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 -- Nearly 200 Red Lake Middle School students froze in place Wednesday, pantomiming high-fives, Elvis impersonations and arcing basketball shots in the hallway outside the school’s main office.
BEMIDJI -- After a sometimes-tense exchange at Monday’s school board meeting, Bemidji Area Schools and the Bemidji Community Arena Corporation could refine a set of longstanding agreements that govern a hockey arena at Bemidji High School.
BAGLEY -- Everyone at the tableful of students and staff from Voyageurs Expeditionary School had a job to do. One person measured and poured rice into a packet -- six meals -- and held the opening out for a second to seal it shut. Others packed the packet into a box with 35 more -- 216 meals -- and loaded onto a pallet with 35 other identical boxes -- 7,776 meals -- and the pallet was wheeled next to a row of others ready to be loaded onto a waiting truck.
BEMIDJI—Some area fifth-graders got a taste of the business world Friday. About 25 students in Amy Mastin's class at Laporte Elementary spent their afternoon at BSU, where they learned about the ins and outs of entrepreneurship: designing business plans, marketing products, setting budgets and even applying for faux bank loans.
BEMIDJI—Higher education leaders from across northern Minnesota gathered Friday to sign a series of agreements that will make for a smoother transition for tribal college students to make their way to Bemidji State University. The agreements stipulate that students with two-year degrees from Leech Lake, Red Lake, White Earth, and Fond du Lac tribal colleges are automatically enrolled at BSU and can begin their studies without an admission fee. Students at those colleges can consult with the university's academic and career advisers before they make the switch, too.
BEMIDJI—Graduates from four Minnesota tribal colleges will soon be presented with a smoother path to Bemidji State University. Leaders from Leech Lake, Red Lake, White Earth, and Fond du Lac tribal colleges are set to sign four dual-enrollment agreements with the university Friday. That means tribal college students who finish their two-year degrees are automatically accepted at BSU and can start studying there without an admission fee.
BEMIDJI -- Before they walk across the stage at their school-wide commencement later this month, a group of American Indian seniors at Bemidji High School got some special recognition.
CASS LAKE—Cass Lake-Bena Schools might ask voters to help pay for a renovated—or even new—elementary building and other facilities there. Option "A": $24 million to remodel and expand Cass Lake-Bena Elementary School. Option "B": $38 million for a new elementary building near the district's secondary schools.
BEMIDJI—Minnesota legislators' latest higher education plan would send tens of millions more to Minnesota State colleges and universities but could still mean multi-million dollar budget cuts at Bemidji State University.
RED LAKE—Lil Mike was a bad kid. When he was younger—standing less than five feet tall, he jokes he's still "little"—a classmate kept throwing scraps of paper at Mike, so Mike sharpened a crayon and stabbed the other kid in the neck. "This crayon said 'non-toxic' on the side of it," Mike joked to students at Red Lake Middle and High School on Wednesday. He had gotten in trouble for attacking another student with a lead pencil. "It popped into my head like, 'so this won't kill him.'"