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At least 462 children (and a few adults) attended the 15th Annual Fall Festival at the Staples Alliance Church Oct. 31. “It was a great event, although attendance was down from last year,” Pastor Paul Johnson said, noting that there were 650 visitors in 2015. The Fall Festival offers a safe, dry...
Halloween fun Oct. 26, at the Staples Nutrition Site included dressing for the occasion. Above, left to right: Fran Mertens, Dorothy Balken, Jeanne Huebner, Carol Olsen and Joan Doll. The Staples Nutrition Site holds daily meals in the Senior Citizen’s Room at the Staples Community Center. Call...
On Nov. 3, 1998, former professional wrestler Jesse “The Body” Ventura wins the gubernatorial election. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor and Republican candidates split much of the vote, and Reform Party candidate Ventura, who had been mayor of Brooklyn Park and host of a radio talk show on KSTP in the...
The Staples Veterans Park Board completed the foundation and on Oct. 19 board members and neighbors watched as the house was set onto the permanent foundation along Airport Rd. in Staples. The house was moved earlier this summer from its original location at 12th St. and 2nd Ave. NE, the site now...
For months - maybe even years - the Wadena County Board put off dealing directly with the courthouse’s failure to comply with the City of Wadena’s City Code, Chapter 11, that requires property to meet off-street parking requirements. Dean Uselman, City of Wadena Planning and Zoning Director,...
Minnesota House District 9A includes parts of Todd, Wadena and Cass counties. Democrat Meg Litts and Republican John Poston are seeking the seat. The incumbent chose not to run.  Meg Litts 1. Summarize your background and qualifications. A passion for public education and public service are...
 Minnesota Senate District 9 includes parts of Todd, Wadena, Cass and Morrison counties. The incumbent, Republican Paul Gazelka, is being challenged by Democrat Jason Weinerman.  Paul Gazelka 1. Summarize your background and qualifications. I am married to Maralee, we have five children and three...
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District 2   County commissioner candidates were asked three questions:  1. Briefly summarize your personal background and qualifications. (100 word limit) 2. If you believe budget cuts are necessary, which specific programs would you suggest to make cuts in? If you believe in raising the tax levy...
Recent reports taken by the Staples Police Department include: Oct. 3; responded to the 600 block of Wisconsin Ave. SE  for a report of a 911 hang up. While investigating, police discovered a verbal domestic had taken place. Oct. 4; responded to a report of a domestic dispute at 3rd St NE. Upon  ...

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