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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RED LAKE—A Red Lake High School student and teacher are set to take their history lessons abroad this summer. Autumn May, an 11th-grader at the school, and social studies teacher Marcia Roline are one of 15 student/teacher pairs from across the country who have been selected to travel this summer to Washington, D.C., and Normandy, France, where they'll finish a year-long dive into the life and times of a World War II veteran who died during or after D-Day.
BEMIDJI—A few Bemidji-area lawmakers checked out Bemidji Area Schools before the state legislature reconvenes next month. State Sens Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids, and Paul Utke, R-Park Rapids, and Rep. Matt Bliss, R-Pennington, took in some quick Bemidji High School orchestra and choir performances, checked out the school's A/V lab and in-house television studio, and watched senior Kedrick Johnson machine a bearing block for one of the high school's robotics teams.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji-area legislators are scheduled to tour Bemidji Area Schools early next week. State Sens. Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids, and Paul Utke, R-Park Rapids, and State Reps. Matt Bliss, R-Pennington, and Matt Grossell, R-Clearbrook, will check out district classes and meet with student council representatives and other district leaders. The lawmakers' tour is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at Bemidji High School and end at 2 p.m. at Bemidji Middle School with a stop at the district's community services center in between.
BEMIDJI -- Sanford Health staff announced visitor restrictions at their Bemidji and Bagley hospitals Thursday to combat the spread of influenza. Hospital visitors must be clergy or a patient’s immediate family, and only two visitors are allowed per patient at one time. No one who has flu symptoms -- a fever, muscle or body aches, cough, and so on -- will be allowed to visit at all.
BEMIDJI -- BSU leaders released Wednesday the school’s completed five-year strategic plan.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji State University plans to reshuffle it's academic departments before the 2018-19 school year. School leaders agreed this month to reorganize the university into three renamed colleges that, staff say, will have a more even workload between them—and save the university about $150,000 annually.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji State University leaders plan to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to install solar panels at the school's American Indian Resource Center. Staff want to install the $230,000 photovoltaic panels at the resource center's parking lot—strategically visible from the nearby football stadium and Birchmont Drive—by spring 2019. "To have it in a place that is so visible, I think it will have significant exposure, to show what we
BEMIDJI -- Each hat Kathy Burger knits for newborns at Sanford Bemidji takes about 3.5 hours and needs 3,582 stitches. A few hats each week -- four if she puts her mind to it -- for 17 years means about 7 million total stitches, she estimates. And, earlier this month, the longtime volunteer knit her 2,000th hat.
BEMIDJI—Hundreds of people from all walks of life gathered Monday, Christmas Day, for Bemidji's 39th annual community dinner. An assembly line of volunteers heaped ham, mashed potatoes, and corn onto plates before more waiting volunteers sped the food to tables of hungry people at the Evangelical Free Church of Bemidji, one of several area parishes that put together the dinner and rotate hosting duties.
BEMIDJI -- A renewable energy company and a trio of high-profile Bemidji organizations might collaborate on a solar farm. Wayzata-based National Renewable Solutions is conducting a feasibility study for a hoped-for 8-10 megawatt solar farm in the Bemidji area. Waiting on the results of the study are Bemidji Area Schools, Bemidji State University, and Sanford Bemidji, who could benefit from the project and are tentatively interested in it.