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Pioneer Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

Students prepared for the future

The increasing number of science, technology, engineering and math courses for students at Bemidji Middle School appears to be paying off.

Courses designed to pique students’ imagination and interest is making learning fun. It’s also preparing them for coursework and careers.

Bemidji’s seventh- and eighth-graders are discovering a new way of looking at the world, and creative educators are helping local children become future leaders.

For example, the Communication Technology course teaches students the evolution of technology and how to navigate programs such as PowerPoint or make a podcast. In Energy in Motion, they learn about robotics, physics, energy and data analysis. They study wind turbines, rocketry and magnetism.

It’s a different world. The classroom has changed. It’s encouraging to see Bemidji students will be well prepared to embrace those changes.

Go time for motel?

The developer for the planned Country Inn and Suites – a long-awaited project adjacent to the Sanford Center – said last week that construction could begin by mid-December.

Developer Tripp Snyder said the timeline is tentative as the developer’s agreement and financing details are being worked out.

The project, like the DoubleTree Hotel under construction next to the Hampton Inn and Suites, will provide a boost for south shore development.

Let’s hope the project hits the mark as a successful development is in everyone’s best interest.

Giving thanks

Firefighters from Bemidji, Blackduck and Cass Lake spent a large part of their Thanksgiving Day battling a blaze at the Birchwood Color Center on Bemidji’s northern edge.

The fire caused an estimated $410,000 in damage. It engulfed the building by the time passersby could report it to firefighters.

For eight hours, firefighters battled the blaze on a cold day with deteriorating conditions. We laud and thank them for their dedication and determination.