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By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley School Board is looking at developing a new strategic plan to help with future building decisions and to help the school establish an identity. The process to reach these goals will require public input that could be guided by a consultant. The...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples City Council decided to continue to enforce their nuisance ordinance after a citizen appealed a notice requiring him to clean up lumber in his driveway. At the Aug. 13 council meeting, David Carey said he uses the lumber for business projects, he is...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley School Board approved the school handbook for 2019-20, which included changed eligibility standards for activities and dropping the valedictorian and salutatorian designations after 2021. Before the vote, citizen Bruce Drone read his objections...
Keith Olander, Dean of Agricultural Programs at Central Lakes College and Director of AgCentric, hands the microphone to Paul Gazelka, right, at the CLC Field Day on Aug. 23. Gazelka, the Senate Majority Leader, gave an update on the most recent session and talked about the agriculture issues the...
Ray Boessel, Jr. , left, his passenger Midge Johnson of Aitkin and his son, Dan Boessel, led a group of paddlers who finished a short stretch of the Crow Wing River as part of Old Waden Rendezvous. Ray Boessel built and finished this birch bark canoe just days before participating in the Old Wadena...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley School Board discussed renegotiating their contract with the Staples Community Center. At a school board work session on Aug. 5, the board reviewed a contract offered by the City of Staples that would charge $80,387 for 2019-20 and a 1.5 percent...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   At the July 23, Staples City Council meeting, Public Works Director Doug Bendorf said the city is planning on going to automated meters for water and light, by the year 2021. With the change, the city will be able to implement different rates for peak hours and...
With a finished birch bark canoe on view, Ray Boessel, Jr., kept busy at the 2018 Old Wadena Rendezvous splitting strips of birch wood into the right size he will use for the ribs on his next canoe. Among many other onlookers one of the Crow Wing Muzzleloaders camping at the Rendezvous visited with Boessel. (Submitted photo)
by Tom Crawford   Ray Boessel, Jr., knows just how long it will take him to produce an authentic birch bark canoe.  “It takes about 80 hours for me to put one of these together,” he told a few onlookers at the Old Wadena Rendezvous in August, 2018, as he was stripping pieces of birch into the ribs...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   At the July 23 Staples Economic Development Authority (SEDA) meeting, Economic Development Director Melissa Radermacher reported on a meeting about child care involving major employers in the area, including Lakewood Health System, Sourcewell, and Trident. A...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   Staples-Motley students will no longer pay fees to participate in activities, including sports, music and performing arts. Superintendent Shane Tappe said the decision was made to improve academics. “Data shows students who are active and involved do better in...

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