Opinion

It’s everyone’s least favorite time of year again - tax season - which means millions of middle class Americans have spent the last few weeks stressed over their family’s financial health. As they look forward through 2018, some see promise, some see problems, and some see uncertainty. But almost...
Despite our strong economy, one-in-five of our Minnesota neighbors rely on Medical Assistance (MA) for free government healthcare. That’s more than one million Minnesotans. The discussion in our state and across the nation is about what we can do to stem the growth of public welfare programs, while...
As more Minnesota families struggle with trauma, poverty, chemical dependency and the difficulties of daily life, children often suffer the consequences. Our child protection data paints an alarming picture. In just the past few years, the number of child abuse and neglect reports assessed and...
Submitted by the   Minnesota Farmers Union   Recently, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, released the first draft of the 2018 Farm Bill. Bipartisan negotiations on the bill had broken down a few weeks prior after a dispute over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance...
My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014, although my husband and I started noticing the signs of the disease a few years before that. In 2015, we packed up our things and moved from Colorado to Minnesota so that I could take on the caregiver role for my mother. It is not something that I...
Standing up for beliefs I read with interest Eric Wallace’s letter to the editor on March 29 and I regret I have not been able to respond until now.  To refresh memories, on March 14, approximately 60 students at Staples-Motley High School (SMHS) participated in the national walkout to protest gun...
CLC has long been a vital part of the Staples community. While it wasn’t always called CLC, the vocational training, now career and technical training, has always been a fundamental part of the region. In my nine months as the Dean of the Staples campus, I’ve heard wonderful stories from community...

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