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Pioneer Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

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Cheer: Letting the residents decide

The Bemidji Charter Commission voted decisively to allow residents to choose whether to give themselves the ability to recall elected officials. The democratic process should give residents recall power, something that had been excluded from the city's charter. Residents will vote on the matter next year once the City Council approves the wording of the measure.

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Cheer: Jacks succeed

Cheers to the Bemidji High School student athletes for their success this fall. The girls soccer team made it's first-ever appearance at the state tournament after winning its section. The boys soccer team advanced to the section semifinals. The football team continued its post-season run with a resounding victory over Grand Rapids. Cross country runners Sam Carlson and Jenna Truedson have qualified for the state meet. The BHS?volleyball team will play Monticello tonight in the Section 8-3A semifinals.

Jeer: Convicted again

Robert Arthur Litzau, a 69-year-old man from the Pine River/Backus area, was handed a second conviction for failing to properly register as a predatory offender. Litzau must serve at least two years in prison for failing to comply with the state's offender registry requirements and inform law enforcement about his residency. He also was convicted of a similar offense in 2009.

Cheer: Getting word out

We're glad that local arts and cultural groups are encouraging residents to contact lawmakers regarding use of Legacy Funds to pay for a Minnesota Vikings stadium. Arts and cultural activities are part of the fabric of the north woods, and unless residents voice their opinions, money approved for heritage activities and programs could be diverted to pay for a stadium.

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