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Sixth and seventh graders in Amanda Olson’s elective art class at Motley-Staples Middle School are pictured working on an art project for the City of Motley. Top photo, from left, are Anna Carter, Corrine Japke, Grace McLennan painting flowers they have cut out of recycled bottles.
The City of Motley will soon have added color along Hwy 10, thanks to middle school art students’ “Project Plastic Power Poles.” Amanda Olson, art teacher at Motley-Staples Middle School, is the initiator of the project, which entails creating art out of various plastic bottles and containers; and...
Russell Kleinschmidt, rural Staples, owns and operates Kleinschmidt Farms, a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm. He and his wife, Jessica, sell over 60 varieties of garden produce, all started from seed. Kleinschmidt mixes his own potting soil and plants the seeds in 20-row seed flats kept under lights in his basement. He is pictured on March 20, with seeds that have begun to sprout and will be transplanted in the near future. (Staples World photo by Dawn Timbs)
This is the first in a series of articles about gardening, as the Staples World follows the work of Russell Kleinschmidt, from planting to harvest.   The snow is all but gone in Central Minnesota, a few robins have been spotted in the area, back from the South; and for many farmers market members,...
The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office issued reports of two separate thefts recently. On March 24, at approximately 6:48 p.m., the sheriff’s office received a report of a side-by-side ATV theft from a residence located on 125th Ave. in Darling Township. The side-by-side is described as a 2008 Arctic...
The Motley Lions recently donated $10,000 to the Motley Area Food Shelf. Pictured above, from left, are Lion Pat O’Regan, MAFS Chair; and food shelf volunteers Florence Berndt and Fran Kokett. (Submitted photo)  
Recent reports from the Motley Police Department (MPD) and the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office  (MCSO) included the following: March 15 - The MPD observed a group of three vehicles at a high rate of speed near Hwy 10 and East River Rd. in Motley. Officer proceeded to issue all three drivers...
Recent reports from the Motley Police Department (MPD) and the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office  (MCSO) included the following: March 8 - The MPD issued a citation to Catarina Gordon, 23, for driving with a suspended license. March 7 - The MPD issued speeding citations to Ryan Larson, 45; and Stacy...
At their regular meeting March 13, the Motley City Council accepted the Annual Audit Year Ending Dec. 31, 2016, as presented by Jon Archer with Schlenner Wenner & Company, certified public accountants from Little Falls. Archer noted that in regard to the general fund inflows (revenue), the city...
Todd Judd (center) has been appointed Chief for the Motley Fire Department. Also appointed are Chuck Gerads (right), 1st Asst. Chief; and Nick Dille (left), 2nd Asst. Chief. The chiefs posed for a photo prior to the fire department’s regular meeting March 7. (Staples World photo by Dawn Timbs)
Todd Judd is the current Fire Chief for the Motley Fire Department (MFD). Joining him in leadership are Chuck Gerads, 1st Asst. Chief; and Nick Dille, 2nd Asst. Chief. The three veteran firefighters were appointed to their new positions this past December. Judd has been a member of the MFD for the...
Recent reports from the Motley Police Department (MPD) and the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office  (MCSO) included the following: March 1 - The MPD issued a citation to James Crawford, 58, for driving with a revoked license. Feb. 23, 24 - The MPD issued speeding citations to Nicholas Brozak, 26; and...
Minnesota families who have owned their farms for 100 years or more may apply for the 2017 Century Farms Program. Produced by the Minnesota State Fair in conjunction with the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation, the Century Farms Program was created to promote agriculture and honor historic family...

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