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—Students at Bemidji Middle School showed off their science skills Thursday night at the school's 32nd annual science fair. Keegan Kolodji, a seventh-grader, tested three cats' interest in different toys. A laser pointer stood out from the pack, there.
BEMIDJI—A handful of Bemidji Area Schools teachers and parents huddled up Monday night to talk about the school district and what they'd like its new superintendent to bring there.
BEMIDJI—A person was taken away in an ambulance after apparently driving a truck into a financial advisory office Monday evening on the 10000 block of Bemidji Avenue. Neighbors who live immediately across 11th Street Northwest from the office said they heard the crash at about 6:40 p.m., then saw a woman open the truck's door and call 911. A pair of tracks plowed through their yard indicate the truck narrowly avoided their home before it struck the building. The truck was removed about an hour later, and firefighters on scene covered the hole it left with plywood.
BEMIDJI—American Indian students at Bemidji State University plan to sell frybread tacos and wild rice soup today to help pay for one of the school's biggest on-campus events. The university's Council of Indian Students will host a Frybread Taco and Wild Rice Soup Fundraiser today in the gathering room at BSU's American Indian Resource Center.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji Area Schools staff suspend and expel American Indian students at a higher rate than their white counterparts—but they aren't the only ones. Statewide, American Indian, black, and multiracial students are suspended more frequently than their proportion of the population would suggest, according to data from the Minnesota Department of Education.
BEMIDJI—A student-led push to revise Minnesota State's definition of sexual consent could succeed this spring. Last week, Bemidji State University's student senate unanimously recommended the school update its sexual violence policy to include "affirmative consent," a move that would tighten the standard from the absence of a "no" to an unambiguous "yes" that can be revoked at any time. A current dating relationship or past sexual relationship wouldn't prove consent, either, nor would it be the basis for future consent.
BEMIDJI—The Trump administration's decision last week to hike taxes on imported solar panels won't have much of an effect on a planned Bemidji-area solar farm, one of the project's chief planners said.
BEMIDJI—The Cleveland Indians baseball team plans to remove the toothy, red-faced Chief Wahoo logo from their uniforms next year, a decision that Bemidji-area American Indian leaders said is a step in the right direction that still falls short. "It's good, but that's not enough." said Darrell Seki, Sr., Red Lake Nation's chairman and a Minnesota Twins fan, who noted that the team still plans to sell merchandise with the controversial logo. (The team will lose the trademark if it stops selling Chief Wahoo gear).
BEMIDJI—Bemidji Area Schools district residents can help shape the district's search for a new superintendent next week. The public is invited to a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, in the district board room at 502 Minnesota Ave. NW. Participants can tell a pair of consultants about the district's strengths, challenges it faces and goals they hope it achieves, plus the characteristics and skills they'd like to see in a new superintendent. Residents can also fill out a confidential survey through the district's website: bemidji.k12.mn.us.
BEMIDJI -- Aliena Jensen seemed to wobble a bit before rehearsal for prep orchestra, where she plays violin with a gaggle of other ninth-graders. She and paraprofessional Cindy Bronczyk huddled outside the practice room for a few minutes before Aliena went inside, found her usual spot, and slid a special headset over her eyes as other students chatted or tuned their instruments.