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By Dawn Timbs Staples World reporter   Fire destroyed the home of Tracy Thompson and her son, Travis Eisel, of Staples, the night of Feb. 10. Thankfully, the two were able to escape the blazing inferno. “It’s surreal,” Eisel, 20, said the next day, as he looked at the shell of their house on...
Minnesota National Guard members of the 682nd Engineer Battalion from Camp Ripley are pictured in front of the Capitol in Washington D.C. The soldiers were deployed to the Capitol City during the inauguration of President Joe Biden. Motley native Blayne Dumpprope (front row, 6th from left) spent nearly three weeks in D.C., part of the Quick Response Force (QRF). Others pictured are (last names only) Wells, Stommes, Rosckes, Beckman, Harelson, Robb Phillips, Minor, Boser, Houser, Howard, Clark, Haligan, Kull
By Dawn Timbs Staples World reporter   Minnesota Army National Guard soldier Blayne Dumpprope, Motley, recently returned after a nearly three-week deployment to Washington D.C., providing support during the inauguration of President Joe Biden. Dumpprope, 20, spoke with the Staples World shortly...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley School Board discussed the school’s communication strategy for the building referendum. The plan will start with information packets to be mailed out and continue with community meetings Feb. 23 and 24, 2021. The board is asking taxpayers to...
Robin and Pam Collins of Staples have been married 43 years, their love continuing to grow stronger even as they’ve faced health challenges over the years. Pam has battled Type 1 Diabetes since she was 24 years old and Robin suffered a stroke this past August, which left him with limited use of his left side. Through it all, they’ve been there for each other; and neither one of them can imagine life without the other. (Staples World photo by Dawn Timbs)
By Dawn Timbs Staples World reporter   It’s not always easy to keep love alive, even in the best of circumstances. So, how do couples who’ve been faced with difficulties such as chronic illness make their relationships work? The Staples World caught up with two married couples recently who were...
Shannon and Graeme Badger of Staples, pictured three years ago at a Vikings game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, can’t think of a more fun and romantic date than cheering on their favorite football team together. (Submitted photo)
Graeme and Shannon Badger Thanks to the online game Yahoo Texas Hold’em, a small-town Minnesota girl and a boy from East London, England, tied the knot. Staples native Shannon (Christensen) recalled how she met Graeme Badger while playing the game in 2006. They had an instant connection, even...
Lakewood staff registers a vaccine recipient.
In the week of Jan. 21-28, Lakewood Health System provided the first COVID-19 vaccination to approximately 643 people, starting with essential caregivers and those 65 years and older. These vaccinations were made possible using Lakewood’s allocated doses from earlier in the month.  While current...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley School Board approved setting a $64.4 million building referendum, with the vote to be held April 13. Before the board voted, they listened to district resident Ron Nypan give reasons why the board should not approve holding the referendum in...
The Staples Police Department initiated a home search on Jan. 19, under Staples Police Chief Melissa Birkholtz. (Staples World photo by Dawn Timbs)
Staples resident Dyllan Burton, 29, was arrested Jan. 19 on drug related charges following a search and investigation of a home at 1507 4th Street NE in Staples. Staples Police, along with West Central MN Drug and Violent Offender Task Force and Wadena County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search...
Three school board members took the oath of office as the first order of business at the Jan. 4 board meeting. From left, Bryan Winkels, Jeremy Reeck and Lisa Anderson. This is the first term for Reeck and Anderson, while Winkels is an incumbent board member. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley School Board held their organizational meeting on Jan. 4, the first meeting for new members Lisa Anderson and Jeremy Reeck. The board elected Bryan Winkels as chair, Bruce Lund as vice chair, Mary Freeman as clerk and Brad Anderson as treasurer. The board approved the same yearly...
Twenty-twenty-one brings the celebration of birth for Katie Bounds and Brandon Lorentz, Wadena, who welcomed their new baby girl, Charli Kaye, into the world on Jan. 1. Charli was born at 4:42 p.m., weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces and measuring 20 1/2 inches. The delivering providers were Dr. Lindsay...

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