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Nina Bush ‘22 says, “I’m excited about seeing people again but a little worried about [COVID-19] and managing the workload since I’ve gotten so used to the off days where I have the time to sleep in and get all my work done.”
Full In-Person Concerns Community
Lucy Wolfe, Staff Writer • April 30, 2021

On March 8, head of upper school, Anne Stavney informed the community that the middle school and upper school campuses would be returning to fully in person...

Annabella Rozin ‘24 shares, “There was a huge sense of relief that I felt when the verdict was announced, because Chauvin had to be held accountable for his actions but also because Minneapolis would have felt the repercussions of the verdict more than anywhere else in the US. It was the best decision the jury could have made in terms of equality but also for safety.”
Chauvin Trial Causes, Heightens Tension
Evan Vezmar, Staff Writer • April 30, 2021

Eleven months after George Floyd was killed in the custody of police, Derek Chauvin, the former officer who pushed his knee into Floyd’s neck for over...

Zoe Feldshon ‘21, Jack Crow ‘21, and Amanda Ward ‘21 sit in the senior lounge during block 3.
Senior Class Mourns Loss of Traditions, Memories
Jack Prince, Editor Emeritus • April 30, 2021

The point of traditions is to bring people of different backgrounds together over a shared love of an activity. A focal point of being a senior at Blake is less about the...

Jake Gearhart ‘21 watches senior speeches during advisory on the steps in the Carlson Commons near the science wing. Senior speeches and significant school events are often broadcast on this screen.
Capstone Senior Project Survives Pandemic School
Brooke Lee & Jenna Thrasher, Contributing Writers • April 30, 2021

Each year, the senior project signals the end of the Upper School journey for all twelfth graders. The Project isn't a code word for getting out two weeks earlier to bypass...

Creative, Unique Ways to Safely Socialize During Global Pandemic
Creative, Unique Ways to Safely Socialize During Global Pandemic
Maggie Seidel, Managing Editor • April 30, 2021

The omnipresent conversations about physical health, social distancing, and immunity have not muted students' inherent desire for social engagement and connection with friends....

Pictured above is Wolsfeld Woods Scientific and Natural Area located on Long Lake, MN. In addition to spending time hiking or walking in the wilderness, there are tons of other activities you can do outside. For instance,  Danny Andrade-Vera ‘23 states, “Nature is inspirational, so go do all your homework outside!”
Most Beautiful, Scenic Locations to Walk, Hike in Twin Cities
James Prince, Games & Ads Editor • April 30, 2021

Clearing away the thick vegetation of an old-growth forest, a view of a creek running through a leafy valley into a lake appears. All that is around is the sound of birds...

Left to right: Emma Brown ‘22, Anika Rodriguez ‘23, John Erlandson ‘21, Mohamed Yebdri, and Taous Khazem shoot a scene in the Minneapolis Sculpture Gardens.
Spring Musical Takes New Format, Filming Takes Place Off Campus
Will Rosenblum, Managing Editor • April 30, 2021

This year, an array of cameras, calls for quiet on set, and sculptures that come to life will replace the normal members of an audience in an “Alice In Wonderland” inspired...

Virtual Concerts Disappoint Fans
Virtual Concerts Disappoint Fans
Emily Rotenberg, Student Life Editor • January 27, 2021

As a result of COVID-19, many artists have been forced to cancel their festivals, concerts, and world tours, resulting in a large increase of performances through social media,...

The @blakestories_ Instagram posts feature a "trigger warning" slide and a slide detailing stories submitted by students on the anonymous Google Form
Blake Stories Page Raises Awareness
Bernadette Whitely, Opinions Editor • May 7, 2021

Sharing their first post on Mar. 22, the anonymous Instagram account @blakestories_ was created as a safe space for members of the Blake community to share their...

Blake Boys’ Basketball 2020-2021 pictured above: [left to right top row] Tyler Middlestadt, Joshua Park ‘22, Grayson Okoronkwo ‘24, Theo Liu ‘22, Max Hubler ‘22, Dane Borene ‘24, Kunga Shidhe-Chokra ‘22, Tyler Biwan [left to right bottom row] Jasper Liu ‘21, Robert Grace IV ‘21, Gabe Ganz ‘21, Will Fazio ‘21, Elijah Short ‘21
Boys’ Basketball Seniors Lose Shot at Sections
Maggie Seidel, Managing Editor • May 7, 2021

When the ball dropped on the eve of 2020, the Blake Boys’ Basketball team did not expect two years of heartbreak to ensue. Will Fazio ‘21, Gabe Ganz ‘21, Jasper...

Five year coach Tyler Biwan says "Our guys are ones who will hang around a little bit after practice and goof around and we promote that as coaches. We want our guys to come early, stay late because being in hybrid mode right now, for many of them that’s the only time they’ll see each other everyday. We’re gracious that we get that opportunity and we harness that by hanging around pre and post practice.”
Boys Basketball Team Makes History, Gears Up For Sections
Noor Naseer, Co-Editor-in-Chief • March 18, 2021

     Currently ranked number four in class AA, the boys’ basketball team is making history. Not only is this the highest the team has ever been ranked, but they also...

Dressen addresses the team before the start of the game.
Hockey Team Connections Strengthen Despite Pandemic
Maggie Seidel, Managing Editor, Business Manager • March 1, 2021

     "The JV team has always had a pretty strong bond with each other," says third year JV hockey player, Luke Sugalski '22. Though, in typical 2020-2021 style, no season...

Biden Keeps Campaign Promises, Actions, Policies
Keaton Rannow, Staff Writer • April 30, 2021

While it is still the early days of Joe Biden’s presidency, it can be helpful to see how far his various campaign promises have come as a measure to determine his effectiveness...

On March 26, Lil Nas X shared a series of photos to Instagram featuring his makeup, hair, and outfits from the “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” music video.
Lil Nas X’s ‘Montero’ Video Sparks Controversy, Breaks Expectations
Bernadette Whitely, Opinions Editor • April 30, 2021

Despite the global pandemic and social unrest, parents, highly religious and conservative individuals, and even the Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, have taken the time...

Plant-Based Burger Chain Opens Soon
Plant-Based Burger Chain Opens Soon
Mackenzie Higgins, Staff Writer • April 30, 2021

The restaurant Crisp & Green has amassed immense popularity in the past five years since its inception. According to StarTribune, founder and entrepreneur Steele Smiley...

Everything You Need to Know When Planning the Perfect Picnic
Everything You Need to Know When Planning the Perfect Picnic
Molly Seidel, Staff Writer • April 30, 2021

As the weather becomes increasingly warmer, picnic season draws closer. Picnics are a great way to spend quality time with friends and family in a safe and fun way. Whether...

In the late 1990s, the papaya ringspot virus almost wiped out the entire crop, until Cornell University scientists created the virus-resistant Rainbow papaya. The fruit is still enjoyed today because of genetic modification.
CRISPR-Cas9 Sequences Spark Debate Despite Potential Positive Effects for Food Industry
Sage Marmet, Co-Editor-in-Chief • January 14, 2021

In an era of continual scientific advancement, we are constantly being faced with questions regarding the morality and ethicality of altering the very building blocks that...

Engineering Provides Brighter Future
Engineering Provides Brighter Future
Grace Homan, Contributing Writer • January 14, 2021

In recent years, genetic engineering—alongside technology—has been steadily increasing. Dating back to the 1970s, humans genetically modified animals and plants to create...

Frederick Loew ‘22 hangs an ENO Hammock at Hidden Beach Park near Lake of the Isles. Even in colder weather, mocking can be fun if you bring blankets and warm clothes. It’s also possible to hang hammocks above  one another to create a “stack” of sorts. Although slightly dangerous, it is helpful if you are in a location that isn’t densley forested.
Warmer Weather Calls for Outdoor Activities: A Guide to Mocking
Betsy Fries , Creative Director • April 30, 2021

1. Acquire a portable hammock I highly recommend Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) brand or a knockoff from Amazon. The straps are sold separately (do not forget to buy those!) 2....

Vaccines  Bring About Side Effects
Vaccines Bring About Side Effects
Allyson Jay, Staff Writer • April 30, 2021

The COVID-19 vaccine has been available since early 2021 only for adults 65 years old or older, healthcare workers, anyone with underlying health conditions, and PK-12 educators....

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