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Pioneer Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

Cheer: United Way campaign begins

Congratulations to Johnny Lee Walker and Jean Baer, who will lead the 2011 United Way of Bemidji Area campaign. The theme, "I love 1986," reflects the 25 years United Way has enriched the community by supporting a wide range of agencies and endeavors. The community can get into the fun from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday when the annual Chili Cook Off takes place at the Paul Bunyan Mall.


Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Puposky marked a milestone with the 75th anniversary of the congregation Sunday. The event also celebrated the renovation to the church and the success in making the building handicapped accessible.

Jeer: Acting out

A 42-year-old male North Dakota jail inmate grabbed another suspect's glasses and started to eat them when he became frustrated Aug. 1 because he was not able to talk to the chaplain. He swallowed both lenses and a piece of the metal frame. He had been booked on an aggravated assault charge earlier in the day. The inmate was taken to a hospital emergency room but was returned to jail after doctors determined he was OK. The glasses were worth $250.

Cheer: Book award

A storybook created and compiled by Ojibwe first speakers was honored by the Library of Congress as Minnesota's Best Read for 2011. The concept was launched by Bemidji State University Professor Anton Treuer and co-editor John Nichols. The book "Awesiinyensag Dibaajimowinan" ("Animal Stories"), will help young language learners master Ojibwe while entertaining them.

Cheer: Thanks, Shriners

We appreciate the unselfish work of the Shriners who took part in last week's Shrine Bowl activities, which included health screenings, a parade and the Bemidji State football victory over Southwest Minnesota State.