Cheer: Program can give Bemidji students edge We're excited to see the progress of Students First, an innovative program designed to give young people in our community the tools they need for successful lives. While it launches early next year, important behind-the-scenes work, including hiring Bemidji native Lara Gerhardson as coordinator, is nearly complete.
Jeer: Shooting pets cruel, criminal We're dumbfounded as to why anyone would shoot someone's family pet. Twice this month, people in the Cass Lake area reported to law enforcement that someone had shot their dogs while they played in the yard. Not only cruel, it is dangerous and criminal. Cheer: Viable air service Air service will continue at the Bemidji Regional Airport after SkyWest announced it would provide daily flights to Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Veterans are the backbone of our great nation. While there are days throughout the year to appreciate and thank them for their military service, none is more poignant than today. Consider these numbers from the U.S.
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.
Bemidji School District voters have a tough choice on Tuesday when they go to the polls to vote on whether to increase their property taxes for a new elementary school. The issue boils down to quality of life and giving the elementary schools room to breathe. Those who oppose the referendum cite economic concerns, choice of location or want school officials to explore other options. However, the district has been prudent in its approach.
Cheer: Letting the residents decide The Bemidji Charter Commission voted decisively to allow residents to choose whether to give themselves the ability to recall elected officials. The democratic process should give residents recall power, something that had been excluded from the city's charter. Residents will vote on the matter next year once the City Council approves the wording of the measure. Cheer: Jacks succeed Cheers to the Bemidji High School student athletes for their success this fall.
Cheer: Chief Bemidji project welcomed We think it's a wonderful idea for the Chief Bemidji Statue Committee to expand its original mission to include an effort to educate the community about the legendary Shaynowishkung. What started as a plan to replace the wooden Chief Bemidji statue that overlooks the Lake Bemidji waterfront downtown has turned into so much more. The committee decided to research and publish an educational brochure that will tell the story of the chief's role in Bemidji's history.
Cheer: McTaggart credits his Bemidji start Jon McTaggart says his time in Bemidji helped prepare him for a successful career in radio. McTaggart is president and chief executive officer of American Public Radio, the parent company of Minnesota Public Radio. He was in Bemidji last week as part of the "MPR Connects" program. He gave credit to the Bemidji State University teachers and community mentors who showed him the way. He also spoke passionately about his life's work in public broadcasting and the importance of supporting and nurturing it.
Cheer: Event brings vets together We appreciate the efforts of those who put on the third annual StandDown event last week at the National Guard Armory in Bemidji. The event is set up by the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans to provide veterans with a free meal, along with access to information about veteran benefits, legal assistance, federal and state tax assistance, housing options and employment assistance. It's a way to show gratitude for what the veterans have done to ensure our way of life.
Cheer: Day of Play stresses activity Among the many family-friendly programs the Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department has developed Saturday's worldwide Day of Play and Moving Planet activities rank high. Children enjoyed bounce houses, games, canoeing and other events at the Lake Bemidji Waterfront, and bicyclists rode on the lake trail to emphasize the need to limit dependence on fossil fuels. In addition to Parks and Rec, the events were sponsored by a collaboration of Bemidji Jaycees and Active Living Bemidji. Cheer: Setting a record At exactly high noon Sept.