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By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples Economic Development Authority (SEDA) gave their approval to a new tax abatement policy proposed for the city to use for economic development. The policy must go to the city council to be approved. At the Jan. 25 SEDA Board meeting, Economic...
Staples World reporter Dawn Timbs was awarded first place in the Minnesota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest for social issues story for newspapers with 1,501 to 3,000 circulation. The story, “Red dresses in Leader raising awareness of Indigenous women,” appeard in the June 2, 2021...
By Karin L. Nauber Todd County correspondent   After a lengthy discussion, the Todd County Board of Commissioners opted to hold off on making a decision related to an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandate. The board action for discussion at the meeting  held January 4, 2022,...
Elementary gym expansion proposal
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley School Board approved a building proposal that will be sent to the Minnesota Department of Education for review and comment, the next step in the building process. The board reviewed and approved the proposal at a special meeting Jan. 10. It is...
Twenty-twenty-two brings the celebration of birth for Meghan and Justin Gangestad, Baxter, who welcomed their new baby girl, Catherine Therese, into the world on Jan. 3, at Lakewood Health System Hospital in Staples. Catherine was born at 5:16 a.m., weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces, and measuring 21...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples City Council found out that there will be cost increases for city attorney services and for auditing services. At the Dec. 28 council meeting, higher attorney fees were requested for the Todd County portion of the city, while attorney fees for the...
March 17: Derek Holst, Mike Hajek and Kevin Swecker install the Cardinal Pride sign into place along Highway 10 in Staples, near the 6th Street stoplights. The sign represents the 30 team state champions and 63 individual state champions that Staples, Motley and Staples-Motley athletes have earned.
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   In 2021, the local area tried to return to normal while still taking COVID-19 precautions. It became a year where a new normal was forged and the Staples World covered many of the changes in the community. At the start of the year, meetings were held with people...
Aug. 18: It appeared as if people were walking on top of the Crow Wing River at Old Wadena Park in rural Staples Aug. 14. With very little rainfall in Minnesota this summer, water levels are low in area lakes and rivers; and the numerous sandbars in the rivers has made it difficult for people to go tubing or canoeing.
Aug. 18: It appeared as if people were walking on top of the Crow Wing River at Old Wadena Park in rural Staples Aug. 14. With very little rainfall in Minnesota this summer, water levels are low in area lakes and rivers; and the numerous sandbars in the rivers has made it difficult for people to go...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley School Board approved the proposed budget and tax levy that includes $14 million in additional taxes for building projects, but promised to look at extending the bond repayment period so the tax impact is not as large each year. At the Dec. 20...
Mary Kobliska in front of the building she has worked in for 42 years. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   Mary Kobliska has seen a lot of changes in the banking industry in her 42 years at Mid Central National Bank in Staples, but personal service has always been a cornerstone. “Just to have the ability to come in and talk to someone goes a long way,” said Kobliska....

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