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Pioneer Editorial: Touching up Bemidji as a gem of north

Bemidji wants to become a city of trees, embracing "Bemidji Leads!" destiny driver of seeing 10,000 trees a year planted in Bemidji. As we are a city in the north woods, it's only proper that every avenue leading into town be an avenue of branches and green trees.

But there's also nothing wrong with a little color.

This week, Bemidji is on show again for the second year in an effort to "spruce" (sorry, another tree term) up the city with flowers.

Judges arrive today to begin two days of tours and inspections for the America in Bloom program. The city, with its Bemidji in Bloom campaign, didn't place last year in its initial effort but got good marks nonetheless. Hopefully, we'll do better this year.

The America in Bloom program looks at a city for its floral displays, tidiness, land-scaped areas, urban forestry, heritage pre-sentation, community involvement, turf and groundcovers and environmental ef-fort. We hope the judges will find our com-munity rich in all those activities, or give us valuable tips on how we can get there.

A community that takes care of the details is a community that cares about the way it presents itself. From the community gardens at Northview Manor and Nymore City Park, to downtown sculptures and art kiosks, to the city's serious effort in retention ponds to keep Lake Bemidji clean, the littlest detail paid to Bemidji's "look" is an important part of creating the community's character.

We already know Bemidji is a wonderful place in which to live and work -- we just want to make that clear to all who visit and see for themselves.