Always leave them with hope
By Lee H. Hamilton
Many years ago, I was in the audience when the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the legendary civil rights activist and election mobilizer, gave a speech. He often used the catchphrase, “Keep hope alive!” when he spoke, and he did so that time. The audience...
Baseball is blooming
Maryann and I have been watching youth baseball this summer at the varsity field. We can see that the Cardinals have a very bright future to look forward to. This is thanks to everyone who works on the field. It has never looked better than it does right now.
Last WWII Medal of Honor winner dies
By Al Cross
Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues
The last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War II died Wednesday, June 29. Former Marine Warrant Officer Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams, who won the medal for heroism on Iwo Jima,...
At a recent school board meeting, Staples-Motley Activities Director Josh Lee said that Pequot Lakes is leaving the Mid State Conference after next year to join the Granite Ridge Conference.
Currently, Mid State is made up of six teams: Aitkin, Detroit Lakes, Crosby-Ironton, Pequot Lakes, Park...
By Mike Hajek
Time has a way of fading most of the memories we create throughout a lifetime, but memories that have created a lasting impact, never completely fade.
The 1971 Robbinsdale Armstrong High School wrestling team has one of those impact moments surrounding their 1971 season and the...
By Becky McCray
Small Biz Survival
Remote work will dominate the future small town workforce.
Your current small town residents will increasingly work from home or remotely.
Four times as many workers will work remotely going forward, compared to the number in 2019. Up to 24 percent of all...
By Samantha Mrazek
Staples-Motley Speech Captain, Class of 2020
Three members of the Staples-Motley Speech Team qualified to compete at the prestigious National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) Tournament that will be held in Louisville, Ky. June 12 -17, 2022.
Caden Mrazek and Luke Bates,...
Another mass shooting. This time, 19 children, along with two teachers and the gunman, all dead.
God have mercy. The conversation quickly turns to the lack in our systems and in our laws. God knows they can all be improved. But I ask, “Why does almost no one speak publicly to the...
Celebrating Central Lakes College Class of 2022
Dr. Hara Charlier, President
Central Lakes College
During May, Central Lakes College celebrated the class of 2022, at our annual commencement events – five ceremonies celebrating 727 extraordinary students. What an honor it was to come together as...
Act of kindness
I was shopping for spring flowers. I went up to the counter to check out when I discovered my checkbook was not in my purse and I had only $13 in cash.
Pete stood near by and said, “What do you need?” My total bill was $50 and he opened his billfold and gave the clerk the $37. He...