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On Jan. 23, Staples Police received a report of a hit and run where the complainant was hit while parked on the side of the road with his bicycle. Police later received a call from the driver indicating he had hit the complainant. The driver, Patrick Neelan, was charged with failure to stop at a...
Three consulting firms gave presentations to and answered questions from the Staples-Motley School Board at a work session Jan. 30 regarding an assessment to develop a long range facilities plan. Representatives from Widseth Smith Nolting (WSN), Baxter; Foss Architecture & Interiors, Fargo, N....
The Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW) released the 2016 edition of the Femicide Report Jan. 31. The Femicide Report includes an overview of the 21 known homicides due to domestic violence in 2016, as well as observations and recommendations for community responses to end domestic...
CLC Automotive Technology instructor Ray Johnson leads a break-out session at the Jan. 27 career fair in Staples.
Eleven area high schools participated in a career exploration day at Central Lakes College on Friday, Jan. 27. Schools included Aitkin, Browerville, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Crosby-Ironton, Pillager, Pequot Lakes, Sebeka, Staples-Motley, Royalton, Brainerd AEC and Pine River-Backus. About 530...
As the Staples Economic Development Authority (SEDA) discussed construction projects at their Jan. 24 meeting, they talked about making sure local contractors and local businesses are used as much as possible.  Board member Doug Case noted that the townhomes being built by Roach Properties is not...
Although there is not an increase in the crime rate, there could be more people working on the Sentence to Serve work crew through Todd-Wadena Corrections. At the Jan. 24 Staples City Council meeting, city attorneys Kyra Ladd and Joe Krueger gave their annual update. Both attorneys said the numbers...
Piper Noska walks on a balance beam, with some help from her mom, Kayla Noska and baby brother Drake.
A number of families attended the ‘Move, Drop (Everything) & Read’ event at the Motley Family Center Jan. 30. The fun-filled evening, sponsored by the Staples-Motley Early Childhood Coalition and Staples-Motley Early Childhood Family Education, kicked off ‘I Love to Read’ month. Parents and...
The Page Turners, a tween/teen book club that meets monthly at the Staples Public Library, recently read the autobiography, “I’m Alive,” written by Duke Pieper and Jim Bruton. Pictured clockwise from left: Samantha Mrazek, Dustin Converse, A.J. Nienow, librarian Melissa Jewison (advisor to the group), Skye Larson, Katherine Michel, Colton Converse, Caden Mrazek, Grant Woodvick, Owen Winter. (Staples World photo by Dawn Timbs)
If sitting down with a good book is one of your New Year’s resolutions, now is the perfect time to make that goal a reality. February is “I Love to Read” month and people of all ages are encouraged to take part in the literary celebration. A number of “pro-reading” events are planned at local...
Ben Winchester of the University of Minnesota Extension points to statistics showing how more people are joining single focus nonprofit organizations and dropping out of general-interest organizations. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
People in small towns can stop talking negatively about what things their town has lost or what it used to be like. According to Ben Winchester of the University of Minnesota Extension, the changes in rural Minnesota are almost all microcosms of globalization. “Rural is changing, not dying,”...
People interested in deer will have an opportunity to discuss goals and values that could define Minnesota’s first-ever deer management plan at public engagement meetings hosted by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in Alexandria on Thursday, Feb. 2, at Broadway Ballroom, 115 30th Ave. E....

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