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The Staples-Motley baseball team lost 14-1 to Royalton on April 24. Above, Ryan Wick takes a throw from home as the runner tries to advance.  
At USDA, we celebrated Earth Day 2019 by offering a big thank you to farmers and ranchers here in Minnesota for all they do. Every day we see their efforts to conserve natural resources while producing food, fiber and fuel for people in their communities and around the world. They are doing what...
Results of a statewide survey found startling opposition to current legislative proposals to raise business taxes and the gas tax, and impose mandates on employers and employees. “These results reflect that Minnesotans want our state to be affordable for families and businesses to grow and flourish...
School helps build community   We think the Staples Motley area is at an educational and economical crossroad right now. Which way we turn will affect our communities for years to come. We cannot claim to be natives of this area but have lived here most of our adult lives. We have never second...
I am a fan of the HBO television series Game of Thrones, which started its final season a couple of weeks ago. The conclusion will come when one of the characters leads a total military victory, or diplomatically manipulates his or her way onto the Iron Throne. My feeling is the show has gone...
Minnesota lawmakers took an important step this month toward improving public safety. The state legislature approved the “hands-free” bill that bans the use of hand-held cell phones while driving and aims to prevent distracted driving accidents. Minnesota joins 16 other states and Washington, D.C....
Children deserve quality education   I am a local contractor who is a proud graduate of SMHS and still currently live and operate my small business in Staples. My wife is a former teacher at the SM Elementary. She put her career on hold to stay at home and raise our three children. I have...
It was an exhilarating meeting to hear about all the ideas for the Batcher Block Building and to hear all the suggestions from people in the crowd. They are considering many possibilities from arts and entertainment, food, drink and retail. And they’re looking for local input so it has local ...
A new report from the Center for Rural Policy & Development, titled “CRPD hears from child care providers,” discusses the results of a recent statewide survey looking to better understand what issues for providers may be leading to the state’s current child care shortage. This preliminary...
My son Dustin had unforgettable, fiery red hair and a huge, goofy grin. He loved to make people laugh. One summer night shortly after graduating high school, Dustin got a ride with a 19-year-old driver who had alcohol and drugs in her system. Seat-belted and sober, Dustin was riding in the back...

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