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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...
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...
Staples home to longest single word sentence “Staples Staples staples staples Staples Staples staples.” Is this a proper sentence in the English language? It is based off the sentence “Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.” Here is the explanation of that second one: Let’s say you are in the...
Letters to the Editor Paid political advertisement Anderson has integrity As you vote for your local school board please consider voting for Lisa Anderson. Lisa would be an excellent school board member as she has experience working collaboratively as an employee at Camp Shamineau. She has been...
Lakewood dealing with COVID-19 surge By Tim Rice President & CEO Lakewood Health System    Seven months ago, when COVID-19 was new to all of us, we were eager to do whatever we could to help: we followed the regulations from state and industry officials, stayed home whenever possible, made and...
Supreme Court judge is a good choice   The Constitution states that it’s the President’s prerogative to appoint a replacement to the Supreme Court when a vacancy occurs. In fact, three Supreme Court justices, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg, were confirmed within 45 days after a vacancy (Sandra Day O...
Submission note: This letter was held one week in respect to the President’s health; hope he is doing well now.   Political respect   Thank you, Jayme, for your comments regarding the profanity on many of the Trump signs. It is only one of so many things this president has emboldened people to do...
Time to reconsider wearing masks By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   COVID-19 is expanding into our area in larger numbers. In the name of slowing the pandemic, we have to keep limiting large gatherings and wearing masks. In light of recent events, those who have refused to wear a mask must start...
Start of school, new process for facilities question By Shane Tappe Staples-Motley Schools Superintendent   No doubt, the start of the 2020-21 school year was unlike anything we’ve seen at Staples-Motley Schools. COVID-19 has dramatically changed daily classroom routines, but we’re embracing the...
Setting a better example   This letter is in response to Jayme Carlson’s powerful letter in the Sept 23 issue of the Staples World. I totally agree with her statements about the obscene, vulgar and disrespectful messages we have seen and heard about the political candidates. I have seen the...

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