Opinion

Social responsibility for kids   By SEARCH Institute   Social distancing efforts have led us to see connection as a threat rather than a strength. Yet, the health of our communities depends on each of us taking individual actions to help others. This includes kids, as much as adults. If you’re like...
  Memories of Staples and the railroad   By Mike Holst Someone started a Facebook memory trail of all of the graduates of Staples High School, of which I was one. It’s been so much fun to see the pictures and hear the stories. It’s ironic that the very school I couldn’t wait to get out of, and the...
Seniors shine in essays   As chairman of the Lion’s Education and Youth committee, I’ve had the opportunity to read the applications of those seniors who applied for the Staples Host Lions, scholarship. I was extremely impressed with the thoughts and efforts put in by the thirteen seniors who...
Lakewood Health System By Tim Rice President and CEO At the time this article was written, Lakewood Health System (LHS) has confirmed eight positive COVID-19 cases. All eight of these patients have either already recovered or are recovering at home. None of these patients required hospitalization...
Lakewood in condition of preparedness By Tim Rice President and CEO We at Lakewood Health System are learning so much as we continue to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic. We regularly do drills and other activities throughout the year to prepare for emergency situations like this, but there are...
Letters to the Editor    March Food Share Month not realizing it’s share   Here it is past the end of March and I’ve realized how little we’ve heard recently about March being Food Shelf Month in Minnesota. All the publicity about Covid-19 has, justly so, taken over the airways and newspaper pages...
By Barb Dinkel Goodrich, General Crime Services Coordinator Hands of Hope Resource Center   Every year, millions of people’s lives are forever changed by crime. They are our families, neighbors, friends, and colleagues. Crime victims often struggle to work, pay bills, or support their loved ones....
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...

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