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Pioneer Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

Cheer: Hall of Fame women honored

Bemidji State University Emeritus Professor Patricia Rosenbrock received honors Saturday during an event she helped initiate. She was recognized and enshrined in the BSU and Northwest Minnesota Women's Hall of Fame, along with the late Dolores Clack of Park Rapids. Rosenbrock credited all her foremothers with her successes in opening doors for women, saying she stands on the shoulders of generations who have gone before her. The Hall of Fame ceremony kicked off March as Women's History Month activities at BSU.

Cheer: Keeping tradition

Wooden skis and leather bootstraps, knickers and wooly gear are part of the tradition of the Buena Vista Snowjourn 12k ski race held Saturday. About 50 classic and freestyle skiers challenged the course, along with three skiers decked out in old-fashioned outfits for the 29th annual event. Congratulations to winners and all those who braved the sub-zero weather start of the race.

Jeer: Witness pay

The three U.S. Senate election trial judges in the case to decide whether former Republican Sen. Norm Coleman or Al Franken, ahead in the Nov. 4 election by 225 votes, should serve Minnesota, are considering whether witnesses, mostly poll officials from various counties, should receive more than a small stipend for their time and travel costs to testify in the case. Local taxpayers shouldn't have to foot the bill for their officials to testify in this historic case, which is a statewide affair.

Cheer: Making progress

The Red Lake Band of Chippewa members have plenty to celebrate with new housing, infrastructure such as wastewater treatment and a successful gaming business. Difficulties remain to be conquered, but Chairman Floyd "Buck" Jourdain's State of the Band Address Friday demonstrated that progress is gaining momentum. Events to look forward to include the opening of a new Law Enforcement Center., Elderly Nutrition Site, Kidney Dialysis Clinic and Casino-Hotel complex this year.