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New reporter joins Focus staff

A new reporter started at the Perham Focus this week.

Born and raised in south Minneapolis, Joe Bowen is a 2009 graduate of the College of Saint Benedict-Saint John’s University. He has worked as a community organizer in politics and as an editor for the Icelandic-American newsletter, The Posturinn.

“Getting to know the people and places you’ll be covering is an exciting and essential part of community journalism, and I think a tightly-knit city like Perham is the perfect place for that,” said Bowen.

Bowen enjoys writing, playing rugby, learning the Icelandic language, brewing craft beer and traveling. He recently returned from a multi-week rugby tour through parts of Ireland.  He made sure to add that he also, “benches 250, ladies.”

“With his experience in writing, editing, and working with people, we feel fortunate to welcome Joe to our small but dedicated editorial team,” said Focus Editor Marie Nitke. “I believe he’ll be a great fit for this newspaper and the community of Perham.”