Opinion

The current farm bill will expire on Sept. 30. Congress has a handful of days to make an important decision, and they have three options: to pass a final farm bill, extend the 2014 farm bill, or let the farm bill expire. At this point, swift passage of a final farm bill before the Sept. 30 deadline...
I have just returned from a summer road trip which established a new personal record: l was gone from New Orleans for the longest period of time since I first moved here in 1984, way more than a quarter century ago. It was 31 days. Thirty one days of no politics, no potholes, no humidity, no crime...
It’s an exciting time to be a Cardinal! The Board of Education and Administration members have been busy reviewing the listening sessions, Educational Advocacy Report, Staples Community study, financial and enrollment history and projections, deferred maintenance needs and operating costs. This...
Minnesota is home to more than 330,000 veterans and, according to a recent study, the third most generous state in the country for charitable donations. This is something to be proud of, but it also makes Minnesotans a target for sham  charities trying to raise a quick buck by exploiting people’s...
Executives from Twitter, Facebook and Google recently testified before Congress. Again. This was the third congressional hearing this year where the internet giants were grilled on their content policies, their privacy and security practices and their role in democracy. It’s been a rough couple of...
Recently at Central Lakes College data was presented as to what our families saved by our “College In Schools” offerings. We’re all doing our part in Region Five to provide what we can to our students, that was clear. There wasn’t a school “not listed.” The conversations and meetings that day were...
Cheer for athletes As the Staples-Motley Cheer coach, and a parent of athletes, I’d like to first of all say Thank You to all who come out to watch our kids play the sports they love. These kids and their coaches work hard and practice every day with the goal to win. With that being said, I’d like...

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