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On Sunday, July 31, at approximately 12:25 p.m., the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office received a report from a landowner who stated they discovered bullet holes in the walls of their cabin.  When the deputy arrived at the cabin, which is located in section 24 of Bullard Township, the homeowners...
At the July 19 county board meeting, Wadena County Commissioners decided to sell the two houses they recently bought on residential lots adjacent to the courthouse, and have the houses moved off the land to another location. Originally, commissioners thought they would demolish the houses, but...
On Friday, July 29, at 9:56 p.m., a Wadena County Sheriff’s Deputy came upon a motorcycle vs deer accident. The motorcycle was traveling north in the area of County Road 4 and County Road 23, when a deer hit the motorcycle on the right side.  The driver of the motorcycle was able to keep it up...
A new barn quilt is now on display at the Swecker farm, located five and a half miles north of Motley on Hwy 64. The art piece was unveiled July 30, at the 80th birthday celebration of Gay Swecker (fourth from left), whose actual birthdate is July 14. Pictured with Gay, from left, are her seven...
The Staples City Council approved a business subsidy agreement for a tax increment finance (TIF) district for a hotel to be built in Staples. At the July 26 council meeting, the Ives family requested the TIF district to build the Timberlake Hotel between Highway 10 and 2nd Ave. NE.  The family will...
The Staples Economic Development Authority (SEDA) board met July 26 and talked about how to overcome a looming need for more workers in the area. With expansions at Stern Rubber and Lakewood Health System to start this fall, the recent expansion at NJPA and a new hotel to break ground soon, there...
Staples Police Chief Melissa Birkholtz gave a child a choice of prizes given by the department for National Night Out. The second annual event, which was coordinated by the Staples Police Department, featured city and county law enforcement and emergency services. About 200-300 people attended.
Law enforcement has been at the forefront of news and conversations over the past few weeks, due to tragic shootings that took place in Falcon Heights; Dallas, Texas; and Baton Rouge, La. The Staples World spoke with the police chiefs from Motley and Staples recently to find out how their...
The state-wide primary election will be held next Tuesday, Aug. 9. Wadena County’s polling places and times, as well as a sample ballot, were on page 8a of the July 28 Staples World. Todd County’s sample ballot and notice of election is on page 8a of this issue. Wadena County has two contested...
Nancy Simon celebrates the power of caretakers with her hand in the air during the Relay For Life at the Motley Fairgrounds on July 22.
  The Staples Motley Relay For Life brought in more than $13,300 for the American Cancer Society during their overnight event on July 22. “We had a great evening of celebrating our survivors, remembering our loved ones lost and fighting back against cancer,” said Angie Niemi, one of three event...
The loan in the amount of $300,000 that was borrowedby the county from the Solid Waste Enterprise Fund to help with the costs of the Health and Human Services Building renovation project, was paid back in full. The action was noted at the Todd County Commissioners meeting July 19. The 2014 and 2015...

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