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From left, Connections High School students Alyssa Vanderhoof, Taeleigh Marlowe and Shelby Brusewitz. All three believe the Connections educational format of project-based curriculum fits them well. Marlowe will graduate with a Connections High School degree this spring while Vanderhoof and Brusewitz would like to continue with the program even though it is ending as a separate school. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
Connections High School will not open again in the fall of 2017, but Staples-Motley High School will continue to support the project-based learning that makes the school unique. At their Feb. 7 meeting the Connections High School Board voted to give up autonomy and roll the school into a program...
A contingent of men from the Staples Area Men’s Chorus had the opportunity to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City in a combined chorus under the direction of Lee Nelson, front center. Rob Freelove, SAMC director, is on the left and Kevin Olsen, SAMC president-elect, is on the right. Behind them are most of the SAMC members who made the trip. (Submitted photo)
Every now and then life will offer you a once-in-a-life-time opportunity and you will need to decide - “Do I take it or let it go by and hope for another one someday?” On Thursday, Feb. 16, 28 members of the Staples Area Men’s Chorus (SAMC) along with 29 friends and family members grabbed their...
Folk singer Woody Guthrie writes one of his best-known songs, “This Land is Your Land,” on Feb. 23, 1940. The song reflected not only Guthrie’s support for the common folk, but also his deep love for his country. The verse celebrated the beauty and grandeur of America while the chorus drove home...
On Feb. 7, the Wadena County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to “elect jurisdiction” – meaning that the county will enforce state-mandated buffer zones around lakes, streams, rivers, and public ditches rather than have the State of Minnesota do it. Commissioners decided to accept...
Recently the Minnesota Music Educators Association hosted their annual Midwinter Clinic at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Staples-Motley was represented by, above from left, Noah Han and Nick Crist, with SMHS choir director, Caleb Horn. Noah participated with the All-State Choir and Nick with...
Dancers from Music General Dance Studio competed in the “Jump Dance Tour” in Houston, Tex., Jan. 27-29. The tap dance trio received a high gold and a third place award. From left are Jayce Kobliska, Staples; Kallie Baker, Brainerd; and Klaire Storry, Staples. As part of a teen large group they...
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) began spring truck weight restrictions in the central frost zones Feb. 21. Removal of winter load increases and start of spring load restrictions in the south, southeast and Metro frost zones began Feb. 17. Road restriction maps showing the...
Sherry Kutter spoke candidly to the Todd County Board of Commissioners during the open forum prior to the start of the regular board meeting on Feb. 7. Kutter and her husband live on a small farm near Big Birch Lake. She talked to the board about the “blatant violations” that have been committed by...
...Paul Bunyan gave to me, a giant bra from Wahoo Valley. Pictured above are members of the Staples World staff, recipients of the first gift from the giant lumberjack. Front row, from left, Robert McKimmy, Dawn Timbs, Brenda Halvorson. Back row, Jim Vollegraaf, Kathy Odden, Gary Mueller, Janice Winter. (Staples World photo)
Get your singing voice out and join the Staples World in highlighting a variety of area landmarks during the debut of, ‘The Twelve Months of ‘17.’ Sung to the tune of ‘The Twelve Days Of Christmas,’ the new lyrics have a northwoods flavor, with Paul Bunyan taking the place of the ‘true love’ who...
On Feb. 9 a vehicle struck the back end of a stationary trailer at the intersection of 2nd Ave. NE and 3rd Ave. NE. The driver of the vehicle was transported to Lakewood Hospital with non life threatening injuries. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)  

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