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Discipline action has been taken regarding complaints made against Motley Police Chief Ron Smith Jan. 4 and 5. Previously, the Motley City Council had held two closed meetings to discuss preliminary misconduct allegations against the chief. According to City Clerk/Treasurer Lacey Smieja, the issues...
February 21 Game Day at Motley United Methodist Church  Wednesday, Feb. 21, 1 - 3 p.m. Bring your favorite card game or board game and spend the afternoon with others who like to play games. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome and the event is free. Motley UMC is located at 847 3rd Ave....
Recent reports from the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office  (MCSO) included the following: Jan. 30 - The MPD helped the principal at the middle school in Motley search the grounds for a juvenile that had run from the school. While searching, they learned that the child had run to its grandmother’s...
As the clock ticked away at the St. Paul Winter Carnival’s puzzle tournament, the Pillager Puzzlers worked to finish their puzzle in the least amount of time. Pictured, from left, are Joshua Doss, Nicole Marcy, Emily (Doss) Kutzler and Betty Doss. (Submitted photo)
In just 37 minutes and 28 seconds, the ‘Pillager Puzzlers’ finished a 500-piece puzzle at the St. Paul Winter Carnival, taking first place at what is the largest puzzle tournament in the nation. The team was made up of Betty Doss of Pillager,  her daughter Emily (Doss) Kutzler of Annandale; son...
Helen Bartle takes a break from helping fourth graders at Motley-Staples Middle School with a reading assignment Feb. 2. Students pictured, from left, are Lydia Chenoweth, Maddison Bartle, Kiya Pope, Pamela Lawrence. In the background are Avandre Brandt and Dante vanDuinen. (Staples World photo by Dawn Timbs)
For nearly 21 years, Helen Bartle of Cushing has answered to the name of ‘Grandma Helen’ at the public school in Motley. She is what’s known as a foster grandparent to students at Motley-Staples Middle School, formerly Motley Elementary. It’s a job she has enjoyed immensely and one that has brought...
Recent reports from the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office  (MCSO) included the following: Jan. 22 - The MPD received a call from an employee at Dairy Queen in Motley who reported the theft of his cell phone. Jan. 20 - The MPD received a report of money that had been taken from bank deposit bags...
In a recent online article in “Successful Farming” the top six New Year’s resolutions for Farmers were listed.  I was happy to see that conservation made the list.  Conservation as part of your overall farm business plan and goals is a very smart idea.  We often see while working with conservation...
Dick Swartz of rural Motley discovered this meteorite in one of his fields at least 15 years ago. It weighs approximately 200 pounds and appears to consist of rocks that have melted together. (Staples World photos by Dawn Timbs)
The Swartz family farm east of Motley has been a magnet for a few unusual strays over the years...including a cat with two different colored eyes and a 200-pound meteorite that was discovered in the hay field about 15 years ago. Dick Swartz, 73, said he was reading an article about meteor showers...
The 2018 Motley-Staples Middle School Science Fair was held Jan. 24 in the small gym, with 178 students participating.  This year’s judges (approximately 30) included parents, community members and other volunteers from Camp Shamineau and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Those placing in the...
The Iversons of Staples performed a variety of heartfelt music at their concert at Motley United Methodist Church Jan. 21, showcasing their vocal, instrumentation and writing talents. Pictured above singing the a cappella folk hymn, “Down to the River to Pray,” are Jeff, Lynnea, Jenessa, and Kathy...

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