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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...
Isn’t it crazy to think how fast the time goes? It seems like just yesterday our middle school students had their first visit to meet Santa Claus and now they have him all figured out.  As our students are getting closer to entering high school it’s seemingly obvious that they are getting too busy...
I have a new phone number for Dixie’s Diner that no one has tried to call yet.  I lived in the small town of Staples for five years and I never knew this place existed, until the summer before I was moving away for college. I only had a short time and I wanted to find out the story about the cute,...
The sunlight came in through the shades, shaking me from my dream. But as a 6-year-old, that just meant Saturday morning cartoons. I sprang up and dashed to the living room. As I turned on the television, there he was - a blue-and-red blur flying across the screen. Soon after, the iconic “S” came...
You sometimes suspect that you’re not as well-informed as you should be. When you read about that study that found that middle school kids were unable to distinguish paid advertisements from news stories, you shook your head sadly - then secretly wondered if you would do much better.  You’ve heard...
Where our food comes from matters – for our health, for the vitality of our communities, for our wallets, and for the environment. One of the Center for Rural Affairs’ goals is to connect the local people who grow and make food with the local people who eat it. We work to bring together farmers and...
Minnesota’s economy is a source of pride for many in the state and there is much to be proud of. Our state boasts one of the highest standards of living in the country. Our hard working and highly educated workforce, for one, are sources of real economic advantage. Minnesota was recently ranked as...
Some Christmas presents are a wonderful surprise, others a big disappointment. We try to be polite about the clunkers, figuring it’s the thought that counts. But the new Republican tax law - what President Trump has described as a “big, beautiful Christmas present” for the American people - is the...

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