Opinion

At a recent school board meeting, Staples-Motley Activities Director Josh Lee said that Pequot Lakes is leaving the Mid State Conference after next year to join the Granite Ridge Conference. Currently, Mid State is made up of six teams: Aitkin, Detroit Lakes, Crosby-Ironton, Pequot Lakes, Park...
The 1971 Staples wrestling team, front row from left, Mark Bendson,  Mike Hajek,  Charlie Sowers,  Mike Roberts,  Bob Miller and  Gordy Thompson; back row, Loren Bendson,  Herb Greenwood,  Dave Fuller,  Blayne Kern,  Wayne Shequen,  Jim Nichols and Gerald Ganske, manager.
By Mike Hajek   Time has a way of fading most of the memories we create throughout a lifetime, but memories that have created a lasting impact, never completely fade. The 1971 Robbinsdale Armstrong High School wrestling team has one of those impact moments surrounding their 1971 season and the...
By Becky McCray Small Biz Survival   Remote work will dominate the future small town workforce. Your current small town residents will increasingly work from home or remotely.  Four times as many workers will work remotely going forward, compared to the number in 2019. Up to 24 percent of all...
Pictured, from left, are Staples-Motley Speech Team members Luke Bates, Caden Mrzaek and Connor Judd. They qualified to compete at the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament in Louisville, Ky., June 12 - 17.  (Submitted photo)
By Samantha Mrazek Staples-Motley Speech Captain, Class of 2020   Three members of the Staples-Motley Speech Team qualified to compete at the prestigious National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) Tournament that will be held in Louisville, Ky. June 12 -17, 2022.  Caden Mrazek and Luke Bates,...
Mass shooting   Another mass shooting. This time, 19 children, along with two teachers and the gunman, all dead.  God have mercy. The conversation quickly turns to the lack in our systems and in our laws. God knows they can all be improved. But I ask, “Why does almost no one speak publicly to the...
Celebrating Central Lakes College Class of 2022 Dr. Hara Charlier, President Central Lakes College   During May, Central Lakes College celebrated the class of 2022, at our annual commencement events – five ceremonies celebrating 727 extraordinary students. What an honor it was to come together as...
Act of kindness   I was shopping for spring flowers. I went up to the counter to check out when I discovered my checkbook was not in my purse and I had only $13 in cash. Pete stood near by and said, “What do you need?” My total bill was $50 and he opened his billfold and gave the clerk the $37. He...
Some politicians care most when votes are at stake Inside the Outdoors Mike Rahn As most of us know, and some may regret, this is an election year. Yes, it’s good to exercise our constitutional right to choose who will represent us. Perhaps less good is that we will have to endure a deluge of...
No gym during construction?   Parents, did you know that the kids at Staples Elementary and Sacred Heart School will not have a gym for the next school year and maybe another half year at the elementary school? They won’t have a gym because of their remodeling. Go to the school board meetings and...
MnDOT honors fallen workers The Minnesota Department of Transportation honors the men and women who have been killed or injured while working on state roadways during Worker Memorial Day on Thursday, April 28. Gov. Tim Walz proclaimed April 28, 2022, as Worker Memorial Day in Minnesota in...

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