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 Bemidji High School assistant principal is the second in a row there to earn top honors from their educational association. Jason Stanoch was named 2018 Assistant Principal of the Year, Northern Division, by the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals. He succeeds Ranae Seykora, another BHS assistant principal who won the same award last year. Stanoch will be in the running for a statewide Assistant Principal of the Year award, too, which association staff said will be decided this summer.
BEMIDJI—Students at Bemidji State University are set to pay more for their schooling next year. School administrators plan to hike the cost of meal plans, room and board, and several student fees in the upcoming fiscal year, which begins this summer.
BEMIDJI—Seven Bemidji-area leaders tackled the causes of, and solutions to, school violence at a Bemidji High School forum on Thursday. Student leaders and district administrators organized the forum as an alternative to a nationwide walkout against school violence last month, which was itself a response to a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the month before. Democratic and Republican lawmakers in Minnesota have each unveiled proposals that would help school districts shore up security and expand mental health counseling.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji State University undergraduates showed off their work at the school's annual Student Achievement Conference on Wednesday. The conference featured about 150 projects and presentations by 300 students, staff there said, and was tied together with the theme "A Century of Inspiration" to mark the 100th anniversary of the building now called Deputy Hall. Head of UX research sciences at YouTube Robert Youmans was scheduled to speak, but canceled his appearance after a shooting at the YouTube headquarters Tuesday.
BEMIDJI—A Bemidji Catholic school plans to expand. Staff at St. Philip's Catholic School hope to build four new classrooms on their campus on Beltrami Avenue North, plus a new garage and a storage building. The new classrooms would accommodate about 30 new students, who staff there predict will enroll by the 2020-2021 school year. "St. Philip's is in a state of growth," said Rev. Chuck Huck. The addition is expected to cost about $500,000 plus furniture and equipment expenses. Parish leaders hope to begin construction in mid-May and move in by Sept. 1.
BEMIDJI—A Bemidji teen was named the Boys and Girls Club of America's Minnesota Youth of the Year last week. Allie Shimkus won that title last Tuesday at a Twin Cities-area competition. She was named Bemidji's Youth of the Year last January, and she'll try to wow a panel of judges in Chicago this July to be named regional Youth of the Year.
BEMIDJI—Administrators at Northwest Technical College plan to roll out a new diploma program next fall. College staff hope to enroll about 20 students in a new commercial refrigeration program there after meeting with regional commercial refrigeration leaders, who said they often struggle to find and retain qualified workers. The school held a formal announcement event Monday morning.
If you go: What: Donate Life flag-raising ceremony When: 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 2 Where: Sanford Bemidji Medical Center west flag pole BEMIDJI—Doubt crept in a little, Kara Dandar said, during the 10-month buildup to her surgery. She'd agreed to donate one of her kidneys to Shannon Brink, who's married to one of Dandar's friends. That meant a gauntlet of bloodwork, meetings, and urinating into a container for 24 hours to double-check her own kidney health.
BEMIDJI -- She’s been on the job less than a week, but the new assistant director at Bemidji State University’s American Indian Resource Center is steeped in American Indian education.
LEECH LAKE—Bambi Goodwin grabbed a length of string and held it next to an oversized dreamcatcher at Leech Lake Tribal College on Thursday. A few of the elementary-aged students in her seminar struggled to loop the string on their regular-sized dreamcatchers around a pre-cut notch, then back over itself, then on to and around the next notch, and so on. "Let me show you," Goodwin, a former instructor at Leech Lake Tribal College, said before she walked from student to student and guided them through the knot.