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Sierra Takushi

As a junior, Sierra is a staff writer and photos/graphics editor for The Talon. She has a quirky fascination with slam and spoken word poetry and finds straight angle shapes (like squares) visually pleasing. Sierra enjoys exploring different types of writing and literature and likes to post her photography frequently on Instagram.

Never too late to learn: Gabe Satoskar

A climbing engineer Decelerating over the Nicollet Avenue Bridge, senior Gabe Satoskar makes an acute turn onto De La Salle Drive and drives directly into his concentrated neighborhood on Nicollet Island. Passing Minneapolis’ iconic Grain Belt Beer sign on his left, Gabe pulls into his narrow alleyway and parks his …

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Never too late to learn: Raye Ebensteiner

Creativity from cooking to lamp design As Frank Sinatra’s satin voice resounds from the kitchen’s sound system and bounces off of white gallery-like walls, senior Raye Ebensteiner unpacks a paper bag of groceries onto a granite counter top. Raye gently pulls her brunette hair into a high ponytail and turns …

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Brief: Changes bring new choices

Graduating requirements alter for physical education and health, students acquire more electives Next fall, Minnehaha will be implementing changes within the physical education and health department, which will ultimately affect the academic requirements and the health curricula of incoming freshmen. Current students at Minnehaha are required to take a total …

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Talon’s best of Twin Cities

As summer vacation approaches, the Talon staff compiles a list of a few “finds” in the Twin Cities for students to visit 1st St. North, Downton : Warehouse District Occasion: “Hit the town” and window shop for various items on a single city block. These brick warehouses are renovated into …

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A tribute for Ashley Block

Minnehaha community remembers a cherished alumnus and the impact she made on those around her Ashley Block –  a beloved Minnehaha alumna, a summa cum laude graduate, a collegiate cross country and track runner, a Ph.D anthropology student, an avid biker and an exceedingly compassionate, brilliantly determined, steadfast sister and daughter …

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Listen to their silence

After the polarizing presidential election, students must learn to hear each other Even within a substantially safe environment like Minnehaha, there are members of the community who feel ridiculed for their beliefs. Such feelings of alienation were notably intensified during the 2016 presidential election, when liberal ideologies emerged as popular …

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Saying hi to Paton

On Dec. 1, Minnehaha’s new College and Guidance Counselor Christine Paton arrived in the Student Services Office, with a versatile background and an irrepressible eagerness to advise high school students that radiated from her smile. “High school is so positive,” Paton said. “It’s a place where there’s learning and there’s …

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Clinton’s New College Compact

Clinton proposes free college tuition for students at in-state universities with the New College Compact In July, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton proposed a New College Compact, which would make tuition at four-year, in-state, public colleges and universities free for any student with a family that earns $85,000 or less …

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Six boys, 30 day canoe trip

Juniors Forrest Ahrens and Nils Andreasen travel to Ontario for a month long canoe trip on the Flint and Kapoka rivers Juniors Forrest Ahrens and Nils Andreasen traveled on a 30 day canoe trip in Ontario with four other teenage boys and one college-aged YMCA leader. On June 22, they …

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Slam poetry with a punch

Slam poetry classes and competitions are prominent throughout the whole Twin Cities area, that extends all the way to the national level They leave spiral notebooks backstage and bring heartache into the spotlight. They strut or squirm or simply wander to the mic with something to say or scream or …

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