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The Central Lakes College Foundation announces  its new director. Jana Shogren, former director of Bridges of Hope in Brainerd, Shogren will begin in her role as director of the CLC Foundation on June 20. A committee made up of CLC Foundation Board members and CLC staff interviewed Shogren and...
The first ever Motley June Fest featured a ‘Wings Competition’ June 18, which included the recipes of six different teams. Pictured above, representing the top judges’ choice from Artesian Homes, are, from left, D.J., Kia, Dave Poorker and Corey Seline. Other teams included Bjerga Feed Store (Nikki...
Approximately 1,200 bull riding fans came out for the first-ever bull riding bash held at the Motley Fairgrounds June 17, one of the featured events at last weekend’s Motley Fair.  Meech Bucking Bulls in Nimrod and Great Frontier Bullriding produced the event, which was sanctioned by Midwest Bull...
Brenda Halvorson, left, on behalf of the Staples Motley Area Arts Council, accepts a $3,013 check from Staples Host Lions president Tom Danculovich for the summer Music in the Park series that the arts council organizes. Concerts are held at 7  p.m. Sundays at Northern Pacific Park, Staples, for...
The “9/11 Never Forget” mobile exhibit passed through Staples escorted by the Staples Firefighters June 8 on its way to Detroit Lakes where the exhibit was open for public viewing. The traveling museum is a tribute reminding citizens of the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.  The semi as it passes by...
Third graders from Staples and Motley Elementary schools and Sacred Heart Area School were busy watching chicks hatch during the last week of school. As part of the Staples Motley Agriculture in the Classroom program, Katie Benson, a junior at SMHS  started the program with a $1,000 grant from the...
A three-year federal grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has funded Minnesota DNR’s Walk-In Access (WIA) program in existing counties and will allow expansion into new counties including Todd County.    The WIA program goal is to provide new hunting opportunities on private land...
The public is invited to attend a community meeting Wednesday, June 22, at 5 p.m. to hear about plans the Ives family has to build a new hotel along Hwy. 10 just east of the Staples Dairy Queen. Questions will be welcomed. They also expect to reopen the former Town’s Edge (T Maxwell’s) restaurant and event center. The meeting will be at National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA - Room #301) at 202 12th St. NE. Anyone interested in more information or to RSVP for the meeting is asked to contact Melissa Radermache
It took many years of planning and discussions with several potential developers, but a new hotel will be built in Staples in conjunction with re-opening the former Town’s Edge (and T Maxwell’s before that) restaurant in Staples. The Ives family, led by Mike and Mary Ives, own and operate three...
Members of the Motley Fair Board installed their new barn quilt on a building located on the fairgrounds that faces the stoplight on the corner of Highways 10 and 210 on June 11. Volunteers from Barn Quilts of Central Minnesota purchased materials, designed and painted the block thanks to funds...
After 41 years working in the Staples and Staples Motley school district’s business office, Bonnie Thoele has a unique first-hand view of what goes on behind the scenes. “It is a great place to work,” said Thoele. She said for many years we had people who were in a similar age category, so we...

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