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District implements free meal program

Photo illustration by Kaia Myers. In order to stop the spread of COVID-19, officials recommend washing hands for 20 seconds and practicing social distancing, according to the CDC. In an effort to help students eligible for free and reduced lunch, St. Louis Park Public Schools has implemented a free meal program.

Ryan Barnett

March 22, 2020

Due to school closures, St. Louis Park Public Schools will begin to deliver daily meals to students who rely on free and reduced lunch starting March 23. The meals, delivered by buses to 13 locations, will consist of bag lunches for students and their families, and bag breakfast for the morning after. ...

Mayor Jake Spano declares state of local emergency 

Art by Maggie Klaers. According to St. Louis Park Mayor Jake Spano, the city is declaring a local state of emergency.

Noah Orloff

March 16, 2020

This story is updated as of 10:30 p.m. March 16. After speaking about the city’s plans during a City Council COVID-19 briefing March 16, St. Louis Park Mayor Jake Spano declared a state of local emergency. “In order to make sure our city staff have the opportunity to move quickly when they ne...

Senior elected as youngest chairwoman for human rights commission

Senior Amaya Fokuo informs students about the upcoming Black History Month show on Feb. 28. Amaya is also the head of the Human Rights Commission.

Samantha Klepfer

January 21, 2020

What is your role in the city of St. Louis Park? My current role is Human Rights (Commission chairperson) for the city. I was appointed about two years ago and I was reappointed a couple months ago. Our whole thing is bringing support and racial equity to different parts of the city, so a lot of our tim...

Government agencies work together to ensure health and safety

After investigating vinyl chloride contamination in Edina wells, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency was able to identify an area near Walker and Lake streets in St. Louis Park as the source. The exact source responsible for the pollution has yet to be identified, according to Jacque Smith.

Tamar Gewirtz

November 21, 2019

According to Jacque Smith, Communications and Marketing Manager for the City of St. Louis Park, the city began to work with the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate and cleanup the Highway 100 and County Road 3 Groundwater Plume site under the Superfund program.  “The goal of recommendi...

Meet the candidates for St. Louis Park School Board

Art by Maggie Klaers

Gabriel Kaplan, Noah Orloff, and Maddie Schutte

November 3, 2019

Jim Beneke Why did you decide to run? I am one of two incumbents running again. I ran for the first time four years ago (because) I had been active in a lot of school committees. You name the committee, I was probably on it. I was on the Community Education Advisory Council (CEAC), the Equity...

Pet-friendly restaurant prepares for opening

Craft and Crew Hospitality’s latest restaurant, The Block, will feature a dog-friendly patio and dog menu. Construction on the restaurant began in May 2019 and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2019.

Sam Swisher

October 7, 2019

According to director of communications for Craft and Crew Hospitality Chasity Sorenson, The Block hopes to benefit from community events happening nearby. “The Block will be a great place for students and their families to come and enjoy food and time together after school, after games and on week...

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...

Staff Editorial: Introduction to new net neutrality bill beneficial to community

Staff Editorial: Introduction to new net neutrality bill beneficial to community

March 17, 2019

The issue of net neutrality has been a lingering question in our government for several years now. Earlier this year, the Federal Communication Commission repealed net neutrality, allowing internet providers to block and prioritize certain users over others. To combat this, Rep. Paul Thissen and Sen. ...

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