Opinion

Every day, millions of Americans get behind the wheel to head out on the highway, with a specific destination in mind. Some of them are off to the store or school and some to the office. For Minnesota’s professional truck drivers, their sights aren’t set on a certain end point, because they work on...
We know when rural communities do well, America does well. Rural America provides us with the food we eat, the water we drink and the energy we use, not to mention a disproportionate percentage the nation’s military that keeps us safe from threat. That’s why it’s good news that in all corners of...
As the school year wrapped up last spring, we knew this fall would begin with a new look by adding our eighth grade to the high school campus. What an addition they are. They’ve allowed us to provide over 70 staff to work alongside each other. The team - including teachers, paras, office and...
The launch of the new academic year is bringing about a remarkable first: at a Minnesota State college or university, the president is now as likely to be a woman as a man now that 14 out of 30 presidents are female. This is nearly double the national average (26 percent), according to Women in...
1. Successful downtowns need to have a critical mass of like businesses. 2. To be a successful community, you must have at least one or two anchor businesses, ones that people would drive an hour - or more - to visit. 3. Seventy percent of all consumer spending (both locals and visitors) takes...
What a great start to the school year! I visited each school on Tuesday morning and it was so much fun to see the excitement and enthusiasm of students, parents and staff. With our Re-Start, more students had adjustments this year than in years past. That can be exciting, but also a little scary....
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton may well be the best things that have happened to a free press in a long time. “Best” not in terms of ratings, circulation, advertising or such, though some media will see a temporary bump up. And it’s certainly not because the pair are singing the news media’s...
Welcome back to the 2016-17 school year! We are ready and looking forward to our first day of school - Tuesday, September 6!  After serving one year as your superintendent, I am more excited than ever about the terrific things that are happening in our communities and district, as well as our...
On behalf of the Staples Motley Area Community Foundation I would like to thank all the performers, over 65 of them, who helped make our 4th Little Red Caboose Variety Show Aug. 25 at Centennial Auditorium, Staples, our most successful one yet. Thanks, too, to all the folks who took the time to...
Polls in 1948 indicated Harry Truman had no chance to win the election. He ignored the ominous polls, took off on his whistle stop tour and won the election anyway. Pollsters and pundits were shocked. Americans today would be wise to follow Truman’s lead and disregard the swarm of polls dominating...

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