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Pioneer Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

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opinion Bemidji, 56619
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Cheer: Annette honor richly deserved

During the Northwest Minnesota Foundation 2010 Regional Summit last week, numerous notable speakers described their callings to leadership. Among those honored was Dr. Kathleen Annette with the Quality of Place Award. Annette, a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, and the first woman to be bestowed honorary membership in the Red Lake Band of Chippewa for her responses to the March 2005 Red Lake High School shootings, is the deputy director of Field Operation for the Indian Health Service for Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. She is a recipient of many other recognitions, and Bemidji is honored to be her headquarters.

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Cheer: Talent showcase

More than 30 Bemidji State University students exhibited their works during the Spring Design Technology Portfolio Review last week, but the blow-away favorite was senior Sam Silva's model of Rivendell, a city of elves from the J.R.R. Tolkien "The Lord of the Rings." The details of the students' models show the viability of the program and the challenges and opportunities the program offers.

Jeer: On wrong track

A 25-year-old St. Peter, Minn., man is accused of leaving his car on the railroad tracks near Kasota. He is scheduled to go to court Tuesday. The Free Press of Mankato reported a Union Pacific Railroad train had to be stopped before dawn March 11 to avoid a collision with the car. The train was delayed for about two hours. The suspect won't say why he abandoned his car on the tracks, according to the report, but the result could have been a tragic accident endangering the lives of the train operators if an alert citizen hadn't notified authorities, who were able to signal and stop the train.

Cheer: New shelter

Ours to Serve House of Hospitality has an upbeat name, but, truth to tell, the homeless shelter is overwhelmed by the number of people every day who need a place to stay. The groundbreaking last week for the new Village of Hope emergency shelter of short-term havens to help families regain stability and overcome obstacles.

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