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Third graders from Staples and Motley Elementary schools and Sacred Heart Area School were busy watching chicks hatch during the last week of school. As part of the Staples Motley Agriculture in the Classroom program, Katie Benson, a junior at SMHS  started the program with a $1,000 grant from the...
A three-year federal grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has funded Minnesota DNR’s Walk-In Access (WIA) program in existing counties and will allow expansion into new counties including Todd County.    The WIA program goal is to provide new hunting opportunities on private land...
The public is invited to attend a community meeting Wednesday, June 22, at 5 p.m. to hear about plans the Ives family has to build a new hotel along Hwy. 10 just east of the Staples Dairy Queen. Questions will be welcomed. They also expect to reopen the former Town’s Edge (T Maxwell’s) restaurant and event center. The meeting will be at National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA - Room #301) at 202 12th St. NE. Anyone interested in more information or to RSVP for the meeting is asked to contact Melissa Radermache
It took many years of planning and discussions with several potential developers, but a new hotel will be built in Staples in conjunction with re-opening the former Town’s Edge (and T Maxwell’s before that) restaurant in Staples. The Ives family, led by Mike and Mary Ives, own and operate three...
Members of the Motley Fair Board installed their new barn quilt on a building located on the fairgrounds that faces the stoplight on the corner of Highways 10 and 210 on June 11. Volunteers from Barn Quilts of Central Minnesota purchased materials, designed and painted the block thanks to funds...
After 41 years working in the Staples and Staples Motley school district’s business office, Bonnie Thoele has a unique first-hand view of what goes on behind the scenes. “It is a great place to work,” said Thoele. She said for many years we had people who were in a similar age category, so we...
Sixth grade social studies teacher Doug Shequen said he will miss the students when he retires at the end of the school year. He was hired to teach at the Motley School in 1983, after receiving his teaching degree at Bemidji State University. Since that time, he has taught grades two - six at the Motley School and coached volleyball and baseball. Pictured above from left are, back row: Angela Wenzel, Ethan DiGiovanni, Abby Dukowitz, Hunter Martin, Addison Lorber, Malaya Reem. Middle row: Leah Bestland, Sheq
Name and Title: Debbie Blowers, first grade teacher How Many Years Have You Worked At The Motley School? I’ve worked at the Motley School for 24 years. My first year here I taught fifth grade, but for the rest of that time I have taught first graders. What Inspired You To go Into Teaching? I always...
Janet Anderson, left, with Staples Elementary Principal Kathy Johnson on the last day of school May 27, Anderson’s last day of teaching.
Her classroom is all packed up and moved to Motley, but Janet Anderson won’t be moving with it. She is retiring after 14 years of teaching fifth grade at Staples Elementary School and 17 years as a teacher in the school district. “It is really different cleaning out the room this time, I love the...
Delvin Durheim, representing the Todd County Ag Society, informed the Todd County Commissioners at their June 7 meeting that they had received a Legacy grant for upkeep of the building and properties at the fairgrounds. The grant was for a little over $10,000. Durheim said that they would be adding...
Staples Motley FFA members competed at the 87th Minnesota FFA State Convention held at the University of Minnesota April 24-26. The Staples Motley FFA Chapter had 45 members competing, consisting of 12 teams and four individuals. This year’s state convention was very successful for Staples Motley...
On June 6, Staples Police stopped a vehicle on Hwy 10 for obstructed view and speeding. While at the vehicle, police could smell marijuana. After searching the vehicle, police found a small amount of cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana wax, marijuana, kief and drug paraphernalia. Police arrested Austin...

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