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The Staples City Council approved a preliminary property tax levy increase of 4.17 percent at their Sept. 26 meeting, and a preliminary city budget with the same increase. That amount is smaller than the original 4.4 percent projection the council reviewed at their Sept. 12 meeting. The city will...
After listening to Ben Winchester’s new statistics about the needs of the aging baby boomer generation, Staples Economic Development Director Melissa Radermacher said Staples will need more transitional housing when that generation starts selling their homes to move into lower maintenance homes....
Ben Winchester presented “Rewriting the Rural Narrative” recently with a focus on housing. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
Up to 80 percent of rural homes will be on the market in the next 15 years, as baby boomers transition to different homes. Rural communities need to start planning for this, said Ben Winchester during a presentation of “Rewriting the Rural Narrative” on Sept. 26.  The event was sponsored by Todd...
The Digital Daze community forum panel included, from left, Erin Walsh, Maggie Evers, Penny Olsen, Steve Commerford, Jane Gustafson and Samantha Pommier. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
There is no magic solution for parents concerned about their kids getting into trouble online, but there is a parenting process that will bring parents closer to their kids and help them both. “Studies show young people need the same things they have always needed: relationships, boundaries and...
Erin Walsh, right, asks Motley-Staples Middle School students about growing up in the digital age. Walsh talked to students about being kind online. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
The world is becoming dominated by screens and technology, to the point where some people call it a revolution. “It is changing the way we see the world,” Erin Walsh told Staples-Motley students. Walsh is a nationally known speaker on digital media and brain development. She spoke to middle school...
Business leaders are invited to attend the “Good Morning, Manufacturing!” breakfast slated for Thursday, Oct. 5, at Central Lakes College’s cafeteria, 501 West College Drive, Brainerd.  Keynote speaker will be Amy Walstien, Executive Director of Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association, who...
Staples-Motley schools have several needs, but none bigger than HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), according to results from the school’s facilities study. “HVAC loomed big throughout this entire process,” said Glenn Chiodo, as he and Lynn Dyer of Foster, Jacobs and Johnson (FJJ)...
  Now that every Staples-Motley High School student uses a Chromebook computer, the school classrooms function differently than ever before. “To see 23 eighth graders synthesize their classroom together, it’s just amazing,” said Mike Schmidt, high school principal. He described how a class was...
The Staples-Motley School Board heard a detailed report on the state of the district’s buildings and grounds at their Sept. 18 meeting.  The report is part of the process that began in March to assess current facilities and determine future building needs in a long range plan. The study is being...
Students from the Staples-Motley School’s orchestra program attended the Minnesota String and Orchestra Teachers’ Fall String Camp Oct. 27-29, held at Camp St. Croix in Hudson, Wisc. Student musicians, parent chaperones and string teachers from several different Minnesota schools attended. Students...

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