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City receives grant to replenish ash tree population

City receives grant to replenish ash tree population

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 elected as youngest chairwoman for 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

Government agencies work together to ensure health and safety

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

Local action counteracts division

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

City proposes $22 million in projects

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

Student Election Program to engage teens

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

Rainwater management program revitalized

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

Mental Health exhibit educates in a new way

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

City receives Minnesota Forestry Outstanding Project Award

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

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden to reopen early June

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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