City officials celebrate hotel groundbreaking

“I am impressed with the people of Staples and their can-do attitude,” said Mike Ives at the groundbreaking of the Timberlake Hotel in Staples. The Ives family is building the hotel and naming it after their Timberlake Lodge in Grand Rapids.

Above, from left, are Rick Utech, Todd County Development Corporation; Staples City Council members Doug Case, Kevin Jenkins and Ron Murray; Staples Mayor Chris Etzler; City Administrator Jerel Nelsen; Mike Ives; council member Mary Theurer; Economic Development Director Melissa Radermacher; Staples Motley Chamber of Commerce Director Barb Cline; Staples-Motley School Board member Mary Freeman; and Mary Ives. Also attending were neighboring business people, bank officials and local well-wishers.

Representatives from Hy-Tec Construction and Widseth Smith Nolting Associates of Brainerd took part in the groundbreaking. From left are Ashley Martel and Mike Angland of WSN, Craig Feierabend of Hy-Tec, Mary and Mike Ives, Steve Dettbarn and Mitch Feierabend of Hy-Tec and Kris and Burl Ives. Mitch Feierabend said many local sub-contractors have been hired to work on the hotel. Dettbarn, job superintendent, said they want to get going right away and could have concrete poured by next week. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)

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