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 Cass Lake-Bena graduating senior has a plan to give back. Madison White, an 18-year old Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe member, plans to study nursing at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth and ultimately become a certified registered nurse anesthetist, then maybe bring those skills back home.
BEMIDJI—Sequoia Headbird wants to work with his hands. The soon-to-be Voyageurs Expeditionary School grad said he'll probably take a "gap year" before heading to a trade school, where he hopes to learn about HVAC before maybe branching out into electrical work.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji-area school kitchens will stay open weeks after students have all gone home for the summer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program aims to provide affordable meals for adults and kids alike in low-income areas even after school is out. At Cass Lake-Bena, for instance, most of the clientele then is summer school students, youth groups, and so on, staff there said, and the program serves 100-200 people every day it's open.
BEMIDJI—Some Bemidji Middle Schoolers took their science and service lessons outside Tuesday. Sixth-graders in Chris Tower's science class planted tomatoes, cabbage and broccoli at the Bemidji Community Food Shelf. They used the scientific method to test and study soils, then planted and grew a variety of vegetables at the school before hauling them to the food shelf.
BEMIDJI -- The two minutes between Lauryn and Vanessa Petrich’s births might be the longest they’ve been apart. The identical twins and Bemidji High School seniors are tied for second in their class with 4.209 GPAs. They’re both Link Leaders, choir members, show choir members, Vocalmotive singers, National Honors Society co-presidents, and both serve on the Bemidji Youth Advisory Commission.
RED LAKE -- The camera soars over and through Red Lake: the water tower, powwow grounds, boxing club, grocery store, the remnants of St. Mary’s Mission Church, an “it’s life or meth” skull and crossbones. It lingers on a girl dancing in a jingle dress, a boy thumping on a drum, four survivors of the 2005 Red Lake High School shooting. It frames a Red Lake Middle School student.
BEMIDJI -- Maggie Greenleaf hopes to lead by example. An aspiring social worker, Greenleaf is set to study family social science at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities after she graduates from TrekNorth Junior & Senior High School.
BEMIDJI—Several recognizable faces at Bemidji Area Schools are resigning. School Board members accepted on Monday the resignations of Kathy Palm, who directs the district's curriculum and administrative services; Greg Liedl, who runs its transportation department; and Ranae Seykora, an assistant principal at Bemidji High School. Seykora said she's moving to Hibbing, where her husband already works, to be the principal at Nashwauk-Keewatin High School.
BEMIDJI—Nearly 500 students are set to graduate from Bemidji-area high schools this week and next.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji Area Schools secured its next superintendent Monday. About nine months after Superintendent Jim Hess announced this school year would be his last, School Board members and incoming Superintendent Tim Lutz signed off on a three-year employment contract. "The whole contract package deal I thought was very generous and really shows a lot of support for an incoming superintendent," Lutz said. "The fact that it's a three-year contract shows a vote of confidence. I really appreciate that."