Opinion

COVID rules not heeded   In the words of esteemed epidemiologist, Dr. Michael Osterholm, “The U.S. is about to enter COVID hell.” We have been fortunate in Minnesota to have delayed the widespread infections that other places in the world have experienced from the SARS-CoV-2, but the time has come...
When I visited Disney World’s Epcot Center 25 years ago, they made a big deal about predicting what the future would be like. Many of their “futuristic” ideas revolved around remote communication, such as grandparents who could talk on screens to their families  who live hundreds of miles away....
Minnesota executive orders change due to COVID-19 outbreak Todd County is experiencing a significant increase of COVID-19 cases, from October 30 through November 12, 396 cases were reported in Todd County.  With this amount of community transmission, residents are more likely to come in contact...
Food shelf support   As I picked up the mail from the food shelf post office box this past week, I was once again in awe of the generosity and support from local businesses, organizations and individuals that continue to give.  As director, it is my responsibility to see that our shelves are kept...
When our institutions fail us, do the right thing at a personal level Small town  diet  By Mark Anderson Editor   We rely on our institutions to keep our society functioning. Our government, education and businesses all rely on rules and procedures that have been developed over centuries. A lot...
Heppner brings positive change   Growing up in Staples, I haven’t seen many changes in my short 26 years of life. There are two things very present in my memory from growing up here and that is the lack of things to do as a child/teenager and poverty. I now have three children of my own and I so...
When Staples was invited to come to Staples After reading last week’s story about Staples being the longest single word sentence in the English language, Mel Nefstead called to tell about the time Staples tried to get Staples to come to Staples. When Nefstead was director of the chamber of...
Staples home to longest single word sentence “Staples Staples staples staples Staples Staples staples.” Is this a proper sentence in the English language? It is based off the sentence “Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.” Here is the explanation of that second one: Let’s say you are in the...
Letters to the Editor Paid political advertisement Anderson has integrity As you vote for your local school board please consider voting for Lisa Anderson. Lisa would be an excellent school board member as she has experience working collaboratively as an employee at Camp Shamineau. She has been...
Lakewood dealing with COVID-19 surge By Tim Rice President & CEO Lakewood Health System    Seven months ago, when COVID-19 was new to all of us, we were eager to do whatever we could to help: we followed the regulations from state and industry officials, stayed home whenever possible, made and...

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