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By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley School Board  learned that they will need to make changes to their building plans because a supply chain concern caused a high construction bid  and a new state regulation limited how much they can expand at the elementary school. Three...
The Staples Area Food Shelf would like to call attention to the Annual March Food Share Month.   During March, Minnesota Food shelves conduct their major campaign for funds and food shelf items. The funds and food collected help determine our budget for the coming year. All funds and food items...
    After spending nearly a year in Kuwait, Jared Newton immediately noticed some of the differences when he got back to Minnesota. “We got off the plane and said ‘wow, we can actually smell the snow, it has a real smell,’” said Newton, now at home in Staples with his wife Kaija and three children...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples Community Center was the subject of several agenda items at the Feb. 22 Staples City Council meeting. The City of Staples is planning to hold a referendum to approve a sales tax for the city, with the profits going to support the Staples Community...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   John Schotzko correctly spelled “preened” and “emitting” in round 13 and 14 to win the Staples-Motley District Spelling Bee on Feb. 17. He never missed a word on his way to the title. Schotzko, a fifth grade student at Sacred Heart Area School, said he reviewed “...
By Mark Anderson, Managing Editor   Residents of Staples, Motley and surrounding townships, whether in the Wadena County or Todd County portion, will now be in the same voting district for state elections. Wadena County residents will have a big change in the election for U.S. representative. New...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples Downtown Revitalization Committee was suprised to see statistics showing that the trade area for businesses is much larger than the group predicted.  At one of the first meetings of the committee, the group estimated the general trade area for Staples...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   Staples residents did a good job of conserving water during the drought in the summer, but used more electricity at peak times in 2021.  At the Feb. 8, 2022,  Staples City Council meeting, Public Works Director Scott Grabe said the annual utility numbers show that...
Leah Bestland and Connor Judd were crowned queen and king at the Staples-Motley High School’s Sno-Daze Coronation Feb. 11. Also pictured, from left, are junior attendants Brontë Enyart-Martinez, Hunter Miller; and senior candidates Brookelyn Huisenga, Sam Opeim, Abby Dukowitz, Dexter Achermann,...
The Staples-Motley School Board approved construction documents for the Staples Elementary School addition of a gymnasium and renovating existing classrooms. This renovation and building addition is expected to cost $12,334,000.  At a special board meeting Jan. 31, they also approved sending the...

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