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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REDBY -- A vocational school and social services hub in Redby showcased an expansion Friday that leaders there hope will get more Red Lake residents into a high-demand trade. An open house at the Oshkimajiitahdah Institute of Technology featured an expanded area for the school’s welding program, which staff say has approximately doubled the number of students there.
ST. PAUL—Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College students will pay more for their schooling next year, even as university and college leaders trimmed their schools' operating budgets. Minnesota State's board of trustees approved Wednesday the college and university system's budget for next year, which includes widespread tuition and student fee hikes and a $1.56 million in cuts at BSU and Northwest Technical College.
CASS LAKE -- Cass Lake-Bena residents at a community meeting last month generally supported the school district’s plan to build a new elementary school building, among other proposed facility improvements and changes.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji Area Schools’ budget for the next school year isn’t drastically different than this year’s. The school board unanimously approved on Monday a preliminary 2017-18 budget that projects the school district’s revenue and expenses increase by about $1.3 million apiece. Beyond that, the school board approved in April a slate of staffing cuts and additions that added a net $100,000 in personnel costs, according to meeting documents.
BEMIDJI -- Sharon Osborn walked through her mother’s old bedroom, gesturing at the walls of framed photographs: family holidays, graduation photos, kids wearing the same hand-me-down shirt in different school portraits. “These are her babies,” Osborn said. Beyond the bedroom is a porch, replete with hockey trophies, science fair awards and a bay-window view of Midge Lake.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College students could soon be paying more for their education. Minnesota State's board of trustees is set to vote next week on a proposed system-wide budget that includes tuition and fee increases at the two Bemidji-area schools paired with $1.56 million in net budget cuts.
RED LAKE -- Red Lake Nation’s tribal council set an ambitious goal earlier this week: a 100 percent graduation rate for students there. John Eggers, a longtime educator and former Red Lake High School principal who spoke to the council before their vote to approve the grad rate goal, has some ideas to get them there. “They did the first big step,” Eggers said of the council. “The next step is to keep that goal in front of the people.”
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji High School will launch its new career academies in a few months, but the initiative has already garnered the school some recognition. The Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals awarded the school a gold-level “Star of Innovation” at the association’s summer conference in Breezy Point earlier this week.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji Area Schools leaders outlined on Wednesday some tentative priorities, goals and objectives for the district.
BEMIDJI -- Red Lake Nation government staff announced Wednesday that they’re aiming for every student there to graduate from high school. The Red Lake Tribal Council approved a resolution calling for a 100 percent graduation rate for all Red Lake youth, regardless of where they attend school.