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 -- As Minnesota legislators ready to reconvene this February, Sen. Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids, Sen. Paul Utke, R-Park Rapids, and other state senators on Tuesday toured BSU, where staff want to realize a long-hoped-for construction and renovation project.
BEMIDJI - Bemidji Area Schools District School Board members are set to fill a vacancy there soon. One of eight Bemidji-area applicants will finish longtime board member Bill Faver's term, which expires in late 2018. Faver resigned from the board in November, and state law said remaining board members should choose his replacement themselves rather than call for a special election. Organized alphabetically by last name, the following people have thrown their hat into the ring: • Bill Blackwell, Jr. • Ashley Charwood • Tanya Hasbargen • Todd Haugen
BEMIDJI—BSU leaders officially opened the school's new Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at a small ceremony Thursday.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji State University leaders welcomed students back to campus Wednesday. The school's twice-annual "Day of Welcome" at the American Indian Resource Center featured an honor song, pipe ceremony, and a handful of speeches from university leaders. "We basically make sure that we start off each semester just in a culturally rooted way," said Bill Blackwell, Jr., the resource center's executive director.
BEMIDJI—Before taking the helm at construction company Kraus-Anderson's regional office in Bemidji, Bob Fitzgerald said he was a bartender, financial planner, community development planner and city administrator. "Every one of those prepared me for where I'm at today," he told a roomful of ninth-graders on Wednesday at Bemidji High School. "'Until I found what I really wanted to do, and where I wanted to go."
BEMIDJI—A BSU administrator will be one of 17 Minnesotans honored by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday. Bill Blackwell, Jr. will receive Minnesota's MLK Commitment to Service Award at the governor's council's annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day celebration on Monday, Jan. 15 in St. Paul. Blackwell is the executive director at BSU's American Indian Resource Center, where he's been at the forefront of the school's push to become a destination for American Indian students.
RED LAKE—A Red Lake High School student and teacher are set to take their history lessons abroad this summer. Autumn May, an 11th-grader at the school, and social studies teacher Marcia Roline are one of 15 student/teacher pairs from across the country who have been selected to travel this summer to Washington, D.C., and Normandy, France, where they'll finish a year-long dive into the life and times of a World War II veteran who died during or after D-Day.
BEMIDJI—A few Bemidji-area lawmakers checked out Bemidji Area Schools before the state legislature reconvenes next month. State Sens Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids, and Paul Utke, R-Park Rapids, and Rep. Matt Bliss, R-Pennington, took in some quick Bemidji High School orchestra and choir performances, checked out the school's A/V lab and in-house television studio, and watched senior Kedrick Johnson machine a bearing block for one of the high school's robotics teams.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji-area legislators are scheduled to tour Bemidji Area Schools early next week. State Sens. Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids, and Paul Utke, R-Park Rapids, and State Reps. Matt Bliss, R-Pennington, and Matt Grossell, R-Clearbrook, will check out district classes and meet with student council representatives and other district leaders. The lawmakers' tour is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at Bemidji High School and end at 2 p.m. at Bemidji Middle School with a stop at the district's community services center in between.
BEMIDJI -- Sanford Health staff announced visitor restrictions at their Bemidji and Bagley hospitals Thursday to combat the spread of influenza. Hospital visitors must be clergy or a patient’s immediate family, and only two visitors are allowed per patient at one time. No one who has flu symptoms -- a fever, muscle or body aches, cough, and so on -- will be allowed to visit at all.