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The Morrison County Historical Society was founded in 1936, at the height of the Great Depression. The organization was the outgrowth of a Works Progress Administration project to collect oral histories from long-time families in Morrison County. Over 1,000 oral histories were collected and this...
John Brichacek, owner of 2 Tall Tavern in Cushing, launched a ‘Never 2 Much Respect’ program last September, to honor area law enforcement agencies, fire departments and first response teams. As part of the program, Brichacek raised funds for these organizations, as well as the Motley Area Food...
This is the fourth and final in a series of articles about gardening, as the Staples World followed the work of Russell Kleinschmidt from planting to harvest.   For avid gardeners like Russell Kleinschmidt, the words found in chapter three of the Book of Ecclesiastes ring true. “To every thing...
The Community Concert major work, held every other year, featured Handel’s Messiah in 2015 held in the Staples-Motley High School gym. (Submitted photo)
The Staples Area Community Christmas Concert, normally held in the Sacred Heart Church, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 in the Staples-Motley High School Gymnasium.  “We recognize that the Community Christmas Concert is an annual holiday tradition for many area families so we thought it...
Recent reports from the Motley Police Department (MPD) and the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office  (MCSO) included the following: Oct. 31 - The MPD issued a citation to Tera Wolpert, 30, for passing a parked emergency vehicle with its lights on without being instructed to. Oct. 30 - The MPD issued a...
A Staples man was one of four people injured as the result of a three-vehicle crash north of Motley Nov. 2, at Hwy 64 and 96th St. SW, near mile marker 8. The incident took place shortly before 4 p.m., said Minnesota State Patrol. According to their report, a 2008 Ford Fusion  driven by 24-year-old...
Emergency crews were at the scene of a three-vehicle crash north of Motley on Hwy 64, near mile marker 8, the afternoon of Nov. 2. Two of the drivers involved were airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital and the third was taken by ambulance to Lakewood Health System Hospital in Staples. Traffic was at a...
Randy Lee Karppinen
Randy Lee Karppinen of Pillager died Oct. 26, when he attempted to pass a vehicle and struck a pickup truck head-on. The incident occurred at 3:05 p.m. on Hwy 210, east of Pillager at mile-marker 177. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 58-year-old Karppinen was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Impala...
More than 80 people gathered at the Motley Dog Park to dedicate a tree planted in the memory of Alan Dumpprope, who died at age 20 in a house fire in rural Motley in January. Pictured, Dumpprope’s parents, Jody Dumpprope and Angela Goff, speak to the crowd and give their thanks to the community for...
Recent reports from the Motley Police Department (MPD) and the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office  (MCSO) included the following: Oct. 25 - The MPD responded to a report of theft at BRICKS Travel Center in Motley. According to the report, a customer came in to the store and asked the clerk to...

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