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The X-Files character, Fox Mulder believed “The Truth is Out There.” Is the truth really out there to be found - something we can all agree on? Or is it all relative in life and metaphysics?  The 2017 Great American Think-Off question is “Has the 2016 election changed our perception of truth?” and...
Tri-County Health Care is offering a volunteer program for area teens entitled “VolunTeen.” The VolunTeen program runs March 27 through May 5 with one volunteer shift, per week, for six weeks. Teenagers 14-years-old and older may apply. Teenagers involved in this program volunteer at Tri-County...
Cindy and Mike Gold display the quilt Cindy made for the Staples Area Men’s Chorus. It is being raffled to raise money for the Associated Male Choruses of America Scholarship Fund. The quilt is a queen size comforter, 92” x 92.” The pattern is “Third Time Around” and was machine quilted by Jane...
Rose Han spelling out a word given to her at the 2017 Lakes Spelling Bee.
Thirty participants took part in the 2017 Lakes Spelling Bee, held March 2, at NJPA in Staples.   National Joint Powers Alliance was the sponsor for the event. After some confusion about what rounds the students were on, Meryl Tigenoah of Brainerd placed first, Rose Han of Staples-Motley, second...
A team from FJJ (Foster, Jacobs & Johnson, Inc.) led the Staples-Motley school board and administration through an exercise to help set facility priorities at the board’s work session Mar. 6. FJJ is the firm hired to lead an assessment of the school district and to develop a long range...
Hands of Hope Resource Center is hosting a training,  “Greater Minnesota’s Response to Human Trafficking” Friday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to noon at the NJPA building in Staples. A second training will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the Todd County Courthouse in Long Prairie. The presentation is designed...
Students in Jill Schneider’s Advanced Art and Drawing class at Staples-Motley High School are participating in a community arts project on making barn quilts for area non-profits and businesses in Staples and Motley. The Barn Quilts of Central Minnesota committee received funding from the Staples...
At their Feb. 28 meeting the Staples Economic Development Authority (SEDA) discussed promoting their loan programs to businesses in Staples. Economic Development Director Melissa Radermacher said “the money in the community’s hands is much more valuable than sitting in our bank account.” The SEDA...
The Staples City Council could have the first reading of an ordinance establishing a lodging tax in the city at their March 14 meeting. At the Feb. 28 meeting, the council reviewed a sample ordinance. City Administrator Jerel Nelsen said most hotels are in favor of the tax, as it’s paid by...
Staples-Motley High School will offer a Culinary Academy next school year thanks to action taken at a special school board meeting Mar. 6. The special meeting followed a work session that also covered the career and technical education (CTE) levy and other staffing recommendations. Mike Schmidt,...

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