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The L.A. (Leader Area) Pig Races were a big hit with people of all ages during last Saturday’s June Fest in Motley. Owner Gary Dauer was emcee at the event which included games and relays for both children and adults, music, prizes and of course, the infamous racing pigs. See more June Fest photos...
Enbridge’s preferred route (APR), the black line, would dip down to the northern portion of Wadena County, then go straight east to Superior, Wisc. One of the alternatives, the red line, keeps going through Wadena County to the Staples area and then south of Motley and into the Lincoln Lakes area and past Little Falls before heading back up to Superior.
Environmental factors were weighed against economic factors during a public meeting in Staples on June 14 about the Enbridge oil pipeline proposal. The meeting was held at the Staples Community Center by the Minnesota Department of Commerce to discuss the Line 3 project, in which Enbridge has...
After running a relay from Wadena to Staples, Wadena County Sheriff’s Office personnel and one Minnesota State Patrol officer pause for a photo after arriving at their destination. From left, support crew Brody Wangsness and Tim Stroeing, with runners Tyler Wheeler, Brett Farniok, Troy Wangsness...
Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Staples, held their board meeting on June 13 at 1 p.m.  Items on the agenda included a discussion on water availability at the cemetery. After several water line breaks this spring and an extremely large water bill, the board voted to eliminate city water at the cemetery....
The Upper Mississippi River - Brainerd watershed, which includes parts of Todd, Morrison, Crow Wing, Cass and Aitkin counties, includes 212 lakes larger than 10 acres, and 2,149 river miles - sources of economy, recreation and tourism for the area. While the health of Todd County’s waters are...
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is seeking public review and comment of a draft proposal for regulating the use of nitrogen fertilizer in Minnesota.  The purpose of the proposed Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule is to minimize the potential for nitrate-nitrogen contamination from fertilizer in...
On the morning of June 8 vans, trucks and trailers were loaded with equipment from the Freshwater Alternative Learning Center in Staples and moved fo their new location at Central Lakes College. The building, owned by the Staples-Motley School District, is being sold to Roach Properties, the...
Vintage passenger cars from the 1950s era were used to transport railroad employees, former employees and their families on a special BNSF appreciation ride on June 8. The train journeyed from Brainerd to just outside Staples and then returned. Many of the vintage train cars are being restored and...
Members of the Sprinkle and Sprout Garden Club have been hard at work planting flowers in the towns of Motley and Staples. Recently, they planted a variety of petunias in 30 large barrels which will be placed throughout Motley. Pictured, from left, are Geri Altrichter, Marlene Prodahl, Bernice...
Retired social studies teacher Greg Leifermann, Staples, was the guest speaker at the recent Northern Pacific Depot Open House. Leifermann’s presentation on Staples History featured a number of old photos and archived information about Staples, originally named Presto. He noted that ‘history’ is about telling stories (both his-story and her-story) and that these stories are dependent upon the writers and information-gatherers  at that time. Leifermann formerly taught ‘Staples History’ at Staples High School
The Northern Pacific Depot in Staples has had major renovation work and improvements to its infrastructure, thanks to the diligence of the Staples Historical Society (SHS). An open house to celebrate these improvements, sponsored by the SHS, was held June 11. The agenda for the event included a...

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