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St. Louis Park closes public facilities, plans to meet on COVID-19

Art by Maggie Klaers. As of March 13, there is one case of COVID-19 in St. Louis Park.

Gabriel Kaplan

March 15, 2020

This story is updated as of 7:15 p.m. March 15. In an update published by the St. Louis Park municipal government, the city announced it will close the Westwood Hills Nature Center, the Recreation Outdoor Center, and the Rec. Center, however, city hall will remain open for the time being.  “...

St. Louis Park adopts the Efficient Buildings Collaborative

The city of St. Louis Park has recently adapted the Efficient Buildings Collaborative in order to help increase awareness about energy usage. Parkshore along with other large buildings will have to report their energy usage to the city.

Isabel Kjaer

February 26, 2020

With its Climate Action Plan set, St. Louis Park is looking for steps to help meet their goals. Recently, it has turned to the Efficient Buildings Collaborative, which according to Energy Manager Leah Hiniker, utilizes benchmarking to keep track of the energy consumption of large buildings. “Be...

City receives grant to replenish ash tree population

St. Louis Park is implementing an emerald ash borer (EAB) treatment program following the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's confirmation of EAB in St. Louis Park. In order to treat public ash trees, St. Louis Park is partnering with Rainbow Treecare.

Samantha Klepfer

January 29, 2020

With spring just around the corner, St. Louis Park begins preparations to combat the recent invasion of the emerald ash borer. According to Jim Vaughan, natural resources coordinator for the city of St. Louis Park, a grant recently given to the city by the Department of Natural Resources will help do ...

Senior elected as youngest chairwoman for human rights commission

Senior Amaya Fokuo informs students about the upcoming Black History Month show on Feb. 28. Amaya is also the head of the Human Rights Commission.

Samantha Klepfer

January 21, 2020

What is your role in the city of St. Louis Park? My current role is Human Rights (Commission chairperson) for the city. I was appointed about two years ago and I was reappointed a couple months ago. Our whole thing is bringing support and racial equity to different parts of the city, so a lot of our tim...

Government agencies work together to ensure health and safety

After investigating vinyl chloride contamination in Edina wells, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency was able to identify an area near Walker and Lake streets in St. Louis Park as the source. The exact source responsible for the pollution has yet to be identified, according to Jacque Smith.

Tamar Gewirtz

November 21, 2019

According to Jacque Smith, Communications and Marketing Manager for the City of St. Louis Park, the city began to work with the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate and cleanup the Highway 100 and County Road 3 Groundwater Plume site under the Superfund program.  “The goal of recommendi...

Local action counteracts division

Gabe Kaplan

Gabriel Kaplan

October 24, 2019

It’s no secret the modern political world is more polarized than ever, but by coming together locally, we can break through the divisiveness.  Over the past two months, I’ve had the opportunity to manage Larry Kraft’s campaign for the At-Large A seat on City Council — who I chose to support not...

City proposes $22 million in projects

Senior National Honors Society public relations officer Ilsa Olsen signs kids off Oct. 19 at the Westwood Hills Nature Center Halloween party. The Parks and Recreation Department is in the process of designing a new building for the Westwood Hills Nature Center.

Maggie Klaers and Dani Orloff

March 16, 2019

Split Rock Studios exhibit designer Amanda Wambach said the Westwood Hills Nature Center renovations are intended to expand the capabilities of what they can do for the community. “Westwood Hills has been working on a new building,” Wambach said. “They’re really excited to create something for...

Student Election Program to engage teens

Juniors Maggie Klein and Amelia Ryan attend the Student Election Program meeting Feb. 12 at St. Louis Park City Hall. According to election specialist Robert Stokka, the program will have several meetings to explore different civic engagement topics.

Talia Lissauer

February 20, 2019

As sophomore Dahlia Krebs looked for ways to make a difference in her community, she discovered a program designed to incorporate students in the election process. “The (Student Election Program) run by the city of St. Louis Park asking (high schoolers) to be a part of the election,” Krebs said....

Rainwater management program revitalized

Senior engineering project manager Phillip Elkin talks to community members at the Water Plan meeting. Elkin referenced the poster with information about rain gardens and their effect on the St. Louis Park community as a whole.

Grace Farley

December 16, 2018

During the surface water plan meeting, senior engineering project manager Phillip Elkin said the plan is a required 10-year checkup and revitalization of the city’s rainwater management program. “We analyze (the watersheds) for flooding as far as water quality coming into and leaving the city....

Mental Health exhibit educates in a new way

In this display, two people are suppose to make different faces through the holes while a third person guesses what emotions they are making. The display is part of the Mind Matters: Mental Health Exhibit at the Science Museum, open until Jan. 6, 2019.

Tamar Gewirtz

October 15, 2018

Affecting over 450 million people worldwide (Minnesota Science Museum), mental illness is an ongoing struggle experienced by many. Few, however, have been successful in their attempts to discover fun and effective ways to educate others about this topic.   The Minnesota Science Museum, attended by...

City receives Minnesota Forestry Outstanding Project Award

Newly planted trees near Hennepin Ave.  138 trees and 23 different varieties were planted in the 'Plant the Park' project.

Eli Curran-Moore

May 2, 2018

According to the city of St. Louis Park, the city received the Minnesota Community Forestry Outstanding Project Award for the ‘Plant the Park’ project in October 2017. The annual award is given by the Minnesota Society of Arboriculture and Minnesota’s Urban Forest Council. Jim Vaughan, St. Lo...

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden to reopen early June

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is set to reopen on June 3.

D’aviyan Robinson

May 23, 2017

After hearing about the changes made to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, junior Veda Cole said she anticipates visiting for the first time since it closed for renovations in 2015. “I’m excited about seeing what they changed, how they’re going to rearrange it, how many of the old (sculptures) th...

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