Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By William L. Peel
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Upcoming opportunities to help

Willow River Superintendent


October 25, 2018

Our school board has made the commitment to replace some of our playground sets. Outdoor recess is a necessary part of our students’ day. Kids love the opportunity to run, play, and renew their physical and mental energies. Upgraded playground equipment aids in the safety of these activities. Unfortunately, the cost stretches our district’s resources. Therefore, we need to ask our caring community members for donations/contributions to make this happen for our students. Please watch for fundraising events and donation opportunities in the near future. Together, we can make it happen.

We were very proud of our students during our homecoming week. They were very respectful and had a lot of fun during the festivities. High school students made the rounds throughout the school advocating for considerate care of each others’ hall decorations and involvement in activities. Congratulations once again to our Homecoming court and King Wesley Mlaskoch and Queen Maddie Olson. We finished the week with our Rebel Football team win over Crosby-Ironton. A big thank you to our student council, seniors, and the staff that made the week a very special one.

One of our primary goals at Willow River Area School this year is to find better ways to communicate with our students, parents, staff and community. We currently utilize the following tools to connect with our school community: our website (, Facebook (Willow River Area School), Twitter, local newspapers, Remind, and text messaging or phone calls through our student management system. The district also publishes the Willow Star on a quarterly basis. Most of our teaching staff have linked their classroom pages to our website. Most of these tools require internet access. If you have any additional ideas on how we may better communicate with you, please let us know.

The weather is going to start getting chilly very soon. We had a few days already that surprised a lot of us, and at least a few unlucky drivers. As the weather dips, please ensure your students are dressed for the weather as the season approaches. We would like our elementary students to have snow pants, jackets, gloves or mittens, boots and a stocking cap to go outside for recess. Our younger students who do not have boots will need to stay on the cleared sidewalks. We want to avoid wet feet in the afternoon and for the bus ride home.

We all here at Willow River Area School wish everyone a safe Halloween and thank you for your continued support. Go Rebels!


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