Opinion

EMS services need support systems, not just funding By Kelly Asche, Research Associate Center For Rural Policy and Development   Ambulance services save lives every day, but a report released by the Office of the Legislative Auditor in February of 2022 raises serious concerns about the way...
Faith and family  I don’t want to be quick to be self-righteous, judgemental, selfish or blame anyone who dares to disagree with me. I want to hold on to the truth of God’s word - Jeremiah 1:5 - “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a...
New student spaces at CLC By Dr. Hara Charlier President of Central Lakes College   When students come back to campus this fall, things are going to look a bit different. Not only will they find new programs, but they will also find new spaces and new partnerships. We’re in the process of...
National Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week  July 17-23   This year’s theme is “Restoring Trust, Creating Hope.” This is a time for us to recognize the men and women at Todd-Wadena Community Corrections who work each and every day to restore trust, create hope for clients and keeping...
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. The beautiful...
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...
The 1971 Staples wrestling team, front row from left, Mark Bendson,  Mike Hajek,  Charlie Sowers,  Mike Roberts,  Bob Miller and  Gordy Thompson; back row, Loren Bendson,  Herb Greenwood,  Dave Fuller,  Blayne Kern,  Wayne Shequen,  Jim Nichols and Gerald Ganske, manager.
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...

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