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 -- Northwest Technical College leaders added several new spots in their nursing program and have re-opened the school’s application window to fill them. Budding registered or practical nurses have until July 30 to submit an application for the coming fall. The school’s nursing program typically has 90 total open seats, and staff added more this after their typical spring application deadlines had passed.
BEMIDJI—Many Northern Minnesota robotics teams have plenty of students who are skilled builders and engineers—team members who give their robot its shape, design it to navigate obstacles and maintain or upgrade it between competitions. Fewer teams, though, have students who are skilled at programming their robot. That can put them at a disadvantage, especially during the part of a competition when robots can earn points for acting autonomously.
BEMIDJI—Shirley Shaw always wanted a motorcycle. She's hasn't gotten one yet, but the scooter she tools around in with some friends and fellow Baker Park residents appeals to her, too. "This helps, at this age, that you can be on some wheels, even if they don't go very fast," Shaw, 82, said from the seat of a cherry red scooter that tops out around 7 mph. (She estimated 15.) Her front basket carried water, a light sweater and a pair of signs that warn, "LOOK OUT. COMING THRU!" and "CRAZY DRIVER."
BEMIDJI—Bemidji Area Schools students generally met or exceeded national norms on a district-selected assessment this spring. Kindergarteners through ninth-graders sat for Measures of Academic Progress assessments this spring, and the relatively older students who took those tests almost universally exceeded norms set in 2015, according to a report delivered to school board members Monday. Students in relatively younger grades did not fare as well, particularly kindergarteners, to whom the tests—and, perhaps, the technology to take them—were unfamiliar.
BEMIDJI -- Staff from about a dozen school districts met at TrekNorth Junior & Senior High School to learn about “restorative practices,” an emerging education technique that emphasizes relationship building and mediation over more traditional discipline.
BEMIDJI -- A new club sport at Bemidji High School hopes to reel in student anglers. The Bemidji High School Fishing Team is set to hit the lake next school year after Bemidji Area Schools board members approved it at a meeting last month. Coach Chris Haley said eight students have signed up already, and he expects to have about 30-35 this fall and considerably more from there.
BEMIDJI—The mannequin's baby was stuck—its shoulder jammed behind part of its synthetic mother's hip bones. But, luckily, a surgeon and nurse were on hand to simulate an emergency cesarean section. Moments later, both were smiling and holding up the synthetic infant for hospital administrators and a Pioneer camera. The mannequins seemed unfazed.
BEMIDJI -- May 30 marked the end of long wait in Red Lake. That’s when Gov. Mark Dayton signed a $1.5 billion public works bill that includes $14 million for Red Lake School District, where administrators have chipped away for years at a long list of renovations.
BEMIDJI -- Three seats on Bemidji Area Schools’ board will be up for grabs this November. Want to serve on it? The candidate filing period is July 31 through 5 p.m. Aug. 14. To file: submit an affidavit of candidacy with the School District clerk before that mid-August deadline, plus a $2 filing fee. Affidavits are available in the superintendent’s office at 502 Minnesota Ave. NW in downtown Bemidji. Board members are elected to four-year terms.
LAPORTE—Laporte Public School plans to have a new face next school year and the one after. School district leaders recently received a two-year $284,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Education, the bulk of which they plan to spend on a new K-5 literacy coach and programming there.