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Pioneer Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

Cheer: BHS students showcase city

The Bemidji High School video communications department was honored earlier this month at the 2011 Student Television Awards for Excellence in Minneapolis. The students' "First City of Lights Parade" feature won the Crystal Pillar Championship for the Long Form category. Not only did the students demonstrate their video expertise, but also showed Bemidji in a celebratory mood.

Jeer: Costly Catch

Fishing trips can rack up the expenses, especially for poachers who are caught and fined. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says a 68-year-old Nebraska man had to pay nearly $1,200 when he was caught with 27 walleyes taken out of Lake of the Woods.

Cheer: Appreciation

The distance between the workings of a university and the day-to-day activities of those unconnected with higher education can cause the "town-and-gown" syndrome. The situation described the separation in medieval cities between university students, who wore distinctive gear such as one sees at commencements, and non-university residents. Bemidji State University's Community Appreciation Day brings everyone closer together in a positive atmosphere. The football game and fireworks demonstration that capped the evening drew a record crowd as the Beavers shut out Minot State 27-0 and Paul Bunyan Communications treated spectators to a great fireworks show.

Cheer: Rowing the river

Good luck to Juergen Kolheim of Bonn, Germany, and his daughter, Ute Kolheim, in their efforts to row a boat from Bemidji to New Orleans. Canoeists paddle the Mississippi River almost every summer, but a rowboat trip is unusual.