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Duke Pieper was on top of his hockey world late in 2008, and headed even higher. As a 15-year-old freshman, he made the varsity starting lineup for the Minnesota high school powerhouse Hill-Murray. He seemed destined for four years of prep glory and a certain scholarship to one of the premier...
With temperatures nearing 20 degrees below zero Jan. 5, it was a rough day for anyone working outside. Pictured above and at left, Brian Bates, Staples postal worker, delivers mail near Pleasant Ave. and 3rd St. NE in Staples. Wearing layers is key, Bates said of being outside for hours in sub-zero...
The home of Leona Blonigan was severly damaged by a fire on Jan. 9. The home is on Portage Loop, 10 miles south of Staples near Sylvan Shores. Staples and Motley fire departments responded and battled the fire for three hours, through snow and cold and wind. Staples Fire Chief Scott Braith said the...
The Todd County Commissioners approved the budget and fee increases for the solid waste department at their Dec. 29 meeting. The budget for the Solid Waste Enterprise Fund shows revenues of $1,831,888 but expenditures of $2,138,019 for a 2017 projected loss of $306,131. Board Chair Barb Becker...
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will be conducting a mail ballot election to fill board vacancies for Minnesota’s barley, beef, corn, and soybean research and promotion councils. Elected members serve three year terms, directing the investment of their councils’ check-off program...
A public hearing was held Dec. 20 at the regular meeting of the Todd County Board of Commissioners for issues related to Solid Waste. Mike Hanan who acts as the director, said that solid waste has two main sources of revenue:  o Tipping fees and MSW disposal fees, and  o Parcel fees. The purpose of...
Staples-Motley third grade students enjoyed swim time at the Staples Community Center Jan. 3, part of the school’s Activity Day. Children and their parents can swim FREE on family swim days, every Saturday, from noon-3 p.m. January through March. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)  
The steps were the last to go during the recent demolition of the apartment building along Hwy 10 in Staples, next to Taylor Funeral Home (the former city hall building). The building, owned by Taylor Funeral Home, was razed in order to put in a parking lot for their establishment. Originally, the...
Staples Community Center lifeguard Lili Schneider shares some information with a swimmer. Lifeguards will help record the swimmers miles in the “Swim the Mississippi” contest, which began in January. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson
The world’s most commmon New Year’s resolutions are to exercise more/lose weight. The Staples Community Center has new opportunities to help with those resolutions and more. The Lakewood Health System Foundation is sponsoring free family swims every Saturday, January through March from noon-3 p.m....
“Who in Todd County gets a 15 percent salary increase?” asked Commissioner Randy Neumann as the Todd County Board of Commissioners reviewed a 14.8 percent salary increase request from County Recorder Cheryl Perish. A motion and a second were waived so that Perish could come forward and talk about...

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