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Pillager Public Schools, Independent School District #116, is a Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade public school district which serves students from Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, and Todd Counties. District 116 has four learning centers, all located in the same building, an Early Childhood Center, Elementary School, Middle School-concept program, and High School - with a total enrollment of about 1200 (K-12) students. Pillager is located near the center (longitude and latitude) of the state of Minnesota. The beautiful northwoods of Minnesota, the Pillager area and nearby Brainerd Lakes area have many benefits for growing families.

Pillager is very fortunate to offer the benefits of a small school district:

  • Small to moderate class sizes.
  • Closer connection to teachers and staff.
  • Greater possibility of extra-curricular involvement.

The Pillager Public School District offers a range of courses to meet the needs of all its students. Accelerated classes, foreign language, fine arts, and academic support programs are provided to enable all students to succeed in school. Students may participate in physical education and music programs through their entire educational careers at Pillager.


Pillager Public Schools Superintendent Mike Malmberg is excited, honored and humbled for his school to be voted No.1 in the lakes area. The honor speaks volumes of the staff members who interact with students on a day-by-day basis and of the multitude of programs available. 

With an enrollment of about 1,240 students, Pillager has the feel of a small school but no shortage of opportunities for students and families. Video production, agricultural science, robotics and the ProStart cooking program are just a few of the offerings available for kids. 

And with this fall's opening of the CTC Center - the district's new performing arts center - the community at-large will benefit as well.

Malmberg feels the CTC Center will elevate Pillager to the level of other districts in the area as school staffers continue to focus on building personal relationships with their students and families. 


"We keep expanding opportunities and continue to grow, but yet try to maintain that small town feel and try to keep relationships with students and families,"Mike Malmberg, Pillager Superintendent of Schools