Opinion

It’s August, and it’s time to check your trees - maple, ash, birch, poplar, willow - to make sure they are healthy, strong and pest-free. We know the damaging effects emerald ash borer and gypsy moth can have on our tress. During National Tree Check Month, another big threat in Minnesota is the...
Unlock the doors, Staples-Motley Elementary is ready for a great new year! We hope to see all of our families and students joining us at our Open House on Thursday, Aug. 31 from 5-7 p.m.  There are a few changes in our staff; people in some new places, as well as a few new faces. Joining our...
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is requesting input from the farming community on a rule that limits fertilizer application in some areas of the state in an effort to minimize nitrate pollution in the state’s groundwater. To effectively achieve this goal, farmers need to voice their...
By Liz O’Donnell I was riding home from work on the commuter rail one night when the train lost power. In the dark, without the hum of the engine, I could hear every detail of my fellow passengers’ conversations.“Listen honey,” I heard a man behind me comforting his wife on the phone, “Take your...
Staples PrideThere are so many things to be proud of in our community, but I cringe when I see the “beautiful” gardens along Second Avenue. What were planned to show off our town are instead a disaster of thistle, milkweed, trees and other weeds and litter. I can find the roses if I pull the weeds....
As commodity prices remain low and rural economies struggle, farmers and rural citizens need a strong safety net to stay afloat until conditions improve.However, the budget proposals from the White House and the U.S. House of Representatives do not address that need. The House Budget Committee...
Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week is a time to recognize and celebrate the dedicated and caring individuals in our communities who work tirelessly to make our neighborhoods safer and more vibrant places to live and raise families. These professionals are on duty each and every day to...
This past summer I was invited to teach literary interpretation and academic writing at a small Reformed-Christian seminary outside of Seoul, South Korea. At the close of two intense weeks of instruction, which consisted of six hours of lectures and discussion each day, I was ready to decompress....

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