Opinion

The Motley community has started working on new uses for the school building in town, since most of it will likely be empty next year when just the preschool will be used by the school district. There have been a lot of good ideas that have covered many different options, but I decided to find some...
Winter Reminders from City Hall: As you know, we are having a real “Minnesota Winter” again this year! Snow, rain, wind and cold temperatures have caused our streets, alleys and sidewalks to be very difficult to maintain.   I wanted to remind property owners that they are responsible to remove all...
Supporting the President It seems the new publisher, in his first column of our local paper, joins the ranks of many other news media to attack the President of the United States.  We find it extremely difficult to understand, as our new publisher, why he would choose to write a very divisive,...
A favorite pastime is an afternoon glued to the silver screen. Of course, with my wife, a barrel of popcorn and Diet Coke.  It doesn’t get much better, especially when the movie meets expectations and might even receive an Oscar nomination. That fondness for a good movie goes back many years to a...
A pair of bills that call on the state to make modest investments to help address the critical child care shortage in Greater Minnesota were introduced at the Minnesota Legislature in January. SF 537/HF 422, authored by Sen. Carla Nelson (R-Rochester) and Rep. Jeff Brand (DFL-St. Peter), and SF 538...
Broadband expansion and exploration into the rural areas of Todd and Wadena counties continues this year with a multi-year, multi-million dollar project aimed at bringing high-speed internet access to all residents in Region 5. The project is a cooperative effort involving regional...
I’m kind of put off on Mr. Gail’s comments, I don’t think a paper should make a stand on their political views no matter what side the fence they are on. It seems most media outlets are on the far left of things. it sickens me on how one sided everything has gotten in the news. There are plenty of...
My drive from Alexandria to Staples, on most days, is supplemented with a great deal of diversity and Minnesota features. The drive takes me a short distance on Cty. Rd. 29, Highway 14 to Miltona and Browerville, and a final Cty. Rd. 21 jaunt into Staples.  Not only do I enjoy the immense growth of...

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