Opinion

Every year Minnesota townships are required to hold an “Annual Town Meeting.” It’s held the second Tuesday of March, which is March 14 this year. It’s a true form of direct democracy, encouraging all members of the community to participate.  As with most American political ideas, town meetings have...
I hope Staples-Motley School District residents joined community members, parents and students throughout the state of Minnesota to salute their local education leaders during Minnesota’s annual School Board Recognition Week - held February 20-24.  Governor Mark Dayton set this week aside to...
The job performance of Congress has slipped from bad to worse, in the opinion of a group of academic experts from across the country who were asked to evaluate the institution by the Indiana University Center on Representative Government. From a C-minus in 2015, Congress slipped to a grade of D for...
NOTE: This letter was originally written to staff in the school district at the end of the day of the Special Olympics basketball tournament. Special Olympics basketball As I sit still basking in awe and pride of this day and all that occurred, I want to say THANK you. Thank you to our staff - you...
Don’t let the weather fool you.We still have four months of school left and plenty of time for our students to take advantage of the great educational opportunities we offer at Motley-Staples Middle School. This means the students have a lot of time to make improvements or continue to give great...
When we think of February, we probably think cold temperatures, Ground Hog Day, Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day, all which are true.  I have another thought about February. It’s also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, a time to stop and think about love, relationships and RESPECT, specifically...
Educators are always looking for ways to engage their students. It is one of the many things that continue to be a challenge in the area of education. In the past month, I have been thoroughly impressed with the many examples of teacher leadership, creativity and passion for these types of...
Fake news is becoming a real problem, according to successive presidents of the United States. Barack Obama described it as a threat to democracy, while President Trump decried it as a threat to his administration. So it must be a big deal. Surely this nation’s inventive spirit can give us...

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