on tour. It will be at the Jean Stephen Galleries in St. Louis Park from Oct. 11-26. Steve Danko owns Jean...

Tax levy aims to improve local schools

Tax levy aims to improve local schools

Emily Melbye

October 23, 2013


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When St. Louis Park voters go to the polls Nov. 5 they will be voting for more than just School Board members. A proposed tax increase of 4 percent to go toward St. Louis Park schools will also be on the ballot. The money raised by the tax will be put toward school buildings, staffing and technology....

Light rail vote delayed

Light rail vote delayed

Peter Johnson and Ari Weinstein

October 23, 2013


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Gov. Mark Dayton announced Tuesday that the Metropolitan Council vote on light rail will be delayed 60-90 days until the Council makes its final decision. According to Laura Baenen, communications manager for the Southwest Light Rail Transit, the announcement was delayed because the Met Council wanted...

Sadie’s changes dressed in controversy

Sadie’s changes dressed in controversy

John Kinney

October 23, 2013


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Despite attempts to spice up Sadie’s, this year’s Halloween theme has caused disputes among the student body. Some religious students believe Halloween and the act of dressing up are blasphemous and therefore should not be themes for a school-sponsored dance. Junior Muna Berhe said dressing up...

School Board candidates seek election

School Board candidates seek election

Brenna Cook

October 23, 2013


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When senior Andy Haroldson casts his first ballot as a legal adult, he will vote on issues of local importance in the upcoming School Board election. “It’s important for the city’s schools,” Haroldson said. “The School Board represents the direction the schools will be going in the future.” There...

League votes on Benilde’s placement in new West Metro conference

League votes on Benilde’s placement in new West Metro conference

Noah Betz-Richman and Erin Wells

October 23, 2013


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In an attempt to make sports conferences more evenly matched and ensure schools competing are demographically similar, West Metro principals appealed Benilde-St. Margaret’s placement in the conference. The Minnesota State High School League met Oct. 21 for an appeal hearing to decide if Benilde...

Halloween gives way to wasted youth

Halloween gives way to wasted youth

Shoshi Fischman & Noa Grossman

October 23, 2013


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Too old to trick or treat, too young to legally drink. Some teens have outgrown childhood Halloween traditions and now turn to binge drinking instead. With Halloween quickly approaching, some students may encounter more opportunities for parties involving alcohol, according to Debbie Lickteig, an...

Local university professor gives lecture to students

Natalie Vig

October 22, 2013


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As he entered, the class fell silent. This would be no ordinary day in Rebekah Noble’s class. Opening his discussion with a quote from Emiliano Zapata “it’s better to die on your feet than to live on your knees,” Dr. Brooks’ lecture discussed racial issues both in the world today as well as...

Echowan pulls senior quotes

Echowan pulls senior quotes

Emma Weisner

October 21, 2013


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The Senior Boy’s Dance, end-of-the-year water-balloon fight, formal homecoming dance, and now senior quotes in the Echowan. Senior Sam Verner said he feels like a lot of privileges are being taken away from the class of 2014, with little or no explanation. “I’m really disappointed that the best parts of sen...

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