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Some of the speakers participating in the Hilltop Regional Kitchen ground-breaking held Oct. 19, included, from left: Rick Hest, Eagle Bend Sr Center; Loren Coleman, MN Dept. of Human Services; Judy Petrie, Staples Sr. Center; Leota Lind, South County Health Alliance; Roxanne Jenkins, Lutheran Social Services; Julie Myhre, MN Dept of Health; Gary Kneisl, Todd County Commissioner; Kevin Hess, City of Eagle Bend; Paul Drange, National Joint Powers Alliance and Jeff Scholten, MN Dept of Agriculture. At left, J
With tears in his eyes, Rick Hest, president of the Eagle Bend Senior Citizens Center, expressed his joy in seeing the Eagle Bend School being put back into use. “It was hard to watch the building sit empty,” said Hest who taught at the school for over 30 years. “To see a part go back into use is a...
Bruce and Bev Nelsen have had two Trump lawn signs stolen and three vandalized during this election season. On Oct. 17, trail cam photos  captured  images of the perpetrator cutting one of the signs with a sharp object. Above; the vandal, who appears to be wearing what may be a wig; at right,  the...
What role can the city council play in helping to fill the housing, business and entertainment needs of the city of Staples?  A number of ideas regarding that question came up at the Staples City Council candidate forum held Oct. 24. Five candidates running for city council, Mary Theurer, Charles...
Fall and into winter seem to be times of the year when many are in need and the costs of food are rising, especially meat. The Staples Area Food Shelf board recently approved a policy where the food shelf will pay for the processing of meat that people want to donate to the food shelf. Livestock...
Alyson Jasmer (left), nine; and her sister Breanna, 11, have been busy helping prepare their house on 6th St. NE in Staples for Halloween, including carving several pumpkins. “We got some help from mom and dad,” the girls said, mentioning their parents, Rob and Tricia.  There are several “scary...
Staples-Motley School Board Candidate Forum moderator Brenda Halvorson, left, reads an audience question as the candidates wait to answer them. From left, Creig Dobson, Chad Longbella, Greg Frisk and Bryan Winkels. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
An audience question about whether there is still a stigma between the communities of Staples and Motley over school pairing was addressed at the Oct. 12 Staples-Motley School Board Candidate Forum at Centennial Auditorium in Staples. Two of the candidates were board members at the time the two...
Motley City Council and mayoral candidates were asked to submit a photo and reply to two questions: 1. Summarize your personal background and qualifications. 2. What will your top priority be if elected? More can be learned from the candidates at the candidate forum on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m....
Staples City Council candidates running for election were asked to submit a photo and to reply to two questions, as they will have the opportunity to go more in depth on issues at the Oct. 24 candidate forum at 7 p.m. at NJPA at 202 12th St, NE, Staples. Five people are running for four city...
Lilli Schneider, Staples-Motley student, paid tribute to Jacob Wetterling and his family by painting the large rock located at Odden’s Park on 8th St. NE in Staples. “I thought it was a devastating story that really happened quite close to us,” said Schneider. Wetterling, age 11, was abducted from...
“The election is in 22 days, it’s going to be pretty epic,” Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon told Central Lakes College students on Oct. 17. “I can’t think of a more interesting time to be in the democracy business.” Simon came to the college to thank the CLC Student Senate for registering...

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