Return to Learn

School will look different this year. Some school districts are reopening to in-person instruction, others opt for virtual teaching or a hybrid model. WDIO News will provide helpful stories and tips for students, parents and teachers, no matter what the year brings.
Proctor Public Schools
A new partnership announced plans for a $150,000 grant to keep families and students connected.

Duluth Digital Inclusion Partnership announces plans for grant money

One month in, some schools change models due to COVID 19
Physics on the football field at UMD
Bay View Elementary taking learning to the great outdoors
Duluth day care pivots to help families who are home schooling
Health officials encourage students to stay home from school if sick
Hawk pride shines in Hermantown during hybrid learning
Free online classes for students interested in heavy equipment industry
New parent group forms "to hold the district accountable"

WDIO Storm Team Forecast

Minnesota School Day Forecast
Minnesota School Day Forecast
Wisconsin/U.P. School Day Forecast
Wisconsin/U.P. School Day Forecast

Starting school again, and helping kids with new routines

Return to Learn: Rock Ridge starts first new year as one district

Return to Learn: Child care

Return to Learn - Homeschooling

Return to Learn: COVID-19 impact on sports

Return to Learn: How schools plan to stay clean

Return to Learn: COVID-19 impact on arts, school events

Return to Learn: Monitoring COVID-19 cases

Decker Dwellings Affordable Housing project begins

2500 for Hunger: A long journey on a longboard

A caravan of trucks lifted the spirits of co-worker dealing with cancer

7-year-old on the Range collecting donations for the homeless

Panel installation begins for Lincoln Park Solar Garden

Project Joy launches to-go and drive-through event

Duluth Area Family YMCA offering free meal kits

Fudge for Troops kicks off for holiday donation

Back to school mask drive underway in Itasca County, Hibbing

BOLD-choice Theatre awarded for enrichment program

Wisconsin launches new school safety tip line

Wisconsin has a new tip line for anyone who wants to report a school safety concern. The "Speak Up, Speak Out Resource Center" will be available around the clock. We have link information and phone number at

Staff at Denfeld welcome the Class of 2024

Freshman orientation looks a little different this year for the Hunters. Staff from Denfeld hopped in their cars and hand delivered packets of info, t-shirts, signs, and some excitement.

Special Education Teacher’s take on Distance Learning

Distance learning will be new for all students this fall. But, it may pose additional challenges for students with learning disabilities. WDIO spoke to a special education teacher about her experience teaching students with learning disabilities from afar.

First day of classes for students at UWS

It was the first day of classes for students at UWS Wednesday and campus is a little quieter with some students doing classes online and others on campus.

Northland family shares experience with Distance Learning

Rather than learning in a central classroom as part of a group, many students will be learning from a distance in kitchens and living rooms this fall. WDIO spoke to one Northland family about their experience with distance learning.

Cyber security safety for distance learning

Some students will be doing distance learning 24/7 and while kids are very tech savvy, a concern with using the computer all day is online safety. Local cyber security experts are offering tips for families with distance learning students.

Distance learning for students with Disabilities: One Northland family's story

While distance learning will be an adjustment for all students this school year, some say it will be even more of an adjustment for students with disabilities. WDIO spoke to one Northland family about their experience with distance learning.

Return to Learn: Smaller districts outline pros and cons of their size

In both Minnesota and Wisconsin, the state education departments laid out guidelines but did not tell districts how to do school this fall. The Northland's smaller districts say there are advantages and disadvantages to their size.

Back-to-school follows months of planning for new Duluth superintendent

Duluth Superintendent John Magas stepped into the job at a tough time. He had to jump right into long school board meetings and immersing himself in Minnesota's COVID-19 requirements for school this fall. 

First day of classes for Superior School District

Students were welcomed back by excited teachers for the start of the new school year Tuesday with the first day of classes starting for the Superior School District.