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St. Louis Park closes public facilities, plans to meet on COVID-19

Art by Maggie Klaers. As of March 13, there is one case of COVID-19 in St. Louis Park.

Gabriel Kaplan

March 15, 2020

This story is updated as of 7:15 p.m. March 15. In an update published by the St. Louis Park municipal government, the city announced it will close the Westwood Hills Nature Center, the Recreation Outdoor Center, and the Rec. Center, however, city hall will remain open for the time being.  “...

Police department starts use of Vitals app

Photo illustration by Abby Prestholdt. The new app Vitals allows students to alert first responders with important information about themselves.

Talia Lissauer, Marta Hill, and Isabel Kjaer

February 9, 2020

Vitals, an app that notifies first responders of important information, is now being used by the St. Louis Park Police Department, according to officer Pamela Gronski. She said St. Louis Park has joined the app to put an emphasis on the police to citizen relationship in the community. “In St. Lou...

New lockdown procedure put in place

Photo illustration by Kaia Myers. Students follow the lockdown procedure by crouching in the corner of C377.

Marta Hill, Isabel Kjaer, and Kaia Myers

February 4, 2020

As part of the referendum passed in 2017, the district made a special effort to focus on safety, according to facilities and safety manager for the district Thomas Bravo. Bravo said as a result of the focus on safety, the blue light system was implemented “When we got the referendum approved in...

Staff Editorial: New bathroom policy neglects student needs

Principal Scott Meyers relays policy changes implemented at the start of the 2019-2020 school year to the freshman class. The first week schedule was adjusted to allow each class to have a grade-level meeting where the Administration could explain the new policies.

September 11, 2019

In order to succeed, students must have their basic in-school needs met, including access to a bathroom. However, due to the numerous closures and the poorly thought out release of the new bathroom-pass policy, Park administrators have failed to provide for their students. According to assistant principals Todd Goggl...

Assassins prompts safety discussion

Photo illustration by Grace Farley

Marta Hill, Kaia Myers, and Noah Orloff

May 1, 2019

As senior assassins leader Grace Lynch reflected on this year’s rule changes, she said the purpose is to try to prevent injury. “This year we're really focusing on safety and so if you get in any sort of crash or get a ticket or anything, you're disqualified. Last year there were some debates, (...

Police officers to start new security policy

The debate over body cameras ended and police officers will begin testing out which body cameras to wear.

Maria Perez-Barriga

October 1, 2018

The St. Louis Park Police Department recently ended the heated debate on wearing body cameras while on duty and are in the process of testing. Mike Garland, a lieutenant officer for St. Louis Park, said police officers have been thinking about wearing body cameras for years to further safety for the...

Recent shootings cause increase in school security

Recent shootings cause increase in school security

Sofie Geretz

May 21, 2018

In response to the many school shootings taking place around America, some schools have decided to take preventive measures. Hopkins, Southwest and Park have all acted differently to combat this issue, Park being the least active. Hopkins decided to implement door alarms to their school to ensure the securit...

School plans new safety measures

Photo illustration by Maddie Lund.

Annabella Strathman

April 10, 2018

Hearing of the recent Parkland shooting, history teacher Brad Brubaker said he can’t help but picture himself in that position. “I don’t know that you’re ever going to really be prepared. I think most teachers, you think about your room and you think ‘OK what would I do,’” Brubaker said...

Accident on Highway 7 sparks road safety conversation

A yield sign is decorated alongside Highway 7 and Texas Avenue in honor of Hopkins freshman Daunte Moore.

Nicole Sanford

March 15, 2018

According to Police Chief Michael Harcey, a Hopkins high school student was killed Feb. 15 in a vehicle collision near the intersection of Highway 7 and Texas Avenue. In light of the recent tragedy, junior Ava Townsend said the unexpected event strongly impacted the community. “I think more people are shocked about it,...

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