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Staples-Motley High School students Andrew Bates and Sara Oberlander attended Camp RYLA, a Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp, this summer. They attended a recent meeting of the Staples Rotary Club, their sponsors to attend the camp, to receive participation certificates. From left are Rotarian Chuck Mayer, Oberlander, Rotarian Al Kolling and Bates. (Staples World photo by Brenda Halvorson)
This summer, Sara Oberlander and I were given the amazing opportunity to attend the week long Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp, or RYLA. We were sponsored by our local Staples Rotary Club.  Before arriving at RYLA, the only thing I knew was that it was a leadership camp through the Rotary. I was...
HO, HO, HO, Merry Christmas to all and to all a great musical program from the students of Staples-Motley Elementary!  We had a special guest visitor who joined us after the annual elementary Christmas program. Santa stopped by for a visit and posed for a few pictures with the students during our...
It’s no secret that our workforce is one of our state’s greatest assets. Minnesota is home to some of the best educated, hardest working people in the country. We have the numbers to back that up.  As of October, the unemployment rate here was just 3.3 percent, well below the national average. When...
The president will now declare what many of us experience first hand, the opioid epidemic is a national emergency. Frankly, with as many as 59,000 deaths in 2016, there doesn’t seem to be any other possible description. So many dedicated people in cities and towns, faith communities and schools,...
One of the quirks of life in Washington, D.C., is that pretty much the only people who don’t refer to lobbyists by that name are, well, lobbyists. They’re “policy advisors,” or “strategic counsel,” or “public relations advisors,” or lawyers, or even just “consultants.” Whatever they’re called,...
At Motley-Staples Middle School we pride ourselves on providing experiences that allow students to give back, while helping them grow as giving citizens.  Every year thousands of students in Minnesota attend a large event at the Xcel Energy that includes celebrities, inspirational speakers and...
“Let me look that up on the Internet quick.”  Phrases like that and more could become a thing of the past if the Federal Communication Commission has its way and does away with net neutrality. It’s a real issue and the vote that could change the Internet as we currently know it will happen nexxt...
The FCC is proposing to eliminate net neutrality. Net neutrality is defined as: the Internet is a public utility like the phone company. Everyone is equal in the eyes of the Internet. How does this affect us as rural Internet users? First, a little background. I already pay for Internet access for...

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