Opinion

From the Minnesota Alliance for Ethical Healthcare   People with disabilities are asking the federal government to stop what they say are policies by states and hospitals that will ration care and deny them treatment for the coronavirus. Recently several disability groups filed a complaint against...
By Brad Brown Owner/Publisher, Quad Town Forum Saskatchewan, Canada   If you give a mouse a deadly and highly-contagious virus, they’re going to ask for a lifetime supply of toilet paper. When you give them the toilet paper, they’ll probably plan a large group play date, go for a walk with friends...
For more than a year, we have planned to do an April Fools Day page this week. Early on we decided we would like to make it a fantasy page, with funny stories about strange things going on in the community. We didn’t want to trick anyone into thinking it was real, we wanted readers to participitate...
Community Networking   A short “shout out” to share the goodness of the community networking that is alive and well in Staples. Last week some of my family started reaching out to some regarding grocery runs, picking up individual’s take out orders, etc. Saturday mid-morning a call came from a...
A month ago, who would have thought terms like social distancing, surge plans and quarantine would be part of our regular vocabulary? But here we are, in uncharted territory, navigating our way through this Coronavirus pandemic and its implications on our lives. Lakewood Health System’s primary...
For years after 2001, the newspapers I worked for kept receiving press releases from businesses and organizations that started with “Since Sept. 11, ...” and they would all go on to describe their regular news. At first I set them aside or took out the Sept. 11 part and laughed about what does a...
I wanted to send a quick update to our community as of March 20, 2020. Wow, what a past week it has been for education in the state of Minnesota. Beginning with the governor’s executive order on March 15, the Staples-Motley School District has been closed to begin preparations for distance learning...
Local pride   On a business trip to Spain some years ago, I was impressed by my customer’s glowing review for the local bakery. He said “our bakery is the best!” When I asked why, he said “because it’s our bakery!” That sense of ownership and pride is missing too often in our country as we strive...
By Jim Zachary, CNHI Deputy National Editor   The media is most definitely not your enemy.  Far from being the enemy of the people, day in and day out we take our role as the Fourth Estate seriously and work hard to protect your right to know, making public records requests and attending public...
Sports are usually a good outlet whenever things start to feel overwhelming. If you don’t like what’s on the news, just turn to sports, they always provide entertainment and drama, but not too much drama. Now sports are one of the fulcrums of the bad news, the NBA suspended their season after a...

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