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(#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...
With temperatures in the 80’s June 23, a trip to the lake or a front-yard pool were popular destinations for children in the Staples area. Pictured above, keeping cool in their pool on 6th St. NE, are, from left: Karter Lynch, six; Olivia Lynch, five; and Kain Erickson, six, all of Staples.   
(#7 Things to Do in Staples, “Build a sand castle at Dower Lake beach.”) With hot, humid weather on June 25, people cooled off at Dower Lake Recreation Area, mostly in the water. 
(#4 Things to Do in Staples, “Attend a Lumberbats game.”) The Sunday crowd at the Staples Lumberbats baseball tounament on June 26, relaxed in the sunshine and hot weather. The tournament is part of fundraising for baseball field improvements at Pine Grove Park, one of which will be the addition of...
Maria Wolfe and her daughter Natalie of Brainerd  stopped by the Little Free Library in rural Motley recently.  It is located in Scandia Valley Township, near Maria Wolfe’s parents’ home (Bob and Carolyn Lohman) on West Shamineau Dr. (Submitted photo)
A ‘Free Little Library’ is now available to book lovers of all ages in the Lincoln Lakes area. Located at the corner of Cty. Rd. 202 and West Shamineau Dr. in rural Motley (at the end of Bob and Carolyn Lohman’s driveway), the library is open to anyone who wishes to use it. “We hope to share books...
Recent reports in to the Straples Police Dept. include; June 13; Staples Police were advised of a party sleeping at night at Northern Pacific Park.  June 13; Staples Police received a report of a purse stolen out of a vehicle on the 800 block of 4th St. NE. June 14; Staples Police responded to a...
ong time employee and the possibility of some state funding, the Staples-Motley High School student services office is being restructured.  The retirement request from Connie Hoffert was approved at the Staples-Motley School Board’s meeting June 20. Hoffert has been with the district nearly 20...
NJPA contract administrator Kelly McAllister, left, conducts a meeting with NJPA vendors from Bobcat, using one of the huddle rooms in the new addition, equipped with two screens that can display information or be used for interactive communications.   
Kathy Gaalswyk of Pillager, founding president of the Little Falls-based Initiative Foundation, has announced that she will transition out of her position at the end of this year after 30 years of service. In her role, Gaalswyk has led the Foundation from its inception in 1986 through three decades...

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