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Bemidji Assistant Principal Accused of Sex Talk with Children Resigns

The school board accepted the resignation of Brandon Bjerknes last night, just hours after he pleaded not guilty to two felony charges

  BEMIDJI, Minn. — The assistant principal at Bemidji Middle School has resigned. The school board accepted the resignation of Brandon Bjerknes last night, just hours after he pleaded not guilty to two felony charges. Bjerknes is accused of posing as a 13-year-old boy online to have sexual conversations with children. The 34-year-old allegedly had email, Facebook and Snapchat accounts…

Suspended West Fargo Teacher at Center of Twitter Controversy Speaks Out

Tihista's posts online claim she called parents of her students "monsters"

WEST FARGO, N.D. — A West Fargo special education teacher says she made a mistake when she wrote offensive social media comments. Sheridan Tihista was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. Tihista released the following statement to KVRR Local News: “I attended basketball games, bought my kids lunch when their accounts were negative, attended adoption…

Twin Cities High School Teacher Arrested for Sexual Communications with Student

The school district said they received a complaint about Akervik last Saturday and immediately began an investigation

BURNSVILLE, Minn. — A high school teacher in the Twin Cities has been arrested on suspicion of having explicit electronic communications with a student. Officers arrested Erik Akervik, a music teacher at Burnsville High School, at the school on Monday morning. The school district said they received a complaint about Akervik last Saturday and immediately began an investigation. Police were…

One Lucky Teacher and Student Were Awarded at Barnes And Noble

Gracie Erickstad and Suzanne Larson were awarded for the my favorite teacher contest

  There was a loud round of applause during the Barnes & Noble “My Favorite Teacher Contest” ceremony in Fargo. Middle and high school students were asked to write an essay, poem or thank you letter sharing how their favorite teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire them. Participating schools collected the essays and provided them…

Fargo Public School Names Teacher of the Year

Leah Juelke wins teacher of the year for Fargo Public School District

FARGO, N.D. — The award for Fargo Public School Teacher of the Year goes to…Leah Juelke. The surprise announcement was made during a school fire drill assembly. Juelke is an alumnus of Fargo Public Schools and began teaching as an English Learners Language Arts Instructor in the district in 2013. Her selection as teacher of the year was based on…

West Fargo Teacher Gets Surprised with “Staff Member of the Year”

Science teacher in West Fargo thought it was a regular staff meeting Wednesday morning

WEST FARGO, N.D. — A West Fargo science teacher was honored with a surprise award this morning. Cheney Middle School’s very own Sandy Evenson was named the Professional/Licensed Staff Member of the Year. All staff members were called to a meeting this morning where she was surprised with the award. She says friends and family were there to cheer her…

Onword Together and the Unmasking Brain Injury Project

Brain injury survivors are creating masks to show what it's like living with a brain injury

FARGO, N.D. — Creativity was shown all throughout Onword Therapy in Fargo during a mask making get together. Brain injury survivors spent the afternoon decorating masks to display at the capitol. It is one way the North Dakota Brain Injury Network is giving brain injury survivors a chance to share their stories. The Unmasking Brain Injury Project allows people to…

Liberty Middle School Gives Presentations on Cultural Backgrounds

Middle Schoolers created a Cultural Fair to learn each others backgrounds

WEST FARGO, N.D. — The Red River Valley Fairgrounds was jam packed with middle-schoolers sharing their backgrounds with the community. Liberty Middle School 7th graders from Team Trailblazer are currently studying immigration, cultures and traditions. The students created a cultural fair with presentations and demonstrations of Native American, European, African, Latin American and Asian cultures. They were also assigned in…

Former Grand Forks Teacher Admits to Sexual Relationship with Student

James Whalen, 42, will be sentenced on April 24th

A former Grand Forks teacher has admitted to having a sexual relationship with a student. In a plea deal, James Whalen pleaded guilty to sexual assault and two counts of corruption of a minor. A third corruption of a minor charge was dropped. The 42-year-old Whalen will be sentenced on April 24. His plea deal calls for a five year…

School Dating Assignment Shut Down After Mother Takes Action

The mother of a student at Highland High School in Salt Lake City says the assignment is "old-school" thinking

One mother of an 11th grade student at a high school in Salt Lake City, Utah says she is upset after her daughter was given a homework assignment she felt was inappropriate. Jenn Oxborrow’s daughter and other 11th grade students are required to attend the “Adult Roles and Financial Literacy Class” and must complete the course to graduate high school. Their teacher gave them…