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Pioneer Editorial: Cheers & Jeers

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Cheer: Oak Hills nets a championship

Oak Hills Christian College, known for biblical studies, lakeside campus and mission projects near and far, has notched a new niche in local lore. During a week when Olympic and World Team Trials curling stood front and center, Oak Hills quietly brought home to Bemidji the championship in men's Association of Christian College Athletics basketball in the tournament at Bethany, Okla. The Oak Hills Wolfpack topped Emmaus Bible College of Dubuque, Iowa, 66-63 for the title. Customs officers in Mexico and museum directors in Florida may not be making the same name recognition with the Christian College circuit as they do with the ice event of Olympic curling, but the Oak Hills championship is another earned win notable for local pride. Well done, Wolfpack.

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Cheer: Second generation

Could it be a genetic thing? Heather Hurd, daughter of Pat Hurd, winner of scores of contests that rack up thousands of dollars of gain, along with national and international recognition, has logged a major win in her own right. Heather Hurd turned her New Year's shape-up resolution into $10,000 from Aquafina's "Resolution Reality" contest by making a video of herself, filmed by her mother, doing exercises with odd objects. The peanut-butter-jar bicep curls, laundry-detergent-bottle squats and booted deep-snow jogging won the attention of the judges. Keep the winning tradition going, Heather and family. We also wish Pat luck in this week's 42nd Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest in Orlando, Fla. She is one of 100 finalists for the $1 million grand prize. It is Pat's third trip to the finals. The winners will be announced Wednesday.

Jeer: Bad neighbors

No one is happy about the need for an eviction notice. But some bow to the inevitable with more dignity than an Antioch, Calif., man, Lloyd Annesley, who emptied his apartment onto the lawn when he received notice he would have to move from his subsidized rental. His low rent was a favor to longtime family and friends, who paid back the favor by helping Annesley dump around the yard gallons of cookies, puzzle pieces, old batteries, candy, contents of canned foods and Scrabble tiles -- all of which became infested with flies and worms -- to the tune of a $4,000 clean-up bill.

Cheer: KBSU logs airtime

There's nothing like real-time, hands-on, quick-think, ad-lib live television for a teaching tool. Add to that the opportunities to reach fellow students through the medium of television, and the result is KBSU, the Bemidji State University station reaching students and others interested in BSU news on Channel 17. Experience before the camera, editing video footage, enterprising story ideas -- all are part of the electronic journalistic career practice students gain at KBSU.

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