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Pioneer Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

Cheer: A masterful performance

A fitting end to the Legacy Destination Weekend was heard and appreciated by people who came from Bemidji and environs Sunday when the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, the Bemidji Chorale, the Bemidji Choir (Bemidji State University), soloists, actors from Theatre B from Fargo and survivors from Terezin told the story of Rafael (Rafe) Schaechter in "The Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin." Cheers to BSO?Music Director Beverly Everett for spearheading the effort to bring Murry Sidlin's production to Bemidji, and to the event's sponsors: the Neilson Foundation, Region 2 Arts Council and Robert Treuer along with the partnership with Minnesota Public Radio. The performance was trule powerful. The Legacy Destination Weekend offered a chance to demonstrate how the Legacy Amendment passed in 2008 has impacted Minnesotans.

Cheer: Tree planter

A bundle of 3,000 trees Wayne Wilde of rural Solway bought from the Beltrami Soil and Water Conservation District made history as containing the two millionth tree - maybe pine, maybe spruce or oak - that the organization has sold. SWCD concentrates on reforestation, along with erosion control, water purity and helping property owners with ecological improvement. The Wilde family is among the many Beltrami County landowners who have seen over the generations the quality of life tree planting maintains.

Jeer: The 'ick' factor

An Arizona appeals court says a business owner is entitled to challenge the constitutionality of state rules barring her from using fish in her salon pedicures. Never mind the "ick" factor, the cosmetologist uses pedicure fish to eat dead skin off clients' feet. The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled the business owner can sue over the Arizona Board of Cosmetology's threat to pull her license. The board ruled the fish were unsafe because they couldn't be sterilized. The lawsuit says the board lacks jurisdiction because the pedicure isn't a cosmetic service. But it's creepy.

Cheer: Stewards honored

Beltrami County Commissioner Jim Heltzer and former Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College President Jon Quistgaard were honored last week for their many years of community service as "Bemidji Leads!" stewards. The three organizations honored were the Bemidji Area Cross Country Ski Club and North Country Snowmobile Club for their trail grooming efforts, and Village of Hope, the new Bemidji homeless shelter.