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—A new class at Bemidji High School offers young women another way to learn basic car repair and maintenance. The high school now offers a beginning automotive class exclusively for female students, who split into groups last week and worked on oil changes, battery replacements and brake inspections without the been-there-done-that swagger teenage boys reputedly sometimes bring to the school's shop.
If you go: What: 2018 Bemidji Women's March When: 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20 Where: The march begins in the Sanford Center parking lot and ends at BSU's Beaux Arts Ballroom Info: (218) 766-3915; email@example.com or (218) 760-9110; firstname.lastname@example.org BEMIDJI—A second-annual march for women's quality-of-life issues is scheduled this Saturday.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji Area Schools’ search for a new superintendent will formally begin next week. That’s when school district leaders and consultants intend to send out a letter to district “stakeholders” outlining the broad strokes of the search process. They’re also scheduled to set up a confidential online survey for residents to share what they believe are the district’s challenges, strengths and goals, plus what they hope to see in the new superintendent.
RED LAKE—After nearly a decade of waiting and an 11th-hour denial last year, Red Lake School District officials hope they can get state funding for a series of construction and renovation projects in 2018.
BEMIDJI -- As Minnesota legislators ready to reconvene this February, Sen. Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids, Sen. Paul Utke, R-Park Rapids, and other state senators on Tuesday toured BSU, where staff want to realize a long-hoped-for construction and renovation project.
BEMIDJI - Bemidji Area Schools District School Board members are set to fill a vacancy there soon. One of eight Bemidji-area applicants will finish longtime board member Bill Faver's term, which expires in late 2018. Faver resigned from the board in November, and state law said remaining board members should choose his replacement themselves rather than call for a special election. Organized alphabetically by last name, the following people have thrown their hat into the ring: • Bill Blackwell, Jr. • Ashley Charwood • Tanya Hasbargen • Todd Haugen
BEMIDJI—BSU leaders officially opened the school's new Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at a small ceremony Thursday.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji State University leaders welcomed students back to campus Wednesday. The school's twice-annual "Day of Welcome" at the American Indian Resource Center featured an honor song, pipe ceremony, and a handful of speeches from university leaders. "We basically make sure that we start off each semester just in a culturally rooted way," said Bill Blackwell, Jr., the resource center's executive director.
BEMIDJI—Before taking the helm at construction company Kraus-Anderson's regional office in Bemidji, Bob Fitzgerald said he was a bartender, financial planner, community development planner and city administrator. "Every one of those prepared me for where I'm at today," he told a roomful of ninth-graders on Wednesday at Bemidji High School. "'Until I found what I really wanted to do, and where I wanted to go."
BEMIDJI—A BSU administrator will be one of 17 Minnesotans honored by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday. Bill Blackwell, Jr. will receive Minnesota's MLK Commitment to Service Award at the governor's council's annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day celebration on Monday, Jan. 15 in St. Paul. Blackwell is the executive director at BSU's American Indian Resource Center, where he's been at the forefront of the school's push to become a destination for American Indian students.