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 -- Bemidji Area Schools has hired to replace the two high-level staffers who announced their retirements earlier this summer. School Board members voted Monday to hire Colleen Cardenuto as the district’s new director of curriculum and administrative services and Robert Wicklund to be the district’s next transportation coordinator.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji Area Schools' new superintendent is still feeling out the job. Tim Lutz helmed his first School Board meeting Monday—officially his 10th day at the district—and told the Pioneer he hopes to get to know the district better and further develop its relationships with tribal leaders, city and county governments, along with Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji-area residents can run for one of three seats on Bemidji Area Schools board this November. School Board members on Monday formally scheduled the district's upcoming election for Tuesday, Nov. 6, which coincides with other local, state and national races. Want to serve on the board? File an affidavit of candidacy at the school district offices—502 Minnesota Ave. NW—between July 31 and 5 p.m. on Aug. 14. Affidavits are available at the superintendent's office there.
BEMIDJI—Eleven students from a handful of Minnesota school districts spent the past week designing and building robots at a camp that culminated in an exhibition Friday at Northwest Technical College. Junior and high school-aged kids from Mankato, St. Cloud, Albany, Rocori, and Fisher schools were randomly assigned to three teams and competed in a double-elimination bracket. Students came up with colorful team names such as the Rebels, Barker's Banc, and the Cows That Meow.
BEMIDJI—About 50 people showed up to Bemidji State University's American Indian Resource Center on Wednesday at the fifth-annual Two Spirit Awareness Day, and the resource center's second. Before that, about a dozen people waving rainbow flags marched from the Chief Shaynowishkung statue to the resource center. They were lead by Arnold Dahl-Wooley, a Two Spirit man and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe member. He marched in traditional American Indian regalia and carried a large rainbow flag as the occasional passing motorist honked or cheered in support.
CASS LAKE—About a dozen people relaxed under some trees between the Palace Casino and adjacent ball fields and powwow grounds late Tuesday afternoon, their journey ended for the day.
BEMIDJI -- The American Indian Resource Center will host a parade and informational bazaar Wednesday to raise awareness of “Two Spirit” American Indians and help connect them with helpful resources.
BEMIDJI—As the sun began to rise one cold and rainy morning a few years ago, when most people might be sipping coffee, popping a bagel in their toaster, or still snoring, Mark Morrissey was already on the road. A legally blind kayaker left the day before to travel the length of the Mississippi, but had gotten lost in the beginning miles of the winding river near the headwaters and had been forced to make camp for the night. Morrissey used a GPS waypoint to retrieve the kayaker and was back at his desk at Bemidji State University's Outdoor Program Center by 9 a.m.
BEMIDJI -- It was getting close to noon and Isaac Skinaway looked ready to march. In a foam Thor suit, the seven-year-old was part of a superhero-themed kids’ float at Red Lake Nation’s annual independence day parade and celebration on Friday, which commemorates the tribe’s formal sovereignty under an 1889 treaty with the U.S. government. The tribe’s political sovereignty is a point of pride for members there, and it’s the only “closed” reservation in Minnesota.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji Area Schools formally agreed with the state Wednesday on a plan to reduce the district’s discipline disparities. The Bemidji school district is one of nine to reach a recent agreement with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, which has been pressuring school districts to reconsider their disciplinary practices since fall after noticing non-white students were suspended or expelled at a rate much higher than their white counterparts.