Opinion

Transparency needed in power board   Have you ever wanted to change something? Most of us have. The upcoming Crow Wing Power Board Elections are coming up and we definitely need some changes there. There continues to be a lot of questions at CWP. Does the upcoming mining project have individual...
We don’t have Italian opera stars singing from our balconies, but we do have polka bands in Minnesota. I heard one story about a polka band setting up outside a nursing home and letting residents open their windows to hear the happy tunes.  I have to smile when I see some of the ways small towns...
By Amanda Mithun, LMFT Behavioral Health Home Integration Specialist Lakewood Health System   I recently came across a quote that stopped me in my tracks. “We can’t direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails”, author unknown. Right now, we are in the midst of a powerful wind. As a community, as a...
History every week   I appreciate including the mystery photos in the local paper. Many of them bring back a lot of memories. Big thanks to Pete Card for sharing his photos of historical value. I hope I am not guilty of something, but I cut them out to save for my grandchildren. These are the first...
Social responsibility for kids   By SEARCH Institute   Social distancing efforts have led us to see connection as a threat rather than a strength. Yet, the health of our communities depends on each of us taking individual actions to help others. This includes kids, as much as adults. If you’re like...
  Memories of Staples and the railroad   By Mike Holst Someone started a Facebook memory trail of all of the graduates of Staples High School, of which I was one. It’s been so much fun to see the pictures and hear the stories. It’s ironic that the very school I couldn’t wait to get out of, and the...
Seniors shine in essays   As chairman of the Lion’s Education and Youth committee, I’ve had the opportunity to read the applications of those seniors who applied for the Staples Host Lions, scholarship. I was extremely impressed with the thoughts and efforts put in by the thirteen seniors who...
Lakewood Health System By Tim Rice President and CEO At the time this article was written, Lakewood Health System (LHS) has confirmed eight positive COVID-19 cases. All eight of these patients have either already recovered or are recovering at home. None of these patients required hospitalization...
Lakewood in condition of preparedness By Tim Rice President and CEO We at Lakewood Health System are learning so much as we continue to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic. We regularly do drills and other activities throughout the year to prepare for emergency situations like this, but there are...
Letters to the Editor    March Food Share Month not realizing it’s share   Here it is past the end of March and I’ve realized how little we’ve heard recently about March being Food Shelf Month in Minnesota. All the publicity about Covid-19 has, justly so, taken over the airways and newspaper pages...

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