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Pioneer Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

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Cheer: President gives nod to Minnesota

The Mayo Clinic has been lauded as not only one of the most effective medical care facilities in the United States. Mayo also has been cited as a center that pays doctors salaries, as opposed to per-patient and per-test/treatment fees, thus keeping costs relatively low. President Barack Obama, in his campaign to promote healthcare reform, arrived in Minneapolis Saturday to praise the Mayo system and offer it as an example of how better medical care can be achieved nationwide. For Minnesota to be the poster child for a better way isn't unusual. For the president to make Minneapolis his first stop in his healthcare reform campaign is significant.

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Cheer: Shriners serve

From the orthopedic clinic Friday when more than 20 families were screened by Shriners Hospital staff at Bemidji's Lake Region Bone & Joint Clinic to the parade and football game, the 12th annual Shriners weekend in Bemidji was a success. Unfortunately, a rollover accident with the Shriners' antique parade fire truck put Ken Hausauer in the hospital with broken bones. The passersby who teamed up to lift the vehicle off the driver should receive hero awards.

Jeer: Credit card fraud

As if credit cards weren't dangerous enough for the unthrifty, federal authorities have discovered a new wrinkle in the downside of what should be a convenient way to pay for merchandise and services. In Minneapolis, 11 people have been charged in an alleged scheme that involved creating counterfeit credit cards and using them to withdraw cash. The U.S. Attorney's Office charged that the suspects withdrew more than $650,000 from ATMs between July 2008 and April 2009. Another reason to be careful when using plastic.

Cheer: Off to school

Bemidji area school children started the 2009-2010 year Tuesday with enthusiasm and the opportunity to hear encouragement from their president. President Obama's address to students had some parents more than concerned that their children would receive a political message. But the urging to study, work and get everything possible from the educational experience was straight from the American tradition of more than 300 years of public education.

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