Monday, April 29, 2013
Do the discussions taking place bring people together or tear them apart?
Race has been an inflammatory subject in local schools over the past few months. On Friday, about 150 Hopkins High School students walked out to protest what called the school’s unfair treatment of minority students. The protest followed news the week before that prosecutors had charged two Hopkins students with misdemeanors after a confrontation in the assistant principal's office over the school’s handling of an incident in which they say several white students mocked black culture. The two students accused Hopkins ski team members of organizing a "ghetto spirit day." The ski team members say it was actually called “rapper day.” Hopkins is not the only school facing such controversies. In March, about 300 South High School students from …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Test your knowledge of west metro news with Patch’s weekly news quiz.
From the small to the large, decisions, people and projects make our communities what they are. Events take place every day that shape our communities and add to their unique character. How much do you know about what happened in your community this week? Patch invites you to test your knowledge of this week’s events by taking the news quiz above. Don’t feel bad if you get an answer wrong. There’s a link after every question so you can read up on the news you missed. Want to find out even more? Check out this week’s “Pick of Our Patches” to see highlights of the area’s biggest news this week. (NOTE: The quiz may not appear in some mobile browsers.)
Thursday, April 11, 2013
A 1988 KARE 11 story captured the Hopkins and St. Louis Park legislator long before he took office.
Hopkins and St. Louis Park Rep. Steve Simon is no stranger to public speaking. Two years ago, a video of Simon went viral when he asked in a floor speech, “How many more gay people does God have to create before we ask ourselves whether or not God actually wants them around?” Simon wasn’t always a veteran speaker, though. YouTube user scottcommercials posted a video of a 1988 KARE 11 news story of the then-18-year-old Simon and the rest of the Hopkins High School debate team—“one of the hottest debate teams in the Midwest,” according to the report. Check out video of the future legislator in the news story above.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Life is a dance for these Golden Valley sisters.
If you’re looking for Kendall or Payton Meuwissen, chances are they’re in a dance studio. The Golden Valley sisters spend hours on end perfecting their skills. Kendall, a junior at Hopkins High School, spends upwards of 30 hours a week dancing between her time with Summit Dance Shoppe and the varsity dance team. That practice has paid off. Earlier this month, Kendall was third runner-up at the Miss Dance/Drill Team USA competition in Irvine, CA, and also won the award for best dance technique. Payton, 9, placed first at the Little Miss Dance/Drill Team USA competition. For the Meuwissens, dancing isn’t a chore—it’s a part of life they love. “I like that (with) dancing there’s all these different kinds of dance and you can improv so you can…