Opinion

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...
By Charles C. Haynes   Nearly 225 years after the ratification of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the cause of conscience protected by the principles of “no establishment” and “free exercise” may be losing support in the minds and hearts of the American people. Appeals by religious...
I remember visiting with a business consultant many years ago about what it takes for a community to be prosperous. This particular person had the opportunity to work with many communities throughout our region.  He used Staples as an example of a community where the superintendent had a large...
Recently a team from Blandin Foundation was in Staples to celebrate the wrap-up of our partnership with the Resilient Region through the Blandin Broadband Communities (BBC) program. What we saw was impressive: a diverse group of dedicated broadband champions working together to make their...
Many people in the United States are expressing concern over the rise of hatred, hate crimes, bigotry, racism, sexism, and Islamophobia. At the same time, a number of creative nonviolent responses have arisen for addressing discrimination and hatred on the ground. Here are a few stories from the...
Attendance is the true building block for student growth in the areas of enjoyment, achievement and success in any school. Being the principal of Motley-Staples Middle School, I have a vested interest in “seeing and building relationships” with our students everyday.  “The world is run by those who...

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