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Students wait in line to pay for lunch March 23. Starting this fall, the lunchbox tax cut law will come into effect, making school breakfasts and lunches free of charge.

Breakfast and lunch: a no-cost munch

Alex Geretz March 27, 2023

Starting next school year, every student will be able to get breakfast and lunch meals at Park completely free of charge. Governor Tim Walz passed into law the proposed “lunchbox tax cut” bill that...

Junior Bennett Kouame catches up on homework during Park Connections May 14. Gov. Tim Walz said despite lifting the mask mandate, people will still be required to wear masks in school.

Walz removes mask mandate

Jacob Khabie and Tobias Khabie May 16, 2021

When she first heard about Gov. Tim Walz’s plan to repeal the state-wide mask mandate May 14, junior Emily Hoffman said she felt unsure about Walz’s decision, as it could help or hinder the state of...

Sophomore Kamryn Halley walks to class May. 7. The mask mandate in Minnesota is planned to be lifted July 1.

COVID-19 restrictions rolled back

Tobias Khabie and Jacob Khabie May 7, 2021

After Gov. Tim Walz announced rollbacks on COVID-19 restrictions, freshman Noah Leventhal said although the roll backs may be a little too early for his liking, he is overall pleased. “Since most...

Increased vaccine eligibility is a positive move

Increased vaccine eligibility is a positive move

Gillian Kapinos April 14, 2021

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been much more successful than we thought. As Minnesota approaches nearly 3 million people vaccinated, another big step has brought us closer to possibly having all 5.6...

Mandatory masks in practice cause big adjustment

Mandatory masks in practice cause big adjustment

Isra Mohamed January 24, 2021

Gov. Tim Walz allowed high school sports to resume Jan. 4 with masks having to be worn at all times during practices and games. This has taken some time to get used to but I am still grateful to have a...

St. Louis Park Applebee’s restaurant without customers Jan. 10 before Tim Walz lifted bar and restaurant COVID-19 restrictions. Guests were allowed to dine inside Jan. 11.

Walz loosens COVID-19 restrictions

Molly Schochet January 14, 2021

In a press conference Jan. 6, Gov. Tim Walz announced a dial back in COVID-19 restrictions that began Jan. 11. Senior Evie Gutzke said although she is excited to be able to start working again, the loosened...

Walz’s restrictions affects daily routine of exercise

Walz’s restrictions affects daily routine of exercise

Anna Benishek January 1, 2021

In late November Gov. Tim Walz announced the four-week pause of indoor restaurants, fitness centers, social gatherings and sports; there was a part of me that was devastated. I wouldn’t be doing my usual...

Boardwalk Bar & Grill located in Grand Forks, ND

Over 200 businesses display COVID-19 resistance

Gillian Kapinos December 28, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz extended the ban on indoor dining Dec. 16 and over 200 businesses decided not to listen. The privilege is deafening.  In Minnesota alone, COVID-19 cases climb to over 400,000 and it...

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Governor launches climate change council

Aisha Hersi December 14, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz appointed 15 new members of the citizen council in September to direct his new Climate Change Subcabinet, a body headed by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA) Commissioner Laura...

The new announcement by Gov. Tim Walz restricts gatherings and closes bar early in hopes to reduce the number of rising cases in Minnesota. 189,681 Minnesotans have tested positive for the virus, with 2,698 deaths since the first cases of COVID-19 found in Minnesota.

Gov. Tim Walz announces new COVID-19 restrictions

Aisha Hersi November 13, 2020

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, 189,681 Minnesotans have tested positive for the virus, with 2,698 deaths since COVID-19 was first detected in the state in March. Gov. Walz took that into...

Gov. Tim Walz held a press conference with 10 student journalist from across Minnesota Oct. 2. Walz was asked about hybrid learning, a COVID-19 vaccine and voter suppression.

Schools across Minnesota adjust amidst pandemic

Talia Lissauer October 5, 2020

While current students are learning in unprecedented ways and trying to adjust to life during a pandemic, Gov. Tim Walz said it’s important for students to remember that they can contribute to the reshaping...

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