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Educating our children  By Governor Tim Walz   As a classroom teacher for more than 20 years, I know firsthand how resilient, strong, and flexible our students and educators are. There’s nobody better suited for a challenge. But COVID-19 has posed unprecedented questions about the balance of public...
The breakdown of civilization   Our cities and country are at an existential tipping point. Any right thinking American knows what happened to George Floyd was horrible and are in support  of peaceful protests, but people are nauseated by what BLM and Antifa are doing to our country. It’s no less...
The case for local control Small town  diet  By Mark Anderson Editor   Minnesotans are required to wear masks indoors now. It doesn’t mke sense to a lot of people in this part of the state because only two new cases were detected in Todd County this week, one in Wadena County and two in Morrison....
Face mask facts   This is in response to Gary Schimpp’s recent letter to the editor. Fact 1: The U.S. has 25 percent of the world’s Covid-19 cases but only four percent of the world’s population Fact 2: Since a lot of Covid19 patients are symptom free and the incubation period is lengthy (up to two...
Shift will drive rural hospital consolidations By Kelly Asche and Marnie Werner, Center For Rural Policy and Development   For years, the big conversation around healthcare has been how to control the upward spiral of healthcare costs. But within that larger discussion, another one concerning...
Refusing to wear a mask   I’m sorry Lisa, but I feel that I must respond to your letter to the editor in last week’s Staples World. I have a very different view regarding the wearig of masks. First, I also strongly urge the support of our local businesses. I was once the President of the Staples...
Predictions for 2020 falling short Small town  diet  By Mark Anderson Editor - o -      The year 2020 was supposed to be the year of vision. We always associated 20/20 with excellent eyesight. Good vision is a metaphor for being able to predict the future. So how did 2020 turn out to be the worst...
Support wearing masks Since moving to Staples in 1974, I have purchased most of my cars, appliances, lawn mowers, flooring, gas, paint, pharmacy supplies and groceries locally. I believe in shopping locally first. I now live with someone who is 90 years old and is on hospice. That means I am very...
Small towns responding to global pandemic  By Leah Kemp Mississippi State University Small Town Center   Before the global pandemic hit, small towns across America were dealing with struggling economies, aging roads and bridges, and declining populations. The coronavirus added new challenges, like...
By Dr. Hara Charlier, President of Central Lakes College   It’s remarkable that only a few short months ago we took the initial steps to deal with COVID-19. Since then, the pandemic has dramatically altered our lives in ways we will always remember. Although there are still unknowns about the...

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