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A new $8.46 million wastewater treatment plant will be the most economical option for the City of Staples in the long term, according to a presentation at the July 24 Staples City Council meeting. The city is hoping to get at least $6 million in grants to help pay for the project. Paul Saffert,...
The filing period for local elections is July 31 through Aug. 14. City, school, township and hospital district seats will be up for election locally. Elections will be part of the general election Nov. 6. Prospective candidates for mayor and council member in the City of Staples or the City of...
The Achermann family of Leader is still waiting for information regarding Peter Achermann, who disappeared without a trace nine years ago on July 24, 2009. Pictured, from left, is Peter’s son, Franz; his grandson, Dexter; and his wife, Delaine, holding the family’s cat, Opie.
Not a day goes by that Delaine Achermann of Leader doesn’t think about her husband, Peter, who disappeared July 24, 2009. Nine agonizing years of wondering what happened to the man who stole her heart when she was just 16. Reminders of him are everywhere at Hungry Meadows Farm, where the Achermanns...
Fran Mertens, left, and Father Joe Korfe, right, were recognized for their service to the Staples Food Shelf. Food shelf volunteers and board members attended the luncheon held July 18 at Faith Lutheran Church in Staples. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
“What can we say about Frannie?” was the theme of an appreciation dinner to honor Fran Mertens stepping down as Staples Area Food Shelf Director, and Father Joe Korf for his retirement from the food shelf board. Mertens not only volunteered 31 years, she was in charge of the operation. “She’s been...
The Staples-Motley School Board approved a purchase agreement for the Twin City Optical building for $139,000. The building and lot, located adjacent to the Staples-Motley Elementary School building, has been discussed as being used for parking, storage or administrative offices. “I have a lot of...
ISD #2170 teachers and staff lined the school hallway at the mediation session held June 10. Left to right: Alison Vangsness, Kasey Odden, Jenny Pantzky, Jon Crust, Mary Moen, Nathan Thelen, Jody Johnson, Kathy Iverson, Jeff Iverson, LaDeanna Simek, Sandy Opheim, Linda Card, Melissa Holey, Jolene Elfstrum, Connie Roline, Robin Kautto, Stacey Carter, Greg Robinson, Sarah Larson. (Submitted photo)
The Staples-Motley Education Association and the Staples-Motley School District reached a contract settlement for 2017-19 after a full day mediation session June 10. “Everyone worked hard to settle and to find a compromise,” said SMEA president Jill Schneider. “We are happy with the settled...
The Staples-Motley School Board approved measures to help out the school business office following the resignation of the business manager. At the July 23 meeting, the board approved a contract with Bergan KDV to act as an outsourced business manager. Superintendent Ron Bratlie said the company...
The Staples City Council will hold a public hearing to present plans for a new wastewater treatment plant for the city. The hearing will be held at the next council meeting, Tuesday, July 24, at 7 p.m. at Staples City Hall. The estimated cost of the project is $8.46 million. According to the Public...
Over 2,000 people attended the 1976 Field Day at the Ag Center, arriving in buses, planes and all those cars. It is said that day had “ ... more impact on irrigation in Minnesota than any other one event that’s ever happened.” (Submitted photo)
EDITOR’S NOTE: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Ag & Energy Center DelRay Lecy is writing a history, recording the people and events that created it. He’ll show how it has evolved and changed to meet the challenges of the times. This is the third article in an occasional series...
With his image up on the big screen atop the Twins stadium, Huck Holst raises the flag during the National Anthem. To qualify for this honor, Holst’s son Derek checked the Twins web site every day in February to find the narrow window of time when submissions are accepted. Huck’s wife Marilyn wrote...

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