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Cheer: Northern Heat wins state crown The 11-year-old Bemidji Northern Heat baseball team prevailed over the team from Baxter last week to win the Minnesota state Cal Ripken tournament and earn a trip to the eight-state regional in Sikeston, Mo., this week. This was the first state championship for the 11-year-old team since 2006.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders of the Legislature have a deal to end the partial shutdown of state government, but it is not yet a done deal.
Cheers: Mother and son lead Legion post Bemidji's Ralph Gracie Post of the American Legion and Auxiliary will be led this year by a mother-son team of Stella and Gabe Wakanabo. The family is deep in service to the country with Gabe serving two Marine deployments to Iraq and suffering serious wounds in an improvised bomb explosion. And his brother, Marines Special Operations Gunnery Sgt. Earl Wakanabo, is currently serving his seventh deployment. Stella became active in the Legion Auxiliary when her sons enlisted.
Good news from the National Restaurant Association. Nineteen chains have pledged to begin offering meals that follow strict dietary guidelines. It's part of a new "Kids Live Well"?initiative of the restaurant association. Of the 19 restaurant chains taking part, Burger King is the only one currently operating in the Bemidji area. We hope the positive publicity this program creates will prompt others to join in. Of course, some Bemidji restaurants already offer healthful choices for kids. At Subway, for example, there are "Meal Builders for Kids coming in at under 400 calories.
Cheer: Veterans honored at Bemidji parade David Quam had a good idea and carried it out for the Jaycees Water Carnival Grand Parade July 3. He arranged a special viewing area for World War II veterans on the shady Historic Beltrami County Courthouse lawn. What's more, the parade stopped for a few minutes as the marchers saluted the veterans, honoring them for their service.
Cheer: Celebrating our state flower The showy lady slippers are in bloom along North Country roadsides. The pink-and-white blossoms are rare and exotic flowers. A new festival sponsored by the Lady Slipper Scenic Byway Committee celebrates the beauty of the area and the start of summer with the Lady Slipper Festival last Saturday in Blackduck and Friday and Saturday, July 1 and 2, in Cass Lake.
The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday urging Gov.
Cheer: Book Festival delivers again The Bemidji Library Book Festival drew an impressive slate of authors to read their works, converse with audiences and build bonds within the community. Kudos to all the organizers who made a week's worth of literary excellence accessible to the public. Inviting Fargo, N.D., journalist Roxana Saberi as keynote speaker was an exceptional coup.
The Minnesota State Colleges and University system consists of 32 technical colleges and universities. If they were to shut down July 1 along with other government agencies because of a state budget impasse between Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislators, summer-school students would be deprived of classes they need for their programs.
Cheer: Runners score at state meet The Bemidji High School boys 4x800 relay team members not only brought home the state championship Saturday, they also set a school record of 7 minutes, 49.15 seconds for the race at the state track meet in St. Paul. In addition, the athletes -- Jake Urban, Isak Sommer, Alex Schonberger and John Buckanaga -- set personal best times. Congratulations to all the runners who earned their places on the championship pedestal.