Opinion

A look at the ‘community’ in community college By Dr. Hara Charlier President, Central Lakes College   Everything we do at Central Lakes College is about workforce development, preparing students for great careers in so many ways, whether it be through a 4-year transfer degree or a technical...
Our turn to protect children   Have you had your COVID vaccine yet? Do you know students may have to wear face masks to school again this year? Do you know why? Last year our kids wore masks to protect adults. Adults were the most likely to get COVID and have severe symptoms. This year, our kids...
In your article in the July 7 paper, you made statements that I cannot agree with. Your $100,000 a year in transportation cost is probably accurate but it only takes about nine students going to Pillager to affect the $100,000. By closing Motley, how many students has the school lost to Pillager?...
The Staples City Council offered an extremely tepid defense when asked why the city continues to sound the 10 p.m. siren every night. They were asked after a letter in this newspaper questioned the use of the siren. The council suggested that the siren does help remind children of the city’s 10 p.m...
Be careful with power mowers   I awoke May 26 at 6:02 a.m. I saw young people wearing shorts and tennis shoes mowing lawns and I was concerned they might trip or more. Then quickly I saw little people playing in the yard and dad mowing and maybe daydreaming and forgetting that little one. Maybe he...
Senate undermines environmental progress From Minnesota Environmental Partnership   Pollution Control Agency Commissioner Laura Bishop recently resigned after Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka informed her that the Senate would vote against confirming her, effectively removing her from her...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   Before the first school referendum, the consulting company told the Staples-Motley School Board “If you don’t pass a referendum, you always end up paying more and getting less for it.” The same was true for the second referendum. If it didn’t pass, we were told it...
Stop the sirens   Subject: inappropriate, unlawful and disruptive use of the emergency siren system. 1. Any parent who alleges they want or need a 10 p.m. siren in order to have any influence on how they raise their children is an irresponsible parent. This is not my problem. This is not my fault....
Dear Community Members   The school board adopted the district Continuous Improvement Plan on February 18, 2020 and in doing so, made a commitment to support all learners and empower them to succeed in the classroom and beyond. As this plan is being implemented district-wide in staff training,...
Spring cleaning   I want to remind everyone that the City of Staples will be hosting another City-wide cleanup day on June 11 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Once again, this event will take place at the Street Shop, located at 12th Street and Michigan Avenue, with assistance from Long Prairie Sanitation...

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