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On June 29, members of the Staples All Veterans Park board, Bob Hamann, Huck Holst, Kevin Jenkins and Mel Daniels, along with  Lee Jenkins and Joan Hamann,  visited the Highground Veterans Memorial Park in Neillsville, Wisc.  Highground is more of a state park located in the center of Wisconsin. ...
Staples Motley Community Education Director Kevin Roline celebrated his first week on the job by helping at the pee wee baseball practice, giving high fives to kids learning to run the bases.
While he officially started as Staples Motley Community Education Director on July 1, Kevin Roline spent the month before that getting immersed in the places where education meets community. “I’m still learning all the pieces that go with the position,” said Roline. As a native of Staples, Roline...
During the public comment held before the start of the regular meeting of the Todd County Board of Commissioners July 5, Citizen Steve McReynolds from the Staples area asked the board how he could go about getting a driveway to his land. “I have been fighting with soil and water all summer. They...
At a special board meeting held June 27, Wadena County Commissioners chose a location for the new courthouse annex. The annex, which will be built next fall, will be located at the corner of Jefferson St South and Dayton Ave. SW, just north of the existing courthouse. The two residential lots that...
On Saturday, July 2, at 12:52 a.m., the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Conservation Road northeast of Wadena for a structure fire.  When deputies arrived on scene they saw smoke coming from the roof and vent. The property owners, Alan Froleck, 65, of St. Joseph and Paul...
The City of Staples had few issues on their annual audit, other than a change in the way pensions are reported in the budget. At the June 28 council meeting, Chuck Mayer of Mayer, Porter and Nelson accounting firm detailed the audit and Julie Nelson of the same firm explained the pension issue....
Innovation Funds of $100,000 from NJPA (National Joint Powers Alliance) pushed the donations to the Hilltop Regional Kitchen to over 90 percent of their goal. From left are Todd County Health and Human Services Community Planning Unit Manager Katherine Mackedanz, Todd County Aging Coordinator Verna Toenyan, National Joint Powers Alliance Manager of City and County Solutions Anna Gruber, Eagle Bend Senior Citizens Center President Rick Hest and Eagle Bend City Administrator Kevin Hess.
The $100,000 Innovation Funding from the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) has pushed the mercury on the fundraising thermometer for the Hilltop Regional Kitchen to just over 90 percent. According to a recent press release from NJPA, “Innovation Funding was created to help Region Five entities...
The Staples Economic Development Authority (SEDA) Board discussed a workforce gap that is expected statewide.  While discussing the Thriving Communities Initiative’s workforce development task force, board member Tim Rice said they had reviewed the state demographer’s office report that predicted a...
The Thriving Communities Initiative (TCI) steering committee has approved its first request for funding. The economic development task force requested $1,000 to prepare materials for distribution beginning during Railroad Days in August.  At a recent steering committee meeting the chairs of each...
A number of area residents attended a ceremony at the Staples All Veterans & Community  Park on July 4, which included a paver dedication, celebration of the park’s new eagle sculpture and granite sign, music and remarks by military veteran Charles R. Poulton (pictured above). Poulton spoke...

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