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New ordinance alters straw accessibility

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 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

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 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

Community meeting held to discuss banning conversion therapy

Tenzin Gyaldatsang

January 1, 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

Ordinance in process to ban vaping products, e-cigarettes

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

Minneapolis City Council bans conversion therapy

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

2019 St. Louis Park city election results announced

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

City adopts ranked-choice voting

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

Crime-free/drug-free housing ordinance under investigation

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

School Board, City Council discuss safety measures

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...

Advocacy group works toward gun reform

Advocacy group works toward gun reform

Emma Yarger

September 4, 2018

According to Mayor Jake Spano, recent conversations between a group of Park students and City Council have pushed for gun reform in the city of St. Louis Park. “I had just left a bunch of kids who want to ban guns from St. Louis Park in a room with a gun store owner and I really wasn't worried,” ...

Ranked-choice voting amendment passes

Ranked-choice voting amendment passes

Atticus Raasch

May 8, 2018

During a city council meeting May 7, the council voted unanimously to pass a vote to approve the amendment of the city charter allowing for the inclusion of the ranked-choice voting system. This follows the first reading of the amendment which was read at a public hearing April 16. According to...

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