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The facility options for the Staples-Motley School District have been whittled down to three and the next step is more discussion with the community. This was the consensus at the school board’s work session Dec. 11 as they discussed the most recent presentation by FJJ (Foster, Jacobs & Johnson...
Despite three “material weaknesses” and two “significant deficiencies,” the Staples-Motley School District earned an unmodified or “clean” opinion on their annual audit report. Mary Reedy of CliftonLarsonAllen reviewed the 2016-17 fiscal year audit with the school board at a work session Dec. 11....
Schools built to high performance standards lead to higher performing students and lower operating costs. That is the documented conclusion of Staples-Motley interim superintendent Ron Bratlie given to the school board in a work session Nov. 20. The U. S. Department of Education defines a high...
Why did my taxes go up? What changed? Do I qualify for Homestead? How do I apply? What’s going on with other properties around the county? According to Todd County Auditor/Treasurer Denise Gaida, these types of questions account for about 80 percent of the calls her office receives when the annual...
A development company from St. Cloud has made a proposal to the City of Staples to build 38 apartments, with a second phase of 36 more apartments possible, along Airport Road between the Prairie View Apartments and the Lakewood Pines senior living apartments. The company is asking for tax abatement...
David Jacob Miller, 17, died after a semi truck hit the horse and buggy he was driving on Nov. 30. Around 7:19 a.m., Miller was driving his horse and buggy along Highway 210, southwest of Staples. The semi truck, driven by Douglas Calkins, 60, of Deerwood, was traveling the same direction,...
The Staples City Council had their first look at a revised tobacco ordinance that includes vaping pens and other delivery devices not included in the old city ordinance. The council had some discussion on whether to prevent sampling as part of the ordinance. City Administrator Jerel Nelsen said...
“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”  President  Franklin D. Roosevelt   Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day remembering the attack which took place on...
The Wadena County Board of Commissioners was swayed by employee input in deciding how to handle work complaints about Auditor/Treasurer Judy Taves. After a Nov. 28 special board meeting, Taves will continue to be prohibited from interacting with employees in her office unless there is a third party...
The Staples City Council is planning a special meeting to discuss options for the Staples Community Center. The building is in need of upgrades and repairs. City Admiinistrator Jerel Nelsen said he would try to set up a meeting in January, after he contacts potential partners to collaborate on the...

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