Pioneer Editorial: Cheers and Jeers
Cheer: Farm Bureau's Friend of Ag
Ann Marie Ward, Beltrami County 4-H coordinator for the last 2 1/2 years was honored last week by the Beltrami County Farm Bureau as the 2010 Friend of Agriculture. Almost as long-lived as the county itself, 4-H has been helping area youngsters grow and succeed for 100 years. Under Ward's leadership local 4-H has been growing with more than 400 youth participating. The overflowing barns and hundreds of static exhibits this summer at the Beltrami County Fair attest to her efforts at getting the word out that 4-H is a place to be for both country and city youth.
Cheer: Shriners shine
The annual Shriner's weekend provided opportunities for fun, as well as service. Sponsored by the Headwaters Shrine Club, the bone and joint clinic Friday, parade Saturday morning and football game versus Augustana College Saturday afternoon shone the light on the service clubs and their dedication to the Shriner's Hospital, which provides treatment at no charge to children.
Jeer:?No guitar hero
A street musician in Madison, Wis., apparently wasn't soothed by his art. Wisconsin police say Brandin Hochstrasser, 31, known as "Bongo Jesus," was upset by criticism of his music Thursday and bashed a man over the head with his guitar, slammed another person into a wall and wrestled with an officer before being arrested. An officer had to use a stun gun to subdue and arrest Hochstrasser. Online court records show no formal charges had been filed by Sunday.
Bemidji State University's 360 Degrees Manufacturing & Applied Center of Excellence has been nominated for recognition with the Innovative Collaboration of the Year Award by the Minnesota High Tech Association. The Tekne Awards, in partnership with LifeScience Alley, Enterprise Minnesota and BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota, award entities that have shown innovation and leadership in the state's technology economy. BSU has demonstrated such innovation for many years.