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.
If you go: What: Meet and greet the founders of Aurora Waasakone Community of Learners When: 3-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12 Where: Nary School, 25895 County Road 9, Helga Township, Hubbard County An old school building a few miles south of Bemidji could become the area's newest charter school. Anna Wallin and Shanna Reiners are former Schoolcraft Learning Community teachers, and they hope to get Aurora Waasakone, a would-be K-8 charter school, up and running by the 2019-2020 school year in the old Nary School.
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."