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Pioneer Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

Cheer: Northern Heat wins state crown

The 11-year-old Bemidji Northern Heat baseball team prevailed over the team from Baxter last week to win the Minnesota state Cal Ripken tournament and earn a trip to the eight-state regional in Sikeston, Mo., this week. This was the first state championship for the 11-year-old team since 2006. Congratulations to the team, coaches and fans, and to community members and businesses for helping make the trip to regionals possible.

Cheer: Jourdain Day

Bemidji Mayor Dave Larson continued the outreach to area members of Ojibwe bands by declaring July 27 Roger Jourdain Day. Celebrating the first Red Lake Band of Chippewa's centennial is a fitting gesture for a city in Indian Country. Jourdain, who died in 2002, served as Red Lake's first chairman and logged 31 years in that leadership position. The tradition that will start Wednesday of flying the Red Lake Nation flag over Bemidji City Hall every July 27 is another positive gesture.

Jeer: Boxer arrested

A Montana boxer was awarded a technical knockout after his opponent was arrested in the middle of the fight for allegedly making an obscene gesture to the crowd. The police report says the 36-year-old boxer removed his gloves during a break and made the obscene gesture. Police officers went to the suspect's corner and warned him not to make the gesture again or he would be arrested. But the boxer did it again during in the next break. The boxer faces a possible disorderly conduct charge.

Cheer: Relay For Life

Beltrami County Relay For Life has been recognized by the American Cancer Society as especially successful. As a result, Bemidji was chosen as one of four sites in Minnesota as the signup venue for the Prevention Study 3. Volunteers who are taking part in the survey have the opportunity to personally advance cancer prevention research.