Opinion

Disrespectful campaign practices   I know we are in a political season and with that we see political signs supporting different candidates. This year our political climate feels much different. This has been displayed by several billboards/signs/flags/shirts my family has seen on our highways,...
The art of giving political speeches By Lee H. Hamilton   I was talking to a friend not long ago who was pretty down on politics in all its forms. “I actually find real enjoyment in politics,” I told him. He asked if I was nuts. No, I said, there’s a lot of pleasure, even joy to be found in...
Data confirms that wages go further in rural Minnesota By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   Wages are lower in small towns and rural areas of Minnesota, but costs are also lower. It has been a long disputed argument over whether city or rural residents are getting a better deal.  A study by the...
Remembering Railroad Days Small town diet, By Mark Anderson, Editor - o -    This is the week we would normally be printing dozens of photos from Railroad Days in Staples. The coronavirus put a stop to the celebration this year, so this might be a good time to reflect on what makes the celebration...
Slanted coverage   I feel like your article on Bryce Williams portrayed him as some kind of folk hero, it was inherently incorrect and further espouses violence. Where does this guy get his money to protest all over the country? The police have pics of him committing arson, but in his opinion they...
Arts community devastated by COVID-19 pandemic From Five Wings Arts Council newsletter By Mark Turner Executive Director   I am reaching out to share some news on the current programs and services of the Five Wings Arts Council. We can call it a “Situational COVID-19 Update,” if you will. What we...
Baseball appreciation   I would like to take the opportunity to convey my deepest regards to the Staples Motley Diamond Club for naming their recent 13U Babe Ruth Tournament after myself and my late wife, Carolyn.  I was moved and humbled by their kind gesture. It meant a great deal to me that they...
Kresha advocates to end emergency powers Minnesota House Republicans voted to bring up a motion ending Governor Walz’s peacetime emergency powers recently. Representative Ron Kresha released the following statement regarding the vote. “House Democrats voted to leave the peacetime emergency in...
Freedom  isn’t Free   A bit of American history: 1770s...Revolutionary War - Protest of American Patriots for their freedom 1850s...Civil War  - For the rights and freedoms of slaves 1920s... Women received the right to vote after years of protests 1940s WWII - Fight for lives and liberties of Jews...
National COVID-19 happenings affect local Tim Rice, President & CEO Lakewood Health System Staples, MN   Our past editorials have been focused on COVID-19 in our area, but this week we need to talk about what is happening across the country as it is directly impacting us. Fortunately, until...

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