Opinion

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...
I recently attended the North Platte, NE, Shop Local Kickoff event, featuring state and local proclamations highlighting the importance of shopping local brick and mortar retail stores. The event made me think about my holiday shopping. This year, I’m challenging myself to make local purchases and...
Every year I write an article about the process I use to determine if school will be called late or called off because of inclement weather conditions. I usually get this article out before the first storm hits. With this year’s nice fall, I thought I had more time. I guess I was wrong.  Technology...
Today, I sit here at my desk, hypnotized by the beauty of the winter scene unfolding before me. I am sitting on the warm side of the window and gazing across the lake we live on.  It is apparent that the coldest and darkest season of the year has snuck in once more and silenced the splashing waves...
Is the busyness of life crowding out your family “togetherness?” Here’s how one local family, the family of Delbert and Bonita Hansen of Staples, is preserving it. Beginning sometime in 2010, the Hansen family began having potluck suppers together on Sunday evenings at Delbert and Bonita’s home. At...
In the end, this election wasn’t decided by Russian hacking, sexual assault charges, “blood coming out of her whatever,” the FBI or any of the other extraordinary moments that defied the norms of political behavior and discourse. “We the People” decided it. Enough of us were so angry, alienated and...

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