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Surprise for Willow River seniors

Loud sirens, flashing lights, bright balloons, and lots of good wishes surprised Willow River seniors Friday night when they came to the football field to pick up their caps and gowns. School staff...

 

Barnum to host drive-in graduation

Barnum School’s current plan for commencement will be holding a drive-in ceremony at the high school on May 29 at 6 p.m., as discussed at the working board meeting on May 5. High School Principal Gr...

 
 By Submitted    Local News    May 14, 2020

Reminder: Celebration of students

Jillian Smith, Moose Lake Community School We miss you and we would really like to see all of your faces! On behalf of the Moose Lake Community School Staff (MLCSS), we would like to formally invite you to our Celebration of Students! Your hard...

 

Moose Lake High School needs new principal

Potential administrative changes were discussed at the most recent working meeting of the Moose Lake school board on April 27. With high school principal Billie Jo Steen taking over superintendent duties for the next school year, the board discussed...

 
 By Submitted    Local News    May 7, 2020

Quarantine Poems

Here is yet another poem from one of the 10th graders at Barnum High School about our current stay-at-home order and the COVID-19 situation in general. We hope you find some entertainment or enlightenment in it. More will be featured next week....

 

Board appoints Steen as Moose Lake's superintendent

Billie Jo Steen's Superintendent contract for the 2020-2021 school year was approved at the regular Moose Lake school board meeting held remotely on April 20. Steen will take a special leave of absenc...

 

Celebrating Earth Day with tree hugs

Our students from Barnum High School celebrated Earth Day on April 22nd, by literally hugging trees and then sending the pictures to their Science and English teachers digitally. The idea came to...

 

Willow River school board approves co-op committee in contested vote

The Willow River school board approved the Barnum-Moose Lake-Willow River School Board Cooperative Committee at their regular meeting held remotely on April 21. Prior to the committee being approved,...

 

Barnum Schools approve area co-op, talk levy

Barnum’s school board approved a Barnum-Moose Lake-Willow River School Board Cooperative Committee at their remote meeting on April 21. The co-op will consist of three board members and an alternate from each school that will get together and look...

 
 By Submitted    Local News    April 30, 2020

Quarantine Poems

Here are more poems from the 10th graders at Barnum High School about our current stay-at-home order and the COVID-19 situation in general. We hope you find some entertainment or enlightenment in them. More will be featured next week. I’m stuck at...

 
 By Submitted    Local News    April 23, 2020

Quarantine Poems

Here is a poem from a 10th grader at Barnum High School about our current stay-at-home order and the COVID-19 situation in general. We hope you find some entertainment or enlightenment in it. More...

 

Barnum thanks staff for work during distance learning

Aided by the existence of technology, the Barnum school board held its working meeting on April 7 with board members and the two school principals remotely video conferencing into the meeting. High School Principal Gregg Campbell made a point to...

 
 By Submitted    Local News    April 16, 2020

Quarantine Poems

Here are more poems from 10th graders at Barnum High School about our current stay-at-home order and the COVID-19 situation in general. We hope you find some entertainment or enlightenment in them. More will be featured next week. I wake up in a...

 

An inside look at distance learning

With new safety precautions implemented due to COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus), last week schools moved to a new model for education—distance learning. Both teachers and students are striving to ma...

 
 By Submitted    Local News    April 9, 2020

Quarantine Poems

Here are a couple poems from 10th graders at Barnum High School about our current stay-at-home order and the COVID-19 situation in general. We hope you find some entertainment or enlightenment in them. More will be featured next week. Now this is a...

 

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...

 

STATEWIDE SCHOOL CLOSINGS

With the threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading, Governor Tim Walz ordered the temporary closure of schools statewide. The executive order signed on March 15, authorized the closure of K-12...

 

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....

 
 By Submitted    Local News    March 19, 2020

Barnum takes 8th place at Minnesota State Math League Tournament

The Barnum math league qualified and competed at the Minnesota State Math League Tournament held March 9 at South St. Paul High School. Math league is a math competition consisting of 5 meets held...

 

Rock 'em, sock 'em robotics

Schools from around the region, country, and even Sweden converged on the DECC in Duluth on March 6-7 for the Lake Superior and Northern Lights Regionals of FIRST Robotics. This year, FIRST partnered...

 

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...

 

Local guide catches students' interest with fishing trip

Sunshine, fishing lines, and grubs made it a perfect day for ice fishing on Sturgeon Lake with about 35 Willow River sixth graders and a handful of high school students. Local fishing guide Tony...

 

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...

 

Willow River School part of $1.5 million grant pool

Willow River School is one of nine districts that were awarded a Career and Technical Education (CTE) grant pool of $1.5 million over a two-year period, Superintendent Bill Peel announced at 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...

 

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