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Access to the internet. The internet is now considered a basic human right; it is how people find employment, handle their finances, receive an education, work, and receive medical care. However, not everyone is able to use the internet to its full potential, due primarily to slow speeds. Rural...
I was very surprised to see the headline “Connections High School to Close” in last week’s paper. The headline was misleading and sensationalized.  At the Connections School Board meeting on Feb. 7, our board voted to change to become a department within Staples-Motley High School. Nothing in the...
We LOVE to read at Staples-Motley Elementary. And we LOVE the support we get from parents and families, encouraging children to practice the reading skills they are learning in school.  By rereading the books sent home, students build fluency and accuracy. By talking about the books with your child...
Every year Minnesota townships are required to hold an “Annual Town Meeting.” It’s held the second Tuesday of March, which is March 14 this year. It’s a true form of direct democracy, encouraging all members of the community to participate.  As with most American political ideas, town meetings have...
I hope Staples-Motley School District residents joined community members, parents and students throughout the state of Minnesota to salute their local education leaders during Minnesota’s annual School Board Recognition Week - held February 20-24.  Governor Mark Dayton set this week aside to...
The job performance of Congress has slipped from bad to worse, in the opinion of a group of academic experts from across the country who were asked to evaluate the institution by the Indiana University Center on Representative Government. From a C-minus in 2015, Congress slipped to a grade of D for...
NOTE: This letter was originally written to staff in the school district at the end of the day of the Special Olympics basketball tournament. Special Olympics basketball As I sit still basking in awe and pride of this day and all that occurred, I want to say THANK you. Thank you to our staff - you...
Don’t let the weather fool you.We still have four months of school left and plenty of time for our students to take advantage of the great educational opportunities we offer at Motley-Staples Middle School. This means the students have a lot of time to make improvements or continue to give great...

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