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Bryce Williams, 26, of Staples, is being charged with conspiracy to commit arson during the protests in Minneapolis May 28-29. According to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Williams was recorded by surveillance cameras holding a molotov cocktail device while another...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   At the June 10, 2020  Staples Chamber of Commerce videoconference, Staples-Motley Schools Superintendent Shane Tappe said “Overwhelmingly, the parents and teachers want our kids back in the classrooms” next fall. A school survey provided information from parents...
The Staples City Council approved reducing license fees for bars by one half at the June 9 council meeting.  The city had planned to reduce the fees according to the number of days the bars were shut down by the state stay at home order, but council member Doug Case suggested cutting the fee in...
Staples and Motley Dollars For Scholars awared $93,125 at their annual event held May 21, 2020. Since their inception in 1986 the chapter has awarded Staples-Motley students a total of $1,789,015. Scholarships presented SM students included: 3M - Owen Bjerga, Riley Peterson Staples Host Lions -...
Staples Motley Dollars For Scholars held their annual scholarship awards night on May 21, 2020.  Five new scholarships were added this year, along with a donation of money honoring deceased classmate, Paul Peterson. Paul Peterson Memorial donation The Class of 2020 lost a classmate and friend when...
By Ryan Wick Staples-Motley Class of 2020 Valedictorian Graduation speech   Being remembered. I believe that’s what truly matters in High School and ultimately in life. It’s not about whether you wore Chacos or Birks, Nike or Adidas or even none of the above. It’s about leaving your mark, and I...
By Katie Smith Staples-Motley Class of 2020 Salutatorian Graduation speech   Good evening, thank you all for coming. I know this is not ideal, but I am glad to see everyone, kinda and be able to be up here today. This year has undoubtedly been hard and stressful for the class of 2020. We obviously...
After being closed to sit-down diners since March 17, restaurants and bars were able to offer outdoor dining as of June 1, with some restrictions still in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. These restrictive guidelines include having wait staff wear masks when serving food, social distancing enforced, with tables spaced at least six feet from each other. Pictured above at Countryside Restaurant in Motley June 2, are, from left, Bob Koland, Motley; Kathy Altrichter, Pillager; and Chuck Ponto, Frazee.
Area businesses continue to follow governmental mandates during the coronavirus pandemic. As of June 1, salons and barber shops were allowed to reopen at partial capacity; and bars and restaurants were able to offer outdoor dining with some restrictions still in place. The latest update allows...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley school board approved a preliminary budget that cuts $211,000 from this year’s budget.  At the May 18, 2020 school board meeting, Business Manager Chuck Herdegen said they are planning for fewer students next year, so the revenue from the state...
Every May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and with the COVID-19 pandemic this year it’s even more important to take care of our own mental health and support those around us.  For many, the pandemic has meant worry about their health, their community, those most at risk and the future, as well as...

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