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 By Anne Williams    News    April 26, 2012

Changes to GED exams could impact 1,200 students in area

BEMIDJI – Dressed in a traditional black commencement gown and topped with a hat and yellow tassel, Audra “Tina” Grogan smiled as she stood behind the podium at Bemidji High School. “What an incredible moment this is for me,” she told the April 17 audience of GED graduates, families and friends. “I’ve dreamed of this opportunity more times than I can even count....

 
 By Anne Williams    News    March 26, 2012

Taking on suicide: Guest speaker aims to share message about prevention, intervention

As a high school student, Arnold Thomas was recognized as one of Nevada’s elite football and basketball players. As schools began recruiting him, he was well on his way to achieving his goal of becoming a professional athlete. But in the spring of his sophomore year, his father committed suicide and Thomas’ life was thrown...

 
 By Anne Williams    News    March 23, 2012

Top U.S. math teams hail from Bemidji

BEMIDJI – Eighth-graders at Bemidji Middle School are making a name for their school. After competing on March 7 in World Maths Day, an online math competition, two teams from the middle school placed first and second in the United States in the 11-13 age bracket. “Team 13” had 33,894 correct answers and finished 21st in...

 
 By Anne Williams    News    March 5, 2012

Brown pleads not guilty for charge stemming from woman’s injuries

A man who is being charged with felony criminal vehicular homicide or operation for a 2010 incident that left a woman with massive head injuries pleaded not guilty last month. James Robert Brown, 26, of Red Lake, pleaded not guilty Feb. 21. His next hearing is set for April 3. According to the criminal complaint: A Minnesota State Trooper responded to a report of a white...

 
 By Anne Williams    News    March 5, 2012

Mixed reactions heard at town hall meeting on wolf season

Tim Ewert, a local trapper who also does historical reenactments of fur traders from the early 1800s, said he has been waiting 50 years for the chance to trap a wolf. Since he was 12 years old, the Bemidji man said he has trapped a variety of animals, but called the chance to get a gray wolf “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” “I’m 61 years old now, so I’ve waited 50...

 

No Child Left Behind: School districts react to state’s waiver from federal requirements

Some school districts in the area are feeling relief that they no longer need to meet the 2014 goal of 100 percent proficiency. President Barack Obama announced Thursday that Minnesota was among a list of states that are waived of the strict requirements of the No Child Left Behind law. For districts that receive Title I funding, dollars given based on the percentage of...

 
 By Anne Williams    News    January 13, 2012

Students help language project in Bemidji schools

Students in the Bemidji School District may soon notice a change to their classroom names. A sign for the health office will have “Aakoziiwigamigoons” next to it, the cafeteria will have “Wisiniiwigamig” and art room will include “Mazinibii’igewigamig.” Dozens of signs featuring words in Ojibwe are being made by fi...

 
 By Anne Williams    News    January 12, 2012

Man accused in baby assault gives multiple accounts

A man charged with assaulting his 3-month-old daughter told investigators three different accounts of events leading to her injuries, court papers filed Wednesday state. Court records state the man, Roger Darrin Warner of Laporte, initially told law enforcement the girl fell from a bed. Warner then said he dropped the girl in...

 
 By Anne Williams    News    January 9, 2012

Legitimizing the language: School immerses students by teaching Ojibwe

Students in the Niigaane Ojibwemowin Immersion School, a K-6 school within the Bug O Nay Ge Shig School on the Leech Lake Reservation near Bena, know what it feels to be movie stars. They were featured on “First Speakers: Restoring the Ojibwe Language,” a documentary by Twin Cities Public Television that was recently...

 

‘Safety net’ — Evergreen youth shelter struggles to keep programs, services available

Enough was enough. Wearing a turtle neck to cover the scratches and bruises on her neck and face, Irene Folstrom, then a fifth-grader living in Cass Lake, filled a paper bag with clothing and headed off to school, planning never to come back home. But after teachers took notice of her unusual clothing choice for such a warm day...

 

Northern Minnesota residents speak up on redistricting at hearing

Keeping American Indian tribes at the forefront of the decision-making process was a plea heard frequently by five judges Monday evening. A public hearing was held in Bemidji in which a panel heard the opinions of 14 northern Minnesota residents about how new congressional and legislative district lines should be redrawn. Bemidji was one of eight cities chosen to host a public...

 
 By Anne Williams    News    October 3, 2011

Minnesota Department of Education releases AYP scores

Each year officials with the Minnesota Department of Education put together a list that reveals how schools and school districts measure up. Schools and districts are measured in four areas – student participation in taking state standardized tests, test scores, attendance and graduation rates. The end result of this list is c...

 

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment: Reading scores up, some grades at area schools struggle in math

Last spring, area elementary, middle school and high school students took a lineup of exams, one of which was the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment. The MCA-II exams measure students’ reading and math levels. For the first time, students in grades 3-8 took the new MCA-III math exam, a revamped test that was offered online and designed from a list of new math standards....

 
 By Anne Williams    News    August 17, 2011

Area students struggle to meet science standards

There was not much of a difference between the state test scores of last year and those of the previous year, according to information released last week from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. More than 170,000 students in grades 5, 8 and high school took the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II science tests, which measure student performance on state science...

 
 By Anne Williams    News    July 29, 2011

Red Lake School District names new superintendent

Students enrolled this fall in the Red Lake School District will be welcomed by a new superintendent. Steve Wymore, currently the superintendent of Lake of the Woods School District in Baudette, Minn., signed the new contract at a Red Lake School District Board of Education meeting Wednesday. Red Lake School District’s former superintendent, Brent Gish, announced his retireme...

 
 By Anne Williams    News    July 20, 2011

Mayor sets July 27 as Roger A. Jourdain Day

Known for being a national spokesman for American Indian sovereignty, Roger Jourdain, Red Lake’s first tribal chairman, will now be visibly remembered on a yearly basis. Prior to the Bemidji City Council meeting Monday evening, Mayor Dave Larson signed a proclamation that designated July 27 as Roger A. Jourdain Day. In commemo...

 
 By Anne Williams    News    July 6, 2011

Candidates to interview for Red Lake superintendent position

Four candidates are expected to interview next week for the position of Red Lake School District superintendent. The Minnesota School Boards Association’s Superintendent Search Service is conducting the search. The search is due to the retirement of Brent Gish, who has been superintendent for the past four years. Five finalists were selected for the superintendent vacancy....

 
 By Anne Williams    News    May 26, 2011

Cass Lake-Bena School District: E-mail stirs up controversy

A superintendent’s cry for help in an e-mail last weekend resulted in attention being drawn on the school district and its improvement methods. Anita Grace, Superintendent of Cass Lake-Bena School District since November 2010, sent an e-mail to several media outlets and state politicians stating she believed the Cass Lake-Bena Education Association was attempting to remove...

 
 By Anne Williams    Features    May 17, 2011

Third-graders win challenge for writing book about planets

John Eklund, a teacher at Red Lake Elementary School, has driven a spaceship to several planets. He has also encountered aliens and had to be saved a few times by students. If this sounds like a story, it is, but an award-winning one. A class of third-graders are celebrating a book they wrote titled “A Trip to the Planets,...

 

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