The Echo

Community unites to recover, remember

After having a passionate discussion about covering up graffiti, two volunteers fist bump May 30. The volunteers discussed the value of covering up graffiti even if it were to be redone.

Marta Hill and Talia Lissauer

June 10, 2020

After attending various protests, donating to the cause and helping paint a mural commemorating George Floyd, senior Miriam Hope said while it is unfair to judge someone for the ways they choose to act, she feels people must do their part to help Minneapolis recover.  “Don't be a bystander, co...

Musical livestreams bring community together

Fair use from Cover art for “Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration.” The virtual event was live streamed to honor the famous Broadway composer, Stephen Sondheim, and to raise money for Actors Striving to End Poverty.

Ben Sanford

May 10, 2020

Amidst the current pandemic, it feels like everyone is going through a collective struggle. We are all unable to see our friends and participate in our favorite activities. With that being said, the Broadway community is doing what it can to raise money for the professional workers in the industry, as wel...

Second round of principal interviews commence

Principal Scott Meyers announced his resignation in February and St. Louis Park Public Schools is now moving into the second round of virtual interviews which are scheduled for April 28. To participate in the interviews, contact executive assistant to the superintendent Flower Krutina at or by phone at 952-928-6001.

Marta Hill and Isabel Kjaer

April 23, 2020

With Principal Scott Meyers having announcing his resignation in February, the administration has been conducting interviews with stakeholders, according to 6425 News. “The search continues for the next St. Louis Park High School Principal. More than 50 St. Louis Park Public Schools stakeholders part...

Prom postponed due to COVID-19

The senior section cheers during the pep fest Feb. 14. According to senior Anna Nicholls, seniors may be able to have their last school dance in the summer, because the in-person Prom April 18 was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Talia Lissauer and Marta Hill

April 15, 2020

Although senior William Pinney believes postponing Prom was the right thing to do, he is disappointed that he will not have a normal senior Prom. Despite that, he said participating in a virtual Prom could be a unique experience.  “I was planning on going to Prom originally. I was bummed (when Prom was ...

STEP Empty Bowls spreads awareness of food insecurity in SLP

Junior Katie Casey hands a bowl full of soup and bread to a St. Louis Park citizen Feb. 13. Casey volunteered at the STEP Empty Bowls event alongside many Park students.

Sofie Geretz

February 18, 2020

Reflecting on the STEP Empty Bowls event Feb. 13, owner and artistic director of GoodSpace Murals Greta McLain said the event brings the community together while promoting a good cause. “It's so beautiful to see people coming together around a cause and also coming together on one of the coldest...

Choir teacher announced as a candidate for teacher of the year

Choir teacher John Myszkowski speaks to his students Jan. 31. Myszkowski is currently a candidate for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year Award.

Gabriel Kaplan and Noah Orloff

February 3, 2020

Choir teacher John Myszkowski said he was overjoyed upon hearing of his nomination for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year Award and feels incredibly grateful to Park for giving him the opportunity to succeed. “I'm very moved and touched by the outpouring of people that have said congratulations,”...

Minnesota: No Hate. No Fear. unites community

Peggy Flanagan talks about people from different upbringings coming together to form a community. Over 1,400 people showed up to the rally.

Anna Benishek

January 9, 2020

In response to an anti-Semitic attack on the seventh night of Hanukkah, Temple Israel hosted an event called Minnesota: No Hate. No Fear. Over 1,400 attended the event. Sophomore Ella Roether said she attended the gathering to stand up against anti-Semitism.  “A bunch of different people spoke and wer...

Staff Editorial: Hennepin County should vote to welcome refugees

According to the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library, 7% of Minnesota’s population were in foreign countries as of 2017. Minnesota has a history of accepting large numbers of refugees, including Hmong and Somali populations, who began settling in the late 20th century. As of 2015, Minnesota has the largest Somali population and the second largest Hmong population in the nation.

December 13, 2019

Following an executive order issued by President Trump Sept. 26, a North Dakota county created local tensions by considering a ban on refugees. Burleigh County attracted national attention over a rule mentioned in the executive order, authorizing both the State and local government to express written co...

Birdfeeder provides meals for Thanksgiving

Senior Hayden Haase packs food for Thanksgiving meals Nov. 26. Junior Ayan Hassan helped organize the event in an effort to give families food for Thanksgiving.

Maria Perez Barriga and Jayde Claussen

November 27, 2019

As a way to assist families over Thanksgiving break Nov. 27-Dec. 1, Birdfeeder co-manager junior Ayan Hassan said the club will shop for items to pack meals for students in need.  “This Thanksgiving we are giving out meals to students who want food to take home for their families,” Hassan said...

SLP Seeds emphasizes diversified discussions

School board candidate Jim Leuthner speaks to community members at SLP Seeds World Food Day event. SLP Seeds has started hosting discussions with the community to inform residents about the need to address city hunger.

Lilly Strathman

November 20, 2019

When conversing about hunger Nov. 7, founder of SLP Seeds Julia Rappaport realized the importance of representing multiple perspectives in St. Louis Park by hosting more diverse discussions. “The more voices we bring to the table, the stronger the effect we have on bettering the community,” Rappapo...

Walking group provides exercise in community

St. Louis Park Recreation Superintendent Jason West walks during Walk the Park Nov. 9. According to West, Walk the Park takes place once a month.

Noah Orloff

November 18, 2019

As St. Louis Park Recreation Superintendent Jason West reflected on the beginning of Walk the Park, he said the walking group originated from a Park local.  “Frank (Freedman), a community resident, came to me and said he would want to explore the park system more and have an open recreational wal...

Students hope to start unique sports group

Freshmen Christina Loschy and Molly Horstman-Olson practice their log rolling technique Nov. 6 at the Central pool. Participants learned the basics of log rolling and had the chance to log roll with a partner.

Sam Swisher

November 7, 2019

According to junior Clayton Horstman-Olson, he hopes people will join his log rolling group and become involved in the sport. “I envision this club for St. Louis Park as something where people can come and learn to log roll,”Horstman said. “It can be a really fun community builder while doi...

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