Opinion

Face mask facts   This is in response to Gary Schimpp’s recent letter to the editor. Fact 1: The U.S. has 25 percent of the world’s Covid-19 cases but only four percent of the world’s population Fact 2: Since a lot of Covid19 patients are symptom free and the incubation period is lengthy (up to two...
Shift will drive rural hospital consolidations By Kelly Asche and Marnie Werner, Center For Rural Policy and Development   For years, the big conversation around healthcare has been how to control the upward spiral of healthcare costs. But within that larger discussion, another one concerning...
Refusing to wear a mask   I’m sorry Lisa, but I feel that I must respond to your letter to the editor in last week’s Staples World. I have a very different view regarding the wearig of masks. First, I also strongly urge the support of our local businesses. I was once the President of the Staples...
Predictions for 2020 falling short Small town  diet  By Mark Anderson Editor - o -      The year 2020 was supposed to be the year of vision. We always associated 20/20 with excellent eyesight. Good vision is a metaphor for being able to predict the future. So how did 2020 turn out to be the worst...
Support wearing masks Since moving to Staples in 1974, I have purchased most of my cars, appliances, lawn mowers, flooring, gas, paint, pharmacy supplies and groceries locally. I believe in shopping locally first. I now live with someone who is 90 years old and is on hospice. That means I am very...
Small towns responding to global pandemic  By Leah Kemp Mississippi State University Small Town Center   Before the global pandemic hit, small towns across America were dealing with struggling economies, aging roads and bridges, and declining populations. The coronavirus added new challenges, like...
By Dr. Hara Charlier, President of Central Lakes College   It’s remarkable that only a few short months ago we took the initial steps to deal with COVID-19. Since then, the pandemic has dramatically altered our lives in ways we will always remember. Although there are still unknowns about the...
Unemployment affecting 800,000 Minnesotans By Steve Grove Minnesota Departmnet of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner   Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) program has received more than 800,000 applications for unemployment....
Save energy this summer   There are quick and free ways to reduce your energy and water costs. For example, you can order a free water conservation kit complements of Minnesota Energy Resources, the natural gas company that serves Staples. These kits are free to Minnesota Energy Resources customers...
Special session a train wreck for cities By Audrey Nelsen, Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities President   The special session was a train wreck, between the COVID-19 pandemic, economic downturn and recent civil unrest. Minnesotans need strong state leadership at the Legislature now more than...

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