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—An American Indian-centered nonprofit in Bemidji is set to receive a lucrative prize. The Northwest Indian Community Development Center won a $500,000 Bush Prize, an annual award given out by the St. Paul-based Bush Foundation that recognizes organizations that work to make their communities better for all, foundation staff announced Tuesday.
BEMIDJI—Several Bemidji Area Schools observed Veterans Day on Monday. At Horace May Elementary, an American Legion honor guard and dozens and dozens of students packed into the gym there to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, sing the national anthem and other star-spangled songs with help from faculty band The Recliners, and listen to Physical Education Teacher Steve Rohder briefly speak about the importance of the day.
BEMIDJI—Caitlin Wacker, a senior at BSU, is on pace to be the first person in her family to earn a post-secondary degree. She hopes to parlay that into an elementary teaching job, she said, someplace away from—and at least a little bigger than—Frazee, her hometown.
BEMIDJI—The first contested School Board election since 2012 came down to a few dozen votes for newly elected board member Jeffrey Lind.
BEMIDJI—What's the difference, musically, between a worm and a bird? A pair of classical music performers posed that question to a roomful of Northern Elementary students on Wednesday: Guitarist Joe Spoelstra plodded between a handful of notes and, to his right, Alyssa Anderson sang about "one who stretches like a beautiful noodle." The first-, second-, and third-graders grinned at the goofy phrase as they wiggled and scrunched their index fingers—a worm. They flapped their hands as the ensemble shifted to bright, lilting guitar and voice work—a bird.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji-area voters sent some new faces to Bemidji Area Schools’ board on Tuesday.
BEMIDJI -- Coat, hat, wheelchair -- John O’Boyle is ready. As longtime family friend Patrick Lochwood helped, the World War II veteran, professor emeritus of Spanish at Bemidji State University, and staunch Democrat headed to a warming house next to the Bemidji Curling Club to vote. Lochwood held up O’Boyle’s ballot and asked him about each race in order, occasionally shining a small flashlight to help the 96-year-old read the candidates’ names.
BEMIDJI—For some Line 3 opponents, Friday was their day in court and another in a string of protests against the controversial oil pipeline project. A few dozen people chanted and carried banners from the Rail River Folk School to Beltrami County court, where 22 people faced misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges they received Aug. 29 during a Line 3 protest that briefly shut down a chunk of downtown Bemidji.
BEMIDJI—The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels are present in Lake Bemidji. According to the DNR, in July, an adult zebra mussel was found in the stomach contents of a perch caught by a Lake Bemidji State Park volunteer while fishing on the north shore. DNR investigations at that time, including diving and sampling for zebra mussel larvae, did not lead to conclusive evidence, a release said.
BEMIDJI—A student safety initiative in Bemidji has garnered state recognition. A pair of Bemidji Area Schools transportation staff are scheduled on Tuesday to accept the 2018 Traffic Safety Innovation Award for the department's "Bright Light" pilot program. The award is given out by Minnesota's Toward Zero Deaths program, which told Bemidji staff about the honor in August.