Opinion

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, Todd County Health and Human Services encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Todd County a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills,...
The Center for Rural Policy and Development has released its latest project, a compilation of insights and recommendations titled “Letters to the New Governor.” The “letters” are a set of essays offering guidance and insight to elected representatives in all offices, but in particular to Minnesota’...
Community pride   What does it mean to be a community?  One particular definition I found of community is “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests and goals”. So, as I reflect on what makes the Staples-Motley (SM) Community so very special, what comes...
Central Minnesotans feel the region has made significant improvements in the past three years in areas such as economic development, maintaining and growing job opportunities that pay a living wage, according to the Rural Pulse 2019 survey of more than 1,560 Minnesotans just released by the Blandin...
On Wednesday, Governor Walz delivered his first State of the State address. I appreciated the tone of his speech. It is a good sign as we head toward end of session negotiations. We have a responsibility to pass a balanced budget on time and that is what Minnesotans expect of us. It is my hope that...
One of the challenges policymakers are facing is how to make political conversation more focused on solving problems. Arthur Brooks,  a longtime writer and head of the American Enterprise Institute, has some ideas that are worth considering.  Brooks recently wrote a book titled, “Love Your Enemies...
Taxation concerns clarified   I guess I confused some people with my letter of concerns as to the school bond question. What it amounts to is our share of the whole package will be based on an assessed value of $83,001 more than the amount shown on the taxes payable in 2019. In other words, the...
Details on President Trump’s 2020 budget were released in March. In an attempt to rein in federal spending, the budget recommends a $3.6 billion cut to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Unfortunately, the proposals set forth in this budget seem far-removed from the realities rural Americans face...
Taxation concerns Now that the 2019 valuations from the County Assessor have arrived, I looked at the numbers pertaining to the proposed school bond election, relating to our farm. I do not know and question if the estimated assessment was referencing the 2018 valuations or the new 2019 valuations...
The following “Small Town Creed” was created by Becky McCray at IdeaFriendly.com. “I’ve been asked about what I believe about small towns, what brings us together, what our shared beliefs are. This Creed is my answer,” said McCray. What do you believe about living in a small town? Send us your own...

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