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Ben Winchester of the University of Minnesota Extension points to statistics showing how more people are joining single focus nonprofit organizations and dropping out of general-interest organizations. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
People in small towns can stop talking negatively about what things their town has lost or what it used to be like. According to Ben Winchester of the University of Minnesota Extension, the changes in rural Minnesota are almost all microcosms of globalization. “Rural is changing, not dying,”...
People interested in deer will have an opportunity to discuss goals and values that could define Minnesota’s first-ever deer management plan at public engagement meetings hosted by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in Alexandria on Thursday, Feb. 2, at Broadway Ballroom, 115 30th Ave. E....
The Minnesota Job Honor Awards is accepting nominations for its first awards event set for May 10 in the Twin Cities. The awards will celebrate “A New Kind of Hero” – Minnesotans who have overcome significant barriers to employment and the employers who hire them. Deadline for nominations is Feb....
University of Minnesota Extension will be hosting a workshop titled, “Robots vs. Parlors: Economics & Options.”  This workshop is for area dairy producers who may find themselves at a crossroads between putting in robots for automatic milking or building a parlor.  One session will be Thursday...
JCI Staples (Staples Jaycees) received the 2016 Annual Gold Chapter award at the JCI Minnesota convention held nJan. 20-22. Members attending included; from left, Melissa Radermacher, Amanda Jans, Megan Haber, Zachariah Johnson, Robin Rothstein and Scott Lenk. (Submitted photo)
JCI Staples won a number of awards, including the 2016 Annual Gold Chapter award, at the JCI Minnesota annual convention in Plymouth Jan. 20-22.  Megan Haber was president of local chapter, JCI Staples, since 2014. She’s also served as state secretary in 2016 and is now the Region 2 Director for...
Central Lakes College in Staples is offering a new class, “The Accountability Experience,” beginning Feb 2, enrollment is open to the public.  The instructor for the class is Eric Budrow According to the class description, individuals who go through accountability training are better able to...
Gene Floistad of Staples, above and Tom Kajer were among those Staples Historical Society volunteers who scraped and blew debris from 107 years of accumulation on the radiators at the Staples Northern Pacific Depot. The radiators were given a fresh coat of silver paint. The project was part of the...
On Jan. 19, Staples Police stopped a vehicle on Hwy 10 for speeding. Police could see signs of drug use and possession from the occupants inside the vehicle.  After getting consent to search the vehicle, police located a total of 16 grams of methamphetamines, .5 grams of ecstasy,  six hypodermic...
The Staples Motley Area Chamber of Commerce honored Derek and Kim Johnson (front, center left) at a ribbon cutting at Ted & Gen’s Bar-B-Q during the chamber’’s annual dinner held at the restaurant Jan. 19. They purchased the business from Don and Cheri Ludovissie (front, third from right). The chamber director Barb Cline, front, center right, helped Kim Johnson with the scissors. Chamber board members in the photo are, front, from left, Chuck Mayer, the Johnsons, Cline, the Ludovissies, Melissa Radermacher
Derek and Kim Johnson completely changed their lives when they recently purchased Ted and Gen’s Bar-B-Q in Aldrich. Since taking over in January, they’re enjoying the excitement of the restaurant business. “I always wanted to own my own business,” Derek said, “but if you had said that business was...
After hearing discussion from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) personnel and Hartford Township members at their Jan. 17 meeting, the Todd County Board of Commissioners unanimously denied the land acquisition by the DNR of a property located about a mile and a half from Browerville....

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