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The City of Staples had few issues on their annual audit, other than a change in the way pensions are reported in the budget. At the June 28 council meeting, Chuck Mayer of Mayer, Porter and Nelson accounting firm detailed the audit and Julie Nelson of the same firm explained the pension issue....
On June 23, the Wadena County Sheriff’s Dept., along with the Ottertail County Sheriff’s Dept. and agents from the West Central MN Drug and Violent Offender Task Force, arrested Jennifer Kay Ehrmantraut, 27, of Sebeka, on 1st degree sale of a controlled substance, 1st degree possession of a...
One of the secrets to a happy life, says Dick Huebsch of Staples, is to “be content.” Huebsch recently retired after 45 years working at Twin City Optical (formerly Benson Optical) in Staples, a job he enjoyed and one that helped provide for his family. He’ll miss his coworkers, but Dick says he’s looking forward to spending time working in the yard, as well as with his family.
The grass couldn’t be any greener on the other side of Dick Huebsch’s fence; but even if it were, chances are he wouldn’t want to live anywhere else than on Ravilla Ave. in Staples. “We started building this house in 1977,” Dick said, looking out the kitchen window at the flower gardens and plush...
NJPA Board Chair Mike Wilson, left, and NJPA Executive Director/CEO Dr. Chad Coauette at the 2016 Top 150 Workplaces awards luncheon.
National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) in Staples  was named one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The Top Workplaces special section was published in the Star Tribune on June 26. The report can also be found at StarTribune.com/topworkplaces2016. ...
Mike, Burl, Mary and Kris Ives share their plans to build the Timberlake Hotel in Staples.
The Staples Timberlake Hotel will be named after the Timberlake Lodge in Grand Rapids, but the hotel itself will be all about Staples. On June 22 at NJPA in Staples, the Ives family, Mike and Mary Ives, their son Burl and his wife Kris, presented their plans for building the hotel in Staples and...
The Staples All Veterans Park will hold a paver dedication at the park on Monday, July 4, at 10 a.m. . The ceremony will honor veterans whose names are on pavers that have been added since the last dedication. The ceremony will also be an opportunity to celebrate the eagle sculpture and new granite...
(#23 Things to Do in Staples, “Take a Community Ed/summer school class.”) Staples Motley Schools offered a mix of speakers, classes, field trips and other activities to students attending the first summer school session June 13-23. The focus was on reading, writing and math as well as social skills...
(#8 Things to Do in Staples, “Stroll through the Living Legacy Gardens.”) After weeding and watering their gardends, kids in the childrens’ gardening program at Living Legacy Gardens take a pond break, looking for tadpoles and fish before moving on to their art projects. From left, starting on the...
(#49 Things to Do in Staples, “Find a ball, find a friend and play.”)  Boys at the Staples Alliance Church picnic play a pickup game of football at Pine Grove Park on June 26.
Budget General Fund spending will increase by $182 million state spending will increase in the 2016-17 biennium, using about a fifth of the $900 million projected surplus that was forecast in February.  Sponsored by Rep. Jim Knoblach (R-St. Cloud) and Sen. Richard Cohen (DFL-St. Paul), a new law...

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