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Today, Minnesota is aging like never before. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the state’s 65 and older population is the fastest growing age group. This means that the number of people stepping into caregiver roles to ensure the health and well being of older adults is climbing, as...
A multi-year, multi-million dollar project aimed at bringing high-speed internet access to all residents in Region Five continues with broadband expansion and exploration into the rural areas of Todd and Wadena counties. The project is a cooperative effort involving regional telecommunications...
Women in Philanthropy (WIP), a program of Lakewood Health System, is currently accepting grant applications for programs that focus on physical and mental health of children and youth. Applications must be submitted by Oct. 10. The WIP group offers competitive grant dollars to surrounding...
On Sept. 10, a resident reported to Staples Police that someone had tied a red colored balloon to a sewer grate, at the intersection of 7th Street SE and Dakota Ave. SE. The resident was concerned about this, due to the children in the neighborhood. The red colored balloon is associated with a...
 The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) recently approved two additional resources for landowners pursuing alternative practices to buffers. Each resource is designed to expand the options for water quality solutions in common situations where practices other than buffers may make...
Jack Pate, Staples area, was chosen as Minnesota Trucking Association’s (MTA) Truck Driver of the Month in July and is eligible for Truck Driver of the Year. See story for more information. (Submitted photo)
Daggett Truck Line of Frazee is honoring its driver, Jack Pate, Tractor #1165, for numerous achievements this past year. Pate, Staples area, was drawn for ‘Highway Man of the Month’ in March of 2017, with 12,493 miles. He was then chosen as Minnesota Trucking Association’s (MTA) Truck Driver of the...
Joshua Winter, center, completed the “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” reading program and received his certificate, a  free book and a pigeon at the Staples Public Library Sept. 7. Joshua (JJ) is the son of Joshua and Alisha Winter, Staples. This reading program is a joint effort of the Staples Motley Early Childhood Coalition and the Staples Public Library, a branch of the Great River Regional Library, helping children get “literacy ready” before kindergarten. Making the presentation are Beth Fabian, SMEC
Imagine going to Rome; imagine becoming a cowboy... meeting Big Bird or learning how to fly - all in the time it takes to read a book.  The “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” program is a reading program designed to increase the awareness of the importance of early literacy. Becoming a member is as...
The new nurses station at the Lakewood Health System emergency department allows nurses to do their work, even while media interviews are being conducted, construction continues and security personnel are working on the new monitoring system. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
More rooms, more space and less waiting, the Lakewood Health Systememergency department’s construction project is designed for patients and workers. “It will make a big difference in patient flow, patient satisfaction and employee satisfaction,” said Connie Wells, Emergency Dept. Manager at...
During their regular meeting held Sept. 5, the Todd County Board of Commissioners approved waiving all the associated county engineering fees related to the Staples Depot restoration project. Staples Historical Society president Tom Kajer and board member Eugene Floistad were present to answer any...
Tracking down fake online profiles, finding erased threats and tracking how illegal pornography was spread are becoming common investigations for local police departments. “Social media issues are across the board, from kids to adults,” said Staples Police Chief Melissa Birkholtz. “People have...

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