Opinion

Taxation concerns clarified   I guess I confused some people with my letter of concerns as to the school bond question. What it amounts to is our share of the whole package will be based on an assessed value of $83,001 more than the amount shown on the taxes payable in 2019. In other words, the...
Details on President Trump’s 2020 budget were released in March. In an attempt to rein in federal spending, the budget recommends a $3.6 billion cut to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Unfortunately, the proposals set forth in this budget seem far-removed from the realities rural Americans face...
Taxation concerns Now that the 2019 valuations from the County Assessor have arrived, I looked at the numbers pertaining to the proposed school bond election, relating to our farm. I do not know and question if the estimated assessment was referencing the 2018 valuations or the new 2019 valuations...
The following “Small Town Creed” was created by Becky McCray at IdeaFriendly.com. “I’ve been asked about what I believe about small towns, what brings us together, what our shared beliefs are. This Creed is my answer,” said McCray. What do you believe about living in a small town? Send us your own...
State Rep. John Poston, R-Lake Shore, issued the following statement recently in response to the Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR)  beginning a 60-day comment period related to permits and licenses for the proposed Enbridge Line 3 replacement project in northern Minnesota: “I strongly urge...
So, sometime around the first of June, it will have been sixty years since the class of ‘59 - Staples High, was handed their diplomas and sent on their way to try and change the world. If you had asked me then, where I would be in sixty years? I probably would have said, “under the sod.” So many of...
Positive forum results   The Board of Staples Motley Beyond Poverty is planning to continue the conversation it began on February 25, 2019. A Forum, entitled Safety Over Suicide, was presented at the Central Lakes College, Staples Campus. The overall evaluation of the event, attended by nearly 100...
Farmers and ranchers are the backbone of America. They grow food to feed us, fiber to clothe us, and fuel to run our homes and cars. Their hard work and dedication provide economic stability across the nation – stability that supports rural economies and creates much-needed jobs in local...
Amid all the doom and gloom about government secrecy that we hear during Sunshine Week, let’s take a moment to appreciate that Americans have unprecedented of access to their government. Government transparency is an ongoing battle. Preserving it requires vigilance from the press, from advocates...
Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here Here comes the sun (doo doo doo doo) Here comes the sun, and I say it’s all right    George Harrison’s song of spring is a fitting start to my Sunshine Week salute to everyday heroes...

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