Opinion

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...
Fischbach votes against house rules package, electoral certification U.S. Representative  Michelle Fischbach   Recenty, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve a package of rules that will govern the body in the 117th Congress. In response, Congresswoman Michelle Fischbach (MN-07)...
Rural news media will help vaccine rollout By Al Cross Director and Professor, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, University of Kentucky   Rural hospitals and other health-care providers face special challenges in getting coronavirus vaccines to the public, but rural news media,...
Arts changed in 2020, will revive in 2021 By Mark Turner Executive Director Five Wings Arts Council   As 2020 comes to a close (thank goodness), I am truly humbled and inspired by the dedication, hard work, resiliency and passion of our Five Wings Arts community. It is tempting to look back and...
Schools keeping up with COVID-19 needs By Shane Tappe Staples-Motley Schools Superintendent   As we continue to navigate this unprecedented school year, I feel a deep sense of gratitude for the resolve and commitment of Staples-Motley School students, teachers, staff and families. Throughout the...
Covering our great community   I like the Staples World paper and staff. The photographs on the front page are often “works of art” that would be hard to beat by any newspaper. I’m especially reminded of the evening shot of the local township staying open for voters. It was always a “chatty” fun...
  Data shows Americans increased time with newspapers during pandemic   By Bob Sillick Editor and Publisher Magazine   When the pandemic struck, news was as essential to the public as the most important household items they were panic-buying at stores or online. Although TV viewership increased,...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The newspaper is a public forum. As such, we like for our readers to submit story ideas, photos, opinions and reactions every week. Unlike social media, the newspaper screens out hate speech, false information, and unfair personal attacks. That is why we consider...
By Mike Holst   I dreamed a dream the other night that this year for Christmas, I could just go back and relive one of the 79 Christmases I have experienced in my life, instead of creating another one. Although most of them are lost to memory, a few of them are still there in my meandering thoughts...
Make customers safe   After spending the weekend with my mother in Motley, Sunday morning I said to myself “I need to get out of this town before it kills me”.  Maskless employees.  Barely-masked employees.  Maskless customers.  I like to support local businesses in Staples and Motley.  The grocery...

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