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Pioneer Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

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Changes abound after 2012 election

Congratulations to the winners in last week’s elections.

Voters cast ballots to determine the course of governance at the local, state and federal levels.

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The local and state results are significant.

The Bemidji City Council faces the most change as voters selected a new mayor – Rita Albrecht will be the first woman to hold the position in Bemidji – and two different members of the board. The mayoral selection in turn will result in turnover for a third council seat.

The change is less dramatic for the Beltrami County Commission, but it is worth noting voters chose to replace the board chairman.

And on the state level, voters across the Gopher State reorganized the Minnesota Legislature, giving Democrats full control of the Senate, House and governor’s office.

Dollars return

Renewal of a federal grant funding Evergreen Youth and Family Services this fall is major announcement for the nonprofit, which operates a youth crisis shelter.

It was a blow last year when the organization learned it lost the federal grant for the first time since 1977.

Becky Schueller, executive director of Evergreen, said the grant was approved at $120,000 a year for three years.

 In the absence of the grant last year, the community, along with U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Beltrami County Commissioner Joe Vene, area American Indian tribes and state agencies, rallied to Evergreen’s aide.

“It didn’t solve all of our problems,” Schueller said of the federal grant announcement, “but it’s a tremendous relief. It allows us to cope with other funding losses without crippling our capacity.”

Many thanks

Each year, in ceremonies across the country, America salutes its veterans and shows gratitude for their service and sacrifice.

This year, Bemidji Elks Lodge No. 1052 offered a patriotic program as a salute to those who have served our country.

“One of the Elks’ missions is never to forget the veterans,” Shirlee Walker, a lodge member, said at the event Saturday.

Beltrami County Veterans Service Officers Scotty Allison and Julie Harris are committed to helping area veterans by providing the resources – through services and benefits – earned by those who have served in the U.S. military.

Thank you to the Elks, local military fraternal organizations, veterans service officers and – most importantly – our veterans for their service.

Congratulations to the winners in last week’s elections.

Voters cast ballots to determine the course of governance at the local, state and federal levels.

The local and state results are significant.

The Bemidji City Council faces the most change as voters selected a new mayor – Rita Albrecht will be the first woman to hold the position in Bemidji – and two different members of the board. The mayoral selection in turn will result in turnover for a third council seat.

The change is less dramatic for the Beltrami County Commission, but it is worth noting voters chose to replace the board chairman.

And on the state level, voters across the Gopher State reorganized the Minnesota Legislature, giving Democrats full control of the Senate, House and governor’s office.

Dollars return

Renewal of a federal grant funding Evergreen Youth and Family Services this fall is major announcement for the nonprofit, which operates a youth crisis shelter.

It was a blow last year when the organization learned it lost the federal grant for the first time since 1977.

Becky Schueller, executive director of Evergreen, said the grant was approved at $120,000 a year for three years.

 In the absence of the grant last year, the community, along with U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Beltrami County Commissioner Joe Vene, area American Indian tribes and state agencies, rallied to Evergreen’s aide.

“It didn’t solve all of our problems,” Schueller said of the federal grant announcement, “but it’s a tremendous relief. It allows us to cope with other funding losses without crippling our capacity.”

Many thanks

Each year, in ceremonies across the country, America salutes its veterans and shows gratitude for their service and sacrifice.

This year, Bemidji Elks Lodge No. 1052 offered a patriotic program as a salute to those who have served our country.

“One of the Elks’ missions is never to forget the veterans,” Shirlee Walker, a lodge member, said at the event Saturday.

Beltrami County Veterans Service Officers Scotty Allison and Julie Harris are committed to helping area veterans by providing the resources – through services and benefits – earned by those who have served in the U.S. military.

Thank you to the Elks, local military fraternal organizations, veterans service officers and – most importantly – our veterans for their service.

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