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By Katie Smith Staples-Motley Class of 2020 Salutatorian Graduation speech   Good evening, thank you all for coming. I know this is not ideal, but I am glad to see everyone, kinda and be able to be up here today. This year has undoubtedly been hard and stressful for the class of 2020. We obviously...
After being closed to sit-down diners since March 17, restaurants and bars were able to offer outdoor dining as of June 1, with some restrictions still in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. These restrictive guidelines include having wait staff wear masks when serving food, social distancing enforced, with tables spaced at least six feet from each other. Pictured above at Countryside Restaurant in Motley June 2, are, from left, Bob Koland, Motley; Kathy Altrichter, Pillager; and Chuck Ponto, Frazee.
Area businesses continue to follow governmental mandates during the coronavirus pandemic. As of June 1, salons and barber shops were allowed to reopen at partial capacity; and bars and restaurants were able to offer outdoor dining with some restrictions still in place. The latest update allows...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley school board approved a preliminary budget that cuts $211,000 from this year’s budget.  At the May 18, 2020 school board meeting, Business Manager Chuck Herdegen said they are planning for fewer students next year, so the revenue from the state...
Every May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and with the COVID-19 pandemic this year it’s even more important to take care of our own mental health and support those around us.  For many, the pandemic has meant worry about their health, their community, those most at risk and the future, as well as...
As of May 18, Todd County has 73 lab confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). Local transmission of the virus is occurring. This follows the pattern of the total number of cases doubling every week. On May 4, there were 15 confirmed cases in Todd County and it reached 38 on May 11.  Confirmed...
The rock along Hwy 64 north of Motley, near mile marker 5, was recently painted by Ty and Kelly Peterson of Leader in honor of 2020 graduates who are experiencing a very different end to their senior year due to COVID-19. The Petersons lost their son Paul, a member of the 2020 class at Staples-...
Staples-Motley Elementary School will have HVAC construction this summer, so the school is planning to hold the Adventures program and some other summer programs at the Motley building. The children of essential workers are still allowed to come to the school, and that program will also be moved to...
The Staples and Motley Dollars for Scholars (DFS) scholarship awards night will take place Thursday, May 21, at 6 p.m. Due to COVID-19, and social distancing  this year’s event, will be broadcast live on KSKK (1070 AM and 94.7 FM) radio. The DFS committee members will be facilitating the event,...
As of May 11, thirty-eight Todd County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the epidemic reached Minnesota in March. The number more than doubled in one week, when 15 confirmed cases were reported on May 4. Wadena County had four confirmed cases May 11, also double what was reported a...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   Outdoor seating is one tool to help local businesses be able to reopen when the COVID-19 crisis starts easing.  Although Minnesota’s stay at home order was extended to May 18, the April 29 video conference held by the Staples Chamber of Commerce contained talk...

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