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Pioneer Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

Cheer: Series offers amazing season

The Bemidji Concert Series, which opened in 2001 to make Bemidji the cultural center for northern Minnesota, promises a season filled with internationally lauded musicians from Midori, the child violin prodigy now grown to a mature musician, to the jazz of Doc Severinsen and the sister trio of the Ahns. Concert-goers enjoyed the string music and brass sextet of the Minnesota Orchestra Sunday and can look forward next month to the Gothenburg Combo, a guitar duo from Sweden. Del Lyren and Sue Nelson, Bemidji State University music teachers, and the local committee have lined up a stellar year.

Cheer: Culture explained

The Shared Vision presentation Thursday by Don Day, director of the Bemidji State University American Indian Resource Center, and Anton Treuer, BSU professor of Ojibwe, "Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians but Were Afraid to Ask," is another big step in cross cultural understanding. Dialog, breaking down barriers of shyness and strangeness and mutual appreciation will go a long way to defeat Bemidji's reputation as a city intolerant of diversity.

Jeer: Errant e-mails

Bemidji State University did the best possible damage control, but a glitch in the information sent to students or parents about the amount of financial aid opened the flood gates for privacy violation. The problem was contained by shutting down the students e-mail system, but not before vital information was forwarded. In those cases, BSU could only ask recipients to respect the privacy of fellow students by refraining from reading the e-mails and deleting them without forwarding them.

Cheer: Touring county

Beltrami County Commissioners took first-hand appraisals of forests, a bridge, parks and roads last week. The commissioners allocate funds and approve plans for infrastructure improvements, but witnessing the work in progress and the result of their decisions is particularly valuable.

Cheer: Second coming

The magician known as Brett Favre won over the hearts of many Minnesota Vikings fans Sunday when he engineered one of his patented last-minute drives to win a game, this time connecting with another new face, Greg Lewis, for the clinching score with two seconds left against the San Francisco 49ers. Many of us thought the Vikings were just adding unnecessary drama by acquiring Favre. One pass might have changed that.