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Pioneer Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

Cheer: College graduates celebrate success

Bemidji State University, Northwest Technical College and Oak Hills Christian College graduates received diplomas last weekend. Commencement is always a joyous time for the graduating seniors and their families. Congratulations to all who have accomplished their objectives and are moving on the further studies or the world of work.

Jeer: Roadside derelict

The Big Fish, a U.S. Highway 2 roadside icon, may disappear if steps aren't taken for preservation. Opened in 1958 near Bena as an ice cream stand, the 65-foot-long muskie was created by sculptor Wayne Kumpla. There have been efforts in recent years to renovate the structure, but it is fast deteriorating. The Big Fish has been named on the Preservation of Minnesota's 10 Most Endangered Historic Places List. Bemidji saved Babe the Blue Ox. Let's not let another piece of northern Minnesota's popular culture disappear.

Cheer: Literary outreach

Award-winning Bemidji author Will Weaver has turned his skills as a novelist into a literacy campaign for young adults with his motor novels series. With characters and situations aimed at attracting the interest of teens focused on auto racing, the series gives boys and girls a new genre that relates to their experiences. Coupled with the tours that feature Team Weaver Racing's vehicles, the book tours offer something different for a segment of the young population. Good luck with the outreach, Will.

Cheer: Nurses Week

Most people have received services from nurses. Nurses Week, which culminates today, honors pioneer nurse Florence Nightingale on her May 12 birthday and all the nurses who serve in the myriad of professional positions throughout health care. Thank a nurse today.