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Where our food comes from matters – for our health, for the vitality of our communities, for our wallets, and for the environment. One of the Center for Rural Affairs’ goals is to connect the local people who grow and make food with the local people who eat it. We work to bring together farmers and...
Minnesota’s economy is a source of pride for many in the state and there is much to be proud of. Our state boasts one of the highest standards of living in the country. Our hard working and highly educated workforce, for one, are sources of real economic advantage. Minnesota was recently ranked as...
Some Christmas presents are a wonderful surprise, others a big disappointment. We try to be polite about the clunkers, figuring it’s the thought that counts. But the new Republican tax law - what President Trump has described as a “big, beautiful Christmas present” for the American people - is the...
What is this day, this Christmas, that dawns with a chorus of joy? What river of love and magic speeds the message from that moment of wonder in Bethlehem across the cold darkness of centuries long forgotten? How does it warm us this morning as we awaken in a world the Wise Men could scarcely...
With all the gift giving, gift exchanging and good will taking place, this time of year, please do not forget to assist those who may need some help. One way to help is by considering a gift to the Staples  Area Food Shelf, which will help those in need. May each of you have a very Merry Christmas...
Although World War I ranks as one of the most horrific in history, causing about 40 million casualties and up to 20 million military and civilian deaths, it also included a famous and spontaneous peaceful interlude inscribed in chronicles as the unofficial Christmas Truce of 1914. World War I The...
HO, HO, HO, Merry Christmas to all and to all a great musical program from the students of Staples-Motley Elementary!  We had a special guest visitor who joined us after the annual elementary Christmas program. Santa stopped by for a visit and posed for a few pictures with the students during our...
It’s no secret that our workforce is one of our state’s greatest assets. Minnesota is home to some of the best educated, hardest working people in the country. We have the numbers to back that up.  As of October, the unemployment rate here was just 3.3 percent, well below the national average. When...

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