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Twenty-twenty-two brings the celebration of birth for Meghan and Justin Gangestad, Baxter, who welcomed their new baby girl, Catherine Therese, into the world on Jan. 3, at Lakewood Health System Hospital in Staples. Catherine was born at 5:16 a.m., weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces, and measuring 21...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples City Council found out that there will be cost increases for city attorney services and for auditing services. At the Dec. 28 council meeting, higher attorney fees were requested for the Todd County portion of the city, while attorney fees for the...
March 17: Derek Holst, Mike Hajek and Kevin Swecker install the Cardinal Pride sign into place along Highway 10 in Staples, near the 6th Street stoplights. The sign represents the 30 team state champions and 63 individual state champions that Staples, Motley and Staples-Motley athletes have earned.
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   In 2021, the local area tried to return to normal while still taking COVID-19 precautions. It became a year where a new normal was forged and the Staples World covered many of the changes in the community. At the start of the year, meetings were held with people...
Aug. 18: It appeared as if people were walking on top of the Crow Wing River at Old Wadena Park in rural Staples Aug. 14. With very little rainfall in Minnesota this summer, water levels are low in area lakes and rivers; and the numerous sandbars in the rivers has made it difficult for people to go tubing or canoeing.
Aug. 18: It appeared as if people were walking on top of the Crow Wing River at Old Wadena Park in rural Staples Aug. 14. With very little rainfall in Minnesota this summer, water levels are low in area lakes and rivers; and the numerous sandbars in the rivers has made it difficult for people to go...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley School Board approved the proposed budget and tax levy that includes $14 million in additional taxes for building projects, but promised to look at extending the bond repayment period so the tax impact is not as large each year. At the Dec. 20...
Mary Kobliska in front of the building she has worked in for 42 years. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   Mary Kobliska has seen a lot of changes in the banking industry in her 42 years at Mid Central National Bank in Staples, but personal service has always been a cornerstone. “Just to have the ability to come in and talk to someone goes a long way,” said Kobliska....
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The City of Staples approved a 1.08 percent increase in their tax levy for 2022, but that small increase will be be distributed differently throughout the city. Items affecting the city budget in clude an 11.7 percent increase in health insurance costs, salaries...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   More than 50 community members attended the Staples-Motley School Board truth in taxation meeting on Dec. 6. Most of those who spoke at the meeting questioned the board’s financial decision to raise taxes for building upgrades and for a new gym and classroom space...
 As Lakewood Health System, Staples, continues to deal with the effects of the current COVID-19 surge, decisions have been made by the hospital incident command system (HICS) and administrative teams to address staffing and patient needs throughout the system. Some of these decisions will directly...
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children five to 11. This approval makes the Pfizer vaccine the only one currently available to everyone ages five and up. The Moderna and Johnson &...

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