Joe Bowen covers education (mostly K-12) and American Indian affairs for the Bemidji Pioneer.
He's from Minneapolis, earned a degree from the College of St. Benedict - St. John's University in 2009, and worked at the Perham Focus near Detroit Lakes and Sun Newspapers in suburban Minneapolis before heading to the Pioneer.
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BLACKDUCK -- Blackduck Public School leaders are set to decide next month whether a high schooler’s senior portrait can include a gun. Antonia Long, 17, has been trap shooting competitively for years, and she asked board members last Monday, Dec. 10, to let her to submit a yearbook photo that shows her posing with a shotgun across her shoulders.
CASS LAKE—Cass Lake-Bena Schools' superintendent was a finalist for a spot in Gov.-elect Tim Walz's cabinet.
BEMIDJI -- It won’t be warm enough to ride comfortably for several more months, but the ice and cold hasn’t kept a group of Bemidji-area motorcyclists at bay.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji Area Schools will ask for slightly less from area taxpayers next year. School Board members unanimously approved on Monday a slate of property tax levies that’s not quite $200,000 -- 1.77 percent -- smaller than last year’s. In all, district administrators expect to bring in about $11 million from residents for the upcoming fiscal year.
LEECH LAKE -- An aging oil pipeline is set to be removed from tribal lands east of Bemidji. Enbridge Inc. agreed with Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe leaders to remove the company’s existing Line 3 oil pipeline from the reservation if or when it gets the go-ahead to build a replacement. The new pipeline would circumvent Leech Lake.
BEMIDJI—Excited murmurs flitted through the auditorium as Sarah Komperud pulled back, farther and farther, from a photo of earth. "We are not the only galaxy out here," she said, gesturing toward the screen in Hagg Sauer hall as it swelled with planets, constellations and galaxies. "Each speckle here is not a star. Each speckle is a galaxy. Each galaxy having hundreds of millions of stars of its own."
BEMIDJI—Minnesota State's funding request to the state Legislature would mean an additional $6.4 million for Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College. The statewide college and university system wants lawmakers to send it an additional $246 million over the next two fiscal years. Of that, $169 million would pay for day-to-day expenses at its 30 colleges and seven universities—BSU would get about $5.41 million of that figure and NTC would get $992,000, according to university administrators.
BEMIDJI—Some Gene Dillon Elementary students will get to know a Minnesota mainstay this winter. Students in Jeff Wade and Alison Tisdell's classes at the elementary each dumped about 300 trout eggs into tanks there in the latest iteration of "Trout in the Classroom," an educational program organized by school staff, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Trout Unlimited, a nonprofit organization that works to conserve coldwater fisheries and watersheds.
BEMIDJI—About 100 Gene Dillon Elementary students braved the cold Thursday to help kick off an anti-child abuse fundraiser. Paul Bunyan Broadcasting staff and volunteers hope to raise at least $30,000 for their 30th annual Radiothon to End Child Abuse, and two busloads of students from the elementary performed at the Radiothon's first official event. The students sang "Don't Laugh at Me," a song about acceptance, in front of the Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues near downtown Bemidji as a crowd of parents, school staff and Bemidji-area media watched.
BEMIDJI—Four Bemidji-area school districts could receive some extra money for cross-cultural programming and events. Bemidji Area Schools, Red Lake School District, Cass Lake-Bena Schools and Clearbrook-Gonvick School are all newly eligible for "achievement and integration" money, that, if officials there choose, would mean an extra $160 per non-white student and $10 per white student for those districts.