Opinion

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...
With the moon landing’s 50th anniversary on July 20, it made me wonder if that qualifies humans as an extra-terrestrial species. We have left our planet and walked on another world. If that doesn’t meet the definition, we may soon have people on Mars, and it could even be possible to maintain a...
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...
The case for local control Small town  diet  By Mark Anderson Editor   Minnesotans are required to wear masks indoors now. It doesn’t mke sense to a lot of people in this part of the state because only two new cases were detected in Todd County this week, one in Wadena County and two in Morrison....
Face mask facts   This is in response to Gary Schimpp’s recent letter to the editor. Fact 1: The U.S. has 25 percent of the world’s Covid-19 cases but only four percent of the world’s population Fact 2: Since a lot of Covid19 patients are symptom free and the incubation period is lengthy (up to two...
Shift will drive rural hospital consolidations By Kelly Asche and Marnie Werner, Center For Rural Policy and Development   For years, the big conversation around healthcare has been how to control the upward spiral of healthcare costs. But within that larger discussion, another one concerning...
Refusing to wear a mask   I’m sorry Lisa, but I feel that I must respond to your letter to the editor in last week’s Staples World. I have a very different view regarding the wearig of masks. First, I also strongly urge the support of our local businesses. I was once the President of the Staples...
Predictions for 2020 falling short Small town  diet  By Mark Anderson Editor - o -      The year 2020 was supposed to be the year of vision. We always associated 20/20 with excellent eyesight. Good vision is a metaphor for being able to predict the future. So how did 2020 turn out to be the worst...
Support wearing masks Since moving to Staples in 1974, I have purchased most of my cars, appliances, lawn mowers, flooring, gas, paint, pharmacy supplies and groceries locally. I believe in shopping locally first. I now live with someone who is 90 years old and is on hospice. That means I am very...
Small towns responding to global pandemic  By Leah Kemp Mississippi State University Small Town Center   Before the global pandemic hit, small towns across America were dealing with struggling economies, aging roads and bridges, and declining populations. The coronavirus added new challenges, like...

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