Opinion

Community Networking   A short “shout out” to share the goodness of the community networking that is alive and well in Staples. Last week some of my family started reaching out to some regarding grocery runs, picking up individual’s take out orders, etc. Saturday mid-morning a call came from a...
A month ago, who would have thought terms like social distancing, surge plans and quarantine would be part of our regular vocabulary? But here we are, in uncharted territory, navigating our way through this Coronavirus pandemic and its implications on our lives. Lakewood Health System’s primary...
For years after 2001, the newspapers I worked for kept receiving press releases from businesses and organizations that started with “Since Sept. 11, ...” and they would all go on to describe their regular news. At first I set them aside or took out the Sept. 11 part and laughed about what does a...
I wanted to send a quick update to our community as of March 20, 2020. Wow, what a past week it has been for education in the state of Minnesota. Beginning with the governor’s executive order on March 15, the Staples-Motley School District has been closed to begin preparations for distance learning...
Local pride   On a business trip to Spain some years ago, I was impressed by my customer’s glowing review for the local bakery. He said “our bakery is the best!” When I asked why, he said “because it’s our bakery!” That sense of ownership and pride is missing too often in our country as we strive...
By Jim Zachary, CNHI Deputy National Editor   The media is most definitely not your enemy.  Far from being the enemy of the people, day in and day out we take our role as the Fourth Estate seriously and work hard to protect your right to know, making public records requests and attending public...
Sports are usually a good outlet whenever things start to feel overwhelming. If you don’t like what’s on the news, just turn to sports, they always provide entertainment and drama, but not too much drama. Now sports are one of the fulcrums of the bad news, the NBA suspended their season after a...
By Heather Chapman The Rural Blog   Rural hospitals are starting to feel the effects of the coronavirus, and it could get a lot worse. “They sit furthest from international airports and urban hubs where outbreaks are more likely, but they are at the tail end of supply chains for vital medical goods...
By Quint Studer    The last few decades have been a whirlwind. Globalization has redrawn boundaries we’ve long lived by and counted on. Technology has transformed everything about how we work, shop and even socialize. There’s turmoil on the political front. At times it’s easy to feel a little lost...
The Minnesota State Demographic Center is celebrating Text Our Snowbirds Day on March 13. The public’s participation is encouraged, to help raise awareness of census response guidelines for people who have multiple residences. Minnesota is home to over 44,000 snowbirds – people who call this state...

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