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By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   A Memorial Day tornado decimated Old Wadena County Park, north of Staples. The grove of oak trees that provided shade for the Old Wadena Rendezvous was destroyed, the new pavillion was flattened and hundreds of pine trees were knocked over by a tornado with winds...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley School Board heard about the upcoming construction process at their May 23 meeting. Business Manager Jon Regan said the Long Term Facilities Maintenance funds are in the school’s account, while other funds are coming in to pay for the...
Several Memorial Day events will be held on Monday, May 30, in the Staples and Motley area. Staples The Staples service will be held at the All Veterans Park located at 820 US Hwy 10 at 10 a.m.  Huck Holst will serve as emcee, Pastor Barry Klein will give the invocation, Ken Klose will be the guest...
By Karin L. Nauber Todd County correspondent   Chairman Rod Erickson was absent from the regular Todd County Board of Commissioners meeting held May 3, 2022. Commissioner Randy Neumann served as acting chair for the meeting. Doug Host, Certified Public Accountant for CliftonLarsonAllen, reported on...
Staples-Motley High School seniors posed for a photo following the Dollars for Scholars ceremony at Centennial Auditorium May 4. The Class of 2022 scholarship recipients included, front row, from left: Brent Hansen, Jacob Trantina, Calob Trantina, Joe Tyrrell, Brooke Converse, Leah Bestland, Frankie Hanson, Klaire Storry, Madysen Hull, Iain Sams, Corey Hansen. Row two: Cassidy Radueg, Connor Judd, Emma Jares, Evelyn Gonzalez, Amber Sullivan, Dayton Anderson, Bo Erholtz, Brookelyn Huisenga, Addison Lorber, R
The Staples-Motley Dollars For Scholars handed out $106,050 in scholarships on May 4, 2022.  Established in 1986, the DFS organization has now surpassed the $2 million mark, Master of Ceremony  Bryan Winkels noted at the event. Winkels also serves as chair for the Staples-Motley DFS board. Other...
Press release from First International Bank   First International Bank & Trust (FIBT) has announced a $200,000 donation to the Staples-Motley Independent School District over the course of 2022 and 2023. The contribution, of which $100,000 has already been delivered, will support the school...
Staples homeowners who need help removing junk from their property can apply for the Community Cleanup Suport day, sponsored by Staples Motley Beyond Poverty. Applications are due May 1 and can be picked up at Staples City Hall or found on the City of Staples website. Area churches and other...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley Elementary school will undergo extensive renovation this summer after the Staples Motley School Board approved construction bids for $4.52 million at their April 4 special meeting. The board viewed a presentation from ICS, the facility planning...
A young girl wore her own bunny ears to the  ‘93 Lions Eggstravaganza were captivated by the Easter Bunny handing out prizes. The event was held on April 4 at the Staples Community Center.
Staples and Motley churches are planning special events and worship services for Easter week. Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday, is April 14; Good Friday is April 15; Holy Saturday is April 16 and Easter Sunday is April 17. o Staples Alliance Church Good Friday - joint service at Staples...
In 2017, Stepan Strilchuk of the Ukraine (far left) spent nine months working at Solid Rock Dairy Farm in Browerville, as part of a farm exchange program. The farm was owned by Lee and Laurie Paskewitz. Strilchuk is pictured with members of the Paskewitz family. From left are Colton Paskewitz, Aaron Crye, Lindsay (Paskewitz) Crye, Duke the dog; and Nikki, Lee, Laurie and Alek Paskewitz. (Submitted photo)
Stepan Strilchuk, a Ukrainian man who worked at Lee and Laurie Paskewitz’s farm in Browerville in 2017, has stayed in contact with his American friends and recently shared of the horrific events that have taken place in his country following the Russian invasion. The Staples World reached out, with...

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