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Stay Safe Minnesota: Walz allows stay-at-home order to expire

In a time of social distancing, playgrounds around Minnesota remain empty. Gov. Tim Walz announced May 13 that the stay-at-home order will be allowed to expire May 18 and will be replaced by a Stay Safe order. Walz also signed four Executive Orders aimed at reopening the economy safely.

Marta Hill, Isabel Kjaer, and Talia Lissauer

May 13, 2020

Protecting public health and economic stability was at the forefront of Gov. Tim Walz’s mind as he signed four Executive Orders May 13 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.  “We believe that we should be able to handle an increase in cases as more people move out and about. We can use what w...

Governor extends stay-at-home order until May 18

Gov. Tim Walz extended the stay-at-home order through May 18 in a press conference April 30. Retail businesses can open on May 4 for curb-side pick up, according to Walz.

Marta Hill, Talia Lissauer, Gabriel Kaplan, and Isabel Kjaer

April 30, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to expand, Gov. Tim Walz said he is confident that Minnesota is doing its best to stop the spread and hopes the extension of the stay-at-home order until May 18 will help slow the spread of COVID-19.  “We're wearing masks. We're not congregating together and that...

Staff Editorial: New law benefits fight against COVID-19

Patients check into Methodist Hospital March 10. As the spread of COVID-19 continues, lawmakers made the decision to invest over $20 million to plan a statewide response to protect Minnesotans. Through this funding, hospitals will be better equipped to handle the outbreak.

March 13, 2020

After the first case of COVID-19 in Minnesota was announced March 6, state lawmakers have decided to rush $20.89 million to help fund and plan a public health response to protect citizens from the virus. The bill was passed unanimously by the Senate and House, and Gov. Tim Walz signed it into law March...

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

A vape shop recently began construction on the corner of Louisiana Ave. and Cedar Lake Rd. Minnesota recently sued JUUL, a vape company, for targeting youth as consumers.

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

Senior Michael Ramirez works with eSports team to plan strategies for their next game. eSports has its next meeting Dec. 12 to prepare for upcoming tournaments.

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

A protester waves a “love trumps hate” flag and holds a sign that reads, “Psst! MN Nice doesn’t cover: racism” at the anti-Trump protest Oct. 10 in front of Target Center.

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

A view of Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins. According to ESPN, the Minnesota Twins lost the American League Divisional Series to the New York Yankees.

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

Band teacher Steve Schmitz enjoys time during class conducting his students. Schmitz was nominated for teacher of the year. Results will be announced May 5 at the St. Paul River Center.

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

The Sota clothing store opened in Aug. 2018 and can be found at 6518 Walker St, St Louis Park or visited online at

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...

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