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Pioneer Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

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

Cheer: Runners score at state meet

The Bemidji High School boys 4x800 relay team members not only brought home the state championship Saturday, they also set a school record of 7 minutes, 49.15 seconds for the race at the state track meet in St. Paul. In addition, the athletes -- Jake Urban, Isak Sommer, Alex Schonberger and John Buckanaga -- set personal best times. Congratulations to all the runners who earned their places on the championship pedestal. Bagley-Fosston senior Analisa Huschle also made a big splash at state, winning four individual events to bring her career total to 10.

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Cheer: Bike rack gifts

Logan Mistic, Seth Wall and Chris Gilbertson, 10th-graders at Bemidji High School, took on a challenge with their welding instructor Jeff Olson to create bicycle racks as gifts to the Bemidji community. The students built the bike racks with funding from the Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Program. The racks feature Bemidji's First City on the Mississippi logo and distinctive art work.

Cheer: Schweder's gift

For the past 15 years, taxidermist Bill Schweder has added to the interest and educational value of the Headwaters Science Center by preserving and mounting native fish from area lakes. His skill and generosity have given visitors to the center an understanding of the variety, diversity and abundance of local fish.

Jeer: Buckle up

Clay County authorities ticketed 213 motorists for not wearing their seatbelts during a statewide "Click It or Ticket" campaign from May 23 to June 5. The initiative was a combined effort involving the Moorhead, Dilworth, Hawley and Glyndon police departments and the Clay County Sheriff's Office. Although the statistics come from Clay County, they are indicative of the lack of forethought and responsibility of many drivers statewide. The odds for injury in a crash are six times greater if a motorist isn't buckled up. More than half of those killed in crashes each year in Minnesota aren't buckled up, resulting in more than 150 deaths and more than 400 life-altering injuries.

Cheer: Record ride

Bemidji's sixth annual Ride for the Troops drew a record 580 participants and raised more than $20,000 to help families in need because of a member's deployment. Thanks to the sponsors, donors and attendees who support the community's efforts.

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