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College educators representing the eight Centers of Excellence in the Minnesota State Colleges system spoke at the workforce conference about programs available to students both in high school and as college courses. Above right is Keith Olander, of the Agriculture Center of Excellence, at Central Lakes College in Staples.
Automation may be a trend for the future of industry, but right now there are many jobs available that are going unfilled because there are not enough trained applicants. Those were two of the topics at a conference at National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) in Staples on Dec. 16, called Building the...
Lakewood Health System Care Center, Staples hosted a Christmas gatheirng for residents, families and friends, Dec. 16 in the Activities Room. Refreshments were served, including treats from Santa Claus (Tim Rice). Above: Rosie Blessing and her sister, Sue Baker discuss being naughty or nice with...
The Staples Senior Citizen’s Christmas Party was held Dec. 14, at the Staples Community Center. Above: Everyone joined in singing “Silent Night” led by Mrs. Claus. Santa was also on hand sharing Christmas treats with everyone, followed by the holiday meal. (Staples World photos by Janice Winter)  
Wadena County Sheriff Mike Carr became the Minnesota Sheriffs Association President, sworn in by Judge Sally Ireland Robertson. At left is outgoing MSA President Richard Stanek, Hennepin County Sheriff. (Submitted photo)
Wadena County Sheriff Michael D. Carr was sworn in as President of the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association (MSA) by Seventh Judicial District Judge Sally Ireland Robertson, at their annual winter conference held Dec. 13, at Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria.  Carr brings over 22 years of experience in law...
On a split vote the Staples-Motley School Board approved a 5.8 percent increase in the 2016 tax levy, payable in 2017, at their meeting Dec. 19.  Roy DiGiovanni and Dave Hoemberg were opposed to the motion. Bruce Lund, Mary Freeman, Chad Longbella and Bryan Winkels voted in favor of that option....
Area churches will be holding special services for Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, and Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25. Motley Motley Free Methodist Church Christmas Eve Candlelight 4:30 p.m. Christmas Day 10:30 a.m. Motley United Methodist Church Christmas Eve 6 p.m.  Lessons, Carols, Communion,...
Seventeen-year-old Samantha Svendsen of Staples captured this photo of the Sørlandet, while floating in a dingy out on the Pacific Ocean last year. The Sørlandet (Norwegian for ‘Southern Land’) was Svendsen’s home for over 10 months, having received a full-ride scholarship to study onboard through A+World Academy. (Submitted photos)
After spending the holiday season in the middle of the Pacific Ocean last year, far from family and friends, Samantha Svendsen of Staples said she’s looking forward to a white Christmas at home. “I was so happy when it snowed here a few weeks ago,” Samantha said recently, adding that it had been...
Todd Senior Companion volunteers with Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota were recently honored for their service. Senior Companions provide companionship, transportation to grocery shop, medical appointments and assistance to elderly community members, allowing them to continue living...
Workers waded through mud as Rudenick’s Concrete Pumping of Staples poured concrete footings for the Lakewood Health System addition on Nov. 30. The new addition will add physician offices, exam rooms and procedure rooms. It will also allow for development of a mental health area. The $20 million...
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting Letters of Interest for Value Added Feasibility Study Grants. Funds are available through the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) Program. Value Added Feasibility Study Grants assist the development of profitable...

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