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Pioneer Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

Cheer: BREC project marches on

Last week saw two big steps forward in the completion of the Bemidji Regional Event Center -- the decision to invest in a larger scoreboard and the smoothing of concrete on the ice arena. As the October opening date nears, excitement and expectations for the BREC continue to grow. Adding a memorial medallion depicting the late Bemidji State University hockey goalie Galen Nagle enhances the personal importance of the BREC to Bemidji.

Cheer: Fishing opener

A perfect day, happy fisherfolk -- what could be better for the opening of the 2010 walleye season? Gov. Tim Pawlenty caught a few, as did many people who ventured out on the water. The fishing and hunting openers are always like Christmas or best birthdays for people who follow their sports. And to have a balmy day is a special gift.

Jeer: Hunting access

Landowners have always had the right to welcome hunters or put up the "No Trespassing" signs. That's still true, but a bill making its way through Minnesota state Legislature would offer money to property owners to open their land for hunting. The $1.4 million proposal passed the Senate but not the House. The idea of hunters paying for access does not seem like a true spirit of sportsmanship. The rationale for the bill is that finding good hunting land is difficult. But there are vast acres of public land available to hunters. It's time to rethink this proposal.

Cheer: Sacred run

Each year since the tragic shootings at Red Lake High School, groups of students from Cass Lake area carry a sacred staff and run a relay the approximate 50 miles from the Cass Lake Powwow Grounds to Red Lake in memory of those who suffered and died. It's been five years, but the tradition remains strong. Commitment from young people is an honorable gesture.