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Stories from St. Louis Park High School
‘Justice for Daunte Wright’ walkout takes place
News

Talia Lissauer | April 20, 2021

Standing in the cold as snow fell around her, freshman Patricia Milian-Lopez listened as she and her peers spoke on racial injustice in her community after walking out of school. 

“It feels like…

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Outrage follows death of Daunte Wright
News

Talia Lissauer | April 14, 2021

10 months after the death of George Floyd, an all too familiar feeling of disappointment and anger flushed over junior Marcus Hosfield after hearing another Black man had been killed by police. 

“I…

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Feminine hygiene dispensers to be implemented at Park
Features

Elena Ortiz-Fishman | March 25, 2021

Last year in ninth grade Civics/Economics, students were tasked with finding problems in their community that they could improve. For current sophomore Fiona Shaack, period poverty was an important topic…

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Derek Chauvin trial begins
News

Jacob Khabie | March 12, 2021

Attempting to put her emotions aside in fear of being let down later on, senior Grace Kanyinku prepares herself for the trial of Derek Chauvin.

“Until I see the result of (the trial), I don’t really…

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Danny Walsh organizes donation drive of federally-funded meals
Features

Talia Lissauer | February 15, 2021

When a few friends dropped off their federally funded lunches at senior Danny Walsh’s house he collected and donated 310 meals in two days. After months of planning, Walsh said he has begun to pick up…

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District prepares for hybrid learning
News

Tobias Khabie | February 1, 2021

Park will get a second shot to start to return to normalcy after the School Board approved a plan for students to return to hybrid learning. According to Superintendent Astein Osei, the focus this time…

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Holocaust education excluded from first draft of social studies standards
News

Andrea Melear | January 11, 2021

In response to the Minnesota Department of Education excluding Holocaust education from the first of three drafts for the new Social Studies standards, junior and co-president of Jewish Student Union Ella…

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Football team comes together to support teammate
Sports

Tobias Khabie | January 4, 2021

After hearing a fellow player was involved in a shooting, the football team pulled together to support their teammate. According to junior captain Christian Arteaga, the team jumped into action and prepared…

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Local businesses adjust to keep doors open
News

Nora Hall | December 14, 2020

According to Business Insider, small businesses have been shutting down due to COVID-19. Many small businesses can’t afford to have a month-long interference which results in closure. CNBC said the closure…

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Local artist’s design inspires students
Features

Sam Swisher | December 10, 2020

After the results of the 2020 election were received, the founder of the “All Are Welcome Here” sign and Park community member Jaime Chismar remembered the event that prompted her to make the sign. 

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The reality of COVID-19 pods
News

Molly Schochet | December 9, 2020

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, some Park students have formed pods amongst their friends to allow for social interaction while staying safe. To ensure her pod is safe as it can be, senior…

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The 2020 election results provoke varying reactions
News

Talia Lissauer | November 10, 2020

After discovering former Vice President Joe Biden was declared the projected winner of the 2020 election, junior Semona Robel said she felt an overwhelming sense of relief, as she believes Biden will work…

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Employee Relief supports staff
Features

Adam Gips | November 9, 2020

Recently, the Employee Relief challenge was designed to cover a family meal for an employee. The Parent Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC) has been supporting the challenge by helping Jennifer Thomas,…

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Hybrid entails a balancing act
News

Tobias Khabie | November 5, 2020

As Park starts to return to in-person learning, teachers have been faced with an unprecedented situation in which they have to teach students online and in person at the same time. According to history…

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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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