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Pioneer Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

Policy leaves vendors with a choice

A new policy at the Sanford Center shuts out vendors who aren't willing to share revenues from sales during events at the facility. The issue, expected to be discussed at an advisory board meeting today, has been the topic of heated discussion the past few weeks on social media sites. Some people have criticized the Sanford Center and threaten to boycott the 35th Bemidji Jaycees' Home, Sports and Travel Show due to the exclusion of local vendors who won't share revenues. But boycotting the show hurts the Jaycees and VenuWorks, which manages the Sanford Center, has an obligation to bring in revenue for the city. The vendor policy is industry standard. Local vendors still have a choice to participate in events at the facility, and ultimately must decide whether to sell products there by sharing revenues.

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Taking a stand

When Bill Sanford questioned the editorial judgment and standards of Newsweek magazine to a group of public television executives, the Lakeland Public TV chief executive didn't expect his comments to become public. But Sanford has reason to question Newsweek's recent use of gratuitous profanity, and whether it fits the area station's family-friendly values. There are plenty of worthwhile, quality magazines to offer donors, and Newsweek's edgier approach to covering newsmakers and celebrities is a shift from what long-time readers have come to expect from the magazine.

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Legacy of leadership

Since its inception, Lenore Potter has been the heart and soul of the Boys and Girls Club of the Bemidji Area. The organization has been instrumental in providing activities and developmental opportunities for children under the age of 18. Potter is retiring at the end of March, but her leadership and vision have been paramount in shaping the Boys and Girls Club into a place to serve the needs of area youth.

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Airing it out

The Bemidji Regional Airport and Allegiant Airlines have had preliminary discussions about additional air service for the northern Minnesota hub. The talks, centered on providing non-stop flights to Las Vegas, are important in establishing additional service in the area. A deal would bring flight options to Bemidji, and potentially open the door for additional destinations. Several regional cities - including Duluth, Grand Forks and Fargo - already have Allegiant flights to warm-weather cities. The convenience and competition would benefit our area, both for business and leisure travelers.

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