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Concerns for Oct. 5 return to school arise
News

Talia Lissauer | October 6, 2020

As Oct. 5, the scheduled return to hybrid for grades 3-12 quickly approaches, Superintendent Astein Osei said he plans to share the concerns he has received from both teachers and families at the upcoming…

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Why the press does what it does 
Opinions

Marta Hill | June 1, 2020

While protests and riots spread throughout the Twin Cities, the press has a job to do. The press needs to be there to truthfully record history for the people who can’t attend and for future generations…

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George Floyd memorial organized in St. Louis Park
News

Talia Lissauer | June 1, 2020

Hundreds of community members joined together at the intersection of Minnetonka and Highway 100 May 28 to remember George Floyd. The most active participants were current Park students and recent graduates,…

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‘I can’t breathe’: protestors unite against police violence
News

Marta Hill | May 29, 2020

The image of black men being mistreated by police has become so common for junior Rahwa Berhane that she said just by seeing the thumbnail of a white police officer kneeling on a black man’s neck,…

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Breaking down the surge in COVID-19 testing
Coronavirus

Talia Lissauer | May 14, 2020

Minnesota’s new $36 million COVID-19 testing strategy has given rise to a new level of confusion surrounding the severity of the virus, the rate at which it spreads and what these numbers mean for the…

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Hold students harmless: Park moves to pass-no credit system
Coronavirus

Marta Hill | May 11, 2020

With schools closed across the state for the rest of the school year, Superintendent Astein Osei said Park decided to move to a pass-no credit grading system.

“At this point in time in our country,…

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A look into the timeline of COVID-19
Coronavirus

Talia Lissauer | April 28, 2020

Below are the transcripts to an animated video. The video is available on YouTube and embedded on this page. 

COVID-19 is a new strand of the Coronavirus that was discovered in Wuhan, China in late…

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Businesses adjust to the pandemic
Coronavirus

Talia Lissauer | April 28, 2020

When Starbucks modified its hours to close earlier in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Starbucks employee and senior Sarah Wojtasiak said her once calm closing shifts with only a few other coworkers abruptly…

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Prom postponed due to COVID-19
Coronavirus

Talia Lissauer | April 16, 2020

Although senior William Pinney believes postponing Prom was the right thing to do, he is disappointed that he will not have a normal senior prom. Despite that, he said participating in a virtual prom could…

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Distance learning shifts amid schools closing
Coronavirus

Grace Schultz | April 10, 2020

As schools close due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the way students learn has shifted to online. According to junior Anna Bauer, online school prompted students to overcome new challenges with distance…

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Insulin prices unnecessarily high
Features

Gabriel Kaplan | April 3, 2020

With hundreds of dollars every month going toward insulin, life with Type 1 diabetes for junior Thor Anderson can be costly, with the actual price of insulin varying from person to person.

“With insurance,…

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Sports apparel prices lead to student doubt
Sports

Adam Gips | March 24, 2020

Recently, student athletes have had to contemplate whether to buy overpriced apparel to show support for their teams. Sophomore Danny Shope said sports apparel is beneficial for team bonding, but is sometimes…

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Mayor Jake Spano declares state of local emergency 
Coronavirus

Noah Orloff | March 17, 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.

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Fact-checking the pandemic
Coronavirus

Gabriel Kaplan | March 16, 2020

This story is updated as of 10:00 p.m. March 15.

In hectic times it is easy to give in to the trap of fake news. To counteract this misinformation, Echo asked its Instagram followers to submit questions…

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District pursues plans for COVID-19
Coronavirus

Marta Hill | March 16, 2020

This story is accurate as of 12:55 p.m. March 13.

As COVID-19 continues its spread, Superintendent Astein Osei said the district persists with its planning, including daily disinfecting by custodians,…

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Privacy under attack
Features

Marta Hill | March 11, 2020

Following the release of YouTuber Shane Dawson’s hidden camera conspiracy video, some raised concerns about being watched. This, coupled with the increase in reports of hidden cameras in Airbnbs and…

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Minnesota House of Representatives passes two gun violence prevention bills
News

Maggie Klaers | March 11, 2020

Less than 100 days into 2020, the United States has experienced 47 mass shootings, according to Gun Violence Archive. Junior Daniel Goldenberg said legislation has lagged behind the growing gun violence…

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Sen. Bernie Sanders holds rally on eve of Super Tuesday
News

Talia Lissauer | March 9, 2020

Hours after Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar dropped out of the presidential race March 2, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders held a rally at St. Paul Rivercentre in St. Paul in hopes of winning Minnesota on Super…

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Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar rally derailed by protestors
News

Talia Lissauer | March 4, 2020

This story was updated 1 p.m. March 2. 

The day after Sen. Amy Klobuchar was set to speak at Park, she suspended her presidential bid March 2. 

Expecting to attend a peaceful Amy Klobuchar…

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St. Louis Park adopts the Efficient Buildings Collaborative
News

Isabel Kjaer | February 27, 2020

With its Climate Action Plan set, St. Louis Park is looking for steps to help meet their goals. Recently, it has turned to the Efficient Buildings Collaborative, which according to Energy Manager Leah…

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‘Hairspray’ costume decision turns out hurtful
Opinions

Izzy Kanne | February 24, 2020

When I heard Park’s choir was going to be putting on “Hairspray” as their spring musical, I was excited to
see one of my favorite musicals, but when rumors began circulating that Tracy would be…

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Principal of five years resigns
News

Isabel Kjaer | February 21, 2020

Though the decision to resign was hard to make, Principal Scott Meyers said it was ultimately made easier because of the potential positive effects on his life. 

“I’m going to miss being a part of…

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Impeachment explained
Impeachment, At Home

Talia Lissauer | February 12, 2020

Below are the transcripts to the two animated videos. The videos are available on YouTube and embedded in the transcripts below. 

In the midst of this historic impeachment of President Donald Trump,…

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New lockdown procedure put in place
News

Marta Hill | February 6, 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…

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New ordinance alters straw accessibility
News

Sam Swisher | January 17, 2020

After the city’s new straw ordinance went into effect Jan. 1, the city’s solid waste manager Kala Fisher said the ordinance was put in place to reduce the number of straws used in St. Louis Park.

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Impeachment reverberates locally
Impeachment, At Home

Noah Orloff | January 16, 2020

After the full House voted to officially impeach President Donald Trump, the recent political discourse has called into question the effect of national politics on Park. According to social studies teacher…

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Bus driver celebrates students’ birthdays
Features

Sofie Geretz | January 10, 2020

According to bus driver Jay Wolkenbrod, being a bus driver for four years has enabled him to stay with students throughout their academic  career.

“I went through training and I’ve had the same route…

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Minnesota: No Hate. No Fear. unites community
News

Anna Benishek | January 10, 2020

In response to an anti-Semitic attack on the seventh night of Hanukkah, Temple Israel hosted an event called Minnesota: No Hate. No Fear. Over 1,400 attended the event. Sophomore Ella Roether said she…

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City Council bans sale of vape products, e-cigarette products
News

Marta Hill | January 9, 2020

At the first reading of the ordinance, former City Council member Steve Hallfin said the City Council should not get to decide what adults put into their own bodies.
“People put bad things in their…

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Minnesota hockey team plays at home arena
Sports

Tennam Gyaldatsang | January 7, 2020

According to public relations director of the Minnesota Wild Aaron Sickman, the Wilds have been holding outdoor practices in St. Louis Park for the last couple of years.

“This is the third year in…

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Shortened winter break prompts discussion
News

Isabel Kjaer | January 6, 2020

According to Superintendent Astein Osei, there are several factors that influence the district’s calendar, including feedback from the community regarding having a longer summer break.

“Feedback…

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Canadian Pacific Holiday Train returns
Features

Sofia Seewald | December 17, 2019

While the Dec. 11 temperature dropped below zero, hundreds of people in the St. Louis Park community still gathered for an evening of free hot chocolate, music and holiday lights at the Canadian Pacific…

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Students combat controversial flag photo
News

Sam Swisher | December 10, 2019

According to English teacher Callie Hefstad, students came up with the idea to take pictures of themselves with a flag of their choice to make people realize how powerful symbols can be.
“When the picture…

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Voices matter
Features

Marta Hill | December 9, 2019

Ever since she was 13, Mary Beth Tinker has stood up for students’ rights. According to Tinker, youth voices in journalism are more important than ever as issues such as climate change, racial injustice…

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League of Women Voters creates impact
News

Sofie Geretz | November 20, 2019

The candidates at the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum exceeded expectations, according to St. Louis Park City Council candidate Nadia Mohamed’s campaign communications manager Carolyn Guddal.

“Every…

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Vaping can lead to serious pulmonary illnesses
Vaping

Maggie Klaers | November 19, 2019

Years ago, senior Quentin Cloutier said he began vaping, but noticed adverse effects as his dependence on nicotine grew.
“I was 16 when I started (vaping). I’ve been doing it for a really long time,”…

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Social media posts camouflaged as news
News

Talia Lissauer | November 11, 2019

Evolution of news

Communications and journalism professor at the University of Minnesota Chris Ison said the modernized media has replaced reliable news from trained journalists with posts…

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City election provides opportunity
News

Sofia Seewald | November 7, 2019

Seeing the upcoming election as an opportunity to advocate for social issues he is passionate about, junior Thor Anderson said he is helping Larry Kraft campaign for City Council At Large A Seat.
“I…

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Proposed club strives to create positive impact
Features

Ruthie Posada | November 4, 2019

Once Letters of Love is approved, it will aim to brighten the spirits of patients at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis by fundraising and delivering cards, according to senior and club leader Maggie…

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Conference on climate change creates impact
News

Samantha Klepfer | October 28, 2019

As the day wound to a close for the Park coalition at this year’s Nobel Conference: Climate Changed, science teacher Al Wachutka reflected on what he learned from the experience.

“Even though I…

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Trump hopes to turn Minnesota red
News

Talia Lissauer | October 14, 2019

Speaking to over 25,000 Minnesotans at a rally on Oct. 10 at Target Center in Minneapolis, President Donald Trump began his speech by telling the crowd that in 2020 he will turn Minnesota red.

“For…

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Administration introduces new approach to discipline
News

Isabel Kjaer | October 14, 2019

With the new policies rolling into action, assistant Principal Jessica Busse said Park pride tasks are meant to restore the damage done by students when they perform simple infractions, such as leaving…

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Rep. Ilhan Omar’s visit sparks concern
News

Grace Farley | May 29, 2019

While sophomore Claire Diamond-Wheeler said she is proud of her fellow classmate Amal, who initiated the Rep. Ilhan Omar visit to Park by sending Omar a letter, she said she had mixed feelings when she…

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‘Prelude to a Kiss’ marks new beginnings, ends
Arts & Entertainment

Abby Intveld | May 17, 2019

With her four years of theater coming to a close, senior Zoey Zachek said the spring play indicates the end of her thespian career at Park.

“It’s really crazy because I’m one of the seniors who…

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2020 start time may impact sports teams
Sports

Sophie Olmen | May 17, 2019

With the new change in school district start times, sophomore Ryan Barnett said he feels a range of emotions.
“I have mixed feelings about it. I think it’ll be good for the middle schoolers so they…

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High school holds free parent workshops over conferences
News

Sofia Seewald | April 3, 2019

After sitting in on a parenting workshop led by Marc Hertz, the founder of Family Recovery Resource Experts, Park parent Paula Engelking said the session changed her view on certain parenting strategies.

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Birdfeeder offers spring break meal options
News

Maggie Klaers | April 2, 2019

Spring break can be a time of food uncertainty for students who depend on school-supplied meals, according to Birdfeeder student manager, junior Mushtakh Mohammed.
“During the week students have school…

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Locker rooms closed for spring season
News

Marta Hill | April 1, 2019

When girls’ lacrosse captain junior Sarah McCallon reflected on the locker rooms being closed for the entire spring season, she said she thought the inconvenience will pay off in the long run.

“I…

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#Wearetired show calls out systematic racism in society
News

Grace Farley | March 26, 2019

After junior Zoe Younger read aloud a spoken word piece she wrote for the Black History Month performance, she said she believes that all American should be educated about the issues of racism.“I think…

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Sophomore swimmer breaks all-time State record
Sports

Dani Orloff | March 12, 2019

As sophomore boys’ swimmer Hayden Zheng realized he had broken the all-time State record in Minnesota for the 100-yard breaststroke, he said he felt thrilled, which was displayed in his post-swim repeated…

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