Opinion

The Law of the Jungle is not what you think. Most people who use the phrase think it is about surviving by brute force, but that is actually not what the  original phrase meant. British writer Rudyard Kipling invented the phrase with a poem in “The Jungle Book.” This is the part that defines the...
First polio case in Staples?   When I was four years old in 1939, my mom took me to see Dr. Reichelderfer because I was sick and she did not know what was wrong. The doctor told her to take me to a doctor in Brainerd, so she did and he told her what I had was polio. She came back and told the...
Poem to remember classmate By Roger Haugen For Jim Kurpius (1938-2022)   When you talk about courage and drive, Not just living, but fully alive;    What more can you say?    He did it his way, So here’s a postumous high-five.   When it came to passing life’s test, Jim’s record is one of the best...
Celebrating Career and Technical Education Month By Dr. Hara Charlier, President of CLC, and Rebekah Kent Ehlebracht, Dean of Brainerd Career & Technical Programs and Customized Training   February was Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. While we celebrate technical education every day...
Counties present priorities to legislature From the Association of Minnesota Counties   More than 250 county commissioners and officials from nearly every Minnesota county gathered at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul as part of “County Day at the Capitol,” organized by the Association of...
MSHSL improving fan behavior  From the Minnesota State High School League   Recently students, schools and communities have experienced racist events that tell us we as school leaders have more work to do. Mistreatment of anyone on any basis is not only intolerable, it is something we, as...
By Becky McCray smallbizsurvival.com   “Goodness exists” and “Happiness is right here” are written on a modern, bright-colored mural with native wildlife and flowers over a landscape of the Palouse area of Washington State. Pew Research released a major rural vs. urban study, and the headlines...
Township Day is Tuesday, March 8 All township residents have a direct voice and a direct vote with their local government. On Tuesday, March 8, townships will hold their annual meetings on “Township Day.” Make sure to attend to make your voice heard. The tradition of a town meeting has roots in...
Scary diseases before vaccines One summer day during my 1940s childhood, I told my mother that my neck hurt. “Don’t talk that way!” was her almost angry retort. I was shocked at her response, but later realized that she was living in constant fear that one of her kids would fall victim to the polio...
The Staples Downtown Revitalization Committee has sparked me to think back on other community development processes I have followed as a reporter over the years. I have probably witnessed at least 20 different undertakings. The processes were usually facilitated by an outside expert. Some were...

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