Opinion

Building proposal fills modern education needs By Shane Tappe Staples-Motley Schools Superintendent   At Staples-Motley Schools, we continue to work through the challenges of in-person learning with COVID-19 precautions. Thankfully, we are blessed with deeply committed staff who have done a...
Building project will bring needed improvements By Shane Tappe Staples-Motley Schools Superintendent   The past year has been the most difficult of all my years in education, but the students, staff and families of Staples-Motley Schools have done a fantastic job of handling every challenge thrown...
School board trying to suppress vote   The Staples-Motley School Board is doing its best to suppress voter turnout in the upcoming referendum vote. They voted to approve the referendum at the end of January leaving only 78 days before the vote on April 13. I asked why April was chosen and they told...
Isaiah Schultz tosses a pass to Adam Oberlander, who turned it into a score against Detroit Lakes. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley boys basketball team is showing they are competitive with area teams, but only have one win on the season, with nine losses. In two games against Frazee and Detroit Lakes, the Cardinals ended up on the short end of scoring runs and had to play from behind in the second half....
After attack, nurses speak out for safety From the Minnesota Nurses Association   Minnesota Nurses are again shocked and saddened by the news of another incident of workplace violence at a healthcare facility in the state. As caretakers of victims of gunshots and other violent injuries, nurses and...
School building issues exceed current budget By Shane Tappe Staples-Motley School Superintendent   It’s no secret why Staples and Motley are great places to live, work and play. Our beautiful natural landscape makes it easy to enjoy the great outdoors. We work together to support each other in...
Pipeline politics   I’ve never voted for Trump or President Biden. President Biden claimed he would be a president for all, but the first thing he did was close down the pipeline and here in Arizona the price of gas went up 20 cents per gallon in a week. I’m in favor of that pipeline. How can he be...
CLC choosing hope after 2020 By Dr. Hara Charlier President, Central Lakes College     As I look back on the past year, I’m struck by all that we, as a community, have been through together. And, while it’s undeniable that we continue to be challenged by the frustration and fatigue of today’s...
Community survival depends on creating a sense of belonging By Jane Leonard President, Growth & Justice (Excerpts from forward in Region Five Development Commission’s Rural Communities Equity Action Guide)   My great-grandparents and their fellow community members sought an equitable economic...
Line 3 being built responsibly   Agricultural leaders across Minnesota have been strong supporters of the Line 3 replacement project over years and years of study.  We support the Line 3 replacement because it is best for our environment, because ag needs energy and because it protects our railways...

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