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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...

Minnesota House of Representatives offers annual page program

Minnesota House of Representatives offers annual page program

Eli Curran-Moore

November 28, 2017

Having evolved into one of the top page programs in the nation, according to the Minnesota House of Representatives, the prestigious Minnesota High School page program is designed to instill a lifelong consciousness of the importance of government and public service. According to Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms Andr...

Mock Election results

Raphy Gendler and Jayne Stevenson

October 27, 2016

Park students participated in a Mock Election Oct. 24, where they voted for President of the United States, U.S. representative, State representative and a Constitutional amendment. Results of three of the elections are below. In the Presidential election, 699 students voted for Hillary Clinton and...

School implements U.S. flag statute

School implements U.S. flag statute

Mimi Fhima, Ethan Brown, and Maggie Bahnson

September 7, 2016

Senior Noah Smith felt angered after hearing of the school’s policy to have students recite the Pledge of Allegiance weekly, citing students’ personal beliefs as his reasoning for opposing the procedure. “I don’t like (the school reciting the pledge) at all,” Smith said. “It is encouragin...

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