Opinion

In Man’s zeal to find bigger and better ways to accomplish things, there’re always casualties. Driven by the love of the almighty dollar and corporate profits our way of life evolves each and every day in this capitalistic society. That’s not meant to be a criticism; it’s a fact of life here in...
The legislative session is complete, the budget for the next two years has been signed into law, and I’m happy to be spending most of my time back at home in Senate District 9. I’m proud of the Republican-led legislature’s accomplishments this year, especially for people in rural Minnesota. The...
This past week into this week, there have been public hearings on the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement project in some cities where I have spent a lot of time. I understand the crowds were pretty significant in Brainerd and Wadena, and I suspect they will be similar in Little Falls, and in Staples where...
We ended our 30+ years of teaching recently and just thought it may be fun to share some lessons we have learned. 10) Computers work a lot better than ditto machines. 9) Students now are like the ones we had when we started teaching. They just have more tattoos and piercings, but they still love...
Staples is 30 miles west of Brainerd in Minnesota Lake Country, hence the name Central Lakes College, with campuses in both cities. I spent an exceptionally profitable couple of hours at Staples’ two campuses recently when I was in town to speak about American Experiment’s new multi-year project “...
Staples-Motley School District is working to develop a comprehensive long range facility plan. Earlier this year, after a request for proposals process, the District hired Foster, Jacobs and Johnson (FJJ) to assist in this process. As part of the process, FJJ and the School District has been...
During the cold months, we tend to keep our heads down while focusing on getting inside to warmth. When winter finally leaves and the weather improves, I suddenly see my friends and neighbors around town again. Many of us choose to live in a smaller town because of the sense of community that comes...
FFA impresses It was the good fortune of Mary and me to be invited to the Staples Motley FFA Banquet last Tuesday evening and what an impressive banquet it was!  The students were so excited, so positive, so courteous and performed so well. Their leadership and classroom training was exemplary and...

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