Joe Bowen covers education and health for the Bemidji Pioneer.
He is a Minneapolis native and a 2009 graduate of St. John's University. Before moving to Bemidji, Bowen covered education, local politics, crime, and everything in between for the Perham Focus in Perham, Minnesota, and Sun Newspapers in suburban Minneapolis.
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BEMIDJI—Nearly 500 students are set to graduate from Bemidji-area high schools this week and next.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji Area Schools secured its next superintendent Monday. About nine months after Superintendent Jim Hess announced this school year would be his last, School Board members and incoming Superintendent Tim Lutz signed off on a three-year employment contract. "The whole contract package deal I thought was very generous and really shows a lot of support for an incoming superintendent," Lutz said. "The fact that it's a three-year contract shows a vote of confidence. I really appreciate that."
BLACKDUCK -- Extremists may want to think twice before targeting Blackduck Public School after leaders there reached an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security earlier this month.
BEMIDJI -- A handful of parents, students, and Bemidji Area Schools staffers gave outgoing Superintendent Jim Hess a formal goodbye Monday. School administrators organized a retirement party for Hess, who’s been at the head of the district since 2004. Hess’ family and other well wishers brought cake and presents to the school district’s board room. Hess said he was pleased to see the people he’d worked with and come to appreciate during his time at the district.
BEMIDJI—Northwest Technical College has received a $185,000 grant from Bemidji's George W. Neilson Foundation to fund equipment, faculty support and professional development for the college's new Commercial Refrigeration/HVAC program, which begins this fall. The grant will provide a $150,000 match for equipment purchases, which the college will receive before June 30, and $35,000 for faculty support and professional development after July 1 — and after the college hires faculty to teach the program.
BEMIDJI—As his teammate drummed, a Cass Lake-Bena High Schooler used a long stick to confidently flick aside a cloth square. Underneath? A green marble—the wrong marble. The student grudgingly tossed a handful of sticks to his opponent. They were playing Moccasin Game, a traditional American Indian pastime that easily predates Columbus. The school drew a few dozen competitors to its second annual Moccasin Game tournament Friday.
BEMIDJI -- Eighteen-year-old Kaleb Pemberton is on track to graduate from Bemidji High School later this month, then head to Itasca Community College to study wildland firefighting. He’s aiming for a wildland firefighting career, he said, and is already on board with a firefighting crew in Red Lake.
BEMIDJI -- The day before Minnesota’s fishing opener, some American Indian anglers plan to take their poles, nets, or spears to Lake Bemidji to protest a controversial oil pipeline project and flex what they see as their rights under a 160-year old treaty.
BEMIDJI—A pair of Bemidji-area high schools are among the best in the state, according to new U.S. News & World Report rankings released Wednesday. Bemidji High School is the 50th best in Minnesota and the 2,344th best in the country, according to the longstanding media company. Blackduck High School is ranked 57th in the state and 2,580th nationwide.
BEMIDJI—A planned Bemidji-area charter school is another step closer to opening. The Minnesota Department of Education approved on Monday an affidavit for the Aurora Waasakone Community of Learners, a hoped-for K-8 charter school that aims to take over an old school building about 10 miles south of Bemidji in Hubbard County.