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Agnes Johnstone, 94, of Ada passed away May 8, 2017 at the Benedictine Living Community of Ada. Funeral services will be held a 2 p.m. Sunday, May 14 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookstone with Pastor Karen Finnegan of Faith United Church, Ada officiationg Visitation is one hour prior...
The April 21 Pioneer Press article, “Minnesota Legislature’s plans would underfund state military, officials say,” covers some of the issues related to the proposed budget shortfalls in the state Department of Military Affairs (DMA) budget. The National Guard Association of Minnesota and the...
Having talked to many people and read several stories about the recent state of our school, I felt compelled to write this letter. I read Ms. Sharp Anderson’s letter to the editor last week and felt she touched on a very important thought regarding a school board’s responsibilities. But in my...
I would like to respond to some recent comments and concerns printed in the paper as well as phone calls and emails I have received from people and to the comments made by staff at the recent school board meetings. First, I would like to say to the people who have been offended by my words “recruit...
Successful food drive The Staples Area Food Shelf thanks everyone for a successful March Campaign. We received $18,000 and 1,492 pounds of food. This is a great help that enables us to continue to feed the needy with a little extra care. We try to see to it that they receive a three day supply of...
In 1902, in Douglas County, Minnesota, T.A. Erickson started local agricultural after school clubs and fairs, which by 1912 were called 4-H clubs. Today, 4-H serves youth in rural, urban and suburban communities in every state across the nation. The 4-H’ers are tackling the nation’s top issues from...
Many of our readers have unclaimed property held by the Minnesota Department of Commerce. This could include abandoned bank accounts, insurance policies, utility deposits, trust funds, safety deposit boxes, tax refunds, rent deposits and more. By law, the state must preserve those funds, but since...
Are you helping invasive pests spread in Minnesota or around our country?  You may have heard that invasive plant pests and diseases are primarily introduced through commercial trade - that’s true. But once they’re here, these destructive plant pests don’t move far on their own; they’re mostly...
I will soon be out fishing, not in the office thinking about fishing. The sun will descend toward the horizon creating a masterpiece that needs no photo filter or alteration. Then I’ll feel that pull. Part of my success will stem not only from skill, luck or some combination of the two, but believe...

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