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Pioneer Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

Cheer: School reunion draws thousands

Bemidji High graduates are true to their school. More than 3,000 of them -- members of classes back into the 1940s -- homed in on Bemidji last week for reminiscences, celebrations, good cheer and, in some case, regrets that their school building on 15th Street Northwest has disappeared. They danced to the old songs, remembered successes and renewed relationships. Congratulations to the organizers who set the good times on the roll.

Cheer: Best team

The Bemidji VFW baseball team members worked their way into the championships and then trounced St. Paul's RanView last week 6-3 to win the state title in a great season logging a 30-5 record. It's always interesting when an out-state team overcomes a team from the Metro. In addition, Bemidji placed five players on the All-Tournament team: Ryan Hirt, Trent Baker, Sam Dwyer, Cody Jenkins and Collin Leif, who was also the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

Jeer: Extreme measures

A California mall made a rule against people approaching strangers to chat. The case arose after mall officials issued a citizen's arrest of a 27-year-old pastor who tried to talk about his faith. The policy effectively prevented shoppers from chatting about the weather or offering directions. The ruling has since been overturned by an appeals court, but such extreme responses to an annoyance are unreasonable. A mall spokeswoman said the management is considering appealing to the California Supreme Court, an even more outrageous response.

Cheer: Relay success

With 57 teams and 16 corporate sponsors, the noon-midnight American Cancer Society 2010 Beltrami County Relay for Life struck a hopeful chord for the 14th annual event. Walking at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds, survivors of cancer celebrated their successes and others whose families have been affected by the disease raised funds Saturday for cancer research.