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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CASS LAKE—In a darkened classroom at Cass Lake-Bena High School on Tuesday, staff hunkered behind desks and bookshelves as a man pounded angrily at the door. He burst in, shouting. "Everybody stand up!" the man—Cass Lake Sheriff's Deputy Eric Alger—roared as his plastic Nerf rifle whirred to life. No one budged. "Stand up or I'll shoot you! You're dead! Every one of you are dead!"
BLACKDUCK -- After a five-year hiatus, Susan Frank is at the head of a school again.
BEMIDJI -- A Minnesota icon is scheduled to speak at Bemidji State University next month.
BEMIDJI -- A former Blackduck elementary school principal is set to head Bemidji Area Schools’ special education services this year.
BEMIDJI -- Delphinus, Ursa Minor, Pegasus, Cygnus. They’re constellations, but also the namesake for “houses” at Gene Dillon Elementary, Bemidji Area Schools’ new high-tech school for fourth- and fifth-graders that staff hope will help students transition from younger grades into middle school and beyond.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji Area Schools voters will have eight names to choose from when they cast their ballots for School Board this November. Two incumbents and six newcomers filled out affidavits of candidacy before the filing period for School Board candidates expired Tuesday evening. They'll vie for three open seats on the board. The candidates are: • Board Chair Carol L. Johnson • Gary Rozman, head of the Beltrami County Historical Society • Jeffrey Lind, Beltrami County social services director • Board Member Shawn Whiting
BEMIDJI—Want to run for the Bemidji School Board? You've got about a day left to get your name on ballots this November. The deadline to file to run for Bemidji Area Schools' school board is 5 p.m. Tuesday. To file, submit an affidavit of candidacy at the superintendent's office at 502 Minnesota Ave. NW. Candidates must be eligible to vote, 21 or older on the day they'd assume office, a resident of the school district for at least 30 days, and must not have filed to run for any other offices. School board members are elected to four-year terms.
CROOKSTON—University of Minnesota Crookston and Red Lake Nation College announced a new comprehensive dual admissions agreement this past week. The agreement establishes a cooperative academic relationship between the two institutions. Red Lake College President Dan King and UMC Chancellor Mary Holz-Clause signed the new memorandum of agreement on Tuesday, Aug. 7, according to a release from the schools.
LEECH LAKE—A regional mental health cooperative and White Earth Nation's mental health program will have a few hundred thousand dollars more to spend this year and next. Staff at the Minnesota Department of Human Services announced Thursday more than $2 million in mental health service grants over the next 18 months to two years. A total of $260,000 is intended for the Adult Mental Health Initiative Region V, a cooperative that includes Cass County and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. Another $280,000 is set aside for the White Earth Mental Health Program.
BEMIDJI -- A specialty children’s healthcare firm is expanding in Bemidji. Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare unveiled a new clinic Wednesday, which has more space and will be open more frequently than their old facilities. Employees led tours, chatted with well-wishers, and cut a slender yellow ribbon in front of their business’ sign on Paul Bunyan Drive to mark the occasion as the press snapped photos.