Sigh of Relief At Official School Groundbreaking Near Cook

By KBJR News 1

July 27, 2011 Updated Jul 27, 2011 at 10:22 PM CDT

COOK, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Dirt was flying on the Iron Range Wednesday as eager school kids officially broke ground for the Northwoods School near Cook.

The day has been a long time coming after a struggle over the location of the new building.

Staff there said it's the start of a new chapter and a day of celebrations, as well as a turning point where leaders say it's time to move on.

Students, parents and staff all filled their shovels and dug into the earth.

The event comes after the school has already been partially built.

Some residents had questioned the site of the building, which is along Highway 53 and East Olson Road in an agricultural and forest area.

That and other hang-ups had put the project behind by one year.

The new superintendent said it's a relief this day has finally come.

"For those, all those that struggled and worked to put the time in, had the vision, this is a huge accomplishment and a huge step for a new chapter of 2142. It's very exciting," said superintendent Teresa Strong.

"I believe that this will, we will have a wonderful environment that is a modern state-of-the art educational center for our students for generations to come," said Zelda Bruns, chair of the school board for ISD 2142.

The school will be open for students in the district beginning Fall of 2012 and will serve hundreds of students from kindergarten to grade 12 from Cook, Tower, Ore and other Range towns.

The new school comes as part of a revamp that will close five schools, while remodeling others.

This school will have community spaces as well.

The superintendent said it will have early childhood programs, learning readiness programs, an open library, afterschool enrichment programs and a community fitness center to name a few.

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