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Jeff Iverson, band instructor at Staples Motley High School, directed his final Commencement Concert May 20. Iverson, who is retiring at the end of this school year, waved farewell to the audience. From left are Rebecca Soukup, Elijah Sams, Iverson, Millie Klefsaas and Josie Erickson  
Lily Romig, far right, took home a blue ribbon in the 50-meter dash event in Pillager. Romig, a fifth grader, was one of several Staples Motley athletes who competed at the Special Olympics Athletics Competition May 12.  
Jenessa Iverson and Anna Koopmann
United by music, but forging their own path, Jenessa Iverson and Anna Koopmann are the valedictorian and salutatorian of the Staples Motley High School Class of 2016. They will each be giving speeches at the graduation ceremony on May 27. As the daughters of two of the school’s music teachers, the...
A board action to hire three full-time deputies in the sheriff’s office, led to a bit of a disagreement in leadership techniques between Todd County Commissioners David Kircher and Randy Neumann at the commissioner’s May 3 board meeting. The board action read, “Due to the increased workload, the...
A new art exhibition entitled “Just Paint” by Staples artist Diana Johnson will open with a reception Thursday, May 26, from 5-7 p.m. at the Five Wings Gallery. The gallery is located within the Five Wings Arts Council’s office and can be accessed at the west entrance of 121 4th Street NE, Staples...
The Staples Area Farmers Market openend at their Lakewood Health System location Thursday, May 12, amid chilling winds. Vendors had greens, baked goods and canned goods, plus a couple of rutabegas that stayed in the ground over the winter. This year the markets will have card readers for credit...
Five Wings Arts Council announces a new grant program designed to encourage and support the integration of the arts to address a local community issue, problem or need through an arts-based solution.  The Arts Based Community Development (ABCD) grant program is a pilot initiative open to any...
  Staples-Motley Elementary Schoool Motley-Staples Middle School Staples-Motley High School These are the names of the Staples Motley School District buildings unanimously approved by the school board at their May 16 meeting. Also approved on a split vote was the addition of a hyphen between the...
It’s one thing to be recognized as a team captain, a class MVP (Most Valuable Player) or an all-conference competitor, but to be recognized as an all-stater is another level. Each year, hundreds of the absolute very best music students from across the State of Minnesota audition for an opportunity...
Sheriff Michael D. Carr reports that on May 13, the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office received information from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) advising of a suspicious package that was being mailed from Arizona to a residence in the City of Wadena. The Wadena County Sheriff’s Dept...

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