Opinion

My drive from Alexandria to Staples, on most days, is supplemented with a great deal of diversity and Minnesota features. The drive takes me a short distance on Cty. Rd. 29, Highway 14 to Miltona and Browerville, and a final Cty. Rd. 21 jaunt into Staples.  Not only do I enjoy the immense growth of...
After several years of school building studies, a decision has been made and the Staples-Motley School District now starts on the next chapter, planning the changes and letting the public vote on it. For people following the process, many new things were learned, and some of the beliefs people had...
In 2018, President Trump pledged $12 billion to provide direct aid to corn, cotton, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean and wheat producers. Through the Market Facilitation Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has administered this aid to provide short-term relief to producers who are feeling...
A few weeks ago I wrote about the Rural That Works conference I attended, and how rural communities are doing amazing things just using their local resources and local ingenuity. Now I will give a few examples from that conference. The small town of Jewell, Iowa, had 14 empty downtown buildings,...
I was exhausted. How many felt this exhaustion Sunday evening after watching two unbelievable overtime football games setting up the Feb. 3 Super Bowl? I felt like the Kansas City defense in those closing seconds of their loss.  The games went as predicted, with the exception both started as...
More Minnesotans were killed and injured in traffic crashes in 2018 than in 2017, with an estimated 380 people losing their lives on our roadways. Distracted and impaired driving is a big factor, to be sure. But, with safer roads human error doesn’t have to be a death sentence. The majority of...
The room turned to complete silence, followed by a few, “Oh, My Gods”. My wife and I were playing cards with a group of friends Thursday when someone’s phone sounded an alert. News flashed on the location of Jayme Closs. As most know, a 13-year-old from Barron, Wisc. was reported missing Oct. 15,...
Pillager Food Shelf thankful Another Holiday season is in the books and the kindness of people never ceases to amaze me. On behalf of the Pillager Family Center and Food Shelf, I want to thank the Pillager Lions for donating turkeys at Thanksgiving and hams for Christmas. Because of your generosity...

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