Opinion

Pope Francis released the annual World Day of Peace Message for January 1, 2017, called “Nonviolence-A Style of Politics for Peace.” This is the Vatican’s fiftieth World Day of Peace message, but its first statement on nonviolence, in the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr....
When you spend 40 to 60 or even 70 hours a week doing your local government job, it probably doesn’t occur to you that your bosses will deny you the same pay increase that everyone else in your organization gets when the bosses approve annual pay scales. Your job is described in Minnesota Statutes...
By Tom Emery   Some say it just isn’t Christmas without the poinsettia, a colorful addition to the holiday season.  Outside of his native state, the flower’s namesake has been lost to history. The plant is named for Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first American ambassador to Mexico, who distributed...
Wrestling fan I graduated 50 years ago from Staples High School and was proud to be a wrestler under the outstanding guidance of Don Dravis, Norm Card, Greg Lieferman and others. I still follow wrestling closely and it’s very exciting to see the Staples-Motley Cardinal wrestling program making...
Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or...
Tis the Season for Giving! We have so many wonderful people in our community, along with their extended families. It warms my heart to share this news with our community: Recently, we sent home a fundraiser packet with our students, that was not a door-to-door selling opportunity. This was...
Duane Lund is also Mr. NJPA I read with great pleasure last week’s article on Dr. Lund. He certainly was “Mr. Staples.” But did you know that among his many great accomplishments was also the birthing of NJPA!  The 1976 Minnesota Legislature passed enabling legislation calling for 50 percent of the...
Last April, a man with a lengthy criminal record, including a felony conviction for a drive-by shooting, stormed the second floor office of North Star Criminal Defense in Cathedral Hill. The disgruntled former client pulled out a .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun, aimed it at the law firm’s 23-year...
Choral music in good hands Mr. Horn had some big shoes to fill in following Mr. Hoemberg as the Staples-Motley Choir Director. At first I was a little skeptical knowing Mr. Hoemberg and what kind of teacher he is.  After attending a choir concert, talking with Mr. Horn and going to the  recent...

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