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...
Letters to the Editor    March Food Share Month not realizing it’s share   Here it is past the end of March and I’ve realized how little we’ve heard recently about March being Food Shelf Month in Minnesota. All the publicity about Covid-19 has, justly so, taken over the airways and newspaper pages...
By Barb Dinkel Goodrich, General Crime Services Coordinator Hands of Hope Resource Center   Every year, millions of people’s lives are forever changed by crime. They are our families, neighbors, friends, and colleagues. Crime victims often struggle to work, pay bills, or support their loved ones....
From the Minnesota Alliance for Ethical Healthcare   People with disabilities are asking the federal government to stop what they say are policies by states and hospitals that will ration care and deny them treatment for the coronavirus. Recently several disability groups filed a complaint against...
By Brad Brown Owner/Publisher, Quad Town Forum Saskatchewan, Canada   If you give a mouse a deadly and highly-contagious virus, they’re going to ask for a lifetime supply of toilet paper. When you give them the toilet paper, they’ll probably plan a large group play date, go for a walk with friends...
For more than a year, we have planned to do an April Fools Day page this week. Early on we decided we would like to make it a fantasy page, with funny stories about strange things going on in the community. We didn’t want to trick anyone into thinking it was real, we wanted readers to participitate...
Community Networking   A short “shout out” to share the goodness of the community networking that is alive and well in Staples. Last week some of my family started reaching out to some regarding grocery runs, picking up individual’s take out orders, etc. Saturday mid-morning a call came from a...
A month ago, who would have thought terms like social distancing, surge plans and quarantine would be part of our regular vocabulary? But here we are, in uncharted territory, navigating our way through this Coronavirus pandemic and its implications on our lives. Lakewood Health System’s primary...

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