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...
I went to the speech tournament at Staples-Motley High School Feb. 9, the first one I had attended since graduating from my alma mater in 1981. What a fun, inspiring day! During the few hours I was there, I heard a variety of speeches delivered by talented young people from across the area (of...
One of the more striking political developments of the last few years has been the partisan sorting of American voters. It used to be that both the Republican and Democratic parties covered some ideological ground. Now, it’s so habitual for conservatives to make their home in the GOP and liberals...
Staples is a great place to live! I especially want to thanke those wonderful neighbors who help moved snow this year. Frank, Steve, Chuck and those young guys who stopped by with scoop shovels to clear the heavy snow thrown in by the plow. I hope other “elderly” have as great neighbors as I do....
Minnesota has a roster of official state icons. On this lengthy list is our state bird, the loon; we have a state fish, the walleye; a state flower, the showy ladyslipper; even a state grain, wild rice. We also have a state tree, the red pine. It’s often referred to as Norway pine, but based on my...
I’m optimistic about this year’s legislative session; the state Capitol is buzzing with new energy. Senate Republicans have proactively started to build positive relationships with Governor Walz and Speaker Hortman, with an agreement that we’d like to make early progress on issues that have broad...
Letters to the Editor Positive trends on environment I appreciated the article by Ray Gildow in the January 24, 2019 issue of the Staples World.  I respect Ray’s concerns but would like to offer a different perspective on the environmental issues he raises.  I see several things that are moving in...
The steady loss of local newspapers and journalists across the country contributes to the nation’s political polarization, according to research published recently in the Journal of Communication. With fewer opportunities to find out about local politicians, citizens are more likely to turn to...
Small cities across Minnesota, including Staples, are dependent on the state annual contribution – Local Government Aid (LGA). City councils use this funding to crunch annual budgets. An increase or decrease in LGA is a major factor on local property taxes.  Cities have been on the rebound since...

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