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At the Truth in Taxation meeting held Nov. 29, Wadena County officials spoke with 23 citizens who were in attendance at the courthouse in Wadena. As has become customary, most of the citizens had come to the wrong meeting. The Truth in Taxation meeting is not about property assessment for 2016,...
Tech Mobile instructor Alicia Green demonstrates an open circuit by releasing the circle of hands and the light turns off in her other hand. Green helped Staples-Motley Elementary students learn how electrons move along electrical wires and how to complete a circuit, part of the Tech Mobile unit on...
The Kobliska cousins, Jayce, 11; Lizzy, 14; and Jorja, eight, enjoyed taste testing a few Christmas goodies Dec. 10, at their grandmother Mary Kobliska’s house in Staples. The girls had spent the afternoon decorating dozens of cookies their grandmother baked that day. Although Mary Kobliska gives away most of what she makes each year, she makes sure there are enough treats for her family to enjoy as well. “The peanut butter bonbons seem to be a favorite of everyone’s,” Mary Kobliska said. (Staples World pho
Baking cookies with her grandchildren is one of things Mary Kobliska of Staples enjoys the most about the Christmas season. “It gives me the opportunity to find out what’s going on in their lives,” Mary said of time spent baking  with Lizzy, Jayce and Jorja Kobliska. Mary does the majority of the...
 National Joint Powers Alliance® (NJPA) selected Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (W-H-A) and Verndale school districts to undergo a rigorous three-year reformation process to improve the effectiveness of student learning and become certified as High Reliability Schools. NJPA will fund the program, and in...
Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, was elected by his Republican colleagues to be the new majority leader of the Minnesota Senate. Gazelka represents Senate District 9 which includes Todd, Wadena, Cass and Morrison counties. Gazelka will join House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton as...
Mid-Central Federal Savings Bank in Staples recently donated $250 to the Staples Area Food Shelf, along with a shopping cart full of grocery items. During the month of November, patrons were challenged to bring their food donations to the bank; and if the cart was full by Nov. 30, the bank would...
Hannah Barrett, research coordinator at Central Lakes College Ag and Energy Center in Staples, shows the program’s drone to the farmers attending the Farm Forum held Dec. 6. Barrett gave an examples of how to upload a flight plan to the drone to have it photograph a field and map points where crops...
Staples native Matthew Sams was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash Nov. 27, in Macon County, Mo. He was airlifted to the University of Missouri Hospital/Trauma Center in Columbia, Mo., where he is still receiving care for multiple lacerations and a severe head wound. The incident happened at...
The Staples-Motley School Board reviewed options for the tax levy and agreed to interview facility consulting firms at their work session Dec. 5 in Motley. Tax levy The board first reviewed three levy options at their Oct. 17 meeting. At that time the district was expected to end the 2015-16 fiscal...
The finished “Railroad Crossing” barn quilt is now up at the Staples Depot. Pictured are Staples Historical Society members with Ashley Smith, who painted the 4 ft. by 4 ft. quilt. From left are Sally Gorton, Pat Miller, Tom Kajer, Smith and Tom Crawford. The depot quilt has been added to the Barn...

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