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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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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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“Reflections” – Mickey Boardman

“Reflections” is a new series written by junior Maddie Danzberger on the high school experiences of adults within and outside of the Minnehaha community. The series will share lessons learned and provide insights to students as they move through high school. This installation describes the story of Mickey Boardman, who …

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“Reflections” – Dr. Donna Harris

“Reflections” is a new series written by junior Maddie Danzberger on the high school experiences of adults within and outside of the Minnehaha Community. The series will share lessons learned and provide insights to students as they move through high school. This installation of the series is on the story …

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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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