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By Natascha Watercott
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Willow River drafts emblem


August 30, 2018

At the August 21 Willow River school board meeting, the board discussed the potential creation of a district emblem that represents Willow River Area School as an academic organization.

Peel clarified that athletically, the school's mascot is the Rebels; at every sporting event, they are the Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels. However, in part to help clear up confusion when Moose Lake and Willow River students compete in non-sporting events, such the Knowledge Bowl competition, the board wished to create an emblem to identify students from Willow River specifically.

A sample emblem created by the Willow River Parent-Teacher Organization was presented to board members and briefly discussed. The emblem features a willow tree and a river with five stars that represent the five communities that the district serves: Willow River, Sturgeon Lake, Rutledge, Denham, and Arthyde.

The motto on the emblem, "Our Students – Our Community – Our Future," was pulled from school board discussions about a potential vision statement. "This statement needs to be concise and communicate what the school feels is important," stated board member Dave Prachar.

Once the emblem is finalized and adopted, it will be used on the school website, letterheads and business cards. Prachar explained the next step is to share the emblem with the entire community and ask for comments and suggestions. A link to the emblem design and community survey can be found on the school's official website on the homepage: They are hoping to finalize the design within a month.

There were several staff resignations: Brittany Lindner, Wendy Larson, Amanda Nelson, and Sandra Kenney. "We had a lot of people leave. A lot of them just went to other jobs, other locations. We hate to see them leave and we want to thank them for the time that they worked here and wish them well," said Peel.

Peel stated in his written report that the Willow River school district will be applying for a $500,000 school safety grant that was approved by Gov. Dayton earlier this year as part of a $25 million grant to help schools upgrade their security systems.

Peel noted the grant is a first-come, first-served basis, with eligibility beginning on August 29. Possible projects the school hopes to accomplish include installing an Aiphone intercom door entry system that will screen visitors outside the building using video monitoring, installing a hall pass system that would help with visitor management, adding an upgraded alarm system and warning lights, and upgrading to bullet resistant vestibule doors.

The Truth in Taxation presentation date was approved for December 18 at 6 p.m.

The board approved the updated student handbook for 2018-19. The school board policies within the handbook can be found on the Willow River school website,, under the school board tab on the District page. Paper copies can printed upon request.


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