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 By Bethany Helwig    Local News    May 16, 2019 

Moose Lake school bond fails to pass

After the voting poll closed at 8 pm Tuesday, May 14, and the ballots were tallied, the final count was 610 voted no and 382 said yes to Question 1 of the Moose Lake school bond referendum. Three ball...

 

Barnum coaching debate at meeting

A group of concerned parents, family members and a coach attended the Barnum School Board working meeting on Tuesday, May 7, to talk to the board about the procedure that is to be followed if there...

 

Barnum's Superintendent retiring

Barnum Superintendent Dave Bottem will be retiring at the end of June after a 36-year career in Barnum and six years of being the elementary principal in Hinckley. "I won't have to get up at 4 a.m....

 

Barnum hires new Superintendent

The Barnum School Board voted to hire Mike McNulty as the new superintendent of the Barnum School District. McNulty, although having the same name as the Moose Lake Police Officer, is from the Le...

 

Superintendent Bill Peel's Report for Willow River School

We are on our final month of school, and I can’t believe how fast the year has gone. And what a successful year it was! I want to thank our wonderful staff, parents, guardians, and community members for their hard work and continued support. We...

 

Moose Lake school adds make-up day

Moose Lake school students will only have to make up one day for the weather-related school closings, it was decided at the Moose Lake School Board meeting on Monday, April 15. The last day, a half...

 

Barnum school board to address coaching issues

The last day for Barnum students is June 4, it was said at the meeting of the Barnum School Board on Tuesday, April 16. The teachers will have an in-service on June 5 and June 6 was added as a...

 

Willow River School to lease seven new buses

The Willow River school board approved a three-year lease agreement with TCF Equipment Finance for seven new gas-fueled buses at its regular meeting Tuesday, April 16. The contract is for three annual payments of $16,941 under the condition the...

 

ML School selling land

The Moose Lake School Board approved the resolution to sell commercial lots on school district land at a special meeting on Monday, April 22. In the resolution, the board directed Superintendent...

 

Moose Lake School approves budget cuts

At a special meeting of the Moose Lake School Board on Tuesday, April 9, a number of potential cuts were approved. The bus supervisor and English teacher positions, which had previously been up in...

 

Moose Lake School launches website on referendum

Moose Lake Community School launched a new website on March 29 to provide residents with information about the school’s referendum questions on the May 14 ballot. “CompleteOurCampus.org is the best place to learn about the needs of our students a...

 

Snow days forgiven, Barnum discusses leasing a school bus

Students in Minnesota schools won’t have to make up any days when the school was closed for cold and snow, Superintendent Dave Bottem told the Barnum School Board at a working meeting on Tuesday, Ap...

 

Words hold power for Willow River students

Words have the power to unlock doors or destroy lives. That's the message presenter Eric Samuel Timm brought to Willow River Area Schools students Monday, March 25th in a funny, fast paced, sometimes...

 

Readathon at Willow River recognizes readers

A February celebration of reading involved Willow River Elementary students in a Readathon that raised money for the Willow River Parent Teacher Organization to purchase all the school supplies for...

 

Student and Family Resource Fair at Willow River

On Monday, March 25, Willow River Area School will be hosting a Student and Family Resource Fair to showcase area organizations that support the families of the school district. The event will kick off with an energetic presentation by guest...

 

Moose Lake Community School and Moose Lake Public Library Team Up for Fun Kids Event

On Thursday March 28, the kids at Moose Lake Community School will be attending a book reading featuring author Ryan J. Schroeder. Schroeder penned the book Colors of Minnesota. His book explores the state and the colors that envelope the Land of...

 

Barnum begins search for new superintendent

A superintendent search has started, it was announced at the March 5 working meeting of the Barnum School Board. The current superintendent, Dave Bottem, is retiring. The board spoke about adding...

 

Superintendent Report

We have built a great community school, thanks to the support of residents and a financial partnership with the State of Minnesota that reduced the cost to local taxpayers to replace our flood-damaged school. This new school will serve the needs of s...

 

Superintendent's Corner

The Moose Lake School Board has begun planning for a referendum this spring or summer to complete projects at the Moose Lake Community School that were not part of the final workplan funded by the 2014 referendum. Meetings have already been held...

 

Barnum considers multi-district classrooms

The Barnum School Board elected officers at the organizational meeting of the board on Wednesday, January 2. The new school board member, Beth Schatz, was welcomed to the board. Paul Coughlin was...

 

New year, exciting plans

Happy New Year! I can’t believe it is already January and the year is 2019. I hope everyone had a great holiday season and had time to re-energize to get through the next few months of winter. Willow River Area School was busy over the holiday...

 

School taxes in Barnum remain low

The school taxes in Barnum have gone down, it was reported at the working meeting of the Barnum School Board on Tuesday, Dec. 4, during the Truth in Taxation report. “The taxes have gone down by...

 

Willow River principal rethinks how MCA downtime is spent

The Willow River School Board approved the 2019 levy at its regular meeting Tuesday, December 18. The levy will be a 1.79 percent decrease from last year, Business Manager Laura Carlson reported...

 

2019 Barnum levy approved

The Barnum School Board set the levy at $733,166.04, which is a 1.67 percent drop from last year’s levy of $749,590.59, at the monthly meeting of the board on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The board also approv...

 

Moose Lake 2019 tax levy sees 2% increase

The Moose Lake City Council discussed the Small Area Land Plan at the monthly meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 12. The plan for the school district property had been shown to the public at a presentation...

 

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