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Staff Editorial: Hennepin County should vote to welcome refugees

According to the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library, 7% of Minnesota’s population were in foreign countries as of 2017. Minnesota has a history of accepting large numbers of refugees, including Hmong and Somali populations, who began settling in the late 20th century. As of 2015, Minnesota has the largest Somali population and the second largest Hmong population in the nation.

December 13, 2019

Following an executive order issued by President Trump Sept. 26, a North Dakota county created local tensions by considering a ban on refugees. Burleigh County attracted national attention over a rule mentioned in the executive order, authorizing both the State and local government to express written co...

Staff Editorial: SOAR meeting sparks important dialogue

Senior Victoria Caraball makes an announcement during the SOAR meeting Nov. 25. Students discusses what impact race has in their life.

December 5, 2019

The St. Louis Park community places significant value on diversity and student voices. This culminated in the meeting of Students Organized Against Racism (SOAR) Nov. 19. The Echo Editorial Board applauds SOAR for creating this opportunity for student voices to be heard. Conversations about race are very impo...

Staff Editorial: U.S. Bank Stadium should prioritize bird safety

The U.S. Bank Stadium officials are considering modifying the stadium's glass in order to reduce bird deaths. Around 111 birds die annually due to collision with the building.

November 22, 2019

Although the U.S. Bank Stadium’s transparent exterior design is aesthetically pleasing, the 200,000 square feet of reflective glass is killing over 100 birds annually. Out of the 21 buildings in the Twin Cities metro area, the U.S. Bank Stadium has the third highest bird fatality rate, according to MPR News. ...

Staff Editorial: Volleyball attendance sets example for how all activities should be supported

Math teacher Robert Otto leads the cheer at the State volleyball tournament against Moorhead Nov. 8. According to the School Board students and administration should give more attention and enthusiasm to other clubs and activities.

November 17, 2019

The girls’ volleyball team made history when it made it to the State tournament for the first time ever Nov. 7. The news was blasted throughout the school, with posters and a pep fest, as it should be. The atmosphere and experience the game was unforgettable. However, this support is not present for all...

Staff Editorial: National Drug Take Back Day collection sites now accepting vapes

Art by Sophie Livingston

Emma Leff

October 26, 2019

For the first time since the inception of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Drug Take Back Day nine years ago, people can now drop off vaping devices at collection sites. The Echo Editorial Board sees this as a step in the right direction to combat the vaping epidemic, but a lack of awarene...

Staff Editorial: Local Trump rally sparks division

Protesters rally against President Trump outside the Target Center Oct. 10. Minnesotans chanted and held up signs throughout Trump's campaign.

October 17, 2019

The night of the Trump rally Oct. 10, gloomy skies and flurries of rain complemented the unfolding chaos below as the president spewed hate before a large audience of his supporters inside the Target Center, sheltered from thousands more protesting outside. Although Trump stuck to the basics for much of the rally — focusing on the booming economy, corrupt media and the ongoing impeach...

Staff Editorial: Global Climate Strike week creates opportunity for activism

Used with Permission by Ellen Poulter.

September 27, 2019

In the past week, hundreds of communities have rallied together as part of the Global Climate Strike. Not only did Minnesota host a strike Sept. 20, but students from Park also have the opportunity to take part in the fight to end the age of fossil fuels.  After not being able to rally at the first Global Climate Strike Sept. 20 at the State Capitol becaus...

Staff Editorial: E-cigarette flavors ban serves as necessary step

Art by Maggie Klaers

September 21, 2019

Trump’s proposed ban on flavored e-cigarettes will bring much needed change to combat the vaping epidemic. Without access to appealing types of pods such as mango and mint, many middle and high schoolers will be prevented from ever getting addicted. According to the Center for Disease Control a...

Staff Editorial: New bathroom policy neglects student needs

Principal Scott Meyers relays policy changes implemented at the start of the 2019-2020 school year to the freshman class. The first week schedule was adjusted to allow each class to have a grade-level meeting where the Administration could explain the new policies.

September 11, 2019

In order to succeed, students must have their basic in-school needs met, including access to a bathroom. However, due to the numerous closures and the poorly thought out release of the new bathroom-pass policy, Park administrators have failed to provide for their students. According to assistant principals Todd Goggl...

Staff Editorial: New Graduation speakers allow for inclusivity

Graduate Ben Baaken celebrates with his fellow graduating seniors of the 2018 class. The 2019 seniors will be graduating June 6 at the Stadium.

June 5, 2019

Because we are an upstanding community, we must strive to ensure all voices within our community are heard. Every year families of high school students come together for Commencement and expect to hear the year’s valedictorians speak. However, this class’s 11 valedictorians voted to allow other...

Staff Editorial: Game of Assassins should consider expense in the future

April 28, 2019

The 2019 Park Assassins game commenced April 21 with leaders anguishing over the details of the game, yet failing to account for the game’s inclusivity as cost could be keeping people from participating. The objective of Assassins is to kill everyone on the six-person hit list the leaders of the game...

Staff Editorial: Park’s Prom timing error inexcusable

Staff Editorial: Park’s Prom timing error inexcusable

April 16, 2019

How can we call ourselves a “caring, diverse community” — as the district does in its mission statement — if we are an exclusive one? By originally scheduling Prom on Ramadan, the administration isolated Muslim students and failed to act in the best interest of the entire community. Although ...

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