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...
Disrespectful campaign practices   I know we are in a political season and with that we see political signs supporting different candidates. This year our political climate feels much different. This has been displayed by several billboards/signs/flags/shirts my family has seen on our highways,...
The art of giving political speeches By Lee H. Hamilton   I was talking to a friend not long ago who was pretty down on politics in all its forms. “I actually find real enjoyment in politics,” I told him. He asked if I was nuts. No, I said, there’s a lot of pleasure, even joy to be found in...
Data confirms that wages go further in rural Minnesota By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   Wages are lower in small towns and rural areas of Minnesota, but costs are also lower. It has been a long disputed argument over whether city or rural residents are getting a better deal.  A study by the...
Remembering Railroad Days Small town diet, By Mark Anderson, Editor - o -    This is the week we would normally be printing dozens of photos from Railroad Days in Staples. The coronavirus put a stop to the celebration this year, so this might be a good time to reflect on what makes the celebration...
Slanted coverage   I feel like your article on Bryce Williams portrayed him as some kind of folk hero, it was inherently incorrect and further espouses violence. Where does this guy get his money to protest all over the country? The police have pics of him committing arson, but in his opinion they...
Arts community devastated by COVID-19 pandemic From Five Wings Arts Council newsletter By Mark Turner Executive Director   I am reaching out to share some news on the current programs and services of the Five Wings Arts Council. We can call it a “Situational COVID-19 Update,” if you will. What we...
Baseball appreciation   I would like to take the opportunity to convey my deepest regards to the Staples Motley Diamond Club for naming their recent 13U Babe Ruth Tournament after myself and my late wife, Carolyn.  I was moved and humbled by their kind gesture. It meant a great deal to me that they...

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