The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

Mask mandate is a breath of fresh air

Mask mandate is a breath of fresh air

Sophia Curran-Moore February 8, 2022

Now that I’ve been living in a pandemic for almost two years, wearing my mask feels as normal as wearing any other article of clothing. Bringing my mask with me feels as natural and necessary as bringing...

St. Louis Park City Council implemented a mask mandate Jan 18. The Council hopes the mandate will help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Month-long citywide mask mandate enacted

Danny Shope January 27, 2022

When cases of COVID-19 recently began to rise, City Council member Larry Kraft said he started to worry about the safety of the Park community. According to Kraft, this increase in cases has strengthened...

Signs direct voters to wear masks at Westwood Church Nov 2. Voters cast their ballots in school board and City Council races.

City Election Results

Oliver Smith November 5, 2021

The city of St. Louis Park held local elections Nov. 2. The races for Wards 1, 2 and 4 seats were uncontested, and Sue Budd got 43 percent of votes for Ward 3. However, since Budd didn’t reach 50 percent...

Sign displayed on Vernon Ave. Oct 28. City council distributes signs like these to spread awareness about the upcoming lower speed limits.

“Slower is Safer”

Lily Nugteren November 3, 2021

Safety on the streets is a priority for the city council. After public outreach, Park will be making some changes to lower the speed limits of some of its most traveled streets including Cedar Lake Road,...

Protesters hold signs on a bridge during a family-friendly protest June 3. St. Louis Park leaders are considering amending or repealing an ordinance banning targeted residential protests.

Council reconsiders 45-year old ban on residential protests

Aisha Hersi March 16, 2021

After St. Louis Park officials learned that an ordinance prohibiting targeted residential protests has been on the books for nearly half a century, council members have been considering amending or revoking...

The St. Louis Park City Council voted to allow two youth voting members on four commissions Jan. 4. City Council members passed the ordinance unanimously.

St. Louis Park to allow two youth voting members on four commissions

Talia Lissauer January 11, 2021

After participating in an internship looking at disparities between students of color in advanced versus regular level classes with the district office, junior Li Livdahl wanted to continue being active...

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Governor launches climate change council

Aisha Hersi December 14, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz appointed 15 new members of the citizen council in September to direct his new Climate Change Subcabinet, a body headed by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA) Commissioner Laura...

City council member Anne Mavity talks about her opinions on the evicted before convicted board Jan. 14, 2019.

Long time city council member resigns

Andrea Melear September 29, 2020

Following the announcement of her resignation, Saint Louis Park City Council Member Anne Mavity described her appreciation for the opportunities she gained while being a council member. “Most people...

Art by Maggie Klaers. According to St. Louis Park Mayor Jake Spano, the city is declaring a local state of emergency.

Mayor Jake Spano declares state of local emergency 

Noah Orloff March 16, 2020

This story is updated as of 10:30 p.m. March 16. After speaking about the city’s plans during a City Council COVID-19 briefing March 16, St. Louis Park Mayor Jake Spano declared a state of local emergency. “In...

A women takes a picture of student artwork at the gallery in St. Louis Park City Hall. The gallery, which took place Feb. 10, was created to showcase student artwork to the public.

Students showcase art at city hall

Talia Lissauer February 11, 2020

After participating in her first art show, sophomore Lili Jampsa said she enjoyed the opportunity to present her artwork to the community. “I was in art class and we were working on this drawing for...

A Starbucks barista prepares a drink by grabbing a straw to hand to a customer Dec. 19. Starbucks and other gourmet drink establishments are implementing new environmentally friendly straw-free lids.

New ordinance alters straw accessibility

Sam Swisher January 15, 2020

After the city’s new straw ordinance went into effect Jan. 1, the city’s solid waste manager Kala Fisher said the ordinance was put in place to reduce the number of straws used in St. Louis Park. “(The...

According to Time, Trump issued a partial ban on the sale of certain e-cigarette flavors Jan. 2. Under the ban, companies like JUUL Labs will be prohibited from selling cartridges with mint and fruit flavorings, but will still be allowed to sell menthol and tobacco flavors. In this image, menthol is represented with the blue pod and tobacco is represented with the orange pod.

City Council bans sale of vape products, e-cigarette products

Marta Hill January 8, 2020

At the first reading of the ordinance, former City Council member Steve Hallfin said the City Council should not get to decide what adults put into their own bodies. “People put bad things in their...

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