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Amanda Olson, far right, art teacher at Motley-Staples Middle School, led the way as students prepared to hang their artwork on power lines poles along Hwy 10 in Motley March 30. The project, entitled, “Project Plastic Power Poles,” entailed creating art out of plastic bottles and containers, an...
A Motley man is dead following a tractor accident on March 30, at approximately 5:45 p.m. The incident occurred at a residence along Hwy 10 in Motley Township, about two miles south of Motley. According to the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office, 72-year old James Nelson was backing up his tractor...
The 33rd Annual Fiddler’s Contest in Pillager will take place Saturday, April 8, at the Pillager High School’s new gymnasium. Sponsored by the Pillager Fair Board, proceeds from the contest go towards maintaining the fairgrounds. Tickets are available at the door. The doors open at 5 p.m....
Russ Holland of Motley will be inducted into the 2017 Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame at a special ceremony April 29, in Benson. Holland, a 1966 graduate of Fridley High School (FHS), began wrestling when he was in the eighth grade. His record at FHS was 78-6-1. He placed...
Medical students from the University of Minnesota Duluth spent the day at Motley-Staples Middle School March 30, giving presentations about the brain to science students in Linda Card’s classroom. The medical students are part of the RMSP (Rural Medical Scholars Program) and over a two-year period...
Recent reports from the Motley Police Department (MPD) and the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office  (MCSO) included the following: March 22 - The MPD issued speeding citations to Eugene Frank, 66; Daniel Davis, 27. March 20 - The MPD observed a group of approximately eight juveniles that were running...
Two adult males were rescued from Big Portage Lake in rural Backus, after one of the victim’s three wheeler went through the ice into the water. According to Sheriff Tom Burch, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of the above-mentioned incident which occurred March 27, at 2:16 p.m....
Fire has destroyed the old Darling Church, located on Hwy 10, north of Little Falls in Darling Township. Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen reports that on March 24, at approximately 3:17 a.m., their office received a report of a fire at the church. When deputies arrived, the building was fully...
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,...

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