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 -- Addiction and recovery specialists and advocates will talk about their struggles with alcohol and other drugs at Bemidji State University Wednesday night. The university will host a “straight talk” panel there, and panelists from Bemidji’s Face it TOGETHER and Sanford Health will talk about addiction, their acute symptoms of it, and their paths to wellness and recovery.
BEMIDJI -- Five Bemidji-area women were recognized for their community work and philanthropy Tuesday in a first-of-its-kind awards ceremony at BSU. Andrea Ohnstad, Lori Paris, Jeanne Edevold Larson, Dr. Diane Pittman, and Noemi Aylesworth all won Women United Tribute Awards from the United Way of Bemidji Area at a breakfast time event on campus.
BEMIDJI -- Crowded onto wheeled church pews on a partially finished set at Bemidji High School, a few dozen Northern Minnesota student actors and theater techs honed their craft. A trio of Twin Cities-based theater pros from the Hennepin Theatre Trust hosted a Spotlight Education Masterclass there to help students work on the basics of stage managing or developing a character and preparing for auditions.
CASS LAKE—Cass Lake-Bena Schools staff have scheduled for late October a final community meeting about the school district's $37.8 million bonding referendum.
BEMIDJI -- Eleven classes at Bemidji Area Schools exceed the school district’s recommended size.
BEMIDJI -- Hundreds of high schoolers crowded into the Gillette Wellness Center and Beaux Arts Ballroom at BSU Tuesday to test their mathematical mettle.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji Area Schools leaders hope to see two-percent reading and math proficiency bumps this year, among other goals unanimously approved by the school board Monday night. District staff will aim to increase the percentage of students deemed “proficient” from 60.8 percent to 62.8 percent after taking this spring’s Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments. They’ll also try to get the district’s math proficiency rate from 60.2 percent to 62.2 percent.
BEMIDJI—Some Bemidji Area Schools students could be a little more visible, and hopefully a little safer, this year. Transportation staff at the school district bought a few hundred reflectorized tri-function flashing lights for students who live along Bemidji area's busiest roads and highways to attach to their coat or backpack. The red blinking lights look like the flashers cyclists wear and can help drivers spot students as they wait to get picked up in the early-morning darkness.
BEMIDJI -- Some Bemidji High Schoolers and recent alums produced two of the best student films in the country last year.
CLEARBROOK, Minn.—A Clearbrook nursing home is set to close this winter. Staff at the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society announced Monday that the society's skilled nursing facility in Clearbrook will close Dec. 8. Staff will help residents find new housing in Clearwater County and adjoining counties and help the facility's roughly 50 employees find new jobs or transfer to possible openings at a different Good Samaritan home.