Opinion

From the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities   City leaders from Greater Minnesota are calling on Governor Tim Walz and legislators to pass a large public works package that invests at least $1.5 billion in infrastructure needs throughout the state. That message was the main theme that emerged...
• Keep it cool for a good night’s sleep. The optimal temperature for sleep is between 60 degrees and 67 degrees farenheit. • Experiment with a new recipe, write a poem, paint or try a creative project. Creative expression and overall well-being are linked. • Show smoe love to someone in your life....
By Marnie Werner  VP Research Minnesota Center for Rural Policy and Development   Over the last few years, I’ve been digging a lot into the child care shortage and the difficulties it’s causing for parents of young children around rural Minnesota. One problem in particular for working parents with...
By Heather Chapman The Rural Blog   Veterans Day is a time to remember that veterans are twice as likely as civilians to die by suicide, and nearly 17 veterans a day kill themselves. Greater awareness is leading to greater efforts to address it, and that’s important in rural areas, where most vets...
The sports world was gobsmacked when Iceland’s men’s soccer team qualified for the last World Cup soccer tournament. Their women’s team is also a rising power in European soccer. The question asked is “how does a tiny country, that only has daylight for half the year, become a power in a popular...
At Central Lakes College, we want our students to be successful. It’s why we’re here and our number one goal. So when paying for college is a barrier for some of our students, we work hard to make sure finances don’t prevent someone from pursuing their educational dreams. Here are some important...
When New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet said last month that “Most local newspapers are going to die in the next five years,” people in the community newspaper industry dismissed Baquet’s declaration as ill-informed and went on about their business. Now community-newspaper consultant Kevin...
Ray Garland, left, and Jim Hofer worked a shift at the rose sale, an annual fundraiser for the Staples Rotary Club.  “We appreciate everyone who purchased roses,” they said. Proceeds support local scholarships, youth leadership camp and other local and international civic projects. Funds also support the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. (Submitted photo)
By Brenda Halvorson   Can a few people make a difference in the campaign to eradicate polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today?  The answer is yes. The local example can be found in the Staples Rotary Club.  Some of you who are reading this may...
By Mike Holst   Growing up in a small town like Staples there was little to do for entertainment. Most of the activities had to do with the school and sports activities or concerts. So in the summer time when the school was largely shuttered, it became bleak indeed. But every so often there was...
From Minnesota DNR   Minnesota’s climate is becoming warmer and wetter, and the Department of Natural Resources is taking action to identify climate-related changes, understand the impacts of these changes on the state’s natural resources and recreation, mitigate the impacts as much as possible,...

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