A welcome vehicle for a great cause

A welcome vehicle for a great cause

In an online contest last week, the Northwoods Habitat for Humanity won over the hearts of voters to win a new Toyota Tundra in the vehicle manufacturer's contest to help nonprofits.

Northwoods Habitat, which serves Beltrami and Clearwater counties, will put the vehicle to good use as it replaces a nearly 35-year-old van at the end of its lifespan and road worthiness.

The nonprofit, started in 1990, builds homes which are sold to partner families with a zero interest loan. In addition, Northwoods Habitat helps seniors and low-income families with exterior maintenance, accessible ramps, and yard work so they can live with dignity in their homes.

Word of the online contest spread quickly - on the bemidjipioneer.com website and Facebook - to help Northwoods Habitat.

The contest is a terrific gesture by Toyota - which is giving away 100 vehicles in its current 100 Cars for Good campaign - to help out nonprofits which make our communities better places to live.

Northwoods Habitat, which operates ReStore in Bemidji, relies on community donations - including many from businesses - to do important work. The new pickup will aid in picking up those donations to bring to the store.

Primary time

For months we've known the fall election campaign would be busy, and today candidates are hoping you'll cast a ballot on their behalf.

Candidates across the state will appear on the primary election ballot for local, state and federal posts.

Before taking a moment to stop at your polling site to cast a ballot, be sure to look at Sunday's Pioneer or visit the Minnesota Secretary of State's website to find the correct location to vote.

Park for the pooches

So far few dollars have been raised for a Bemidji dog park, planned for Nymore Park. In fact, about $2,500 of the $75,000 needed has been raised to date.

Dog parks are a worthy investment - both for people and the pooches in our lives. They are more than a place for dogs to exercise.

The dedicated space is a terrific place for canines - and their owners - to socialize and mingle with a wide variety of other dogs and people.

With the city of Bemidji offering numerous amenities in existing parks, a place for pooches appears to be lacking. City records indicate fewer than 500 dogs licensed in Bemidji - a number so low it seems logical that few go through the process to register their pets.

A dog park deserves support and a 5K-9 walk/run event is slated Aug. 25 at the Rotary Pavilion will help raise funds for the facility.