Opinion

How do we increase healthy, fresh foods in rural America? One way is to identify new opportunities for people to access food. Here are five suggestions for your community. o Mobile grocery stores or veggie vans are refrigerated vans or trucks that bring affordable produce into communities at a...
Honoring law enforcement officers   In recognition of National Police Week 2021, communities across the United States will come together May 9-15 to honor and remember those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they...
Rural areas leading election rejection anger  By Al Cross Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues   Rejection of the 2020 presidential election result “has increasingly become an unofficial litmus test for acceptance in the Republican Party,” The Washington Post reports, with small-...
Deer disease is accelerating its escape from Pandora’s Box, could threaten hunting industry Inside the Outdoors Mike Rahn   For many years, the always-fatal deer-killing ailment called chronic wasting disease (CWD) seemed a remote and distant problem, confined as it was to Minnesota’s Southeast...
The changing structure/challenges of law enforcement By Melissa Birkholtz Staples Police Chief   I feel very fortunate to work in this community where we are so strongly supported. While our jobs are challenging at times, it is reassuring to be serving people who understand that we are doing the...
Change thinking on education   In these times of tight money and uncertainty, it’s time to rethink the whole system of education. Every morning, three different school district buses go by my place in the name of open enrollment. Huge waste of the fuel budget. Every school is adding on or has...
Educational improvements in school referendum By Shane Tappe Superintendent, Staples-Motley School District   Over the last few months, I have had the pleasure of speaking with many members of our communities about the upcoming bond referendum for Staples-Motley Schools. It has been encouraging to...
Referendum makes financial sense   We all know that great schools are a critical part of great communities. Great schools develop tomorrow’s workers and attract new businesses and residents to invest in the community. Election day is fast approaching for Staples-Motley School District’s building...
Referendum addresses needs of aging schools By Shane Tappe Staples-Motley Schools Superintendent   District residents will decide on a bond referendum that would provide $64.4 million to fund renovations and additions to the existing elementary school and middle/high school. Early Childhood to...
The key to a great opportunity if we can grab it By Marnie Werner VP, Research & Operations Center For Rural Policy and Development   Ready for a silver lining? So much of what we hear about the pandemic is doom and gloom, but as a new report we released last month on workforce and job...

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