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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...
Building students that LOVE reading is the challenge we put before ourselves at Staples-Motley Elementary.  Our teachers work hard everyday to provide a balanced literacy program which gives all students the ability to be the very best reader they can be. This includes giving students choices in...
A Kansas publisher emailed me recently, seeking information on how to respond to businesses who say they’ve “placed their sale or event on Facebook, so they don’t need a newspaper ad.” The businesses think, the publisher said, that “the Facebook posting is essentially free and generates at least...
Despite an unemployment rate that has ticked downward and an overall improved economy, large numbers of Minnesota families continue to struggle in low-wage jobs that don’t allow them to save for a more prosperous future, according to a new report from Prosperity Now (formerly the Corporation for...
We as middle school educators have been given a gift. This gift allows our students to see the world at their fingertips. This gift allows students to build real world skills that will help make them successful. This gift allows our students’ overall education to be enhanced. When our students...
November 11, is Veterans Day, a day we salute and honor those men and women who’ve served in the United States armed forces. It’s a day we reflect on the contributions and sacrifices of our service members and their families. It’s a day we demonstrate that our gratitude toward veterans is more than...
Numbers can say a lot. Minnesota families have adopted 12,500 children from the state’s foster care system in the past 20 years. With more children in our system in 2016, families adopted more foster children – 868 – than any other year over the last two decades. Adoption is cause for celebration,...
An interesting thing keeps happening to me. Every few days, someone — an acquaintance, a colleague, even a stranger on the street — approaches me. They ask some version of the same question: What can we do to pull ourselves out of this dark period? For the many Americans who respect representative...

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