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—The mannequin's baby was stuck—its shoulder jammed behind part of its synthetic mother's hip bones. But, luckily, a surgeon and nurse were on hand to simulate an emergency cesarean section. Moments later, both were smiling and holding up the synthetic infant for hospital administrators and a Pioneer camera. The mannequins seemed unfazed.
BEMIDJI -- May 30 marked the end of long wait in Red Lake. That’s when Gov. Mark Dayton signed a $1.5 billion public works bill that includes $14 million for Red Lake School District, where administrators have chipped away for years at a long list of renovations.
BEMIDJI -- Three seats on Bemidji Area Schools’ board will be up for grabs this November. Want to serve on it? The candidate filing period is July 31 through 5 p.m. Aug. 14. To file: submit an affidavit of candidacy with the School District clerk before that mid-August deadline, plus a $2 filing fee. Affidavits are available in the superintendent’s office at 502 Minnesota Ave. NW in downtown Bemidji. Board members are elected to four-year terms.
LAPORTE—Laporte Public School plans to have a new face next school year and the one after. School district leaders recently received a two-year $284,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Education, the bulk of which they plan to spend on a new K-5 literacy coach and programming there.
RED LAKE—Quinten Chaboyea is aiming high. After he graduates from Red Lake High School this Saturday, Chaboyea is set to pursue an engineering degree at the University of St. Thomas. He's served on his high school's Student Council, been a student representative on Red Lake School District's School Board and competed on the high school's robotics team.
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.