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The Staples Motley Area Community Foundation (SMACF) announced the 2020 grant round. The SMACF is a Partner Fund of the Initiative Foundation, established with the mission to develop and strengthen community resources and to enhance the quality of life of individuals, families and organizations in...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   After a train stopped traffic in Staples for 20 minutes, the Staples City Council talked about putting up signs to reroute traffic in those instances. On Sept. 6, the Staples Police Department issued a ticket to the BNSF railroad for stopping a train in the...
By Mark Anderson, Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley Safe Learning Plan was presented to the Staples-Motley School Board at their Aug. 24 meeting. The school year will open on Sept. 8 with full in-person learning, but the plan also has guidelines for distance learning and a hybrid model and...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   A grand jury has indicted Staples resident Bryce Williams and three other men for helping burn the Minneapolis Police 3rd Precinct on May 28, during protests and riots that were sparked by the killing of George Floyd by police officers. Williams had already been...
Lakewood Health System Care Center has identified a positive case of COVID-19 in one of its staff members. “While this is an unfortunate situation, we are well prepared and doing everything we can to ensure the ongoing safety of our residents and staff,” said Kathy Dobson, Vice President of Senior...
The Staples-Motley School Board has five candidates running for the three seats available on the board.  The candidates are Greg Frisk, Bryan Winkels, Lisa Anderson, Jeremy Reeck and Erich Heppner. Frisk and Winkels currently are board members; Chad Longbella did not re-file for his seat. The City...
The Staples Motley Area Community Foundation (SMACF) has wrapped up their Emergency Relief and Response fund, which was created in response to COVID-19. Through the fund, grants of $2,000 each were given to local businesses and nonprofits who were adversely affected by the pandemic. In total, $27,...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   At their Aug. 3 work session, the Staples-Motley School Board gave input about the new Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP). Staples-Motley Staff Development Director Deb Ferdon told the board that the elementary school has developed action steps based on the CIP,...
The Staples-Motley School District will begin the school year with a phased start, bringing in half of the grades the first two days of school, Sept. 8-9, with the other half on Sept. 10-11. All grades will report to school the following Monday, Sept. 14, for a full day of school. A school message...
The Staples Motley Women of Today gathered to create laundry detergent packets to donate to the Staples Food Shelf. Pictured from left, Nicky Anderson Liz Koskiniemi, Janet Kiley and Lorrie Becker. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)  

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