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Seniors harbor mixed feelings over distance learning extension

Seniors gather for the senior sunrise Sept. 11. Park returned to full distance learning Nov. 16.
Missing out on activities creates disappointment
November 23, 2020

The school board has extended distance learning for the time being and will reevaluate on Jan. 11, 2021. For seniors, this last year of high school has turned out to be anything but ideal.  According...

Oriole Study Nest opens

Junior Tommy Hiemenz studies in the Orioles Nest Nov. 20. The Orioles Nest is open all day during school hours and provides a space for students to work productively away from their homes.
Resource provides learning opportunities
November 22, 2020

As an additional resource during distance learning, Park has opened the Oriole Study Nest as a place where students can participate in school in-person Monday-Friday. Assistant principal Jessica Busse...

Theater performance to be online due to COVID-19

Seniors Ruby Stillman and Sam Sietsema rehearse their roles for
Fall show scheduled to record Dec. 9
November 20, 2020

The Park Fall production, “Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play,” has had it’s performance date pushed back from Nov. 20, 21 and 22 to being recorded over Zoom Dec. 9. According to sophomore Emma...

Sports delayed four weeks

Junior Ben Farley high-fives his teammates after a goal was scored Nov. 12. Boys’ hockey is one of many sports that has been down players due to COVID-19 exposure.
Rising case numbers lead to new restrictions
November 18, 2020

As a result of Minnesota falling within the top 10 states with the highest COVID-19 infection rates, Gov. Tim Walz has paused all sports — among other activities — for four weeks beginning Nov. 21.  “It's...

Junior earns nomination from MN Football Hub

Used with permission from Christian Arteaga.
Christian Arteaga’s devotion inspires others
November 18, 2020

Although he did not win the title, the work junior Christian Arteaga put in to be nominated for Defensive Player of the Week by MN Football Hub did not go unnoticed. “I had a lot of people hitting...

Football season comes to abrupt end

Junior center John Swindlehurst holds the ball during a game against Waconia Oct. 16. Park won the game 49-14.
Athletic Department cancels season day before playoffs
November 17, 2020

Hours away from Park’s last practice before its playoff game against Irondale, the team received a notification from the Athletic Department that the season had come to an end. According to junior captain...

New school resource officer Maurice Smith

School resource officer Maurice Smith types on his laptop in his office at Park. Smith applied due to his passion for working with kids and began his new role for the 2020-21 school year.
Smith enjoys working, helping students
November 17, 2020

When he heard Park will return to distance learning Nov. 16, officer Maurice Smith said he was unhappy as he just started to get to know students during hybrid.  “I was pretty sad about (the switch)...

Football loses final conference game to Chanhassen

Junior Marshawn Dunlap tackles a player from the opposing team in the game against Chanhassen Nov. 11. Park lost with a final score of 37-14.
Team prepares for sections after 37-14 loss
November 14, 2020

After a tough loss in the cold weather, junior Christian Arteaga said the team made a few fatal mistakes causing Chanhassen’s lead to grow, but he is proud of the effort his teammates put in — even...

Gov. Tim Walz announces new COVID-19 restrictions

The new announcement by Gov. Tim Walz restricts gatherings and closes bar early in hopes to reduce the number of rising cases in Minnesota. 189,681 Minnesotans have tested positive for the virus, with 2,698 deaths since the first cases of COVID-19 found in Minnesota.
Restrictions on gatherings and bars set to take place
November 13, 2020

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, 189,681 Minnesotans have tested positive for the virus, with 2,698 deaths since COVID-19 was first detected in the state in March. Gov. Walz took that into...

Boys’ Hockey loses second preseason game

Senior Austin Amelse maintains control of the puck as he skates up the ice toward Osseo’s goal. Park lost 9-3 to Osseo.
Team struggles to connect, looks to improve
November 13, 2020

After boys’ hockey played a tough game against Osseo Nov. 12, the team felt it could have been more collective as a whole. Junior Ben Olson said he’s not proud of the outcome of the game but acknowledges...

Girls’ volleyball wins long match against Chanhassen

Senior Annie Holden hits the ball in the game against Chanhassen Nov. 10. Park won with a final set score of 3-1.
Team faces difficulty in third set
November 12, 2020

After an arduous battle against Chanhassen for the second time in its season, girls’ volleyball beat Chanhassen 3-1 following a grueling 39-41 third set. After a close 3-2 win last time Park played...

Boys’ hockey loses to Forest Lake during bridge season

Sophomore Cole Taylor keeps the puck in position as he attempts to score a goal against Forest Lake. Park lost 5-3 against Forest Lake Nov. 10.
Team pushes forward with season despite COVID-19 setbacks
November 11, 2020

Boys’ hockey lost its Nov. 10 preseason game 5-3 against Forest Lake. Senior Austin Amelse said although he is frustrated with the outcome of the game, he feels the team did well whilst being down a...

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