School News

MAS COVID-19 Closure Plan

March 15, 2020

Dear Laker Families,

Today, Governor Tim Walz and Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker announced that all Minnesota public schools will close to students starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020, with the plan to resume instruction Monday, March 30, 2020.

Minnewaska Area Schools COVID-19 Closure Plan

All parents & guardians are allowed to excuse their students from attending any school days in regard to COVID-19 from March 16, 2020, until the MDH and the CDC no longer considers it a high risk.

Monday, March 16: Staff Development for all District Employees (NO STUDENTS)
  1. E/FLEX Learning Plans will be developed
  2. Support staff will work on “deep cleaning” all areas of our school
  3. NO PRACTICE allowed for any activities to include the weight room
  4. ISD 2149 Food Service will develop food service options for all families that require meals
Tuesday, March 17: Regular School Day for students and staff with preventive measures
  1. Students will bring home devices and materials to get through March 18–24
    (3/25–3/27 is SPRING BREAK – NO SCHOOL as planned).
  2. All student materials to include locker contents will be taken home.
  3. Coaches of Spring Activities will be allowed to hold an organizational update meeting Tuesday, March 17th, but no formal practices will be held.
Wednesday, March 18 thru March 27
  1. All MAS schools will be minimally staffed and only authorized employees will be allowed in the buildings.

Understanding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 12, 2020

Minnewaska Area Schools is committed to a proactive approach to ensuring student and staff safety with disrupting the learning environment as little as possible due to recent developments. We wanted to take an opportunity to provide you with the latest information regarding COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus that scientists are learning more about every day. Currently, there is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19; the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes it. Preventing the spread of the virus through everyday practices is the best way to keep people healthy. Those practices include:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands.

As a district, we are monitoring absenteeism for any irregularities, cleaning and disinfecting all school spaces daily, conducting specialized electro-static disinfecting at each building on a rotational basis, encouraging those that are sick to stay home, and staying abreast of all new information related to COVID-19.

In the event of any cases here, Minnewaska Area Schools will coordinate with agencies like emergency management, government, and the department of health at the local, state, and federal levels to ensure we are taking appropriate steps as necessary.

For additional information, please review these fact sheets from the CDC:

Through the continuation of good general hygiene practices and by staying home when sick, we are helping to protect against COVID-19 in our area.

We thank you for your support in keeping our schools safe and healthy places for children to learn, staff to work, and parents and community members to visit!


MAS Call for Bids

January 30, 2020

Independent School District 2149, Glenwood, MN will accept SEALED BIDS for the following:

To request a bid form please contact Angie VanZee at 320-239-1304 or


District News - MAS February 2020 Update

January 28, 2020

Check out some news and great things going on at Minnewaska Area Schools! View the February update and video here.

Chip Rankin



MAS Closed Friday, January 17 and implementing first E-Learning Day

January 16, 2020

Minnewaska Area Schools will be CLOSED Friday, January 17 due to heavy winds 30-40 mph, and moderate to heavy snowfall. Minnewaska Area Schools will be implementing this year’s first E learning day. Your child’s safety is critically important to everyone at ISD 2149. Stay warm and safe!



January 14, 2020

For Immediate Release – January 14, 2020


My School Menus Upgrade

January 6, 2020

Dear Parents, Students and Staff,


The Food and Nutrition Services Department is pleased to announce My School Menus™ by Health-e Pro an improved version of our online menus and mobile app. My School Menus allows easy access to complete nutrition information for our school meals, anytime, anywhere.

Features of My School Menus + Mobile App

  • Ability to Build-A- Meal; select only the items you want, and view as a whole meal for Nutrient Data
  • Complete list of all food choices available to students
  • Allergen identification within menu items
  • Nutrient Data for menu items
  • Translation to 180 languages using Google Translate
  • Flexible Printing, including print-to–one–page functionality

You can download the My School Menus Mobile App in the iTunes Store or the Google Play store.

If you have the previous version please download the new version to view the updated features. You can access the web version by clicking here.


Janeen Peterson, RD, SNS
Food and Nutrition Services Director

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Update on Safety Concern

December 4, 2019

Laker Family,

As a follow-up to my earlier communication, I wanted to share a few more details about how yesterday’s incident unfolded and the steps that were taken to resolve it.

At approximately 3 p.m. members of our teaching staff were notified by students that a fellow student had made harmful threats. The teaching staff immediately notified the dean of students, a school counselor, and the principal. The principal was able to locate the student quickly and removed him from contact with any other students. Our trained licensed personnel on the risk assessment team evaluated the situation and deemed there to be no credible threat at that time. The student’s parents were called and the student was removed from school property. 

The superintendent’s office was notified the following morning and immediately released communication to parents and staff. Once notified, we held meetings with students in grades 7-12 and a separate meeting with students in grades 4-6. You can view the meeting with 4-6 grade students online at the Minnewaska Lakers Live YouTube Channel here: We also met with interested parents and discussed the concern with the Pope County Sheriff’s department. 

We want to apologize to the parents and staff who had to find out via social media. We recognize this type of situation requires direct and timely communication and we are committed to doing better. We take all safety concerns seriously, and are evaluating our process and will implement improvements for the future.

We would like to thank the Minnewaska students who did the right thing by speaking up. It is extremely important that when you hear something you say something. We’d also like to thank the Pope County Sheriff’s Department for their thorough investigation. 

School has resumed as normal. We have resources available for any students or parents with continued concerns. If you have any questions, we encourage you to contact the district office at 320.239.4820.


Chip Rankin, Superintendent 



Superintendent Addresses Safety Concerns

December 4, 2019

For Immediate Release – December 4, 2019

See below for a letter from Chip Rankin, Superintendent at Minnewaska Area Schools, in regards to recent safety concerns. Mr. Rankin met with students and staff today, and you can watch that here. Watch Now



2019 Fiscal Year-end Audit

November 18, 2019

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