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Pioneer Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

Cheer: Language grants help students

Federal grants gave 18 Bemidji students scholarships to the Concordia Language Villages Portuguese program. Because Portuguese is the language of the global giant Brazil, it has been designated a critical language worthy of special attention. To aim most of the scholarships at local students, most of whom would not have been able to afford attending the camp, was a nice touch.

Cheer: A new home

A group of Bemidjians organized a grocery buying co-operative in 1974. The grassroots business allowed for bulk buying combined with volunteerism. Gradually, the co-op became more businesslike with a storefront downtown. Now, Harmony Natural Foods Cooperative has gone big time with an attractive new venue at 302 Irvine Ave. N.W., and triple the space of the Third Street store.

Jeer: ATV complaints

A 34-year-old Mankato man was arrested after police say he led them on a chase on an all-terrain vehicle and deliberately struck four squad cars. Police say an officer saw the ATV commit several traffic violations around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused and the officer pursued. During the chase, police say, the driver drove through several fields and residential yards. The pursuit ended when the driver collided with a Blue Earth County squad car and hit a tree. The ATV driver was treated for non-life threatening injuries. He's being held in the Blue Earth County jail. ATVs can be recreational and useful, but to some people they are a nuisance or worse.

Cheer: New clinic

Another grand opening was in Red Lake where the hospital inaugurated the Same Day Appointment Clinic last week. The clinic in space that used to house the dental department has be totally renovated by local staff so that patients can set an appointment for the day they call during hours convenient for them.