The Echo

Streets closing around lakes is a smart precaution

Sections of Cedar Lake Parkway, East Bde Maka Ska Parkway, Lake Harriet Parkway, Lake of the Isles Parkway, Lake Nokomis Parkway, Main Street SE and West River Parkway will be closed to motorized traffic and open to pedestrians until the stay-at-home executive order is lifted May 4. This gives pedestrians more space to maintain an appropriate social distance.

Sofia Seewald

April 18, 2020

When I went on a walk around Lake of the Isles with my family two weeks ago, the paths were packed. It was very challenging to maintain social distancing with the amount of people running, biking and walking. For this reason, I applaud the city for closing streets around several city lakes to allow for...

E. Coli shuts down beaches

Yellow caution tape blocks swimming at Lake Nokomis due to positive E. Coli tests. According to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the beach on Lake Nokomis will not be open for the remainder of the year.

Tobias Khabie

September 2, 2019

When E. Coli forced multiple lakes around the Twin Cities to close, sophomore Thomas Hanson said he was disappointed because he couldn't complete his sailing license. “One of the tests we had to do to get our sailing license was in (Lake of the) Isles, but we couldn’t, so I couldn’t get my ...

Local lake name sparks controversy

Rising controversy about the official name of Lake Bde Maka Ska or Lake Calhoun divides the city.

Ben Sanford

May 9, 2019

Large controversy surrounds the name of Bde Maka Ska, with some thinking it should go back to its name as of late 2017, Lake Calhoun. The President of the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, Brad Bourn, said the lake is an important part of Minnesota, sparking many opinions. “I think that ev...

State renames Minneapolis lake

Updated signs replace former Lake Calhoun signs and advocate for Native American heritage. New signs were placed Jan. 29.

Samantha Klepfer

February 14, 2018

On the morning of Jan. 29, signs with only the name Bde Maka Ska replaced old ones at Lake Calhoun, officially changing the name of the biggest lake in Minneapolis, according to the Star Tribune. Newly retired Park Board commissioner Scott Vreeland said this project started a long time ago. “We had talked about it a few year...

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