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Pioneer Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

Cheer: Bemidji grads celebrate success

Congratulations to the 317 Bemidji High School graduates. The first class to celebrate commencement at the Sanford Center processed Saturday to the traditional strains of Edward Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance March." The amazing statistic about the class is the $1.5 million the members collectively earned in scholarships.

Cheer: 'Town of Titles'

Some of the names Bemidji has adopted are a little quirky, but all of them are fun. lists Bemidji among its "Top 10 Towns with Strange Claims to Fame." Of course, Paul and Babe loom large, and Bemidji is also the First City on the Mississippi and the Curling Capital of the World.

Jeer: Danger at airport

A suspicious and noisy package caused evacuations at an Oklahoma City airport Friday and disrupted transportation for about five hours, caused 30 flights to be cancelled and delayed 2,500 passengers. The package contained a bullhorn that played Christmas music, some wiring and part of a cell phone. A bomb squad determined the package was harmless, and the FBI said the box's owner missed his flight and was apologetic. With security tight, bringing such a package to an airport is stupid and irresponsible, even if there was no evil intent.

Cheer: Remembering

In a cold, spitting mist, more than 100 people gathered at Greenwood Cemetery last week to honor the fallen heroes of the many U.S. wars. The patriotism of those participating in the solemn ceremony and those who joined the audience to remember the dead speaks well of the Bemidji area.

cheer: A great ride

Records were set Sunday at the sixth annual Ride for the Troops as 420 bikes with 580 riders helped raise more than $20,000 to help military personnel from the Bemidji area. Balmy temperatures and a blue sky made for a pleasant ride. Congratulations to all who helped plan and run the event, and thanks to all of those riders and supporters who came out to take part.