Willow River Area 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 and 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 to ensure that both districts had enough student-athletes to remain competitive in high school sports. The relationship between the two districts continues today and the Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels have become the longest-running athletic cooperative in the state of Minnesota.
Despite all of the changes, due in large part to the incredible and unwavering support from the community, the Willow River area has always had its own school district.