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Community meeting held to discuss banning conversion therapy

Community meeting held to discuss banning conversion therapy

Tenzin Gyaldatsang

January 1, 2020

After a community meeting was held at United Church of Christ on December 19th to discuss the use of conversion therapy in St. Louis Park, city event organizer Justin Lewandowski said it went well, with many community members in attendance. “(The event) went great. One person is better than none and we...

Second semester editorial staff 2019-2020

Second semester editorial staff 2019-2020

December 28, 2019

Editors-in-Chief: Marta Hill and Isabel Kjaer Managing Editors: Gabe Kaplan, Kaia Myers, Noah Orloff, Carissa Prestholdt and Sofia Seewald Copy Editors: Sofie Geretz, Tobias Khabie and Ruthie Posada Assistant Copy Editor: Tenzin Gyaldatsang Design Editors: Maggie Klaers and Sophie Living...

Impeachment reverberates locally

Impeachment reverberates locally

Noah Orloff, Mushtaq Barqab

December 25, 2019

After the full House voted to officially impeach President Donald Trump, the recent political discourse has called into question the effect of national politics on Park. According to social studies teacher Jill Merkle, impeachment has generated varying degrees of interest among students. “In gen...

Shortened winter break prompts discussion

Shortened winter break prompts discussion

Isabel Kjaer, Marta Hill, and Kaia Myers

December 25, 2019

According to Superintendent Astein Osei, there are several factors that influence the district’s calendar, including feedback from the community regarding having a longer summer break. “Feedback we were receiving is that people were wanting to get out earlier and in order to do that you have to fi...

Ordinance in process to ban vaping products, e-cigarettes

Ordinance in process to ban vaping products, e-cigarettes

Marta Hill

December 17, 2019

After speaking at a public hearing at a City Council meeting Dec. 16, Josie Nelson, a junior at Benilde-St. Margaret’s, said limiting access to vaping products is important because vaping has many negative effects on youth. “I care about this issue because it is something that we see happen every...

Central Community Center aquatics coordinator takes on new position

Central Community Center aquatics coordinator takes on new position

Kate Schneider

December 17, 2019

According to Cathy Taylor, aquatics coordinator at the Central Community Center, she started working as an instructor after college when her old swim coach convinced her. She later took on another set of responsibilities but still enjoys teaching some lessons.  “I set up all the lessons, hire the teache...

Business Innovations opens pop-up shop for community

Business Innovations opens pop-up shop for community

Kate Schneider

December 16, 2019

When preparing to sell her handmade jewelry at the Business Innovations pop-up shop, where students sold the products they made in class, sophomore Anna Overall said she was excited to see the reaction of customers seeing her product. “I was looking forward to making some sales as well as seeing ...

Theater renovations to update lights, stage, dressing rooms

Theater renovations to update lights, stage, dressing rooms

Marta Hill

December 9, 2019

Looking forward to the Auditorium renovations that will start in June, sophomore stage manager Jacob Khabie said many theater participants are nervous because of the lack of information they have received. “Honestly not a lot is known, and that scares a lot of people in theater right now,” Kha...

Minneapolis City Council bans conversion therapy

Minneapolis City Council bans conversion therapy

Ben Sanford

December 7, 2019

As of Nov. 22, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously banned the act of conversion therapy, a process of trying to convert minors who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community to become heterosexual or cisgender. Minneapolis Ward Eight City Council member Andrea Jenkins said conversion therapy is ty...

Wi-Fi problems affect school productivity

Wi-Fi problems affect school productivity

Kaia Myers

December 6, 2019

Sitting down to write his English essay, senior Ben Bryan was frustrated not by the essay assignment but by the lack of Wi-Fi. “In my English class, the Wi-Fi went out for a solid 30 minutes and we had an essay (due) that we really needed to get done. It made things a lot more time consuming,” B...

Dakota bikeway approved by City Council

Dakota bikeway approved by City Council

Sam Swisher

December 5, 2019

As city engineer Ben Manibog reflects on the passing of the Dakota bikeway project he said he is pleased that the project will be entering the final design phase. “I’m happy that we’re able to move along with the project. It’s been a long process,” Manibog said. “It’s been very detailed as...

New administration procedures prove successful

New administration procedures prove successful

Kaia Myers, Marta Hill, and Isabel Kjaer

December 4, 2019

As Principal Scott Meyers reflected on the new attendance practices the administration put into place for the 2019-2020 school year, he said he’s seen positive results.  “Some of the practices that we’ve brought in seem to be improving hallway traffic, and (they) seem to be improving bathr...

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