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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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Meaningful objects lost in the rubble

Minnehaha teachers reflect on items lost in, saved from wreckage North Campus is dark and quiet now. Senior hall will no longer be filled with the laughter and life with which Minnehaha students once filled it. It is no longer filled with the dreams and ambitions of the students who …

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Why do tragedies happen?

Minnehaha’s sacred studies department explores why bad things happen Minnehaha Academy has had a hard three months. The disaster that occurred on August second has shaken our community and will affect the school for years to come. It is difficult to recover from something like this. For Christians, however, the …

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The process of rebuilding north campus

After months of sitting vacant, plans for demo and rebuilding are started In the month between the day of the explosion at the Upper School campus and the first day of school, an astonishing amount of work was done. Getting the Mendota Heights school up and running in four weeks …

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A new home away from home

Sports teams relocate after explosion makes field, gym inaccessible Due to the tragic explosion that occurred at Minnehaha Academy during the summer, many sports facilities such as the gym and soccer field are no longer usable. The staff and administration, including athletic director Josh Thurow, have put in many extra …

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Returning home though home is gone

How Minnehaha alumni have reacted to the explosion on August 2 “I was in disbelief and shock. I was home in Highland with the TV on. My family and I were all home and at first it just wasn’t processing what was on the news. I just couldn’t believe what …

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A critical decision

How the Minnehaha Academy administration chose Mendota Heights After the devastating blast on August 2, the school board and staff had a tough decision to make: which temporary school location to choose. Vice Principal Mike DiNardo visited all of the possible temporary locations over a week span of time. It …

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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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