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By Heather Chapman The Rural Blog   Rural hospitals are starting to feel the effects of the coronavirus, and it could get a lot worse. “They sit furthest from international airports and urban hubs where outbreaks are more likely, but they are at the tail end of supply chains for vital medical goods...
By Quint Studer    The last few decades have been a whirlwind. Globalization has redrawn boundaries we’ve long lived by and counted on. Technology has transformed everything about how we work, shop and even socialize. There’s turmoil on the political front. At times it’s easy to feel a little lost...
The Minnesota State Demographic Center is celebrating Text Our Snowbirds Day on March 13. The public’s participation is encouraged, to help raise awareness of census response guidelines for people who have multiple residences. Minnesota is home to over 44,000 snowbirds – people who call this state...
The Staples Area Men’s and Women’s Choruses are combining their talents to present ‘A Musical Night at the Movies’ on Saturday, March 21, at Timbers Event Center in Staples. Enjoy a delicious meal while listening to a number of favorite songs from the silver screen, including, “Soul Man” “Go the...
Legislative update from Representative Ron Kresha, District 9B   We’ve finished our first full week of session, and a lot has happened. House Republicans rolled out a “Safety in our Cities” package of five bills to improve public safety in communities across the state. The proposed bills include...
By Jim Smoger Wheaton Gazette   This past weekend, I went to my dad’s house to collect a few items. The house is for sale and I thought going there would be emotionally difficult. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case. The realtor had told my sister that she might have to reduce the asking price. One...
The kale is coming. We must be prepared. Ever since the announcement of the ‘Sota Grown experimental food container now in Staples, locals have been talking and joking about kale. A few years ago, kale was recognized as a “superfood,” packed with nutrients, antioxidants and other things good for...
From the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities   With the state sitting on a $1.3 billion budget surplus and a AAA bond rating, Greater Minnesota city leaders are urging lawmakers to return to St. Paul with a renewed focus on investing in infrastructure across the state.  “As any mayor in Greater...
By Jessica Owens-Young, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Health Studies at  American University   Newly released data on life expectancy across the U.S. shows that where we live matters for how long we live. A person in the U.S. can expect to live an average of 78.8 years, according to the...
By Jessica Owens-Young, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Health Studies at  American University   Newly released data on life expectancy across the U.S. shows that where we live matters for how long we live. A person in the U.S. can expect to live an average of 78.8 years, according to the...

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