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Pioneer Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

Cheer: School garden a great success

Last year, Solway Elementary School received a grant from the Statewide Health Improvement Program through the Minnesota Department of Health to establish a community garden. The produce augments students' diets and provides outlets for volunteers to sustain the garden. This forward-looking project gives children the understanding of where their food comes from, as well as nutritious fruits and vegetables to eat.

Cheer: Appreciation

Congratulations to Beltrami County Jail Administrator Cindy Borowski who earned the Minnesota Sheriff's Association's Jail Administrator of the Year Award last week. Making the jail a safe place for inmates and encouraging diversity in hiring maintain a quality institution.

Jeer: Despicable theft

An urn of ashes has been stolen from a woman's vehicle in Winona. The ashes are the remains of the woman's mother. Police say the urn was taken from a box inside the vehicle when it was parked outside an apartment building. The woman reported the theft Sunday. The theft is believed to have occurred sometime after Sept. 7. It's hard to imagine why anyone would stoop so low as to steal a deceased person's cremated remains, but obviously lowlife prevailed in this case.

Cheer: Stamp artist

A Park Rapids photographer's work will be seen by millions of people as they stamp their Christmas cards and utility bills. Richard Hamilton Smith's photo of a cherry orchard in bloom will be issued as a "FOREVER" stamp next month.