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Pioneer Cheers & Jeers

Cheers--Health care takes steps forward

The Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography, or PET/CT, began service Friday in Bemidji. The technology brought to Bemidji each week by DMS Health Group is the result of a collaboration between MeritCare Bemidji and North Country Health Services. Now, instead of putting off the tests or driving to Fargo, N.D., or the Twin Cities for the imaging, patients can receive readings at their local health care center. The imaging, which determines the size and growth rate of cancers, can ensure patients don't suffer the trauma of unnecessary major surgeries.

Cheers--TrekNorth cited

For the second year in a row, TrekNorth, a Bemidji charter school, earned silver medal recognition from U.S. News & World Report as one of the best high schools in the country. The ratings are based on academic and enrollment data collected from more than 21,000 public high schools. There were 504 schools nationwide to receive the silver medal. TrekNorth was one of 13 schools in Minnesota with the silver rating. Kelliher Secondary School was one of the 1,321 schools, and one of 35 in the state, to earn a bronze award. Congratulations to the dedication of educators and students in both schools on their serious focus on academics.

Jeers--Not welcome

The Bemidji State University women's hockey team members received a nasty surprise when they returned to their locker room Friday after playing the University of Minnesota-Duluth. The visiting team's locker room at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC) is under the DECC stands. The locker room was not locked, and music devices, cell phones, rings and a wallet were stolen. The DECC is adjacent to Pioneer Hall where youth hockey was being played Friday. People had access to both Pioneer Hall and the DECC. What an unhappy welcome for visitors.

Cheers--Radiothon rocks

The 20th annual Radiothon to End Child Abuse raised $48,358.60 during the Dec. 4 and 5 fund raiser. The amount of organization prior to the events and the marathon on-air broadcast is a huge commitment by the staff of KB101, KZYFM 95.5, WQXJ 104.5 and Z99, and a tradition Bemidji can be proud of. The amount was close to the 2007 pledges and donations of $49,854.50.