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FFA impresses It was the good fortune of Mary and me to be invited to the Staples Motley FFA Banquet last Tuesday evening and what an impressive banquet it was!  The students were so excited, so positive, so courteous and performed so well. Their leadership and classroom training was exemplary and...
On May 15 the Minnesota Department of Commerce (DOC) released the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Project. Line 3 is an essential project for Minnesotans that will ensure the safety and environmental protection of our important natural resources while...
Line 3: It’s the sequel to the Sandpiper, but larger and dirtier. Last year, that pipeline was cancelled, after major community opposition. Now Enbridge is back with another line --- same route, same problems; perhaps more of them.  In the next couple of weeks, people will have an opportunity to...
The new Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, has a big job ahead in running the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). One important opportunity he has is to bring greater fairness to contract livestock production. This would bolster economic growth in many of the rural communities that brought...
Now is a good time for Republicans in Congress and the president to take a step back from their divisive efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, and start working in a bipartisan way solve the real problems people face, including rising prescription drug prices. To do that, we have to...
Farewell After 15 years of practicing optometry in Staples, I have decided to sell my Staples office to concentrate on my Baxter location. It has been a very difficult decision as I have thoroughly enjoyed my practice and serving patients from Staples and the surrounding areas. As of May 15, Dr....
Sadly, shamefully, disgustingly, it has come to this: A Montana candidate for Congress was charged May 24 with assaulting a reporter who was asking him a question about the American Health Care Act. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported the next morning that U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte, a...
Wyoming Machine is making a big difference in Stacy. The company recently brought home the National Association of Workforce Boards’ business leadership award for their work developing the local workforce and economy. In Duluth, thanks to partnerships with local employers, 70 students are...

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