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Pioneer Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

Cheer: Partnerships aid healthy living

The Active Living Partnership Health Carnival, a project of the Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department, gave people, especially youngsters, a great way to have fun in a variety of healthful activities. Starting with the third annual Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention, and continuing with festivities at the Lake Bemidji waterfront, the carnival offered games and attractions for all ages. Bemidji is one of eight Minnesota communities selected to receive Active Living Minnesota funding through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Bemidji Wellness Education for Long Life (B-WELL) received the funding and subcontracted with the Headwaters Regional Development Commission to complete the planning process.

Jeer: Paper suspended

The Bemidji State University Northern Student newspaper that has served BSU and the general community since 1926 has taken an unexpected hiatus. The suspension, according to the official sources, is voluntary by Northern Student student staff because a faculty advisor has not been found. Andy Bartlett, associate director of communications and marketing for BSU, said that's the official word: zero out of four attempts in recruiting a faculty advisor. However, students believe an opinion piece by a Northern Student staff reporter, who sarcastically slammed a Bemidji restaurant, is the reason for the suspension of publication. Let's hope the Northern Student can soon get its act together and also find a place for itself online, where most print editions are also available.

Cheer: Trail opens

On Saturday, the ribbon was cut opening the new trail between Bemidji's Library Park and Diamond Point Park. The trail, part of the Bemidji Parks and Recreation trails improvements, will make the traditional trail along the lake accessible to everyone. Coupled with existing trails in the Bemidji area, these amenities only add to the community's draw as an outdoors paradise.

Cheer: Flu preparedness

As the seasonal flu vaccine is now available, and the vaccine for the novel H1N1, sometimes called "swine flu," will be available in the next few weeks, it's good to know our health care providers are immunized, as should be all vulnerable people. North Country Health Services is aiming to have 100 percent of its employees immunized. Herd immunity means most people are vaccinated and can't catch the flu or pass it on to other people.