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Pioneer Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

Cheer: Studers prove Good Samaritans

We're glad Rhonda and Rick Studer of Excelsior stopped to provide aide and help moments after a head-on collision last week near Lake Bemidji State Park. The couple called 911 and tended to occupants in the vehicles, including helping a mother with her 2-year-old boy.

Jeer: Lost patriotism

Former Gov. Jesse Ventura said he'll no longer stand for the national anthem, referred to the county as the "Fascist States of America" and plans to apply for dual citizenship with Mexico. Never one to mince words, Ventura continues to prove he's bitter and trite, this time after seeing his lawsuit against the Transportation Security Administration dismissed.

Cheer: Better services

The Leech Lake Bemidji Tribal Clinic opened in its new 2,000-square-foot facility. The clinic serves 3,600 patients a year and offers preventive health care services including immunizations, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and women's health.

Cheer: Quality water

After a decade of work, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe celebrated a new water treatment plant near the Palace Casino and Hotel at Cass Lake. The plant will provide treated water for 280 homes connected to the system when the remaining homes are hooked up next spring.

Cheer: Clean campaign

We like the clean campaigning by Richard Anderson and Scott Winger during this fall's District 3 Beltrami County commissioner race. Both men, who today are seeking the seat previously held by Jim Heltzer before his July death, emphasized their strengths without resorting to tearing down each other, a refreshing change from many elections. We encourage District 3 residents and all Bemidji School District residents to get out and vote today. The school district is seeking approval to build a new elementary school.