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 -- Staff at Northwest Technical College might add a commercial refrigeration program. Leaders at the tech school on Tuesday asked staff from a handful of companies in that industry what their professional needs are, what they’d like to see in a commercial refrigeration training program at the college, and so on.
ST. PAUL -- Negotiators from the Inter Faculty Organization, which represents hundreds of professors at Bemidji State University and other schools across the state, and Minnesota State tentatively agreed to a new contract late Saturday evening, union officials said.
BEMIDJI -- Have you ever experienced racism? What’s it like knowing you’re different? When did you start learning about your culture? Students in Amy Sheffield’s 10th grade English class at Bemidji High School on Friday asked those questions and more of four Bemidji-area American Indian educators, whose hour-plus Q&A covered their families, their idols and their own childhoods, where some felt tugged in two different cultural directions.
BEMIDJI -- Schoolcraft Learning Community is set to stay at the Concordia Language Villages. School board members were prepared to vote Thursday on a lease that would have moved the K-8 charter into the former Deer Lake Elementary building north of Bemidji, but their plan was rendered moot after they learned the building’s tentative owners had withdrawn the agreement on Wednesday.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji Area Schools board members are set to pick a consulting firm to help them replace the school district’s outgoing superintendent. The board interviewed representatives from School Exec Connect and the Minnesota School Board Association at a special meeting Monday. A third company, BKB Associates, was set to be interviewed then, but its representative cancelled due to an incoming snowstorm that night.
BEMIDJI -- Lucy Lou, a black and white pitbull terrier mix, gently pulled against her leash as a handful of BSU students crouched down to pet her. A few feet away, a catahoula leopard dog named River lounged on his back so more people could rub his belly.
BEMIDJI—Darrin Strosahl, new vice president of academic affairs at Northwest Technical College, gestured to a row of placards depicting the college's range of curricula: nursing, automotive service, and so on.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji Area Schools board members approved Monday a new contract with the Bemidji Education Association, the school district's teachers union. The two-year agreement calls for a restructured salary schedule for district teachers this school year, retroactive to July 1, and across-the-board 2 percent raises the next.
BEMIDJI—Voyageurs Expeditionary School students don't have classes this weekend, but a handful of them showed up anyway to help Houstonians in need.
BEMIDJI—The Bemidji arts community officially has a new hub. A few hundred people gathered Saturday at the revamped $3 million Watermark Art Center for its grand opening and community dedication—a short ceremony that was seven years in the making. The new center boasts four galleries, including the Miikanan gallery, which is dedicated to American Indian art, a shop to sell regional artwork and an education room for workshops, classes, and more. The center's BSU gallery features art from two of the university's teaching collections.