Opinion

Winning in life parallels winning in sports By Gene Mattila   My son Derek and I came to Staples-Motley to “win,” period. Many have said or are saying “All Mr. Mattila cares about is ‘winning’ and you’re not there to have fun.” My response to that is “thank you, you are correct.” Vince Lombardi,...
Candidate forum had scheduling conflict By Doug Case   This is in response to All Kolling’s column on the opinion page of last week’s Staples World. I chose not to attend the candidate forum sponsored by LEAP because of a prior commitment. Running for a public office is difficult enough without...
Staples candidate questions still remain By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The question of why city council candidates chose not to attend the LEAP forum is still unanswered.  In his response above to a guest editorial raising that question, Doug Case said he had a conflict on that date. His...
Vote for Heppner I am writing this letter in support of Erich Heppner, who is currently running for Staples-Motley School board. I strongly encourage voters to cast their ballot for him. I have known Erich for over 16 years as a student, a colleague and a community member. Erich is a dedicated,...
By Al Kolling   After reading the “City council candidates answer questions” article in the Staples World, I attended the candidate forum at Sourcewell, organized by LEAP, on Oct. 19. I was looking for answers to several questions that I had regarding some of the responses from several of the...
Latino farmers eye dairy enterprises From University of Minnesota Extension   Two men stand outside a row of calf hutches. One is steadying a calf while the other holds a feeding bag and tube. With a variety of skills and experience, often hard-won through working for others, Latinos look for ways...
Verndale supports community center We at Verndale Public School cannot say enough good things about the Staples Community Center, and the people who manage it. It is an amazing place for everyone in the community as well as for other communities. The staff and community members in Staples have...
Actor returns home Professional actor Matthew R. Olsen, a Staples native and 2002 Staples-Motley High School graduate,, is returning to his hometown to perform in the one-man show, Every Brilliant Thing. The production will be held at Centennial Auditorium in Staples Oct. 21 and 22 at 7 p.m., and Oct. 23, at 2 p.m. All performances are admission free. (Submitted photo)
Matthew R. Olsen returns to perform ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ Lamplighter Community Theatre is hosting a production of ‘Every Brilliant  Thing,’ featuring Staples-born, Matthew R. Olsen. Performances will be held at Centennial Auditorium in Staples on Oct. 21 and 22 at 7 p.m., and Oct. 23, at 2 p.m...
Minnesotans concerned about climate for water, agriculture From the University of Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership (MCAP)   Minnesota’s new Climate Action Framework, aimed at achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, will affect transportation, energy sourcing and other aspects of everyday...
Sunset motel memories   I enjoyed the article by Ken Klose, entilted “Early days of the Sunset Motel.” I helped the builder, John Vollner, put in the foundations. This would have been  about the 1946-47 time period. I was only 16 or 17 years old. John Vollner was an expert carpenter, entrepreneur,...

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