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Development waste concerns were brought up at the April 26 Staples City Council meeting, citizen Ken Klose said he was concerned about the plans for the proposed 34-unit townhome project being planned for the area between 5th and 8th St NE, north of Chicago Ave. Klose said the 8th St sewer pipe has...
Stan Widmer still has plans to build a boat factory in Staples. Despite setbacks preventing an agreement with the U.S. Navy’s  Office of Naval Research (ONR), Widmer has new hopes with a new design and new contacts within the ONR. Widmer’s original plan was to build rotationally molded polyethylene...
Central Lakes College’s Quadcopter Team participated in NASA’s MN Space Grant Consortium’s Community College Quadcopter Challenge on April 15. Eight student teams from five community colleges participated, with each team building an ELEV-8 quadcopter from a kit and creatively outfitting it to...
The Todd County Citizens Against Drugs coalition held their monthly meeting on April 27 at the Staples Police Department. A special guest, Mary Marana of the Crisis Line shared here views on concerns about recent suicides in the Staples area. “When there is a suicide in a community, everybody...
Staples needs a lot more homes, especially apartments and houses on the higher end of the financial scale, according to a housing study by Michael Schoenecker of AdMark Resources.  He recommended immediately pursuing a new 24 unit apartment building with modern amenities such as a fitness center....
Staples Motley High School students showing some of the art they plan to display in the Freshwater Education District/National Joint Powers Alliance Art Show at the Centennial Auditorium lobby. The art show will be open to the public Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13, from 6-9 p.m. both days. An...
Jeff Kreitz
People gathered to watch as the eagle sculpture was lifted onto the rock at the Staples All Veterans Park on April 22. The Staples All Veterans and Community Park Association contracted with artist Jeff Kreitz (pictured above at center left reaching out for the eagle), to create the sculpture. At...
Staples Motley schools have created transition plans to accommodate the redistribution of students and teachers to school sites that will be in effect this fall. As part of this process, community members, families, staff and students were asked to be a part of each building’s Transition Team. The...
Knowledge Bowl participants, from left, are Chris Hart, Jeffrey Allen, Andrew Bates, Jace Hoemberg, Zach Strickland and Alexandra Davis. (Submitted photo)
The buzz began in the hallways of Staples Motley High School on April 13, when students lined the halls to send off five members (Jace Hoemberg, Zach Strickland, Chris Hart, Andrew Bates and Jeffrey Allen) of the Knowledge Bowl team to state competition held at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd. At the...
Seated, from left, are Cody Moe and Tyler Jahnke, Wadena-Deer Creek; Jacob Krueger, Molly Lindgren, Rachel Paskewitz and Alex Erickson, Staples Motley. Standing, from left, are Lucas Doyle, Wadena-Deer Creek; Dominic Nistler, Staples Motley; Hayley Maloney, Wadena-Deer Creek; Katie Benson, Mikayla Sauber and Rachell Fisher, Staples Motley; Sarah Moen and Logan Taggart, Wadena-Deer Creek; Colton Rau and Zachary Strickland, Staples Motley.
Sixteen students from Staples Motley and Wadena-Deer Creek high schools and their parents met April 20 at Stern Rubber Company, Staples, for an orientation session for their CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) class which begins this fall. The coordinator, Cindi Koll, and many of the CEO...

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