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Shirley Olson keeps a photo of her husband Arnold with her when she goes camping at Dower Lake. The two started camping there regularly about 15 years ago, and since Arnold passed away five years ago, Shirley continues to come back to the campground they loved so much.
  Shirley Olson, of Brainerd has been coming back to camp at Dower Lake Recreation Area for the last 15 years. Even though her husband Arnold passed away five years ago, she still keeps coming back to preserve her memories and because she feels it is a great place to stay. “You get so much for so...
At the May 17 board meeting, Wadena commissioners heard a presentation from Lina Belar, Interim Director of the Wadena County Historical Society (WCHS). Belar appeared on behalf of the WCHS to ask the board to double its annual contribution to the WCHS budget. The WCHS has been preserving county...
The Staples Police Dept.  is reminding parents not  to allow minors to drink at graduation parties. Police recently busted an underage party, citing a few minors. Staples Police Chief Melissa Birkholtz said this is the time of the year when underage drinking increases due to graduation and other...
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...

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