Opinion

School building issues exceed current budget By Shane Tappe Staples-Motley School Superintendent   It’s no secret why Staples and Motley are great places to live, work and play. Our beautiful natural landscape makes it easy to enjoy the great outdoors. We work together to support each other in...
Pipeline politics   I’ve never voted for Trump or President Biden. President Biden claimed he would be a president for all, but the first thing he did was close down the pipeline and here in Arizona the price of gas went up 20 cents per gallon in a week. I’m in favor of that pipeline. How can he be...
CLC choosing hope after 2020 By Dr. Hara Charlier President, Central Lakes College     As I look back on the past year, I’m struck by all that we, as a community, have been through together. And, while it’s undeniable that we continue to be challenged by the frustration and fatigue of today’s...
Community survival depends on creating a sense of belonging By Jane Leonard President, Growth & Justice (Excerpts from forward in Region Five Development Commission’s Rural Communities Equity Action Guide)   My great-grandparents and their fellow community members sought an equitable economic...
Line 3 being built responsibly   Agricultural leaders across Minnesota have been strong supporters of the Line 3 replacement project over years and years of study.  We support the Line 3 replacement because it is best for our environment, because ag needs energy and because it protects our railways...
Equity is built into rural roots By Jane Leonard President, Growth & Justice (Excerpts from forward in Region Five Development Commission’s Rural Communities Equity Action Guide)   Simply  and  powerfully,  “EQUITY” is  just  and  fair  inclusion into a society in which all can participate,...
Fischbach votes against house rules package, electoral certification U.S. Representative  Michelle Fischbach   Recenty, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve a package of rules that will govern the body in the 117th Congress. In response, Congresswoman Michelle Fischbach (MN-07)...
Rural news media will help vaccine rollout By Al Cross Director and Professor, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, University of Kentucky   Rural hospitals and other health-care providers face special challenges in getting coronavirus vaccines to the public, but rural news media,...
Arts changed in 2020, will revive in 2021 By Mark Turner Executive Director Five Wings Arts Council   As 2020 comes to a close (thank goodness), I am truly humbled and inspired by the dedication, hard work, resiliency and passion of our Five Wings Arts community. It is tempting to look back and...
Schools keeping up with COVID-19 needs By Shane Tappe Staples-Motley Schools Superintendent   As we continue to navigate this unprecedented school year, I feel a deep sense of gratitude for the resolve and commitment of Staples-Motley School students, teachers, staff and families. Throughout the...

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