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Emma Melling

Emma is a senior staff writer who is interested in English and literature, and is also passionate about French language and culture. She enjoys writing features on arts and human interest topics and loves listening to people’s stories. Her hobbies include reading, hiking and spending time with family.

Explosion leaves permanent mark

Minnehaha Academy is forever changed by the tragic events of August 2nd Three months later, community members reflect on loss, find hope At 10:22 AM on Wednesday August 2, 2017, a gas explosion occurred at Minnehaha Academy’s Upper School. According to a preliminary investigation report released by the NTSB, this …

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A tribute to Ruth and John

Remembering two beloved members of the Minnehaha community August 2, 2017 was a day on which Minnehaha lost two beautiful members of its community: Ruth Berg and John Carlson. A graduate of Minnehaha, Carlson worked as a custodian at his alma mater for 13 years and was known for his …

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Adjusting to a new space

Talon staff discusses Mendota Heights site, mourns loss of north campus Long, fresh hallways, jam packed with students that have found a new routine of moving from class to class. High top tables and red couches and modern designs and desks that always seem to be moving. This is the …

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Job changes – David Hoffner

As of the 2017-2018 school year, economics teacher David Hoffner has assumed a new role in the Minnehaha community as Executive Director of Faith Formation. For Hoffner, the change was one he felt God was calling him to through friends, loved ones and colleagues who repeatedly said, “I think you …

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A walk for unity

“This sea of red warms my heart,” Minnehaha Academy President Dr. Donna Harris said as she stood atop a fire truck, surrounded by students, staff, and other community members. On Tuesday August 15, 2017, more than 1,000 members of the Minnehaha community gathered at the Minnehaha Academy Upper School, the …

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A helper in every way

Minnehaha remembers John Carlson As the Minnehaha community mourns the loss of John Carlson, it celebrates his life and his lifelong relationship with the school. Listen to an interview conducted by Talon staff writer Emma Melling from March 24, 2016, as she was working on a story published in April …

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M.A. ‘lifer’ steps away for motherhood

Physical Education teacher plans to stay at home with her child for the next few years A cluster of young girls giggle as they slip beneath the gym bleachers. Their father stands in the middle of the gym, discussing strategy with a group of volleyball players. The girls, Julie, Amanda, …

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Brief: Moving on and moving in

Minnehaha prepares for changes to its English department as teachers change positions Minnehaha’s English department will be seeing some changes in the fall of 2017, as old teachers move on and new teachers move in. This spring, both Katherine Myers and Robyn Westrem announced their change in positions, as Myers …

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Pushing boundaries

Minnehaha spring play brings Shakespeare to life through “living paintings” Minnehaha’s theater program has never attempted a show concept similar to this year’s. “We want to try to push the boundaries of what we have done, and we have never done anything like this before,” said art teacher Nathan Stromberg. …

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