Located on the Canadian border in Minnesota’s Northwest Angle, the Angle Inlet School is the only surviving one-room public school in the state. Although sixty-five miles from Warroad, Minnesota, the school is part of Warroad School District #690.
Linda LaMie has been the teacher at Angle Inlet School for over 30 years. She has taught children whose parents were also once under her tutelage. She has seen her own children move from kindergarten through Angle School graduation--- where in 7th grade students must continue their schooling in Warroad.
Angle Inlet School and beyond...
This is the beginning of an unbelievable trek before the bell rings in Warroad. Some students are connected by a gravel road, others must boat from Oak Island or Flag Island, and still others have a winter trail that may be traversed 4 or 5 months out of the year. Students boat in the fall and spring, while in the winter when ice covers Lake of the Woods, students snowmobile to mainland. “Break up” and “Freeze up” pose struggles as students find places to stay in Warroad or on the Angle. As boats start breaking 1/4 inch of ice, they know the move is imminent. Soon enough in this northern Minnesota climate, the ice is thick enough to begin their journey by snowmobile. Winter trails are firm enough to run ATVs or sleds. Some students start their morning traveling 30 minutes to the closest road and their bus stop. They will then have a one-and-half hour bus ride, entering Canadian and U.S.Customs before opening their locker at the Warroad High School.