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Support wearing masks Since moving to Staples in 1974, I have purchased most of my cars, appliances, lawn mowers, flooring, gas, paint, pharmacy supplies and groceries locally. I believe in shopping locally first. I now live with someone who is 90 years old and is on hospice. That means I am very...
Small towns responding to global pandemic  By Leah Kemp Mississippi State University Small Town Center   Before the global pandemic hit, small towns across America were dealing with struggling economies, aging roads and bridges, and declining populations. The coronavirus added new challenges, like...
By Dr. Hara Charlier, President of Central Lakes College   It’s remarkable that only a few short months ago we took the initial steps to deal with COVID-19. Since then, the pandemic has dramatically altered our lives in ways we will always remember. Although there are still unknowns about the...
Unemployment affecting 800,000 Minnesotans By Steve Grove Minnesota Departmnet of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner   Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) program has received more than 800,000 applications for unemployment....
Save energy this summer   There are quick and free ways to reduce your energy and water costs. For example, you can order a free water conservation kit complements of Minnesota Energy Resources, the natural gas company that serves Staples. These kits are free to Minnesota Energy Resources customers...
Special session a train wreck for cities By Audrey Nelsen, Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities President   The special session was a train wreck, between the COVID-19 pandemic, economic downturn and recent civil unrest. Minnesotans need strong state leadership at the Legislature now more than...
The entire world is looking at Minnesota and wondering how we became the center of global race riots. We prided ourselves in Minnesota Nice, we thought we were upstanding citizens. But there were signs that this wasn’t being shared by all Minnesotans. We were one of the worst states in achievement...
Individual rights during a pandemic   How should the conflict between a more Authoritarian approach and Individual Rights be handled in a time of pandemic. It would seem to me that once we are reasonably confident  that the health care system will not be overwhelmed, we should encourage health care...
Important issues not being met by governor By State Representative Ron Kresha   I will not support extending the governor’s peacetime emergency powers. From my experience, leadership is built on trust, and it’s earned.  At this point, I have completely lost my respect and trust of this...
CLC in this together   As a college community, we have struggled with how best to respond to the recent act of violence against George Floyd and historically against people of color and American Indians, locally, across the state and our nation. We share the pain, anger and frustration reflected...

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