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    A board action to put into place an abatement policy as presented at a work session in May met with contention which resulted in the action being tabled at the Todd County Commissioners meeting Aug. 2. They are seeking more information and waiting for a response to a letter to the Department of...
Lisa Bjerga of Lakewood Health System is one of 50 people in the nation to be named the the Becker’s Hospital Review “Rising Stars: 50 Healthcare Leaders Under 40,” announced in July. “It was surprising and flattering,” Bjerga said. “It was an honor just to be nominated.” Bjerga said she was...
Recent reports from the Staples Police included; July 26; approximately 3:30 a.m., Staples Police observed a vehicle parked and running on the southeast corner of the Towns Edge property. Police identified the individuals in the vehicle, who stated they were playing a Pokeman game.  The building...
Matthew R. Olsen, director for the play, “Twelve Angry Men,” gives the cast some feedback during a recent rehearsal in Wadena. The play is being co-produced by Lamplighter Community Theatre in Staples; and Madhatters Community Theatre in Wadena. It opens Thursday, Aug. 11, at Centennial Auditorium in Staples. Cast members pictured clockwise around the table are Kevin Olsen, Tamber Edin, Paul Baymler, Jerry Reck (standing), Mim Maas, Pam Collins, Carol Aspengren, Meg Litts (standing), Hallie Olsen, Don Hoffm
With talk of court trials, guilt and innocence resonating around the country, a play is being produced that can help people work through those connected issues. “Twelve Angry Men” is being presented by Lamplighter Community Theatre of Staples and Madhatters Community Theatre of Wadena. Staples...
On Sunday, July 31, at approximately 12:25 p.m., the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office received a report from a landowner who stated they discovered bullet holes in the walls of their cabin.  When the deputy arrived at the cabin, which is located in section 24 of Bullard Township, the homeowners...
At the July 19 county board meeting, Wadena County Commissioners decided to sell the two houses they recently bought on residential lots adjacent to the courthouse, and have the houses moved off the land to another location. Originally, commissioners thought they would demolish the houses, but...
On Friday, July 29, at 9:56 p.m., a Wadena County Sheriff’s Deputy came upon a motorcycle vs deer accident. The motorcycle was traveling north in the area of County Road 4 and County Road 23, when a deer hit the motorcycle on the right side.  The driver of the motorcycle was able to keep it up...
A new barn quilt is now on display at the Swecker farm, located five and a half miles north of Motley on Hwy 64. The art piece was unveiled July 30, at the 80th birthday celebration of Gay Swecker (fourth from left), whose actual birthdate is July 14. Pictured with Gay, from left, are her seven...
The Staples City Council approved a business subsidy agreement for a tax increment finance (TIF) district for a hotel to be built in Staples. At the July 26 council meeting, the Ives family requested the TIF district to build the Timberlake Hotel between Highway 10 and 2nd Ave. NE.  The family will...
The Staples Economic Development Authority (SEDA) board met July 26 and talked about how to overcome a looming need for more workers in the area. With expansions at Stern Rubber and Lakewood Health System to start this fall, the recent expansion at NJPA and a new hotel to break ground soon, there...

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