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Pioneer Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

Cheer: County fairs are great tradition

The 105th Clearwater County Fair celebrated crafts, food, livestock horticulture and art last week. This week, it's Beltrami County Fair time starting with open class entries Wednesday. Our northern tier counties showcase the agricultural heritage of the area, encourage leadership among 4-H members and give crafters and gardeners the opportunity to show off their best work.

Cheer: Playhouse scores

Once again the Paul Bunyan Playhouse has provided professional theater experiences for the community and summer visitors to the area. Artistic Director Zach Curtis knew he was stretching the curtain when he scheduled "The Full Monty" as the season's last staging and his last act in Bemidji. But the play has filled the house and the actors have portrayed the poignant story well. Congratulations on another successful season.

Jeer: Basebrawl game

A brawl after a play at the plate has put American Legion baseball teams from North Carolina and Georgia out of a regional baseball tournament in Sumter. The fight erupted after Cherryville, N.C., Post 100 scored two runs in the fourth inning to increase its lead to 4-0 over Douglasville, Ga., Post 145 on Sunday morning. When the second Cherryville runner slid into home, words were exchanged with the Douglasville catcher, who threw the ball and hit the North Carolina player in the back, starting the fight. In general, good sportsmanship prevails, but players who let their tempers rule should stay out of the game.

Cheer: Fishing pond

Including a children's fishing pond in the layout of the Sanford Center grounds was an inspired idea. The pond collects runoff from the impervious surface of the parking area, and, stocked with pan fish, the facility gives children a convenient place to practice angling skills.