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A team from FJJ (Foster, Jacobs & Johnson, Inc.) led the Staples-Motley school board and administration through an exercise to help set facility priorities at the board’s work session Mar. 6. FJJ is the firm hired to lead an assessment of the school district and to develop a long range...
Hands of Hope Resource Center is hosting a training,  “Greater Minnesota’s Response to Human Trafficking” Friday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to noon at the NJPA building in Staples. A second training will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the Todd County Courthouse in Long Prairie. The presentation is designed...
Students in Jill Schneider’s Advanced Art and Drawing class at Staples-Motley High School are participating in a community arts project on making barn quilts for area non-profits and businesses in Staples and Motley. The Barn Quilts of Central Minnesota committee received funding from the Staples...
At their Feb. 28 meeting the Staples Economic Development Authority (SEDA) discussed promoting their loan programs to businesses in Staples. Economic Development Director Melissa Radermacher said “the money in the community’s hands is much more valuable than sitting in our bank account.” The SEDA...
The Staples City Council could have the first reading of an ordinance establishing a lodging tax in the city at their March 14 meeting. At the Feb. 28 meeting, the council reviewed a sample ordinance. City Administrator Jerel Nelsen said most hotels are in favor of the tax, as it’s paid by...
Staples-Motley High School will offer a Culinary Academy next school year thanks to action taken at a special school board meeting Mar. 6. The special meeting followed a work session that also covered the career and technical education (CTE) levy and other staffing recommendations. Mike Schmidt,...
Only five percent of Boy Scouts achieve the highest rank of Eagle Scout; and on Feb. 20, brothers Jordon and Garrett Carlson of Motley became part of that elite group. A special ceremony, led by Central Minnesota Council’s Order of the Arrow The Carlsons are members of Staples Motley Boy Scouts...
  Fancy clothes,  fancy footwork,  fancy dance   Staples-Motley Elementary School students and their parents got dressed up for a formal dance held March 3. The dance floor was busy most of the evening as dads, daughters, mothers and sons showed  some of their fancy dance moves. Snacks were...
The Staples-Motley speech team had a great day at their home tournament, held Feb. 18. Award  winners  were; Dario Sotelo, 4th in Extemporaneous Speaking; Alex Brings, 3rd in Great Speeches; Ari Brings, 4th in Great Speeches; Elijah Sams, 1st in Creative Expression; Jonah Johnson, 5th in Creative...
On Feb. 25, at 1:50 a.m., the Todd County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to a gun shot victim at 18861 360th St. Clarissa. Clarissa Fire and Rescue, Browerville Ambulance, along with law enforcement responded to the call. Upon arrival, at the residence they found Lacey Kuschel, 36, deceased, a victim...

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