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Highway honors America's veterans

Minnesota State Highway 371 running from near Little Falls to Cass Lake has been designated as Purple Heart Memorial Highway in honor of all the soldiers who have been wounded in battle or who have died from wounds suffered in action in the battle for freedom. The Purple Heart, which bears the image of President George Washington, was established by Gen. Washington at Newburgh, N.Y., on Aug. 7, 1782, during the Revolutionary War, to honor soldiers wounded in battle. Thousands of American soldiers serving in causes around the world have made the sacrifices and suffered the injuries to earn the Purple Heart in the two and a quarter centuries since then. The Minnesota State Legislature voted to honor Purple Heart bearers, and Cass Lake Mayor Elaine Fleming duly passed the honor of cutting the ribbon on the newly named highway to six-time Purple Heart earner and Vietnam veteran Peter Thompson of Rice Lake. We salute all veterans and pay special regard to those wounded in service.

Successful season

The Paul Bunyan Playhouse produced a blockbuster season this summer with classic comedies, such as "Harvey," and new dramas, such as "The Drawer Boy." The final musical comedy, the classic "Guys and Dolls," will take the stage at 8 p.m. every evening from now until Saturday. They've got the horse right here and their bells will be ringing every night, so let's all of us follow the fold.

Risky choices

Operating any kind of motor vehicle, including watercraft, all-terrain vehicles, lawn mowers, as well as on-road vehicles, after consuming alcohol is a big mistake -- always. Last week, a man given a ride by a buddy on a golf cart fell off and was injured because, according to the Beltrami County Sheriff's report, both he and the driver had consumed too much alcohol. The rider passed out, hit the road and ended up in MeritCare Hospital in Fargo, N.D. The driver said they had both been drinking, according to the report. DWI doesn't just mean impaired driving of cars and pickups. Stay sober and stay safe.

Happy scramblers

The Lumberjack Scramble Golf Tournament benefit for Bemidji High School athletics is a good time for golfers, a reunion time for families and friends and a great get together for an important cause -- the support of athletic activities for area young people. The scoreboard on Friday listed many teams with the same family and business team names. The competition took second place to the fun and camaraderie. The weather was perfect with pleasant breezes off Lake Bemidji. And the organization provided a smoothly run happy day.