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.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—A central Minn. high school teacher wants students and educators to leave class next month to make a point about school violence and pressure lawmakers to address a decades-long rash of school shootings. Gina Marie Bernard, an English teacher at Bemidji High School, is organizing a "Women's March Youth EMPOWER" walkout at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the high school. The plan is to have students, teachers, school administrators and parents leave school buildings across the country for 17 minutes.
BEMIDJI—Students at Cass Lake-Bena schools went home early Thursday, Feb. 2, after school district staff heard of a bomb threat there. Superintendent Rochelle Johnson said students at the school district's combined high school and middle school building were evacuated two miles away to the district's Area Learning Center after she heard of the threat at about 10 a.m. Thursday. Students in all grades were released at 11:30 a.m. School continued as normal at the district's elementary building, Johnson said, except for the early release.