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Gov. Burgum Grants Request to Address Teacher Shortage

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) — Gov. Doug Burgum has granted a request from the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board to declare a teacher crisis. It will allow school districts flexibility to temporarily allow expanded use of student teachers to help address the state’s teacher shortage. North Dakota Unite, the teachers union, has opposed the move. Burgum says of 167…

Senate bill in ND legislature focuses on parents’ fundamental rights

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) — A bill in the North Dakota legislature focuses on parents’ rights, education and consenting medical treatment for their children. The Senate bill would let parents direct the education, moral and religious training of their child. Parents are free to opt out of any school curriculum if they feel it threatens their family values. Supporters say it’s…

Bachmeier & McTiver win WF Public Schools’ Staff of the Year Awards

West Fargo Public Schools recognizes two staff members with prestigious awards

WEST FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Assistant Principal Rachel Bachmeier receives the District Administrative Staff of the Year award for her contributions since being a teacher in 2016. She was the dean of students for two years, later becoming the assistant principal. Bachmeier has been announced as the next principal of West Fargo High school, effective July 1st. Suzanne McTiver receives…

Former West Fargo teacher guilty of luring by computer

Ronald ThompsonFARGO (KVRR) – A former West Fargo teacher has been convicted of luring a minor by computer. Prosecutors say 59-year-old Ronald Thompson believed he was communicating with a 14-year-old girl. West Fargo police received a tip from an out-of-state investigator on Jan. 28 that Thompson was attempting to solicit a minor online.  The “minor” who Thompson was attempting to…

Former teacher get probation for sexually assaulting teen

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – A former central Minnesota middle school teacher and coach has been sentenced to probation for sexually assaulting a female high school student. Thirty-two-year Daniel Fragodt, of Melrose, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct in Stearns County District Court. He was sentenced Friday to five years of probation. According to a criminal complaint, the victim told…

Update: Wahpeton teacher placed on leave for inappropriate activity during George Floyd discussion

WAHPETON, N.D. (KVRR) – A fifth grade teacher in the Wahpeton Public School District has been placed on administrative leave after what’s being called “inappropriate and insensitive” classroom activity. Superintendent Rick Jacobson tells KVRR that it happened after a student asked a question about the arrest and death of George Floyd. Jacobson says the incident “was not a full reenactment”…

Fargo teacher accused of inappropriate behavior resigns

FARGO (KVRR) – A Fargo teacher has resigned amid accusations that he made inappropriate comments to students. The Fargo Public School District says John Raaen resigned his position from Carl Ben Eielson Middle School where he was a Social Studies teacher. According to the investigation, multiple students reported that Raaen “rubs and touches female students’ backs, shoulders and arms, moves…

The F-M community discusses goals for the new year

Many people say setting realistic goals helps, but remember not to be too hard on yourself.

FARGO, N.D.- “New year, new me” seems to be the phrase that goes around every year on January 1st. “Yeah, just trying to be a bit more healthy. We’ve been spending a lot of time inside at home, so trying to just get out a bit more and do some more hiking,” Fargo’s Lindsay Boyd said. It’s the general consensus…

Kinder Kindness: Red Lake Falls Students Share Video Message

Kindergarten teacher creates video of students' pictures to spread hope

                    RED LAKE FALLS, Minn. — A group of Minnesota kindergartners is spreading kindness during this COVID-19 pandemic with a little help from their teacher. Nicole Gullingsrud is a kindergarten teacher in Red Lake Falls. She had her class of 19 students take these pictures at home and send them her…