Opinion

The launch of the new academic year is bringing about a remarkable first: at a Minnesota State college or university, the president is now as likely to be a woman as a man now that 14 out of 30 presidents are female. This is nearly double the national average (26 percent), according to Women in...
1. Successful downtowns need to have a critical mass of like businesses. 2. To be a successful community, you must have at least one or two anchor businesses, ones that people would drive an hour - or more - to visit. 3. Seventy percent of all consumer spending (both locals and visitors) takes...
What a great start to the school year! I visited each school on Tuesday morning and it was so much fun to see the excitement and enthusiasm of students, parents and staff. With our Re-Start, more students had adjustments this year than in years past. That can be exciting, but also a little scary....
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton may well be the best things that have happened to a free press in a long time. “Best” not in terms of ratings, circulation, advertising or such, though some media will see a temporary bump up. And it’s certainly not because the pair are singing the news media’s...
Welcome back to the 2016-17 school year! We are ready and looking forward to our first day of school - Tuesday, September 6!  After serving one year as your superintendent, I am more excited than ever about the terrific things that are happening in our communities and district, as well as our...
On behalf of the Staples Motley Area Community Foundation I would like to thank all the performers, over 65 of them, who helped make our 4th Little Red Caboose Variety Show Aug. 25 at Centennial Auditorium, Staples, our most successful one yet. Thanks, too, to all the folks who took the time to...
Polls in 1948 indicated Harry Truman had no chance to win the election. He ignored the ominous polls, took off on his whistle stop tour and won the election anyway. Pollsters and pundits were shocked. Americans today would be wise to follow Truman’s lead and disregard the swarm of polls dominating...
I just went to the Singularity University summit. Here are the key points I gathered. o Rise and Fall: In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85 percent of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they were bankrupt. What happened to Kodak will...
for Re-Start I just shared two educational weeks with  Staples-Motley colleagues and administrators gearing  up for the upcoming  school year. Excitement is in the air! Our Re-Start for 2016- 2017 is a great step forward for our Staples-Motley kids. I would like to give a great big thank you to our...

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