Opinion

The view inside a landing craft in the English Channel, approaching Normandy on the D-Day invasion. Note the crowded masses of men, vehicles, and equipment. Photo courtesy of James  R. Lambeth, Plainview, Ill.
Sitting in the choppy waters of the English Channel the day before D-Day, nineteen-year-old Private James R. Lambeth wondered what would happen on the beaches of Normandy. “We had no idea what we were getting into,” recalled Lambeth. “I’d never seen combat before, and had no idea what it would be...
Minnesotans in rural communities across our state are at risk of losing their access to a free and open internet.  People like Lane from Avon, who at 21-years-old is worried about getting his graphic design business off the ground. The internet has helped him get the word out about his designs and...
Bandshell update and thank you The purpose of this letter is twofold. The first is to give everyone in the Staples Motley area an update on the rebuilding of the bandshell used every summer for “Music in the Park.” The second is to express my amazement with the generosty of our interested residents...
‘What a great evening - fellowship, food and friends and coming alongside the ministry of LAPS (Unplanned Pregnancy? Compassionate Care, Practical Help and Accurate Information for Women and Men) in Staples,” said an attendee.  The audience heard Peter Heck from Indiana provide a thought provoking...
In recent past, the Great Plains has experienced extreme weather conditions. Most recently, we witnessed very high winds combined with dry conditions, resulting in dust clouds reminiscent of the 1930s. With a challenging agricultural economy, partnered with changes in land values, larger equipment...
I’ve written and spoken many times in recent years about how I would never try to dissuade anyone from seeking a four-year college degree if that was their dream. And nothing here changes any of that. If a young person’s plan is earning a B.A. or B.S., I will continue saying what I have been saying...
In recognition of National Police Week 2018, communities across the United States will come together May 13-19 to honor and remember those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind.  o There are...
Recently the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) unveiled four new transportation projects selected to receive $417 million in funding through the Corridors of Commerce program in 2018. Despite project selection criteria specifically worded to create regional balance for road funding,...
The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (MnDOT) plan to spend the entire $417 million Corridors of Commerce road funding on metro-only projects illustrates the reason the program was established in the first place and indicates how far awry it now wanders. But that’s not the worst of it. MnDOT...

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