Weather Forecast

Massy Toward shares a smile with Minnesota senator Al Franken at Bemidji's J.W. Smith Elementary School last week. Pioneer Photo/Eric Stromgren

Franken hears from school leaders

Email News Alerts

When U.S. Sen. Al Franken toured Bemidji's J.W. Smith Elementary School on Friday, he was impressed when he saw third-graders reading to kindergarteners in the school auditorium. Their cheerful faces made him grin from ear-to-ear.


But in a meeting with area school leaders afterward, Franken found their concerns were no laughing matter.

Get the full story
Subscribe or Log In

Are you a newspaper subscriber but you don't have a Digital Access account yet? Activate your account.

You will need your subscription account number and phone number. Not sure if you have an account? Email us or call (218) 333-9200 and we can help you.