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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ST. PAUL—Negotiators from the Inter Faculty Organization, which represents hundreds of professors at universities and technical campuses across the state, and Minnesota State tentatively agreed to a new contract late Saturday evening, union officials said.
BEMIDJI—The Bemidji arts community officially has a new hub. A few hundred people gathered Saturday, Dec. 2, at the revamped $3 million Watermark Art Center for its grand opening and community dedication—a short ceremony that was seven years in the making. The new center boasts four galleries, including the Miikanan gallery, which is dedicated to American Indian art, a shop to sell regional artwork and an education room for workshops, classes, and more. The center's BSU gallery features art from two of the university's teaching collections.
CASS LAKE, Minn. — A prominent American Indian activist passed away late Sunday, Oct. 29. Dennis Banks — a Leech Lake band member whose Ojibwe name means “in the center of the universe” — co-founded the American Indian Movement in the late ’60s and earned a reputation as a fierce and sometimes-violent proponent of American Indian rights and causes. He was 80.
CLEARBROOK, Minn.—A northwest Minnesota nursing home is set to close this winter. Staff at the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society announced Monday that the society's skilled nursing facility in Clearbrook will close Dec. 8. Staff will help residents find new housing in Clearwater County and adjoining counties and help the facility's roughly 50 employees find new jobs or transfer to possible openings at a different Good Samaritan home.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Lake Bemidji State Park staff have temporarily closed one of their park trails after an owl attack over the weekend. 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, Aug. 18, in the park's general-use area near Lake Bemidji.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—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, Minn.—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."
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Kevin Williams pointed at a large white strip in central California on a map of the United States. The strip, in contrast to larger, bluer swathes of the map, indicated that there was a low abundance of wild bees there.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Police believe an inmate who escaped their custody late last week may have received help in his efforts to elude them.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji and a handful of east of St. Paul put interim water safety measures in place after the Minnesota Department of Health adopted stricter standards, but city leaders stress that water here is safe to drink. The Health Department on Tuesday, May 23, unveiled new advisories for a pair of industrial chemicals—PFOA and PFOS—found in Bemidji-area groundwater and some East Metro cities. Department staff said the advisories are the result of the tougher standards and not a new influx of those chemicals.