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Pioneer Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

Cheer: Charter schools bond faculty

Schoolcraft Learning Community set out last week on blind missions to serve the Bemidji area community, and TrekNorth Senior and Junior High School took on a surprise adventure at Neilson Spearhead Center to give teachers a break from inside, in-service time and to work together in novel environments. Schoolcraft faculty and staff went on assignments around the community, and TrekNorth folks competed in survival techniques, scavenger hunts and other outdoors activities. Getting sweaty, getting dirty, physical activity and lots of laughs together are great ways for school faculty to bond.

Cheer: Bailout boys

Sean Filzen decided his senior project at Marylhurst University-Oregon would be a west-to-east helping-hands outreach coupled with a video documentary of his travels, along with his Uncle Doug Francisco. The pair stopped in the Bemidji area last week to help some old friends and look for others, who could use with a couple of able bodies to complete practical jobs. What a great way to see the country and meet people. And, what a great documentary for a media major to submit for a senior project.

Jeer: Cousin blackmail

A 24-year-old University of Minnesota-Duluth student, Anthony Phillip Dzik of St. Paul, was sentenced last week to 45 days on electronic monitoring, a $299 fine and five years of supervised probation for trying to trick his female cousin into sending him nude photos of herself. According to the criminal complaint, Dzik threatened his cousin to steal her identity and hack into her friend's account if she didn't send the nude photos. Dzik said he's "very sorry for all of this." Sorry is good; the trickery into allowing his cousin access and inflicting a virus into her computer is bad.

Cheer: BEA honors staff

The Bemidji Education Association recognized Trish Quistgaard, school psychologist, as Bemidji School District Teacher of the Year, Sandy Raddatz as Support Professional of the Year and Andy Allen as Lay Educator of the Year during a ceremony last week. Raddatz is a paraprofessional at Central Elementary School and Allen has volunteered in classrooms since his 1985 retirement as a Bemidji School District teacher. He has volunteered at Northern Elementary since 2001.