Opinion

Recently a team from Blandin Foundation was in Staples to celebrate the wrap-up of our partnership with the Resilient Region through the Blandin Broadband Communities (BBC) program. What we saw was impressive: a diverse group of dedicated broadband champions working together to make their...
Many people in the United States are expressing concern over the rise of hatred, hate crimes, bigotry, racism, sexism, and Islamophobia. At the same time, a number of creative nonviolent responses have arisen for addressing discrimination and hatred on the ground. Here are a few stories from the...
Every year I write an article about the process I use to determine if school will be called late or called off because of inclement weather conditions. I usually get this article out before the first storm hits. With this year’s nice fall, I thought I had more time. I guess I was wrong.  Technology...
Today, I sit here at my desk, hypnotized by the beauty of the winter scene unfolding before me. I am sitting on the warm side of the window and gazing across the lake we live on.  It is apparent that the coldest and darkest season of the year has snuck in once more and silenced the splashing waves...
Is the busyness of life crowding out your family “togetherness?” Here’s how one local family, the family of Delbert and Bonita Hansen of Staples, is preserving it. Beginning sometime in 2010, the Hansen family began having potluck suppers together on Sunday evenings at Delbert and Bonita’s home. At...
In the end, this election wasn’t decided by Russian hacking, sexual assault charges, “blood coming out of her whatever,” the FBI or any of the other extraordinary moments that defied the norms of political behavior and discourse. “We the People” decided it. Enough of us were so angry, alienated and...
In an effort to work toward our 2020-21 vision of becoming the region’s school district of choice, our school board granted our teaching staff an additional five days of professional development for the 2016-17 school year.  This extra time will give us an opportunity to work together to make sure...
Hats off to all public educators as everyone recognizes American Education Week, Nov. 14-18. The theme is “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility.”  As director of the 13 member Freshwater Educational District of Central Minnesota, I am daily reminded of the huge impact quality...
As we enter into the winter months of the 2016-17 school year, attendance concerns seem to follow right along with weather.  At ISD 2170, we expect our students to be here. Research shows, time and again, that attendance is the largest factor in a student’s success in school. There’s a phrase that...
Our Minnesota Congressional delegation should vote no on the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, which could come up for a vote any time before the end of the year.  The TPP does more to advance the interests of multi-national corporations than it does to improve trade relations or benefit...

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