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Pioneer Editorial: Cheers & Jeers

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Cheer: Agriculture takes the spotlight

The Wilde Angus Ranch south of Solway was the site Saturday of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation Breakfast on the Farm. The event featured tours, games for children and programs. Owner Wayne Wilde and family hosted the event and exhibited their cutting horses' agility and cow sense in managing cattle. The Bemidji Lions Club served pancakes topped with Farm Bureau condiments of blueberries, strawberries, maple syrup and ice cream, and Minnesota Agriculture Assistant Commissioner Robin Kinney and Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Paap greeted visitors to the spread. All of us who eat food has a vested interest in agriculture, even if we don't think about the connections between the farms and the supermarket.

Cheer: Walleye champs crowned

Congratulations to Bill Litchke and Dave Carpenter, the Grand Rapids team who won the Kraus-Anderson Walleye Classic Saturday. The fishing duo brought in a five-walleye limit of 14.54 pounds of fish and won the $10,000 grand prize. The entrance fees are donated to many outreach charities, such as Special Olympics, Bemidji Youth Hockey, Let's Go Fishing, Take a Kid Fishing, Fishing Has No Boundaries, Boy Scouts and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Jeer: Arson suspected

It's more than disappointing to receive the report from the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office that the destruction of the LaPrairie Town Hall south of Bagley June 9 is most likely the result of arson. The wooden structure was a complete loss. Natural causes have been ruled out, and a recent burglary under investigation in the nearby area might be related. Anyone with information about the fire should call the Arson Tip Line at 800-723-2020 or the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office at 218-694-6226. Let's get this destruction of public property solved, charged, convicted and the consequences imposed.

Cheer: Eagle Scout project

Matt Glen, 14, and members of his Boy Scout Troop 23, assisted by some adults, have built a 360-foot floating boardwalk to allow easier access to Rice Lake. Glen chose the project for his Eagle Scout project because he saw a need. He worked with Beltrami County Natural Resources to complete the project.

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