Opinion

Our students are digital natives. That means that they read, create, collaborate and solve problems using technology. They learn differently than ever before. It’s almost comical when we say we’re striving to catch up with our 21st Century learners when we’re already 17 years into the 21st Century...
I will soon be out fishing, not in the office thinking about fishing. The sun will descend toward the horizon creating a masterpiece that needs no photo filter or alteration. Then I’ll feel that pull. Part of my success will stem not only from skill, luck or some combination of the two, but believe...
Are you helping invasive pests spread in Minnesota or around our country?  You may have heard that invasive plant pests and diseases are primarily introduced through commercial trade - that’s true. But once they’re here, these destructive plant pests don’t move far on their own; they’re mostly...
It’s my belief that a community connected to their school will impact the students’ experience through their support. I have several examples of this from Motley-Staples Middle School this year.  Motley-Staples Middle School students held their annual Veteran’s Day program on Nov. 11, 2016. Each...
April 9 through April 15 is National Library Week, a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April. National Library Week is a time to celebrate the contributions of our libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support....
After what seemed like a long winter, spring is finally here. The snow is gone, the grass is turning green and it’s that time of year again when the City will begin doing nuisance compliance inspections.  This year the police department is again tasked with doing the citywide checks on properties...
The staff at Staples-Motley Elementary will host a Home Run Derby Night Thursday, April 27, from 4-6 p.m. at the school.  Parents and students are invited for a night of fun and learning.Starting at 4 p.m., we will send you around the in-field. First Base is a Book Giveaway, where you can stop and...
Monday of this week I learned that Caleb Horn, the choir director at Staples-Motley Schools, will not be hired back. I’m very disappointed. Mr. Horn has done a lot of good for the choir program and the kids. Was he not reassigned because he was a non-conformist? Did he even get a fair shake at his...
The Department of Natural Resources is asking for modest fee and general fund increases for Minnesota’s state parks and trails system during the 2017 legislative session, and I want you to know why it’s important to make an investment in these special places. For more than 125 years, Minnesota’s...

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