Open house to be held Friday, Sept. 21, from 4 – 7 p.m.

Innovative and exciting changes at new MI-B High School

The Mountain Iron-Buhl Rangers will play a home football game against the William Kelley Mariners of Silver Bay on Friday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. Photo by Cindy Kujala.

The Mountain Iron-Buhl Rangers will play a home football game against the William Kelley Mariners of Silver Bay on Friday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. Photo by Cindy Kujala.

MT. IRON – Mountain Iron-Buhl schools have always been a place where you can find school pride, caring teachers, and exciting academic and sporting events. A new school could not have created those things. So as you walk into the schools it is not about what there is as much as what has been enhanced by technology, innovative space designs and new facilities.

At Merritt we still have caring teachers, iPads for all students and great academics, but now that experience starts earlier with fourday a-week preschool options for our four year olds.

The big changes come in the offerings at the new MI-B High School now connected to Merritt Elementary. The design of this school has been for the students and teachers to offer some new opportunities never brought to students at MI-B, as well as what we offer to the community.

The new Makerspace Lab is a wonderful space that allows students to develop projects around robotics, coding, fabrication, and more. Students research, complete and test products they have designed using the EPICS design process. Mrs. Fox has been trained on this process through a partnership with Penn State and Itasca Community College’s Engineering Department. Students also have opportunities to experience hands-on virtual reality activities on the new Z-Space system that allows them to do learning activities from climbing into a beating heart to learning how to weld.

The Mountain Iron-Buhl Schools have also brought Mandarin Chinese to the area. Students at MI-B have the opportunity to take face-to-face Chinese classes with our teacher brought to us from China through the Confucius Institute at St. Cloud State University. Students from Virginia, Eveleth-Gilbert and Northeast Range are also benefiting by taking the course on the Telepresence Systems brought to us from the Education Innovation Partners at the IRRRB.

The Ranger Rock Cafe will be up and operating soon in their own restaurant right in the commons of the Mountain Iron-Buhl High School. Students from MI-B join students that are bussed in from Virginia and Eveleth-Gilbert to learn to plan, prepare, and serve meals to community members and now can do all of that right in their own restaurant at the new school! Look for hours of operation posted soon!

The Mountain Iron-Buhl staff, students, and community are excited about the new Ranger Athletic Facilities. Not only are the beautiful facilities for our students to compete on, but they are also attracting games from the nearby colleges and other events. The expansions of activities held in these facilities will benefit the community as visitors come to take in a game. There is a lot of excitement at Mountain Iron-Buhl Schools!

Come check us out on Friday, Sept. 21, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the open house and look for more information coming soon from students and staff about the new and exciting things happening with the Rangers! Tours and refreshments will be provided during the open house, along with music by Vitamin Brown. The MI-B Rangers high school football game on their new home field follows the open house.

James Jotter is the K-12 principal for the Mountain Iron-Buhl School District. Mountain Iron- Buhl High School is located at 5529 Emerald Ave. in Mountain Iron. Principal Jotter can be reached at 218-735-8216. Learn more at

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