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Assistant Principal Mitch Dorr with a luminary for the Class of 2020. Image courtesy of School District 166
School District 166 is working on making graduation day special for the Class of 2020, despite the restrictions on large gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of a high school gym packed with more than a thousand people, the Class of 2020 will walk through an open gym, through the...

Teachers and school staff celebrated students Star Wars-style on May the 4th. Photo by Rhonda Silence
There was a slow moving parade traveling through Cook County today, May 4. Although it was slow, it was very spirited. Teachers and school staff decorated their cars or donned masks and gloves to join the bus drivers and paraprofessionals that deliver school work and meals to students throughout...
Cook County Schools - the Eagle entrance
Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday ordered Minnesota schools to stay closed through the rest of the academic year amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Walz, who is a former teacher, calls it “a heartbreaking decision.” The Democratic governor says he feels sorry for all the students who will...
Oshki Ogimaag School in Grand Portage - Photo by Rhonda Silence
Like other schools in Cook County and around the region, Oshki Ogimaag Charter School began distance learning for its students on Monday, March 31. Oshki Ogimaag is also providing meals for students, thanks to school cook Jeanne Vogel. 

WTIP's Rhonda Silence checked in with...
School District 166 buses leaving the garage. File photo - Rhonda Silence
Instead of picking up students on Monday, March 30, Cook County Schools bus drivers will be making deliveries of distance learning materials.

For the families of students who do not ride the bus, materials can be picked up at the School District 166 Eagle doors.

School District 166 Superintendent Dr. Bill Crandall - Photo by Rhonda Silence
The School District 166 held a special board meeting at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on March 19 and like so many other entities, how to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic was a top agenda item.

For the school, that means launching distance learning on Monday, March 30. The school...
Great Expectations School in Grand Marais on a wintry day
Local schools are definitely facing challenges during this time of social distancing due to the spread of Covid-19.  WTIP’s Rhonda Silence learns more about the situation at Great Expectations School in Grand Marais in this March 28 interview with GES director Peter James. ...

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I.S.D. 166 School Information

Cook County Schools
101 West Fifth Street
Grand Marais, MN 55604
Phone: (218)387-2271

Superintendent: Dr. William Crandall
Phone: (218)387-2271, ext. 612

The members of the Cook County School Board are:

District 1 - Debra White

District 2 - Carrie Jansen

District 3 - Rena Rogers

District 4 - Sissy Lunde

District 5 – Dan Shirley

Great Expectations Charter School
Mail: PO Box 310 • Grand Marais, MN 55604
Phone: 218.387.9322

Director: Peter James
Birch Grove Community School
P.O. Box 2383
Tofte, MN 55615
Phone: 218-663-0170

Director: Diane Blanchette
218-663-0170 ext. 20
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