Opinion

With the moon landing’s 50th anniversary on July 20, it made me wonder if that qualifies humans as an extra-terrestrial species. We have left our planet and walked on another world. If that doesn’t meet the definition, we may soon have people on Mars, and it could even be possible to maintain a...
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...
By Sue Abderholden Executive Director of NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness)   September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. With the number of people dying by suicide increasing in Minnesota and across the country, it’s important to take time this month to raise...
State fair poll results show strong support for criminal background checks on all gun sales and the legalization of marijuana for recreational use appears to have remained steady among Minnesotans during the past 12 months. The 2019 House of Representatives State Fair Poll found that 89.1 percent...
By Kathleen Rogers   It’s another year marked by fire. In April, billions of hearts broke as flames engulfed one of the world’s most awe-inspiring churches, Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral. Like all great tragedies, what gave the cathedral so much majesty was also what fueled its downfall. More than 5...
Teaching sex ed too early What happens if I get caught viewing nude pictures of children?  Answer: considerable jail time. What happens if I draw pictures of children and adults totally nude, masturbating, sexual intercourse and put it in a booklet and get it in the hands of all your 10 year old...
By Deb Ferdon Staples-Motley Schools   What a great time to be a Cardinal. I am currently the coordinator for Teaching and Learning activities here in the Staples-Motley District, so I am fortunate to get a view of the happenings within all of our school buildings and classrooms while I support...
Talking about the privacy concerns with social media use can seem like beating a dead horse, but with 33 percent of college admissions officers admitting to viewing applicants’ social media profiles, students and their parents need to know what they’re getting into when they post online.  According...
Pine Grove wonderland   I loved the beautiful picture in your paper of our beautiful park. I really love our park. In the early mornings it is so beautiful with the sun shining through the trees. I used to take my children out to the park many years ago,  just a great place for kids to run and play...
Children frolic while chasing after bubbles at the Ziegler 5K run at Pine Grove Park in August. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)  

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