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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...

City Council takes step toward sustainability

City Council takes step toward sustainability

Sara Tifft

October 20, 2013


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While recycling tends to be a well known aspect of municipal environmental efforts, there are many other issues that affect the environment. As of July 2013, a new commission, as a part of the city in St. Louis Park, has begun meeting to discuss these issues. Tim Brausen is currently an attorney and ...

Walking for kidney health

Natalie Vig

October 11, 2013


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The National Kidney Foundation will host a walk advocating an increased awareness of kidney health and organ donation Oct. 12. Stephanie Kass, development director at the National Kidney Foundation, said she urges students to get involved with the walk. “We encourage schools and kids to form teams and t...

Grand Theft Auto returns with a bang

Joshua Anderson

October 10, 2013


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GTA V official trailer - video (Warning: contains violence) Breaking almost every entertainment sales records worldwide, Grand Theft Auto Five (GTA V) grossed $1 billion within 72 hours of the launch day on Sept. 17, according to Rockstar Games. According to the Guinness World Records website, G...

West End approved for more restaurant space

West End approved for more restaurant space

Carolyn Guddal

October 9, 2013


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Alongside many other local favorites such as Crave, Cooper, and Figlio, the West End will soon be lined with many more restaurants. The St. Louis Park Planning Commission approved of the Shops at West End’s plan to have the ability to use an additional 8,500 square feet of the mall for future restau...

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