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Pioneer Cheers & Jeers for April 30

Conference shows best of Bemidji

Bemidji hosted nearly 500 Rotarians and guests Thursday through Saturday for the District 5580 Conference. It was the longest and largest convention in the Sanford Center’s short history, and the first Rotary district convention in Bemidji in more than a decade.

Gary Johnson, chief executive officer at Paul Bunyan Communications, chaired the conference. He and his team, made up of Rotarians from Bemidji (Noon and Sunrise clubs), Bagley, Fosston and Park Rapids, did a wonderful job of planning and hosting the event. The Sanford Center delivered as well, and the hotels, bars, restaurants and shops were bustling.

In addition, Johnson received the well-deserved honor of being named District 5580 Rotarian of the Year. His tireless work with Rotary, including organizing the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival and helping with the Latin America Rotary Aid project in Honduras, exemplifies the Rotary theme of service above self.

Making the grade

Congratulations to TrekNorth and Bemidji high schools for being ranked among the best high schools in Minnesota by U.S. News & World Report. TrekNorth, a Bemidji charter school, was ranked No. 4. Bemidji High was ranked No. 30.

The report ranked the top 46 schools of Minnesota’s 722 public high schools. Schools were ranked based on their student-teacher ratios, college readiness (through Advanced Placement scores), and math and reading scores.

TrekNorth, which was eighth in the rankings last year, is now ranked No. 396 in the country, according to the U.S. News & World Report listing.

Dan McKeon, executive director of TrekNorth Junior & Senior High School, said the school emphasizes Advanced Placement curriculum to its students, through aligned curriculum that builds from seventh grade through 12th grade.

Hack attack

Hackers found their way into The Associated Press’ verified Twitter account last week and posted “an erroneous tweet” claiming that two explosions occurred in the White House and that President Barack Obama is injured. Moments later, the @AP Twitter account — with nearly 2 million followers — was suspended.

Immediately following the false tweet, the Dow Industrial Average lost about 140 points. These losses were immediately recovered, but the panic that set it was clear.

Though the false tweet disappeared, the false message continued to exist on the service in over four thousand retweets.

The FBI is investigating the AP Twitter hack.

Marvelous idea

We welcome Marv Hanson and his Marvelous Fish House and Market, which opens in the former El Mariachi building next month.

Hanson, who was born in Red Lake, has long shown a desire to help his fellow American Indians. He plans to serve fresh walleye from Red Lake Fisheries and wild rice from Red Lake Nation Foods at the restaurant, and he has hired an American Indian as his executive chef. He also plans to hire tribal members to staff the business.