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Barnum student advances to state for History Day competition

Anna Wikstrom probably knows more about the Civil Rights Movement than many twice her age. Her research into it is leading her to compete at state level for what is called History Day. It all started...

 

Barnum talks security

Last week, we addressed lockdown protocol and safety in the Moose Lake and Willow River schools. This week, we will take a look at Barnum’s. Superintendent Dave Bottem emphasized the fact that every situation is different — when a lockdown...

 

Football practices will be held at old school's baseball field

Both the boys and girls basketball varsity and junior varsity teams did well this season, Head Coaches Dustin Wright and Wes Cummins reported to the Moose Lake-Willow River Liaison committee at the...

 

Barnum elementary principal resigns

Editor’s Note: This statement was published by the Barnum Public Schools on Facebook on Friday, April 6. The Barnum Elementary Principal Tom Cawcutt was placed on a paid leave in January while allegations against him were investigated. As many of...

 

Local districts talk security

Editor's note: Last weekend, Willow River School District sent a message to parents informing them of a possible threat against the school. Investigation determined these threats were unsubstantiated. Later that week, Moose Lake School went into lock...

 

Willow River revises 2018 budget

At the March 20 Willow River school board meeting, the board approved a revised 2018 budget and a $200,000 budget reduction for 2019. Superintendent/Elementary Principal Bill Peel explained the district will need to reduce spending for 2019 due...

 

Enrollment numbers affect Barnum's 2018-19 school budget

Resolutions were passed for the termination and nonrenewal of contracts for two probationary teachers, Kelly Copenhaver and Stephanie Bandelin, at the Barnum School Board meeting on Tuesday, March...

 
 By Submitted    Local News    March 29, 2018

Scientists recognized

Barnum Science Fair Results First place winners Grade 4: Kaitlyn Rudloff Grade 5: Lily Newman Grade 6: Cayden Grimm Second place winners Grade 4: Lucy Franek Grade 5: Warren Halverson Grade 6: Levi...

 

Bumps in the road

Concerns about the track were discussed at the monthly meeting of the Moose Lake School Board on Monday, March 19. A plan for softball fields and other facilities at the athletic complex were also...

 

Science rules

Barnum hosted their annual Science Fair on Friday, March 16....

 
 By Submitted    Local News    March 15, 2018

Community Club gives back

Barnum Community Club donated $500 to each of the following programs in February and March: Barnum Elementary Robotics, Barnum High School Robotics, Barnum Impact JO Volleyball Team, Barnum Post...

 

Amping up entrance security in Willow River

At the February 20 Willow River school board meeting, the board updated Policy 903, which covers visitors to school district buildings and sites. One of the main changes dealt with keeping better track of visitors for safety reasons. According to...

 

Barnum cuts $200,000 from school budget

The Barnum School Board agreed to cut $200,000 from next school year’s budget, at the monthly meeting of the board on Tuesday, Feb. 21. That cut had been recommended by the Finance Committee....

 

Offer for purchase of old school accepted

The Moose Lake School Board accepted an offer from Phoenix Companies to purchase the old school at a special meeting of the board on Tuesday, February 20. Superintendent Robert Indihar told the board...

 

Wall of Fame induction held

Ronald Hillstrom and Kathy Fredricksen are inducted into the Moose Lake Community School Wall of Fame February 9. Hillstrom taught at Moose Lake School for over 30 years in the English department....

 

Willow River winter royalty

Willow River Area School Snow Week royalty was crowned Monday during a coronation ceremony held at the school. The court includes: Bella Meyer (2017 princess), Emma Fjosne, Ellie Newman, Abi...

 

Moose Lake winter royalty

Moose Lake Community School SnoDaze royalty was crowned Tuesday during a coronation ceremony held at the school. The court includes: Levi Schoenrock, Remington Stark, Kade Danelski, David Webb,...

 

Local one-act plays advance in competition

Willow River students took first place in the Subsection 7A One-Act Play contest held Saturday, January 27, at Moose Lake Community School. Students from Barnum took second place and the students...

 

Fredricksen, Hillstrom to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Moose Lake Community School will induct Kathy Fredricksen and Ronald Hillstrom into the Wall of Fame on February 9 at approximately 7 p.m. between the junior varsity and varsity boys basketball games...

 

Facilities Committee discusses athletic complex

The athletic complex at the new Moose Lake Community School, the old school and problems that still need to be resolved at the new school were all topics at the meeting of the Moose Lake School...

 

Barnum students state-bound

On Wednesday, January 17, 12 Barnum High School students headed to the regional Business Professionals of America (BPA) Conference in Grand Rapids. In this leading Career and Technical Student...

 

Willow's Snow Week candidates named

Willow River High School will celebrate Snow Week February 5-9. Pictured, royalty candidates are, from left: Abi Pedersen, Ellie Neumann, Emma Fjosne, Louie Kliniski, Olivia Loew, Brody Motz, Aaron...

 

School welcomes commissioner

Moose Lake Community School Superintendent Robert Indihar spoke about the visit December 15 by Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius at the meeting of the school board on...

 

Principal placed on administrative leave

Tom Cawcutt, principal of Barnum Elementary School, was placed on paid administrative leave on Thursday, December 7, after a complaint was filed against him. The nature of the complaint was not...

 

School holds dedication ceremony

School officials, legislative representatives, county commissioners and representatives of Architectural Resources Inc. (ARI) and Boldt Construction, as well as staff and other contributors, and...

 

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