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ry supervision of newly licensed social workers was a discussion item at the Jan. 5 meeting of the Todd County Commissioners.  Currently, Todd County Health and Human Services (HHS) has two staff who require this type of supervision. Individuals must meet certain criteria to provide it. Since the...
Staples Motley FFA members welcomed the national FFA officers and members of the Deer River FFA on Jan. 8, shown here in a photo op, in front of the high school.
In just a few hours at Staples Motley High School, National FFA President Taylor McNeel of Arkansas discovered some things that impressed her about the Staples Motley FFA chapter. “This chapter is amazing. When we got here, there was a big banner with the chapter officers were waiting at the office...
The Staples Motley School District now has some direction to follow for the next five years. The school will re-evaluate their technology, curriculum and communications, improve student resources and look at the possibility of a new K-12 school building. The final meeting in the long-range planning...
Amy McBeth of the BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) Railway Foundation hands a $25,000 check to Wally Thompson of the Staples Historical Society. With this donation, the Historical Society increases their seed fund to start the next phase of the Staples Depot project, the museum. The donation...
Jim Hofer
The first county board meeting of the year is always a busy one. New board officers must be elected, elected officials’ salaries must be set, new committee assignments made. Most of these requirements were completed on Jan. 5 by the Wadena County Board. Commissioner Jim Hofer of Staples was elected...
From left, Lakes Area Habitat For Humanity Executive Director Kevin Pelkey, Shane Meyer, James and Sheena Ziegler and Melissa Kaufenberg, Director of Development for Lakes Area Habitat For Humanity, meet inside the home they will begin fixing up on Jan. 12. Habitat will need volunteers and donations to complete the project. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
Lakes Area Habitat For Humanity (LAHFH) has started work on their first renovation project in Staples. James and Sheena Ziegler will be moving into the home, at 324 3rd St NE, with their three children, twins Landon and Lucas, age three, and Hayden, five. The Zieglers currently live in Brainerd but...
Sherry Miller Frisk of rural Motley is the new director at the Motley Area Food Shelf. She is taking over this position from Sharon Stone, who will continue to handle the food shelf’s finances.
The Motley Area Food Shelf (MAFS) welcomed Sherry (Miller) Frisk as its new director last fall. It’s a position previously held by Sharon Stone. Although she inherited a new title, Frisk’s face is a familiar one to visitors of the food shelf. “I started volunteering here in March of 2013,” Frisk...
The Kentucky family of five who drowned in Illinois Dec. 26 had connections to the Staples area. Robbyn Owen, 13, and Chad Owen, 10, were the children of Robert Owen, Wadena, and the grandchildren of William and Marsha Owen, Staples.  The children were traveling with their mother, Erin Schutt, 36,...
Ten-year-old Cole Carlson (left) and his sister Kaitlyn, five, of rural Motley, enjoyed skating at the ice rink in Motley Jan. 3. With temperatures hovering at 30 degrees, it was a perfect day for winter outdoor sports. “We’re so glad to learn about this,” their mother, Tammi Carlson, said of the...
Construction to renovate the Staples Depot could begin by Jan. 18, according to the plans from Alliance Building Corporation. On Jan. 5, the contractors and subcontractors met to go over a building schedule. Pictured from left, Kelvin Howieson, MnDOT District 3 State Aid Engineer, Loren Fellbaum,...

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