Talon

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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Las Vegas shooting response – keep or eliminate guns?

Guns must go By Patrick Cullinan, Staff Writer On Oct. 1, a man climbed to the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel and shot at a crowd of people, killing 58 and injuring almost 500. Right now, nobody knows why he did it. What everybody does know is how …

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Adjusting to Mendota Heights swivel desks

This year has seen many changes, good and bad. One of the most important of these changes is the teachers’ decisions of what seats they wanted in their classroom. “The faculty were given the opportunity to choose what they wanted for their rooms versus just ordering a bunch of different …

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The Myanmar crisis

A small ethnic group of Muslims in Myanmar (a mostly Buddhist country), called Rohingya (population 1.2 million out of almost 53 million in Myanmar), are being persecuted by the Myanmar military, after a group of Rohingya attacked police posts and an army base in Myanmar on August 25, killing 12. …

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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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The stork comes to Minnehaha

Staff members Kristin Overton, Julie Stone and Jennifer Tillman welcome new babies If you were at the upper school last spring, chances are you saw multiple staff members ready to have a baby. Counselor Kristin Overton gave birth to Jesse Michael Overton IV on September 13.  “Jesse comes from a …

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