About Us

About Us

Willow River is located 1 hour south of Duluth and 1 1/2 hours north of the Twin Cities along I-35. Our schools focus on setting high standards for students' success in academics, athletics, and community service. We work to accomplish this through providing opportunities for students to learn ideas, lessons, and technology skills that will help them to become better citizens and workers, from Kindergarten through graduation. Because of these opportunities, we have become an area leader and are experiencing increasing enrollment from students and families that want a small school atmosphere with a larger school's advantages. Willow River Public Schools is committed to providing the highest quality education to all who enter. Our communities and schools strive to provide a safe, healthy, nurturing, and productive learning environment. 



Our History


Willow River School District has a very long history of serving the educational needs of its community, dating back to 1890. Over the years, the district has changed locations, ISD numbers, constructed new buildings, and consolidated several times with other small schools in neighboring communities. In 1984, Moose Lake and Willow River school districts consolidated athletic teams and other activities to ensure that both districts had enough student athletes to remain competitive among the other local districts. The relationship between the two districts continues today and has become the longest running athletic cooperative among schools in the state of Minnesota. Despite all of the changes the district has went through over the years, because of the incredible amount of support from the community, the city of Willow River has always had its own school district.