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Pioneer Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

Cheer: Football team made us proud

We're proud of the Bemidji High School football team's state playoff run. The Lumberjacks provided the community plenty of reasons to cheer this fall, and earned a lifetime of memories during a sparkling season that ended in the state championship game on Saturday. Thanks for representing your school and community during an unforgettable season.

Jeer: Detecting danger

It's disappointing more people don't invest in carbon monoxide detectors and keep working batteries in them. Last week, five people were poisoned at a home northeast of Bemidji. While all survived, many still don't rely on detectors to protect themselves against the silent killer, despite scary reminders like the one last week and an educational campaign by area first responders.

Cheer: Filming outdoors

The creative and entrepreneurial spirit by Bemidji natives Aaron Eickhorst and Jake Flaa will be showcased on TV. The men are producing a 30-minute show featuring local hunting excursions, cultural activities and local business features in the "Bemidji Outdoors," which airs at 7 p.m. every other Thursday on Upstream TV.

Jeer: Bad Black Friday

Unfortunately, the holiday spirit isn't more universal, as news reports across the country showed Friday. The madness of Black Friday prompted some people to go overboard, resulting in pepper-sprayed customers, smash-and-grab looters and bloody scenes in stores elsewhere. Disgraceful, out-of-control shoppers led to new heights of violence and thuggery.

Cheer: Lighting up

Turnout at the Night We Light was among the best ever, with thousands of spectators lining the streets and more than 70 float entries last Friday. The weather, downright balmy for late November, offered the perfect backdrop for the 15th annual event, capped off by Lighting the Pines. Aglow with community involvement and support, the parade ushered in the spirit of the holidays.