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Arts community devastated by COVID-19 pandemic From Five Wings Arts Council newsletter By Mark Turner Executive Director   I am reaching out to share some news on the current programs and services of the Five Wings Arts Council. We can call it a “Situational COVID-19 Update,” if you will. What we...
Baseball appreciation   I would like to take the opportunity to convey my deepest regards to the Staples Motley Diamond Club for naming their recent 13U Babe Ruth Tournament after myself and my late wife, Carolyn.  I was moved and humbled by their kind gesture. It meant a great deal to me that they...
Kresha advocates to end emergency powers Minnesota House Republicans voted to bring up a motion ending Governor Walz’s peacetime emergency powers recently. Representative Ron Kresha released the following statement regarding the vote. “House Democrats voted to leave the peacetime emergency in...
Freedom  isn’t Free   A bit of American history: 1770s...Revolutionary War - Protest of American Patriots for their freedom 1850s...Civil War  - For the rights and freedoms of slaves 1920s... Women received the right to vote after years of protests 1940s WWII - Fight for lives and liberties of Jews...
National COVID-19 happenings affect local Tim Rice, President & CEO Lakewood Health System Staples, MN   Our past editorials have been focused on COVID-19 in our area, but this week we need to talk about what is happening across the country as it is directly impacting us. Fortunately, until...
Educating our children  By Governor Tim Walz   As a classroom teacher for more than 20 years, I know firsthand how resilient, strong, and flexible our students and educators are. There’s nobody better suited for a challenge. But COVID-19 has posed unprecedented questions about the balance of public...
The breakdown of civilization   Our cities and country are at an existential tipping point. Any right thinking American knows what happened to George Floyd was horrible and are in support  of peaceful protests, but people are nauseated by what BLM and Antifa are doing to our country. It’s no less...
The case for local control Small town  diet  By Mark Anderson Editor   Minnesotans are required to wear masks indoors now. It doesn’t mke sense to a lot of people in this part of the state because only two new cases were detected in Todd County this week, one in Wadena County and two in Morrison....
Face mask facts   This is in response to Gary Schimpp’s recent letter to the editor. Fact 1: The U.S. has 25 percent of the world’s Covid-19 cases but only four percent of the world’s population Fact 2: Since a lot of Covid19 patients are symptom free and the incubation period is lengthy (up to two...
Shift will drive rural hospital consolidations By Kelly Asche and Marnie Werner, Center For Rural Policy and Development   For years, the big conversation around healthcare has been how to control the upward spiral of healthcare costs. But within that larger discussion, another one concerning...

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