Joe Bowen covers education and health for the Bemidji Pioneer.
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BEMIDJI -- Some Bemidji-area lawmakers object to a draft of the state’s new “toolkit” for school districts to address K-12 students who are transgender or do not conform to the gender binary.
CASS LAKE -- A longtime Bemidji-area educator is set to take her talents to the Iron Range.
BEMIDJI -- A segment of Division Street will close this June so crews can work on a utility project that will eventually reach the future site of Gene Dillon Elementary.
BEMIDJI -- A delegation from Turkmenistan hopes to learn about Sanford Health’s “e-governance” this week. Five IT professionals who work in the Turkmen government have been meeting with hospital staffers to learn about new ways to implement technology at hospitals there as they move away from paper-based records.
RED LAKE -- Nearly 200 Red Lake Middle School students froze in place Wednesday, pantomiming high-fives, Elvis impersonations and arcing basketball shots in the hallway outside the school’s main office.
BEMIDJI -- After a sometimes-tense exchange at Monday’s school board meeting, Bemidji Area Schools and the Bemidji Community Arena Corporation could refine a set of longstanding agreements that govern a hockey arena at Bemidji High School.
BAGLEY -- Everyone at the tableful of students and staff from Voyageurs Expeditionary School had a job to do. One person measured and poured rice into a packet -- six meals -- and held the opening out for a second to seal it shut. Others packed the packet into a box with 35 more -- 216 meals -- and loaded onto a pallet with 35 other identical boxes -- 7,776 meals -- and the pallet was wheeled next to a row of others ready to be loaded onto a waiting truck.
BEMIDJI—Some area fifth-graders got a taste of the business world Friday. About 25 students in Amy Mastin's class at Laporte Elementary spent their afternoon at BSU, where they learned about the ins and outs of entrepreneurship: designing business plans, marketing products, setting budgets and even applying for faux bank loans.
BEMIDJI—Higher education leaders from across northern Minnesota gathered Friday to sign a series of agreements that will make for a smoother transition for tribal college students to make their way to Bemidji State University. The agreements stipulate that students with two-year degrees from Leech Lake, Red Lake, White Earth, and Fond du Lac tribal colleges are automatically enrolled at BSU and can begin their studies without an admission fee. Students at those colleges can consult with the university's academic and career advisers before they make the switch, too.
BEMIDJI—Graduates from four Minnesota tribal colleges will soon be presented with a smoother path to Bemidji State University. Leaders from Leech Lake, Red Lake, White Earth, and Fond du Lac tribal colleges are set to sign four dual-enrollment agreements with the university Friday. That means tribal college students who finish their two-year degrees are automatically accepted at BSU and can start studying there without an admission fee.