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Pioneer Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

Cheer: Arts cruise puts Bemidji on map

Congratulations to the organizers, artists and art lovers who made Bemidji's second annual Studio Cruise such a success this past weekend. Like the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival, the Studio Cruise has quickly made its mark as one of Bemidji's showcase events, another reminder of how blessed the community is with artistic talent. Sixteen artists opened their studios for the weekend to show off their creations. It offered the public a unique opportunity to see artists at work. A wide range of art was on display, and the event promises to grow in coming years.

Cheer: Finding a signal

Kudos to area law enforcement officials for some quick thinking last week when a lost hunter called the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office. A faint emergency call was received in the middle of the night from a hunter reporting that he was lost in the woods in Quiring Township. The hunter lost his shoes and socks and was suffering from severe hypothermia when he notified authorities. The Beltrami County Dispatch Center managed to keep the hunter on the line long enough to get a general fix on his location. County Sheriff 's deputies, members of the Kelliher Fire Department and Blackduck Ambulance Service, along with neighbors in the area and K-9 Vosco, located the man.

Jeer: Reality? Get real

So Balloon Boy was a hoax. No wonder Americans are becoming more and more cynical. The story that mesmerized the nation last week was just an act, concocted by an egomaniac father who wants to be a reality television star. Richard Heene of Fort Collins, Colo., who reported that his 6-year-old son was floating away on a homemade helium balloon, now faces felony charges. Here's what should happen: Heene gets sent to jail, and the television networks resist the urge to produce his reality show. Think there's a chance of either one happening?

Cheer: Granting wishes

A $474,500 grant for the Northwest Minnesota Foundation's Capacity Development Initiative will help the Bemidji-based organization strengthen nonprofit and faith-based groups' delivery of programs to the region's unemployed, homeless, low-income and at risk citizens.