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 -- High schoolers from across northern Minnesota checked out some of the applications for a career in the arts Tuesday. BSU’s second-annual Media, Art & Design Day aimed to show students that they can make a living in the arts, said Dan Voss, an articulation coordinator in the university’s college of business. “We show students that, yes, you can do this and you can make a living and here's how you can do it,” Voss said.
BEMIDJI—A handful of BSU students and staffers learned about a style of self-defense that goes beyond elbow strikes and hammerfists. "Empowerment self-defense" considers social cues and the broader cultural context in which violence occurs, explained Diane Long, a longtime empowerment self-defense instructor who taught seminars about the technique on Tuesday night and Wednesday on campus.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji Area Schools needs more bus drivers. The district has 76 regular routes and about that many regular drivers, transportation coordinator Greg Liedl told the Pioneer, but about 10-12 drivers can’t make their regular shift on any given day for a variety of personal or medical reasons. That means transportation department staff regularly call on a dwindling stable of substitute drivers or put their regular duties on hold and drive a route themselves.
BEMIDJI -- As Minnesota lawmakers get ready to work on a large-scale bonding bill this spring, leaders at Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College on Tuesday presented their hoped-for projects to a Bemidji-area legislator and one of the state’s top higher education officials.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was originally published in September 2017. School Board deemed no discipline was necessary.
BEMIDJI—Students at Bemidji Middle School showed off their science skills Thursday night at the school's 32nd annual science fair. Keegan Kolodji, a seventh-grader, tested three cats' interest in different toys. A laser pointer stood out from the pack, there.
BEMIDJI—A handful of Bemidji Area Schools teachers and parents huddled up Monday night to talk about the school district and what they'd like its new superintendent to bring there.
BEMIDJI—A person was taken away in an ambulance after apparently driving a truck into a financial advisory office Monday evening on the 10000 block of Bemidji Avenue. Neighbors who live immediately across 11th Street Northwest from the office said they heard the crash at about 6:40 p.m., then saw a woman open the truck's door and call 911. A pair of tracks plowed through their yard indicate the truck narrowly avoided their home before it struck the building. The truck was removed about an hour later, and firefighters on scene covered the hole it left with plywood.
BEMIDJI—American Indian students at Bemidji State University plan to sell frybread tacos and wild rice soup today to help pay for one of the school's biggest on-campus events. The university's Council of Indian Students will host a Frybread Taco and Wild Rice Soup Fundraiser today in the gathering room at BSU's American Indian Resource Center.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji Area Schools staff suspend and expel American Indian students at a higher rate than their white counterparts—but they aren't the only ones. Statewide, American Indian, black, and multiracial students are suspended more frequently than their proportion of the population would suggest, according to data from the Minnesota Department of Education.