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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...
Quote of the week “Newspapers are increasingly  one of the last remaining  businesses whose purpose brings the community together.  Newspapers provide the  credible news and information that is needed in today’s  cluttered media landscape.” — Dean Ridings,  CEO of America’s Newspapers   Show up and...
Something for everyone in local news   I think the Staples World is the best local newspaper I have ever read.  I am always impressed by the articles about our students and the paper does it up brown. I know there are scrapbooks dating back years that include cuttings of outstanding achievements by...
Winter comes in like a lion Inside the Outdoors, by Mike Rahn   You know you’re a bona fide, qualified, official Minnesotan if the threat of a snow storm finds you with excited anticipation. You don’t quite earn the distinction when you’re young. Young people have self-serving reasons for being...
Quote of the week No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela  ...
Winning in life parallels winning in sports By Gene Mattila   My son Derek and I came to Staples-Motley to “win,” period. Many have said or are saying “All Mr. Mattila cares about is ‘winning’ and you’re not there to have fun.” My response to that is “thank you, you are correct.” Vince Lombardi,...
Candidate forum had scheduling conflict By Doug Case   This is in response to All Kolling’s column on the opinion page of last week’s Staples World. I chose not to attend the candidate forum sponsored by LEAP because of a prior commitment. Running for a public office is difficult enough without...
Staples candidate questions still remain By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The question of why city council candidates chose not to attend the LEAP forum is still unanswered.  In his response above to a guest editorial raising that question, Doug Case said he had a conflict on that date. His...
Vote for Heppner I am writing this letter in support of Erich Heppner, who is currently running for Staples-Motley School board. I strongly encourage voters to cast their ballot for him. I have known Erich for over 16 years as a student, a colleague and a community member. Erich is a dedicated,...

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