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The 2019 Minnesota Food Share March Campaign has concluded. The numbers have been tallied and the fundraiser has once again been a rousing success. According to Summer Anthony, Program Manager for MN Food Share, “For nearly four decades, local businesses, faith communities, schools, and...
The board should reflect a consensus of the community. They are the residents, many of whom are parents and most are taxpayers, they vote in the school board and expect representation. Like anyone voted into office, they must represent the wishes of a majority of their constituency or risk being...
Are you between the ages of 18-35? Are you thinking about becoming pregnant? Even if you aren’t planning on becoming pregnant, did you know 50 percent of pregnancies are unplanned? That means 50 percent of women who are pregnant are not expecting to be pregnant and may be using alcohol in the early...
Statement from Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka on the 2019 Session: “Ultimately, our budget did what we all agreed was best for Minnesotans. We held the line on raising new taxes and kept spending focused on priorities. For the first time in nearly 20 years, Minnesotans are getting a tax cut....
‘News’ that is really fake is likely to become more common; news media need to promote, and shore up, their reliability. Mike Allen of Axios wrote in a morning briefing, “Welcome to our sad, new, distorted reality — the explosion of fake: fake videos, fake people on Facebook, and daily cries of ‘...
Spring Cleaning! I want to remind everyone that the City of Staples will be hosting another City-wide cleanup day on June 8 from 8:00 to noon, again at the Street Shop, at 12th St. and Michigan Ave., with assistance from Long Prairie Sanitation and SW Recycling. This is an opportunity for area...
We, in the United States, have yet to realize both the futility and immense consequences of war even as we develop, store, sell, and use hideous weapons. The number of children killed is rising. At 9:30 in the morning of March 26, the entrance to a rural hospital in northwest Yemen, supported by...
The most recent farm bill establishes a roadmap for the cultivation of industrial hemp. Congress was right to loosen the restriction on growing this crop, a non-psychoactive relative of marijuana. Each state now has the opportunity to establish a regulatory framework under which industrial hemp may...
Excessive punishment   Forty years ago, classmates and I were the first kids to play baseball in the new Converse Park. I have since coached little league baseball there. I helped to fix up the playground and to put in the park benches. A month ago, without much forethought, I moved the security...
Start-ups and small companies are crucial to the success of our nation.  When they thrive, America thrives. Most of us know this instinctively, and we’ve just kicked off a week that makes it official.  During National Small Business Week (May 5-11), awards will be given, high achievers honored, and...

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