Opinion

By Morris Pearl   American democracy, in theory, is based on the premise of one person, one vote. Unfortunately, that is not really the case. The rich and the powerful use their money to gain more influence than other Americans and that became obvious to everyone with the Supreme Court’s decision...
A good deed   After carting my items that I had purchased from Family Dollar on December 8, I was trying to negotiate the cart over the icy, snow packed parking lot, in order to return it to the store,when a young man, about 9 years old, came up to me and asked if he could take it in for me. For...
From Tom Burch Cass County Sheriff   The best part of the holiday season is spending quality time with family – which often means travel out of town or away from home. Before you leave, it’s important to take the proper precautions to keep your house or apartment safe while you’re gone.  If you’re...
By Margaret Donahoe Executive Director, MN Transportation Alliance   Minnesota legislators have been touring the state this past fall, getting a first-hand look at important public assets and infrastructure that’s wearing out as they prepare to put together a capital bonding bill. As they travel,...
By U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar   It’s the holiday season, and two of the most popular gifts this year are wearable devices that help people track their exercise and sleep—along with home DNA testing kits that help people discover more about their ancestry or genetic health risks. New technologies...
I have been walking around Staples a lot this winter, and I appreciate that most sidewalks are shoveled and passable. The same thing happened last year, we all did a great job of shoveling after the first big snowfall. But with each succeeding snowfall, fewer and fewer sidewalks would get carved...
Wreath Time,   ‘Tis the Season   For the past couple of years Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Staples, started selling wreaths for the graves as its only fundraiser for maintenance/ upkeep of the cemetery... All proceeds go directly to the cemetery and no one is paid for the making of the wreaths or in...
By Julie Tesch President, Center for Rural Policy and Development   Do you know what the bedrock of any town is, rural or urban?  Community.  In this age of technology, it is very easy to isolate yourself.  You can be listening to a podcast on your phone while you are emailing for work and playing...
By Al Cross Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues   As rural hospitals seek new ways to survive, a commentary in The Journal of Rural Health suggests that one new model could regionalize adult health care in much the same way it has been regionalized for perinatal care, the care given...
By Quint Studer   November 30, 2019, is Small Business Saturday. Starting in 2010, American Express designated this day—the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year—to encourage people to “Shop Small.” The financial services company reports that since the commemoration began, “Consumers have reported...

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