Opinion

Letter from the  Staples-Motley School District submitted to the Staples City Council   It has come to our attention that the vacant building on 2nd Ave. NE (previously Orton’s) has been purchased with the intent to open up a smoke shop. At less than 500 feet from our Middle/High School building,...
Other stores also affect public health, not just smoke shop    As I read the recent article “Objections to smoke shop near high school”, I found myself quite disappointed and ultimately wondering when authoritarianism became the norm. When did not liking or agreeing with something become a reason...
The downtown Staples street corner at 2nd Ave. and 4th Street NE is now 12 years old, having been built in 2010. Potholes are starting to emerge this spring, and are filled with patch. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
Minnesota pothole season From University of Minnesota   While the end of winter brings warmer temperatures and green grass, it also heralds the beginning of one of the most difficult times of year for drivers: pothole season. Manik Barman, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Swenson College of...
Quote of the week “The Constitution of the  United States was made not merely for the generation  that then existed, but for  posterity- unlimited,  undefined, endless,  perpetual posterity.” — Henry Clay  (8th speaker of the House of Representatives, 1811-1825)   Why are many rural towns green but...
Quote of the week “If you win a Super Bowl before you’re fired, you’re a genius, and everyone listens to you. But a coach is just a guy whose best class in grammar school was recess and whose best class in high school was P.E. I never thought I was anything but a guy whose best class was P.E.” —...
‘All of the above’ energy approch for Minnesota By Senator Paul Utke   Senate Democrats once again forced through more hyper-partisan legislation, this time focusing on energy. SF-4, which I call the “Blackout Bill,” undermines the goals of energy reliability and affordability, neglects our...
Fitness matters in the outdoors, too Inside the Outdoors by Mike Rahn Sometimes it takes a dramatic event to make us aware of something that should be obvious.  In my case, it was a session “under the knife”—and the rehabilitation that followed—that provided a perspective that I perhaps should...
Scenes from this year’s winter in the Staples area. (Staples World photos by Dawn Timbs)
At one time or another, whether you knew it or not, you probably have seen an Ansel Adams photograph. It might have been in a book on photographic masterpieces, or a framed print hanging on a wall in an office, a public building or gallery, or maybe even seen on an Antiques Road Show segment. One...
Minnesota sees first Black women senators By Panashe Matemba-Mutasa Mshale Newspaper   The 2023 swearing in of lawmakers who were elected to Minnesota’s state legislature was like no other before. The ceremony, which was held on Jan. 3, saw the swearing in of a Black woman for the state senate for...
Appreciate helping make our community better   We are so impressed by the beautiful and festive planters that have been placed on sidewalks in downtown Staples. Williams Floral and Nursery prepared them and local businesses generously “adopted” the planters. One of the great things about living in...

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