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Beltrami County votes to prohibit refugee resettlement

Beltrami County votes to prohibit refugee resettlement

Kate Schneider

January 22, 2020

Beltrami County’s Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to prohibit newly arrived refugees from resettling in their county Jan. 7.  This decision is the opposite of what our country and the world needs to see, as worldwide refugee numbers continue to grow to 70.8 million as of 2018, according to The New ...

Lawsuit against JUUL provides positive message

Lawsuit against JUUL provides positive message

Lilly Strathman

December 17, 2019

Minnesota sued JUUL Dec. 4, accusing the e-cigarette company of targeting youth as consumers. By displaying the idea that e-cigarettes are dangerous and deterring support for tobacco, the amount of e-cigarettes used by younger generations will hopefully decrease.  Minnesota taking action against JUUL for tar...

eSports adviser helps create Minnesota league

eSports adviser helps create Minnesota league

Kate Schneider

December 9, 2019

eSports adviser Jacob Utities said he’s feeling very confident so far this year because of the opportunities given to new players and how eSports is continuing to grow in numbers. “I’m really looking forward to a lot more opportunities for both my teams and all the high schools in the area t...

Trump rally sparks protest

Trump rally sparks protest

Ben Sanford and Tobias Khabie

October 12, 2019

A number of Park students joined masses of protesters outside of Target Center, where President Donald Trump was holding a rally. Senior Yoni Potter hoped to share his objections against Trump by attending the anti-Trump protest outside the venue. “I wanted to spread the message that I don’t...

Deja vu in Minnesota

Deja vu in Minnesota

Tobias Khabie

October 11, 2019

The 2019 Minnesota Twins will be remembered by most fans as the team to break the home run record by hitting a staggering 307 home runs in a single season. For us Twins fans, however, we will remember them for making history in a different way; when the Twins lost to the New York Yankees in the America...

Minnesota teacher of the year candidates announced

Minnesota teacher of the year candidates announced

Ben Sanford

February 8, 2019

Teacher of the year nominee and Park band conductor Steven Schmitz said that he created a welcoming “I’ve tried really hard to build the program here and make it a family, and have the groups all be successful, more successful than when I found them. I feel I’ve been successful at that, so we a...

Sota clothing starts store locally

Sota clothing starts store locally

Tamar Gewirtz

December 21, 2018

According to Sota store owner, Spencer Johnson, he was recently inspired to open their first physical location of the clothing brand flaunting Minnesota after being strictly online for seven years. “Whenever we did events, (people) would ask us where our store front is located, and we’ve always said...

Minnesota leads the nation in voter turnout

Minnesota leads the nation in voter turnout

Talia Lissauer

December 20, 2018

Over 2.6 million Minnesotans went to the polls on Nov. 6 to help  Minnesota have the highest voter turnout in the nation by taking time out of their extremely busy lives to vote in this year’s midterm election, according to MPR. As someone who is too young to vote, it is shocking to me that someone who is not only eligible to vote, but has easy access to it,...

Mining projects approved near Boundary Waters

Mining projects approved near Boundary Waters

Emma Yarger

September 17, 2018

Picture the most beautiful nature landscape possible. Picture lakes and trees and sky that is untouched by light, sound and air pollution. Picture lakes so pristine when you canoe across them you can drink the water straight from beneath you. There is a small section of our Earth that has been preserv...

Updates to Minnesota voter registration salient

Updates to Minnesota voter registration salient

Eli Curran-Moore

April 3, 2018

Many in Minnesota have called for a 1.4 million dollar budget to upgrade the current 14 year-old voter registration system for increased security and efficiency, including Minnesota’s chief election officer, Democratic Secretary of State Steve Simon. The improvements would mostly consist of cyb...

New Voices of Minnesota supporters gather at Capitol

New Voices of Minnesota supporters gather at Capitol

Nicole Sanford

March 25, 2018

Looking to combat journalistic censorship, senior Annabella Strathman said she was surprised to see the receptiveness of state senators to the newly proposed New Voices bill. “I didn’t totally know what to expect because I had known that the New Voices Act had faced some different kinds of re...

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