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—Bemidji Area Schools leaders on Monday picked a consultant to help them select a new superintendent. Board members unanimously selected School Exec Connect, an Edina-based consulting firm that has helped boards in Walker-Hackensack-Akeley, Grand Rapids and Brainerd choose their next chief administrators.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji Area Schools board members on Monday unanimously approved a $11.2 million set of property tax levies for next school year. The latest levy spread is $359,000—3.59 percent—higher than last year's, according to district documents, but is about $752,000 less than the maximum allowed by the state (the school district routinely "under levies"). Money from those levies goes to building maintenance, community and early childhood education and paying off debt.
BEMIDJI -- Staff at Northwest Technical College might add a commercial refrigeration program. Leaders at the tech school on Tuesday asked staff from a handful of companies in that industry what their professional needs are, what they’d like to see in a commercial refrigeration training program at the college, and so on.
ST. PAUL -- Negotiators from the Inter Faculty Organization, which represents hundreds of professors at Bemidji State University and other schools across the state, and Minnesota State tentatively agreed to a new contract late Saturday evening, union officials said.
BEMIDJI -- Have you ever experienced racism? What’s it like knowing you’re different? When did you start learning about your culture? Students in Amy Sheffield’s 10th grade English class at Bemidji High School on Friday asked those questions and more of four Bemidji-area American Indian educators, whose hour-plus Q&A covered their families, their idols and their own childhoods, where some felt tugged in two different cultural directions.
BEMIDJI -- Schoolcraft Learning Community is set to stay at the Concordia Language Villages. School board members were prepared to vote Thursday on a lease that would have moved the K-8 charter into the former Deer Lake Elementary building north of Bemidji, but their plan was rendered moot after they learned the building’s tentative owners had withdrawn the agreement on Wednesday.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji Area Schools board members are set to pick a consulting firm to help them replace the school district’s outgoing superintendent. The board interviewed representatives from School Exec Connect and the Minnesota School Board Association at a special meeting Monday. A third company, BKB Associates, was set to be interviewed then, but its representative cancelled due to an incoming snowstorm that night.
BEMIDJI -- Lucy Lou, a black and white pitbull terrier mix, gently pulled against her leash as a handful of BSU students crouched down to pet her. A few feet away, a catahoula leopard dog named River lounged on his back so more people could rub his belly.
BEMIDJI—Darrin Strosahl, new vice president of academic affairs at Northwest Technical College, gestured to a row of placards depicting the college's range of curricula: nursing, automotive service, and so on.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji Area Schools board members approved Monday a new contract with the Bemidji Education Association, the school district's teachers union. The two-year agreement calls for a restructured salary schedule for district teachers this school year, retroactive to July 1, and across-the-board 2 percent raises the next.