The Echo

City proposes $22 million in projects

City proposes $22 million in projects

Maggie Klaers and Dani Orloff

March 16, 2019


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Split Rock Studios exhibit designer Amanda Wambach said the Westwood Hills Nature Center renovations are intended to expand the capabilities of what they can do for the community. “Westwood Hills has been working on a new building,” Wambach said. “They’re really excited to create something for...

Program seeks to provide summer employment

Program seeks to provide summer employment

Dani Orloff and Noah Orloff

March 15, 2019


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As sophomore Marcos Alvarez reflects on his time volunteering at a St. Louis Park park during the summer, he said it was a fulfilling experience. “It’s really fun. You get to hang with kids, make activities and you get a lot of job experience and volunteer experience for college and stuff like ...

Journalist testifies for student free expression legislation

Journalist testifies for student free expression legislation

Dani Orloff

March 14, 2019


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As senior Emma Yarger testified alongside three others in favor of the student free expression legislation, she said she felt powerful having a platform to express her point of view. “It was really cool to have the attention of so many adults on you because I feel like as a student you don't al...

District discusses options after cancellations

District discusses options after cancellations

Dani Orloff and Noah Orloff

March 8, 2019


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As senior Zoey Zachek heard the senior class may need to make up instructional hours because of weather-related cancellations, she said she is concerned how the district will arrange to fulfill state requirements.   “I was not aware of that. I want to graduate,” Zachek said. “That worries me ...

City adopts ranked-choice voting

City adopts ranked-choice voting

Gabriel Kaplan and Noah Orloff

March 6, 2019


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To implement the ranked-choice voting system, the City Council needed all of its members to approve the change, according to St. Louis Park mayor Jake Spano. “The City Council had to vote unanimously in favor otherwise it would not pass,” Spano said. “The Council did vote unanimously, so (rank...

Sophomore swimmer breaks all-time State record

Sophomore swimmer breaks all-time State record

Dani Orloff and Noah Orloff

March 5, 2019


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As sophomore boys’ swimmer Hayden Zheng realized he had broken the all-time State record in Minnesota for the 100-yard breaststroke, he said he felt thrilled, which was displayed in his post-swim repeated splashes in the water. “Going in I was not expecting the 53.8, so I looked up at the time, and I was...

Empty Bowls educates, unites

Empty Bowls educates, unites

Noah Orloff and Adin Zweigbaum

March 5, 2019


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While Empty Bowls planning committee co-chair Lisa Hertel reflected on the goals of the event, she said communal bonding was a main aspiration of Empty Bowls. “Our number one purpose in doing Empty Bowls is to bring the community together,” Hertel said. “I would say that Empty Bowls in St. Louis...

ACT for juniors rescheduled to March

ACT for juniors rescheduled to March

Dani Orloff and Noah Orloff

March 4, 2019


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According to assistant testing coordinator Jami LaPray, the ACT test for juniors will take place March 12 at 8:20 a.m. in the Fieldhouse. LaPray said the date was changed because of the school cancellation on the scheduled test day Feb. 20. “It is the date that ACT designated as the makeup date,” LaP...

District hours under review

District hours under review

Noah Orloff and Gabriel Kaplan

February 26, 2019


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The St. Louis Park School Board is actively working on gathering community input on potentially changing start and end times throughout the district in order to address issues with sleep and transportation, according to Park superintendent Astein Osei. “Currently, we are in the feedback stage of the proc...

Polar vortex calls time out

Polar vortex calls time out

Dani Orloff and Noah Orloff

February 26, 2019


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As the usual school routine becomes restored after weeks of extreme weather, sophomore basketball player Will Kietzmann said the snow cancellations caused the end of the season to become very busy. “We had our Cooper game rescheduled,” Kietzmann said. “It was ok but it kind of affected us playing thr...

From blueprint to reality

From blueprint to reality

Abby Intveld and Dani Orloff

February 24, 2019


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As freshman Victoria Schmelzle contemplates the upcoming renovations at the high school, she said there are other areas within the district she feels need improvement. “I would rather them renovate other stuff, but I think it would be good if they renovate the gym lockers because thos...

Park alumnus retires as WCCO sports anchor

Park alumnus retires as WCCO sports anchor

Talia Lissauer

February 22, 2019


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After almost 50 years, St. Louis Park alumnus and former Echo staffer Mark Rosen said he is taking on the next chapter in his life after retiring from WCCO in early January. “I was ready to look for some new challenges and take a break from the relentless schedule,” Rosen said. “I realize now,...

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