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Six members of the Staples Fire Department, along with a few significant others, participated at the Memorial  Stair Climb in Green Bay, Wisc., on Sept. 22.  Pictured above, front row,from left: Brandon Brusewitz, Austin Redemske. Middle: Sherri Holst, Darren Holst. Back: Kim Petrich, Scott Braith, Donald Brusewitz, Cameron Larson, Trisha Larson. (Submitted photo).
Six Staples firefighters recently participated in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc. The annual event is a tribute to the 343 firefighters who gave their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, during the tragic events at the World Trade Center in New York City that day.  “It was...
Todd County commissioners set the preliminary tax levy at a 5.63 percent increase over last year, at the Sept. 18 meeting. The preliminary 2019 levy of $16,408,853 includes an additional $500,000 for the county capital improvement fund.  The board considered four options for the preliminary levy...
Twenty-eight veterans were honored at a special “Welcome Home” event at Faith Lutheran Church in Staples Sept. 22.  The ceremony included a Litany for Veterans led by Pastor Carl Larson, a medal presentation, special music by Gary and Dawn Timbs, blessing of the flags, and a video of local veteran...
Citizen Roger Dukowitz addressed the board during the public comment portion of the Sept. 18 meeting of the Todd County Board of Commissioners regarding the Expo building on the county fairgrounds.  He said that if his house needed shingles, he wouldn’t tear it down to replace them. He would...
Voting for the 2018 General Election began Sept. 21. Minnesota voters can request an absentee ballot quickly and easily at mnvotes.org using the online application. Voters can also request an absentee ballot by downloading the “2018 Minnesota Absentee Ballot Application” and returning it to their...
Is your organization or group in need of funding to support a community project? The Staples Motley Area Community Foundation (SMACF) is accepting grant applications from non-profit organizations within the Staples Motley School District boundaries.  The Staples Motley Area Community Foundation...
Actor Kevin Olsen sets a bag on the table to initiate conversation about poverty. At the table, front: Jerel Nelsen, Kathy Annette, Blandin President/CEO, left, along with other Blandin trustees. Other actors included Amy Hunter, Heidi Brings, Julie Mertens and Jim Vollegraaf.   
The Staples City Council approved a preliminary tax levy with an increase of 11 percent, but with a higher tax capacity within the city, property taxes on homes should go down next year. City Administrator Jerel Nelsen said there are several budget increases that are necessary, such as salary...
Should the Staples-Motley School District move students from three buildings to two buildings? What might be the cost savings in utilities and transportation? What might be the implications for personnel?  These questions will be the topic of the school board’s Oct. 1 work session as decided at...
The Staples Veterans Park is getting a granite facelift. The retaining wall surrounding the flagpole and military pavers is being covered with black granite by Northland Monument of Longville. The crew started working on Sept. 18 and plan to be in Staples for four or five days to finish the wall....

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