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With hundreds of cameras pointed in their direction, the Staples Motley Class of 2016 threw their caps in the air at the conclusion of their graduation ceremony on May 27.   
With the Wadena County Drug Task Force position set to expire this year, Wadena Sheriff Michael D. Carr and Staples Police Chief Melissa Birkholz are convinced that the position more than pays for itself. The position, part of the West Central Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, was originally...
The Staples City Council approved a resolution to create a tax increment finance (TIF) district to assist the development of a 32 to 34 unit townhome project in Staples.  The council held a public hearing at their May 24 meeting before approving the resolution. Jason Murray of David Drown...
The Staples Economic Development Authority (SEDA) looked at possible incentive packages to get more homes built in Staples, but found they are already doing many of the common incentives that other cities do. Economic Development Director Melissa Radermacher said many cities waive annual fees for...
The official candidate filing period for individuals interested in running for county, state and federal offices in Minnesota in 2016 closed May 31. Wadena County will hold a primary election Aug. 9 in both commissioner districts up for election this year.  Incumbent Jim Hofer, Staples, filed for...
Fourth graders at Staples Elementary, Motley Elementary and Sacred Heart Area School recently participated in the ‘Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs’ event at Camp Shamineau in rural Motley. The event was sponsored by the Staples Host Lions and organized by Ron Case, Staples Police Department; and...
On May 24 the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force conducted a search warrant at the address of 32502 Cty Rd 1, Le Sauk Township, Stearns County.  The search warrant was based on information that a party was hiding at this residence and had outstanding Dept. of Correction warrants for...
Jack Wilson and Michelle Ziegler, Staples were among the volunteers placing flags on the graves of veterans at Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Staples on May 23. The flags will be on the graves through Memorial Day. The Memorial Day program at Evergreen Hill begins at 9 a.m. on May 30 with speaker Andy Schmidt.
Staples Staples American Legion will host a Memorial Day program May 30, at Evergreen Hill Cemetery. Andy Schmidt will be the speaker. The invocation will be given by Pastor Steve Sveom, the national anthem will be sung by Hailey Koenig and Haley Christoffersen and the bugler will be Carly Smith....
The Staples Jaycees won state awards at the spring convention held in Grand Rapids, May 12-14, including the 2016 Spring All State Gold Chapter. Melissa Radermacher a member of the Junior Chamber International (JCI) was honored as, 2016 Outstanding Vice President. A JCI Senatorship, the highest...
Pictured above, from left, are longtime club members Gay (Granby) Swecker, Carol (Schroeder) Hulett, Clarice (Granby) Gaalswyk, Hope (Hulett) Johnson, Esther (Granby) Jordahl, Linda (Hulett) Michalson, Bernice (Holub) Thomson.  Following the Memorial Day service at 1 p.m., the Poplar Ladies Birthday Club will host a luncheon at Leader Community Hall.
It’s been 90 years since a group of ladies in Poplar Township threw a surprise birthday party for Mrs. J.B. Johnson, who had been sick much of the winter. They had so much fun that they decided to organize the Poplar Ladies Birthday Club. The purpose of the club was to socialize, offer each other...

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