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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BEMIDJI -- Bemidji Area Schools is set to have a new head administrator next school year. Superintendent Jim Hess told an assembly of school district teachers and other staff Wednesday that he plans to retire on June 30, 2018. “It's been an honor and a privilege to serve as superintendent of Bemidji Area Schools for the past 14 years,” Hess said. “Some of you should be cheering wildly,” he joked.
BEMIDJI -- Gov. Mark Dayton is not scheduled to visit Bemidji next month, contrary to earlier reports. Members of the governor’s staff are scheduled to visit Bemidji High School on Wednesday, Sept. 13, on a water quality town hall tour that’s part of Dayton’s “25 by ‘25” initiative, which seeks to improve Minnesota’s water quality 25 percent by 2025.
BEMIDJI -- Martin Giese is thinking long-term as he sits behind his new desk at Oak Hills Christian College.
BEMIDJI—As the fall semester at Bemidji State University gets underway, school leaders extended Wednesday a hearty welcome to American Indian students there. The American Indian Resource Center's annual Day of Welcome opened with a pipe ceremony, a pair of drum songs, an invocation in Ojibwe and an indigenous flute performance. Bill Blackwell, Jr., the resource center's executive director, said BSU wants to become a destination for American Indian students across the country.
BEMIDJI—Some student demographic groups at Bemidji Area Schools posted higher marks on state standardized tests even as state- and district-wide scores stayed put or dipped slightly.
BEMIDJI -- Lake Bemidji State Park staff have temporarily closed one of their park trails after an owl attack last week. A 3-year-old girl received “minor scratches” on her head and took a brief trip to an urgent care ward, park staff said, after she was attacked by a owl around 8:30 p.m. Friday in the park’s general-use area near Lake Bemidji.
BEMIDJI—Construction crews are diligently putting together a $1 million roundabout at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Division Street—the first of four that Bemidji-area motorists will need to learn to navigate to get to work, home or school.
BEMIDJI—Some Bemidji Area Schools staffers got a sneak peek at the district's new, multi-million dollar elementary school. A handful of elementary principals and other administrators met Thursday morning to tour the Gene Dillon Elementary School construction site, where work started in early spring at 3795 Division St. W, near the intersection of Becida Road and Adams Avenue just outside Bemidji. "It's been very exciting to watch," said Ami Aalgaard, a tour-goer and principal at Horace May Elementary.
BEMIDJI -- Authorities confiscated a lawn tractor, snowblower and a king-sized bed, as well as other lawn and home items from a former longtime Bemidji State University employee’s house last week as they investigate whether he spent tens of thousands of public dollars for personal use.
BENA—Rene Fructuozo gestured toward a group of looming wooden constructs in the woods off U.S. Highway 2. "I know it's kind of hard to imagine, but right up to here, we're going to have the gym," he said, before pointing inside the half-finished buildings, which sat on large, purpose-built metal chassis at Johnson Lumber Co.'s bustling yard, miles away from the spot where students will eventually use it. "Right here they have a conference room for teachers or parents, and then offices for teachers, and classrooms."