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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...

 

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...

 

Willow River students conquer Wolf Ridge

Cold temps and piles of snow were no match for Willow River Area School's fifth graders who bundled up and met each challenge during three cold days at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in...

 

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...

 

One act plays ready for competition

Sub-sections for the one act play competition will be occurring this weekend, with students from Barnum, Moose Lake, Willow River, and other local schools participating. Barnum High School will be...

 

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)...

 

$4,000 scholarship available for high school seniors

Scholarship “season” is underway at Lake Country Power. The rural electric co-op expects to award college scholarships valued at $4,000 each to more than 30 high school students in 2020. Scholarship recipients can qualify for up to $4,000 over fo...

 

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...

 

Parents voice concerns on school not meeting goals

A group of concerned parents and citizens came to voice their concerns over goals in the World’s Best Workforce (WBWF) plan not being met at the recent school board meeting on November 26. Under...

 

Barnum Schools transportation audit is a go

Bethany Helwig Barnum Schools’ transportation will be undergoing an audit after the board passed a motion hiring Watson Consulting Group to conduct the audit. The board agreed to the audit after a...

 

Peel approved for 3 more years as Willow River's superintendent

William Peel will serve as Willow River superintendent for another three years. The 2020-23 contract was approved by the school board at its regular meeting Tuesday, November 19, following his closed session evaluation. The district received a clean...

 

School Board to keep status quo

The Moose Lake School Board did not take any decisive action regarding the one-acre piece of property near the old school building. At the special meeting of the board on November 12, Superintendent...

 

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