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At the Jan. 10 Wadena County Board meeting, consultant Michelle Soldo presented a 45-minute summary of her findings and recommendations from the Environmental Scan of the Wadena County Workplace she conducted from September to December 2016. Human Resources (HR) Director Curt Kreklau had...
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has selected North Central Economic Development Association (NCEDA) to participate in a new statewide lending program designed to provide funding to small businesses in need of capital. The new Emerging Entrepreneur Loan Program...
On Jan. 11, at 2:47 p.m., Staples Police received a report of a stolen vehicle from the Clark Station in Staples. A description of the vehicle was put out and the Motley Police Dept. located the vehicle, which fled and started a pursuit involving Motley Police Dept. and Morrison County Sheriff’s...
Construction continued at the new TimberLake Hotel in Staples Jan. 16, including setting trusses and roof sheeting. Pictured above, Job Supervisor Steve Dettbarn (second from left), with Hytec Construction of Brainerd, checks in with other crew members. In lower photo, one of the 58-ft., 2,800...
Five newly elected members of the Staples City Council took the oath of office as they began their new terms on the council. From left, Rachel Johnson, Chris Etzler, Mary Theurer, Doug Case and Brian Fisher. Johnson and Fisher are starting their first term on the council, while Etzler was re-elected as mayor and Theurer and Case were re-elected as council members. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
The Staples City Council discussed shoveling sidewalks and ice skating at their Jan. 10 meeting. Council member Doug Case said residents had asked him if the city was going to have a skating rink this year. City Administrator Jerel Nelsen said there were no plans to start one. He said in past years...
Panelists who will help facilitate discussions following the screening of “Being Mortal,” from left, Dr. Julie Benson, Daryl Jacobson, Lakewood Health System Chaplain, Dan Frank of the Initiative Foundation and Lonna Dille, Lakewood Health System licensed social worker (LSW). (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
e is going to die soon is one of the most avoided conversations in the medical world. Part of it can be that the patient or their family isn’t ready to hear that prognosis. There is also hesitation from medical professionals who likewise want to keep hope alive even if they see no other outlet. “It...
There was standing room only at Motley Free Methodist Church Jan. 17, as hundreds of mourners came to pay their final respects to 20-year-old Alan Dumpprope of Motley, who died Jan. 13, as the result of a trailer home fire. A sign at the front of the church, “Life is Precious,” was a reminder to all who attended Dumpprope’s Celebration of Life service, officiated by Pastor Jim Johnson.
Tragedy struck twice in Cass County this past week, taking the lives of two young men from the local community.  On Jan. 10, 18-year-old Devin Alexander, a senior at Pillager High School, died as the result of a two-vehicle crash in Sylvan Township; and on the morning of Jan. 13, a trailer house...
Lois Thielen and John Kunstleben at the MASWCD convention in December. (Submitted photo)
John Kunstleben and Lois Thielen of Swan Lake Acres, Grey Eagle, were honored as outstanding conservationists at the annual convention of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) in Bloomington. The event hosted landowners from around Minnesota – each nominated by...
As part of their year-end meeting Dec. 29, the Todd County Commissioners completed a full-board interview of coordinator candidate Joseph Hatch. The interview team had previously conducted the first round interviews for the position and recommended Hatch for a second round interview with the full...

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