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Pioneer Editorial: Pioneer Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: Mother and son lead Legion post

Bemidji's Ralph Gracie Post of the American Legion and Auxiliary will be led this year by a mother-son team of Stella and Gabe Wakanabo. The family is deep in service to the country with Gabe serving two Marine deployments to Iraq and suffering serious wounds in an improvised bomb explosion. And his brother, Marines Special Operations Gunnery Sgt. Earl Wakanabo, is currently serving his seventh deployment. Stella became active in the Legion Auxiliary when her sons enlisted. The Wakanabo family members serve their country with honor, and Gabe and Stella will be able local leaders.

Cheers: Twins backers

The Minnesota Twins probably don't know it, but they owe their season turnaround from dismal to pretty good - 25 games won and 11 lost - to the employees of Anderson Fabrics in Blackduck. As soon as Purchasing Manager Connie Landis chose the Twin theme for the company's annual picnic, Twins players began hitting and catching like the team Minnesotans cheer.

Jeers: Litter on steroids

A Kansas woman ticketed for tossing her empty tea bottles in the same yard nearly every day for two years insists there was no malice involved. But she pleaded guilty Friday to four counts of littering. The litterer said the yard just happened to be where she finished her tea each time. The judge imposed fines of $1,200 plus court costs - the minimum amount for first-time offenders. Everyone has at one time or another been annoyed by litter. What's worse is the rural dumping - bags of trash that turn up every spring along roadsides as snow disappears.

Cheers: Weekend galas

With the Art in the Park in Library Park, the Paul Bunyan Vintage Auto Club Car Show, the Headwaters Quilters Guild Show, Paul Bunyan Playhouse performances and Bemidji Symphony Orchestra concert converging, the July 15-17 weekend was as full of entertainment, edification and good times as it could be.