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Mayor Jake Spano declares state of local emergency 

Art by Maggie Klaers. According to St. Louis Park Mayor Jake Spano, the city is declaring a local state of 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 order to make sure our city staff have the opportunity to move quickly when they ne...

Students showcase art at city hall

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.

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 long time and someone had randomly come in and started looking at the drawings and he picked min...

New ordinance alters straw accessibility

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.

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 ordinance) would both reduce the amount of straws that people have to throw away and it would...

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

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.

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 bodies all the time. We could be up here trying to ban alcohol. We know how many people get killed beca...

Community meeting held to discuss banning conversion therapy

St. Louis Park residents discuss conversion therapy at Union Congregational United Church of Christ Dec. 19. The meeting was hosted by OutFront Minnesota, who will be hosting another meeting Jan. 9.

Tenzin Gyaldatsang

January 2, 2020

After a community meeting was held at United Church of Christ on December 19th to discuss the use of conversion therapy in St. Louis Park, city event organizer Justin Lewandowski said it went well, with many community members in attendance. “(The event) went great. One person is better than none and we...

Ordinance in process to ban vaping products, e-cigarettes

City Council member Margaret Rog, City Manager Tom Harmening, and Mayor Jake Spano listen to public concerns regarding the new economic issues with vaping Dec. 16. Citizens of St. Louis Park including students from Benilde-St. Margaret's spoke their opinion regarding the laws of vaping in the city at the meeting.

Marta Hill

December 17, 2019

After speaking at a public hearing at a City Council meeting Dec. 16, Josie Nelson, a junior at Benilde-St. Margaret’s, said limiting access to vaping products is important because vaping has many negative effects on youth. “I care about this issue because it is something that we see happen every...

Minneapolis City Council bans conversion therapy

Art by Sophie Livingston

Ben Sanford

December 7, 2019

As of Nov. 22, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously banned the act of conversion therapy, a process of trying to convert minors who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community to become heterosexual or cisgender. Minneapolis Ward Eight City Council member Andrea Jenkins said conversion therapy is ty...

2019 St. Louis Park city election results announced

St. Louis Park resident heads into the Fieldhouse in order to cast her vote in the election Nov. 6. Voting was held in the high school, as well as other locations around the city.

Emily Ziessman

November 10, 2019

Below are the results to the St. Louis Park 2019 mayor, City Council and School Board elections Nov. 5. Polls were open until 8 p.m. with results to follow the next morning Nov. 6. ...

The 2019 city election unraveled

The 2019 city election unraveled

Gabriel Kaplan, Tobias Khabie, Noah Orloff, and Maddie Schutte

November 4, 2019

Senior Isaac Wahl, who plans on voting in the upcoming election, said he believes it is essential for young people to vote in order to make their voices known. “It’s important for high schoolers to vote because we’re very conscious of what’s going on in the world today,” Wahl said. “We...

City adopts ranked-choice voting

Junior Yoni Potter reviews sample ballots for the 2019 St. Louis Park municipal election which will utilize ranked-choice voting for the first time.

Gabriel Kaplan and Noah Orloff

March 6, 2019

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...

Crime-free/drug-free housing ordinance under investigation

City council member Anne Mavity talks about her opinions on the evicted before convicted board Jan. 14. This month they are conducting interviews for potential board member.

Talia Lissauer

January 29, 2019

While talking about the crime-free/drug-free rental housing ordinance, Mayor of St. Louis Park Jake Spano, said “Evicted before Convicted” is not a true representation of the ordinance. “We understand that being evicted from your apartment is a big deal,” Spano said. “Eviction before convic...

School Board, City Council discuss safety measures

City Council member Anne Mavity contributes her thoughts in the City Council discussion concerning gun violence and race on Oct. 29.

Dani Orloff and Noah Orloff

November 12, 2018

As sophomore Achieving Change Together president Gabriel Kaplan continues to promote gun violence prevention measures in the St. Louis Park community, he said it is a challenging task. “In St. Louis Park we’re still working on that, and the City Council is still deciding what to do but it’s...

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