Opinion

I have been walking around Staples a lot this winter, and I appreciate that most sidewalks are shoveled and passable. The same thing happened last year, we all did a great job of shoveling after the first big snowfall. But with each succeeding snowfall, fewer and fewer sidewalks would get carved...
Wreath Time,   ‘Tis the Season   For the past couple of years Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Staples, started selling wreaths for the graves as its only fundraiser for maintenance/ upkeep of the cemetery... All proceeds go directly to the cemetery and no one is paid for the making of the wreaths or in...
By Julie Tesch President, Center for Rural Policy and Development   Do you know what the bedrock of any town is, rural or urban?  Community.  In this age of technology, it is very easy to isolate yourself.  You can be listening to a podcast on your phone while you are emailing for work and playing...
By Al Cross Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues   As rural hospitals seek new ways to survive, a commentary in The Journal of Rural Health suggests that one new model could regionalize adult health care in much the same way it has been regionalized for perinatal care, the care given...
By Quint Studer   November 30, 2019, is Small Business Saturday. Starting in 2010, American Express designated this day—the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year—to encourage people to “Shop Small.” The financial services company reports that since the commemoration began, “Consumers have reported...
For the past couple of years Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Staples started selling wreaths for the graves as its only fundraiser for maintenance/ upkeep of the cemetery... All proceeds go directly to the cemetery and no one is paid for the making of the wreaths or in the placing of them on the graves....
By Derick Moore, senior communications specialist, U.S. Census Bureau   In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims — early settlers of Plymouth Colony — held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest. Many regard this event as the nation’s first Thanksgiving. The Wampanoag Indians in attendance...
At Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington, D.C., two CEOs of iconic Midwestern companies spoke about why improving the quality of life in rural America is the best way to alleviate the struggles of the farming sector of the economy, Hadley Hitson reports for the magazine. “...
By Julie Tesch President, Center for Rural Policy and Development   Are county fairs a thing of the past? Ferris wheel. The weather is hot and steamy in Minnesota, so that must mean it’s county fair time. Growing up, the county fair was my favorite place on earth. It was the place where I got to...
From the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities   City leaders from Greater Minnesota are calling on Governor Tim Walz and legislators to pass a large public works package that invests at least $1.5 billion in infrastructure needs throughout the state. That message was the main theme that emerged...

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