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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LEECH LAKE—Larry Aitken, a luminary of American Indian education, passed away early Thursday. He was 74.
CASS LAKE—Minnesota is an arterial state for Enbridge. Canada is a leading oil exporter, and the Calgary-based energy company pumps about 2.8 million barrels of oil—about 1.2 billion gallons—each day, most of which travels through seven pipelines in the state. That's at least partly why Enbridge staff and the Cass Lake Fire Department practiced on Wednesday what they might do if one of those pipelines leaked or broke.
BEMIDJI—Cass Lake-Bena grad Arianna Goggleye studies elementary education and American Indian language and culture at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. She hopes to work toward a bachelor's degree at Bemidji State University after she wraps up her two-year degree at Fond du Lac—and university staff hope more and more tribal college students follow her lead.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji Area Schools leaders are set to revise their annual district-wide goals. After a lengthy discussion at a special School Board meeting on Monday, board members directed staff to keep sought-after 2 percent increases in reading and math proficiency rates, graduation rates and "academic progress goals." They also generally agreed to keep aiming for a 5 percent drop in the number of assaults and fights recorded this school year—a figure that rose dramatically from 2016-17 to 2017-18—among other measures.
BEMIDJI—Three school districts in the Bemidji area—but not Bemidji Area Schools—are set to receive more than $800,000 in one-time grants from the state for safety improvements. Cass Lake-Bena Schools, Bagley School District and Red Lake School District were among 90 Minnesota school districts awarded funding to beef up their security, the Minnesota Department of Education announced Monday.
BEMIDJI—The first Relay for Life at J.W. Smith Elementary School was intended to be a memorial for Abe Fagerstrom, a fourth-grader there who passed away in May 2011.
BEMIDJI—Some of the "valve turners" who worked to shut off oil pipelines across the U.S. in October 2016 are scheduled to chat and answer questions Tuesday after a film screening in Bemidji about one of their members.
BEMIDJI—About two dozen middle and high school students tested their Indigenous knowledge and language skills Saturday at the American Indian Resource Center's inaugural Anishinaabe Quiz Bowl. Teams from Onamia Public Schools, White Earth Nation's Circle of Life Academy and Northland Community Schools fielded questions about Ojibwe culture, history, and traditions, and translated phrases from English to Ojibwemowin or vice versa: "The cow is eating grass" to "Bizhiki mashkosiw orniijin," for instance, or "Gwee-gee-ging" to "Canada."
BEMIDJI -- Northwoods Caregivers and Northwest Technical College staff hope Bemidji residents walk a mile -- or at least spend a few minutes -- in dementia sufferers’ shoes. The caregivers and technical college have organized weekly “virtual dementia tours” at Sanford Health Neilson Place. Tourers don patented sense-altering equipment that simulates the symptoms of dementia, then try to perform everyday tasks that are suddenly made more difficult.
BEMIDJI—Six American Indian communities in Minnesota—including the three that bracket Bemidji—are in line for millions of dollars from the federal Department of Justice to improve public safety, help crime victims and combat violence against women. In Leech Lake, the grants mean $1.9 million over three years for a narcotics investigator, a victim advocate who'll help band members through court proceedings and other parts of the justice system that a lawyer might not help with, and a bevy of police equipment, including six new squad cars.