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 -- Eleven classes at Bemidji Area Schools exceed the school district’s recommended size.
BEMIDJI -- Hundreds of high schoolers crowded into the Gillette Wellness Center and Beaux Arts Ballroom at BSU Tuesday to test their mathematical mettle.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji Area Schools leaders hope to see two-percent reading and math proficiency bumps this year, among other goals unanimously approved by the school board Monday night. District staff will aim to increase the percentage of students deemed “proficient” from 60.8 percent to 62.8 percent after taking this spring’s Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments. They’ll also try to get the district’s math proficiency rate from 60.2 percent to 62.2 percent.
BEMIDJI—Some Bemidji Area Schools students could be a little more visible, and hopefully a little safer, this year. Transportation staff at the school district bought a few hundred reflectorized tri-function flashing lights for students who live along Bemidji area's busiest roads and highways to attach to their coat or backpack. The red blinking lights look like the flashers cyclists wear and can help drivers spot students as they wait to get picked up in the early-morning darkness.
BEMIDJI -- Some Bemidji High Schoolers and recent alums produced two of the best student films in the country last year.
CLEARBROOK, Minn.—A Clearbrook nursing home is set to close this winter. Staff at the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society announced Monday that the society's skilled nursing facility in Clearbrook will close Dec. 8. Staff will help residents find new housing in Clearwater County and adjoining counties and help the facility's roughly 50 employees find new jobs or transfer to possible openings at a different Good Samaritan home.
BEMIDJI—Standing beside a powerpoint breakdown of U.S. Census data, Bemidji State University Professor and Bemidji Area Schools board member John Gonzalez said there's a story hidden in data that indicates Bemidji's American Indian population is generally younger than its white population. "The future," he said on Tuesday at the university's American Indian Resource Center, "is gonna be browner and browner."
BEMIDJI—Faith Hensrud formally became Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College's president at an inauguration ceremony last October, but she held that position for about four months before that. She sat down with the Pioneer on Friday to talk about her first year—or 16 months, depending on how one measures—at the helm of the two schools. "I would say it was very positive," Hensrud said when asked to characterize her time on the job so far.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji State University's American Indian Resource Center will host a series of speakers and a dance next week to celebrate indigenous culture and people. An "Indigenous Peoples and Treaty Day" celebration on Monday will be held on the longstanding federal holiday that commemorates Christopher Columbus. In 2016, Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht proclaimed the second Monday of October as "Indigenous Peoples and Treaty Day" but the city also recognizes the federal Columbus Day holiday.
CASS LAKE -- A Bemidji teen is working on a statewide effort to improve opportunities for young women. Gov. Mark Dayton last month named Cierra Wittner, 17, to Minnesota’s Young Women’s Cabinet, which is part a collaborative effort between the governor’s office and the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota called the Young Women’s Initiative.