Nashwauk-Keewatin celebrates start of construction on new school

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A celebration at the site of the new Pre-K-12 school for Nashwauk-Keewatin. Golden shovels went in the ground, to mark the start of construction.

It’s near the O’Brien reservoir, on land donated by U.S. Steel.

School and community leaders, along with students from N-K, enjoyed the moment. The band played the school song and national anthem, plus music before the event started. And the cheerleaders also joined in on the fun.

Saige Goss, a 6th grader, told us, “I’m honestly really excited. The old schools are pretty cool. But the air conditioning doesn’t work, and being on the top floor is really hot.”

Craig Menozzi, Project Lead, said, “These conversations go back 40 years. I think the most important thing to give them is a great education. It’s our moral imperative to do so.”

Voters approved a nearly $48 million dollar bond referendum back in February for the new school and wellness center.

There are partners including Iron Range Resources, Grand Rapids schools, and more.

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The plan is to have the buildings ready for the fall of 2024.

Nashwauk-Keewatin’s buildings are among the oldest schools in the state of Minnesota.

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