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Am I protected?  CDC considers you protected from measles if you have written documentation (records) showing at least one of the following: • You received two doses of measles-containing vaccine, and you are a(n) —  -school-aged child (grades K-12) -adult who will be in a setting that poses a high...
In the last eight years, I’ve opened two restaurants: The Rieger in 2010 and Ça Va in 2014. Throughout that time, the federal minimum wage remained stagnant at $7.25 despite the rising cost of living. To me that seems profoundly unfair. As a restaurant owner, I strongly support legislation that...
Minnesota’s dairy industry is facing a dire crisis. From collapsing barns to trade restrictions, dairy farmers haven’t been able to catch a break, and it’s costing them their farms. Last year alone Minnesota lost over 10 percent of its dairy farms and stands to continue that trend without immediate...
School upgrades crucial to future   As a local business owner (and homeowner) I strongly support voting “yes” and “yes” on the Build 2170 referendum which concludes on May 14.  My wife and I have lived in this community for the past 17 years and we love Staples-Motley.  We are continually impressed...
The Staples-Motley baseball team lost 14-1 to Royalton on April 24. Above, Ryan Wick takes a throw from home as the runner tries to advance.  
At USDA, we celebrated Earth Day 2019 by offering a big thank you to farmers and ranchers here in Minnesota for all they do. Every day we see their efforts to conserve natural resources while producing food, fiber and fuel for people in their communities and around the world. They are doing what...
Results of a statewide survey found startling opposition to current legislative proposals to raise business taxes and the gas tax, and impose mandates on employers and employees. “These results reflect that Minnesotans want our state to be affordable for families and businesses to grow and flourish...
School helps build community   We think the Staples Motley area is at an educational and economical crossroad right now. Which way we turn will affect our communities for years to come. We cannot claim to be natives of this area but have lived here most of our adult lives. We have never second...
I am a fan of the HBO television series Game of Thrones, which started its final season a couple of weeks ago. The conclusion will come when one of the characters leads a total military victory, or diplomatically manipulates his or her way onto the Iron Throne. My feeling is the show has gone...
Minnesota lawmakers took an important step this month toward improving public safety. The state legislature approved the “hands-free” bill that bans the use of hand-held cell phones while driving and aims to prevent distracted driving accidents. Minnesota joins 16 other states and Washington, D.C....

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