Opinion

As we concluded the second week of state mandated closure to prepare for distance learning, I wanted to share some of the developments for Staples-Motley School District with our communities. We have followed along closely as Governor Walz and the Minnesota Departments of Health and Education...
With the moon landing’s 50th anniversary on July 20, it made me wonder if that qualifies humans as an extra-terrestrial species. We have left our planet and walked on another world. If that doesn’t meet the definition, we may soon have people on Mars, and it could even be possible to maintain a...
How do we increase healthy, fresh foods in rural America? One way is to identify new opportunities for people to access food. Here are five suggestions for your community. o Mobile grocery stores or veggie vans are refrigerated vans or trucks that bring affordable produce into communities at a...
Practice being patriotic   Each and every year I teach my class patriotic songs which include the national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”.  It is our nation’s flag which is decorated with fifty stars.  Our anthem is the story of the battle we fought over 200 years ago.   This Memorial Day, and...
LGA remains critical By Audrey Nelsen  Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities President   Cities are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response and will need to be strong to provide a platform of services, public safety and infrastructure to support recovery efforts. The most important thing the...
Learning and changing how the health system works By Tim Rice Lakewood Health System President and CEO   Governor Walz issued an executive order allowing elective surgical procedures to be performed effective May 11. This order does not mean we will be rushing carelessly into doing surgeries at...
Transparency needed in power board   Have you ever wanted to change something? Most of us have. The upcoming Crow Wing Power Board Elections are coming up and we definitely need some changes there. There continues to be a lot of questions at CWP. Does the upcoming mining project have individual...
We don’t have Italian opera stars singing from our balconies, but we do have polka bands in Minnesota. I heard one story about a polka band setting up outside a nursing home and letting residents open their windows to hear the happy tunes.  I have to smile when I see some of the ways small towns...
By Amanda Mithun, LMFT Behavioral Health Home Integration Specialist Lakewood Health System   I recently came across a quote that stopped me in my tracks. “We can’t direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails”, author unknown. Right now, we are in the midst of a powerful wind. As a community, as a...
History every week   I appreciate including the mystery photos in the local paper. Many of them bring back a lot of memories. Big thanks to Pete Card for sharing his photos of historical value. I hope I am not guilty of something, but I cut them out to save for my grandchildren. These are the first...

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