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At the first meeting of the Discover Staples Tourism Board, six members posed for a photo while a seventh member, Mary Theurer, attended the meeting by a conference call. Seated, from left, are Melissa Radermacher, Chris Etzler and Brenda Halvorson. Standing, from left, are Tricia Jasmer, Samantha Fischer and Jordan Goodwater. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
With the first meeting of the Discover Staples Tourism Board, there is now a city approved marketing plan being funded by the lodging tax implemented last year. The board met for the first time Feb. 16, reviewed some of the responsibilities of the new board, approved their first budget and set...
Minnesota State Demographer Susan Brower came to Staples on Jan. 31 to let communities know it is time to start planning for the 2020 Census. Government workers from area communities came to a training session at NJPA to learn about the program Everyone Counts in MN. Brower said it is very valuable...
One building for grades K-12 on the site of the current high school.  That’s the option the Staples-Motley School Board decided to pursue at their Feb. 12 special meeting. However, a Plan B is a viable backup, if Plan A confronts any unforseen or insurmountable difficulties.  Plan B is two...
Nearly 70 project ideas were received by the Staples Motley Area Community Foundation in their search for Big Idea projects to fund or help fund.  Ideas ranged from improvements like flowers, green space and Christmas decorations to signs, benches and trail improvements to major building and...
District Spelling Bee contestants, front; from left, William Thew (first), Jadyn Vogel (second), Zach Wilhelmi and Benet Robinson (third place tie) and Keegan Harvey (fifth); back, Amber Ruhl, Ashlynn Rieck, Estella Bock, Adriana Dickey, Jade Storry, Mandy Carter,  Wyatt Kobliska, Keegan Bestland, Brayden Smith, Donald Kray, and Josh Picconatto. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
William Thew placed first and Jadyn Vogel was second at the Staples-Motley District Spelling Bee Jan. 31 at Centennial Auditorium, Staples.  Thew correctly spelled the words exasperation, sinewy and incessant on his way to the title. His final word was ricochet. He said he practiced spelling to get...
The Staples Economic Development Authority (SEDA) approved a plan to purchase land to be used for a 38 unit apartment building, and the Staples City Council approved a tax abatement plan on the property. Both decisions were made on Jan. 23, at their respective board and council meetings. At the...
Political parties in Todd and Wadena counties will hold precinct caucuses on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m., at various locations in the counties. The caucuses will help choose governor candidates for each party, start grass roots conversations on party platforms and will help choose delegates to the...
Community members attending the Jan. 18 Staples-Motley School Board meeting discussed the facility study with Glenn Chiodo, center. The meeting was held at the Staples-Motley High School media center. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
After studying their facilities for more than a year, the Staples-Motley School Board is ready to close at least one of their buildings and build something new, although the location or the scope of the new construction still isn’t decided. In a vote at their Jan. 18 special meeting, the board...
Representatives of Staples City, Staples-Motley schools, Lakewood Health System, NJPA and Central Lakes College met to discuss options for the Staples Community Center on Jan. 16. The meeting was hosted by the Staples City Council and held at NJPA. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
Representatives of the City of Staples, Staples-Motley School District and Lakewood Health System agreed to work together to come up with a solution for the Staples Community Center, which will be in need of major renovation in order to continue functioning as a community center. Two other entities...
The Staples City Council approved union contracts, committee appointments and other organizational business at their Jan. 9 meeting. City Administrator Jerel Nelsen said negotiations with unions for employees are complete, with a two and a half percent wage increase for all three unions. The city...

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