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By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   Local economic development offices are playing a role in making sure businesses don’t fall through the cracks in the nationwide effort to keep the economy going during the COVID-19 crisis and Minnesota’s stay-at-home order. At the Staples Chamber of Commerce...
An executive order signed by Governor Tim Walz allows Minnesotans to engage in a range of activities, including golfing, boating, fishing, hunting and hiking, as long as they follow new outdoor recreation guidelines. These guidelines include maintaining 6-foot social distancing, avoiding crowded...
The Staples City Council discussed the future of the Staples Community Center at their April 14 meeting. City Administrator Jerel Nelsen said the center will remain closed until May 4 or until the Minnesota stay-at-home order ends. Some communities are closing aquatic facilities for the summer...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The future of rural hospitals was discussed during the weekly Staples Chamber of Commerce online meeting April 15. Lakewood Health System President and CEO Tim Rice said they are looking at about a 75 percent reduction in activity, which projects to a loss of...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   Lakewood Health System, Todd County and Lakewood Manor have all confirmed their first cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus).  On April 8, Lakewood Health System announced two patients and one provider had been tested and confirmed for the virus. On April 11, Todd County...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   Two patients of Lakewood Health System were confirmed to have contracted the COVID-19 virus, and one of the clinic’s providers also tested positive. Lakewood CEO and President Tim Rice said the two patient cases will be counted as Cass County residents in the...
Pastor Greg Leslie of the Motley and Staples United Methodist Churches, interacted with young people (as well as adults) during his children’s sermon on Palm Sunday via ZOOM, a virtual meeting platform. This platform also allows parishioners to visit with one another and share prayer requests at the appropriate times during the service. (Staples World photo by Dawn Timbs)
By Dawn Timbs Staples World reporter   Church pews are usually packed on Easter Sunday, when Christians all over the world gather to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But not this year. No doubt Jesus will still be celebrated, but due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, celebrations...
On March 31, Staples-Motley school staff Liz Koskineimi and Michelle Jeziorski prepared distance learning school material, to be placed in a cooler and delivered to students homes. Every student is asked to place a waterproof container at their front doors or at the end of their driveway. Deliveries will be made every Tuesday and will continue until May 4, at minimum. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
By Shane Tappe Staples-Motley Schools Superintendent   As of April 3, the Staples-Motley School District students concluded their first week of distance learning. A big change for all, staff, students and families rose to the challenge with flexibility and grace. As we continue with distance...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   Census Day is April 1, the day every person in the United States is to be counted in their place of residence.  Every household should have received a letter from the Census, inviting them to respond online or by mail. The mailing will be needed to fill out the...

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