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The Staples All Veterans Park two events coming up, a bench decication on Saturday, Oct. 21, and an appreciation dinner on Thursday, Oct. 26. Twenty-seven veterans who graduated with the Staples High School Class of 1961 have joined to purchase a bench to be placed in the park. They will hold a...
By Mark Anderson News Editor   Friendly Rider is giving more and more rides every year. After 45,000 rides in 2015 and 54,000 rides in 2016, the bus service is on pace to give more than 60,000 rides in 2017. Jake Huebsch, Wadena County Transit Director, said the service is growing the fastest in...
The Staples City Council approved a preliminary property tax levy increase of 4.17 percent at their Sept. 26 meeting, and a preliminary city budget with the same increase. That amount is smaller than the original 4.4 percent projection the council reviewed at their Sept. 12 meeting. The city will...
Staples Motley Community Connect is scheduled to have a MnSure health insurance navigator at their event to help people struggling with purchasing health care insurance. That’s one of the new features of the event on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Timbers Event Center, next to the new...
Should the Staples-Motley School District have one building, two buildings or stay with three buildings? Should the district build one new building, fix the buildings they have or do nothing? If one building is closed, how does that affect the other buildings? What grade configurations could there...
After listening to Ben Winchester’s new statistics about the needs of the aging baby boomer generation, Staples Economic Development Director Melissa Radermacher said Staples will need more transitional housing when that generation starts selling their homes to move into lower maintenance homes....
Ben Winchester presented “Rewriting the Rural Narrative” recently with a focus on housing. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
Up to 80 percent of rural homes will be on the market in the next 15 years, as baby boomers transition to different homes. Rural communities need to start planning for this, said Ben Winchester during a presentation of “Rewriting the Rural Narrative” on Sept. 26.  The event was sponsored by Todd...
The Digital Daze community forum panel included, from left, Erin Walsh, Maggie Evers, Penny Olsen, Steve Commerford, Jane Gustafson and Samantha Pommier. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
There is no magic solution for parents concerned about their kids getting into trouble online, but there is a parenting process that will bring parents closer to their kids and help them both. “Studies show young people need the same things they have always needed: relationships, boundaries and...
Erin Walsh, right, asks Motley-Staples Middle School students about growing up in the digital age. Walsh talked to students about being kind online. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
The world is becoming dominated by screens and technology, to the point where some people call it a revolution. “It is changing the way we see the world,” Erin Walsh told Staples-Motley students. Walsh is a nationally known speaker on digital media and brain development. She spoke to middle school...
Staples-Motley schools have several needs, but none bigger than HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), according to results from the school’s facilities study. “HVAC loomed big throughout this entire process,” said Glenn Chiodo, as he and Lynn Dyer of Foster, Jacobs and Johnson (FJJ)...

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