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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman, left, officially dedicated the Central Minnesota Demonstration Research Irrigation Farm in Staples on Aug. 12, 1968, where more than 500 people attended. Mike Matanich, next to Freeman, was the director of the Staples Area Vocational-Technical School and at right is Dr. Duane Lund, superintendent of the Staples School District, which owned the farm. Now known as the Ag & Energy Center, the farm is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Special activities w
EDITOR’S NOTE: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Ag & Energy Center DelRay Lecy is writing a history, recording the people and events that created it. He’ll show how it has evolved and changed to meet the challenges of the times. This is the second article in an occasional series...
Alex Brings, right, a Staples-Motley High School student, shared his story of hard work, encouragement and successes, despite being legally blind during the Staples-Motley School Board meeting May 21. His talk earned a standing ovation from the board and audience. Frank Odell, left, has worked with Brings as a speech coach. (Staples World photo by Brenda Halvorson)
Over $366,000 has been cut from the Staples-Motley School District’s budget following school board action on the second part of the reduction list at the May 21 board meeting. However, the meeting opened on a more positive note during a presentation by Frank Odell and Alex Brings.  Odell wanted to...
Torii Nienow, above right, earned a first place award in the teen division for her poem “Words” in the Staples Friends of the Library Tween/Teen Poetry Contest held in April, National Poetry Month. Friends Member Judy Wolak, above left, shows the display of the entries received, which is on view...
Several Memorial Day events will be held on Monday, May 28, in the Staples, Motley and Pillager area. The Staples service will be at Evergreen Hill Cemetery at 9 a.m. Vietnam veteran Ken Klose of Staples will give the Memorial Day Address. Hosts of the program include the American Legion Post and...
The devil, as they say, is in the details and at this point the Staples-Motley School Board is struggling to define more of those details for the building options under consideration. Mike Angland of Widseth Smith Nolting, the firm hired by the district to develop the project plans, showed the...
The Staples Memorial Day service is planned for Monday, May 28, at Evergreen Hill Cemetery at 9 a.m. The rain location will be at Centennial Auditorium at Staples-Motley High School. Hosts of the program include the American Legion Post and Auxiliary. Pastor Carl Larson, Faith Lutheran Church in...
Two businesses will be closing in Staples, likely by the end of May. Twin City Optical has assembled eyeglasses since 1990, after taking over the Benson Optical building. Currently, the labs are owned by Essilor, a global company, which is moving its production of eyeglasses to a central location...
About 25 people attended a meeting May 8 at Staples City Hall to discuss the Community Center with the consultants hired to prepare a feasibility study. Cathy Sarrett of HVS, standing at lectern, will be the project manager. She expects a report will be completed by mid-July. Alex Moon of HVS, the assistant project manager, is seated at the table in the background with Staples City Administrator Jerel Nelsen. (Staples World photo by Brenda Halvorson)
How do you use the Staples Community Center? What do you like about it? What don’t you like about it? What would you like to see as part of a community center?  These were among the questions asked by representatives of HVS, the consulting firm hired to conduct a feasibility study for a Staples...
Approximately $91,450 in college scholarships were awarded to Staples-Motley High School seniors on May 2, at the annual Dollars For Scholars (DFS) awards ceremony. Recipients of the Harold Griffiths scholarships were: Reid Busker and Molly Lindgren, four year scholarships and Kyle Serich, a two...
Approximately $91,450 in college scholarships were awarded to Staples-Motley High School seniors on May 2, at the annual Dollars For Scholars (DFS) awards ceremony. Recipients of the Harold Griffiths scholarships were: Reid Busker and Molly Lindgren, four year scholarships and Kyle Serich, a two...

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