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Barnum school board makes personnel cuts

More reductions were approved for next year’s school budget at Barnum’s school board meeting on March 17, which the public was asked to view online instead of attend in-person due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chair Colleen Fetters thanked all that...

 

Moose Lake School discusses outbreak response, budget cuts

The Moose Lake school board held its regular meeting, in the school's cafeteria, on March 16 with the school's response to the coronavirus pandemic taking up a large part of the evening's discussion....

 

Sturgeon Lake bonding bill enters legislation

At the Sturgeon Lake city council’s regular meeting on March 10, Tim Korby noted that the $1.8 million bonding bill to help fund a new City Hall and Fire Station has entered legislation. Another bill for $2 million earmarked for roads has entered...

 

Barnum Schools and community discuss alternative cuts

With the Barnum school district facing big financial cuts for the upcoming school year, representatives from the Barnum community and from Barnum schools met on March 4 to discuss the future of the schools, come up with alternative cuts to...

 

Mercy Hospital leaves Wilderness Health collaborative

Mercy Hospital was asked to leave Wilderness Health, a collaboration of several rural hospitals working together, which was discussed at the monthly board meeting on February 24. Mercy was asked to leave, effective January 1st, because of a conflict...

 

Barnum school board tables personnel cuts

The Barnum school board held its regular meeting Tuesday night, February 18 in the high school’s auditorium. The board took action on several non-personnel reductions, while tabling personnel cuts in lieu of a community meeting on March 4. The...

 

Moose Lake School's admin to recommend budget cuts

The Moose Lake school board gathered on Tuesday evening, February 11 to discuss several items and resolutions. One resolution that was approved, which they do every year, directed the administration...

 

Barnum community speaks up on school budget cuts

With major upcoming monetary cuts in the Barnum school district, the community gathered to voice their opinions on those cuts at the school board’s working meeting held in the Barnum High School auditorium on Tuesday evening, February 4. Two main i...

 

Moose Lake Superintendent Indihar retiring

The news of Superintendent Robert Indihar's retirement was announced at the Moose Lake school board meeting on January 21. Indihar, who has served the community for over twenty years, thanked the...

 

Barnum School empowers admin to make cuts

With looming cuts on the horizon, the Barnum School board approved a resolution at their regular meeting on January 21 directing the administration to make reductions in programs and positions. The board unanimously approved the resolution which...

 

Mercy Board discusses scholarships, winter event

The Mercy Hospital board gathered Monday night, January 27 to hear a short presentation and discuss several items. Bryan Hunter, the Chief CRNA of Mercy Hospital’s Pain Management Clinic presented some details on various treatments and services...

 

Council approves new fire hires

The Barnum City Council approved two hire recommendations made by Fire Chief Corey Hurst at their regular meeting on January 13 (council member Darrel Berry was absent). Prior to the hires it was announced Bruce Smith was retiring from the fire depar...

 

Barnum School talks reductions

The Barnum school board convened for a doubleheader on January 7, holding the board’s reorganizational meeting first which was then followed by its working meeting. Superintendent Mike McNulty presented some numbers on possible non-personnel...

 

Moose Lake School Board finalizes positions and future meeting dates

Steven Blondo is set as the Chairperson of the board, approved at the Moose Lake School Board’s Reorganizational meeting on Monday, January 6. Jerry Pederson was approved as the Vice-Chairperson, and (although unable to attend the 3:30 meeting)...

 

Barnum School Board sets annual levy

The school levy is going up about $57,000 this year, as approved at the Barnum School Board meeting on December 17, and for a school district Barnum’s size, the levy is unusually small. Student representative to the school board and student...

 

Transportation co-op takes step forward

The board approved the transportation cooperative concept with Barnum at their regular meeting on December 16. The purpose of the transportation co-op will be to jointly use the resources of the Moose Lake and Barnum School Districts to the benefit...

 

Barnum Schools face looming cuts

Barnum Schools is looking at $750,000 in potential budget cuts for the fiscal years of 2020 and 2021. The budget is still being analyzed, and the specifics of those cuts will be discussed in the coming weeks by school administrators. At the working...

 

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