Doors Open at New Moose Lake Community School

Dan Romano
September 01, 2017 12:02 AM

With many Northlanders counting down the final days of the summer season, students are getting ready to hand in their swim trunks for school books. And in one Minnesota town, there is a little more optimism than usual for the upcoming school year.

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On Tuesday, the students in Moose Lake are going to be walking through the doors of a brand new school for the first day of class.

Sydney Timonen will be entering the 7th grade at Moose Lake Community School. And although she's a little nervous about getting lost in the hallways, she's very much looking forward to hitting the books.

"I'm really excited, honestly. Some are coming out of homeschool just to come to our new school, and some are like “I don't want school to start.” But it's a new school, and it's going to be exciting because we can all get lost together," said Timonen.

Many teachers are excited to see what the school has to offer as well. Matt Niedzielski is a math teacher in the school wing of the building, and he likes what he has seen so far.

"This is incredible. Just a few days ago, we walked through the old school an to see what was there and to now what we really have, it's a world of difference,” said Niedzielski.

More than 600 students will be walking the halls of Moose Lake Community School, including the estimated 325 high school students.

Billie Jo Steen is the principal for the high school wing. Steen graduated from the old Moose Lake school and she is looking forward to what the new students' reactions will be.

"As a Moose Lake graduate myself, I'm just so proud for our building and I can't wait for our kids to be here," said Steen.

A lot of thought went into the construction of the school. Even the color scheme is a reflection of the area trees, water and the Lake Superior agates that are commonly found in the area.

In the commons area of the school there is an art installation featuring a young calf looking up to a full grown moose. It symbolizes the students walking the halls that will be looking up to their teachers for guidance and education.

Other students like upcoming 10th grader Emma Steen is very excited about a particular section of the school.

"We had a bad auditorium [at the old school]. I'm in music and, so having a nice auditorium, that's great,” said Emma Steen.

And with all of the open space and natural light now entering the building, the future n Moose Lake is looking bright.

"Usually I'm not too excited, but this year, I'm way up there," said Timonen.

Construction on the new school began just over two ago. There are a few final touches that need to be completed, but they are expected to be completed in the coming weeks and should not have any impact on the day-to-day activities.


Dan Romano

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