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I am pleased to see nominations already being submitted for what we should call our school buildings moving forward. The nominations have been fun to read. It’s obvious some thought has been put into this naming/re-naming process. There is still plenty of time and we hope to get many more...
Mark Anderson
The people are coming. There’s a projection of hundreds of new jobs in Staples over the next few years. For small towns, sudden economic growth is like the goose that laid the golden egg: it is an enviable windfall, but major issues can develop along with it. I attended two presentations of “...
As America recovers slowly from the Great Recession, many of our fellow citizens remain mired in poverty. Economic trends, cultural changes and changes in family and marriage patterns are combining in new ways that make it harder for those born on the bottom rungs of the economic ladder to lift...
This is such a great time of the year in school. Kids are back from Christmas Break and we hit the ground running. There are so many things to accomplish and the days are filled with a lot of activity. And, of course, February - I LOVE to READ month - is fast approaching.  Many fun ideas are being...
Well before the final negotiations of the COP21 climate talks in Paris, business was already making a big difference on the ground. For the first time, superstar entrepreneurs showed up with plans to fund major initiatives. Giant companies sent CEOs to showcase their results in reducing carbon in...
Recently a special report in the Star Tribune newspaper revealed how much water pollution from agriculture is costing taxpayers. At $125 million in 2014 alone, the price of industrialized, monocrop agriculture is significant and only likely to grow. In North Central Minnesota, we have an...
My mom paid a painful price for not completing an advance directive about her preferences for end-of-life medical care.  She was an intelligent and organized woman who had everything in her and my dad’s life planned out and written down. She even drafted her own obituary. Ironically, she never...
After much debate and considerable delay, the House of Representatives has finally passed a highway funding bill. A big question that delayed the bill’s passage was whether the federal fuel tax would be increased to fully cover planned spending from the highway trust fund. Since it was crafted by...

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