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Recent reports from the Motley Police Department (MPD) and the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) included the following: Jan. 11 - The MPD assisted in a pursuit of a stolen vehicle which resulted in the arrest of Grant Elmer Stokes, 47. According to the report, MPD Chief Ron Smith heard a...
The Motley City Council recently  held their first regular meeting of 2017, with a new mayor and new council member on board, as well as two returning council members. Pictured above, from left, are Nate Douglas, beginning his first council term; Mayor Al Yoder, who formerly served as a council member; council member Amy Hutchison; and re-elected council member Steve Johnson. There is one vacant council seat, which will be filled at the council’s regular meeting in February, per council vote (see story for
Al Yoder, Motley’s new mayor, presided at his first city council meeting Jan. 10, 2017. Joining him at the table were Nate Douglas, beginning his first term as council member, and veteran council members Amy Hutchison and Steve Johnson. One seat on the council still needs to be filled and the...
Taking the oath of office, is Mayor Al Yoder.
Motley Clerk/Treasurer Lacey Smieja facilitated a swearing-in ceremony for newly elected city officers Jan. 4.  (Staples World photos by Dawn Timbs)  
Motley Police, Motley Fire Department, Staples Ambulance and state patrol were at the scene of a one-vehicle crash the morning of Jan. 5, on the Hwy 210 bridge in Motley. Motley Police Chief Ron Smith said the woman driver hit some ice, lost control and crashed into the side of the bridge. There...
Recent reports from the Motley Police Department (MPD) and the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) included the following: Jan. 4 - The MPD was parked in front of the fire hall and observed a male walking east on Cedar St. W. and then north on Hwy 10. The juvenile was not dressed for the...
A three-vehicle crash in Morrison County; and  two-vehicle crashes in Cass County (one involving a school bus) were among the local incidents reported by the Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) during the past week. Snow and ice were factors in the Jan. 9 crash involving a school bus and a Ford F150 pick-...
The Staples World recently caught up with a few area residents and asked them each three questions pertaining to the new year. Their responses are included below. Mike Johnson, 24, Motley; employee at Motley Hardware Hank.  What Are You Most Looking Forward To In 2017?  Warmer weather.  What ‘...
Recent reports from the Motley Police Department (MPD) and the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) included the following: Dec. 28 - The MPD assisted the Staples Police Dept. with a traffic stop and vehicle search at Hwy 10 and Sunset Loop in Motley. Dec. 28 - The MPD received a call from the...
Question: What are the legal ramifications if someone is arrested for DWI with a child in a vehicle? Answer: If the child is less than 16 years of age and is greater than 36 months younger than the driver, the DWI the violation would be enhanced to include Child Endangerment. o First offense DWI...
The Ihme family of Motley didn’t let a little cold weather keep them off the ice skating rink in Motley Dec. 29. “We wish it were about 10 degrees cooler,” said Brandon Ihme, pictured top left, playing hockey with his daughter Jorie, 15 (center); and son, Dominic, 12. The ice rink is located on the...

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