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The biggest and brightest full moon of the year could be seen starting Nov. 13. On Nov. 14, the “beaver moon” passed perigee - its closest approach to Earth in a lunar cycle. Astronomers call such a moon a perigee full moon, but it is also known as a supermoon. At this perigee, the moon is 221,529...
The cities and townships surrounding the Staples and Motley areas elected mayors, council members and township officers, with some being close races. The following are some of the election results in the area. Todd County Villard Township: Town Supervisor Seat A - Rudy A. Bjerga Sr.; Town Clerk -...
With no candidates filing for office, the citizens of Aldrich submitted their write-in ballots that elected the current office holders. The Aldrich City Council held a meeting in which all the write-in candidates accepted their positions: Jennifer Reiman, mayor; two council members, Eric Reiman and...
At the Veterans Day program at Staples-Motley High School Charlie Poulton told the story of the Star Spangled Banner, what it meant to Francis Scott Key and what it still means today. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)  
Antonio St. Marie, 26, has been charged with 2nd degree murder, along with ten other counts, including kidnapping to commit bodily harm, assault with a dangerous weapon and violating a no contact order, in a complaint filed in the Wadena County Court. According to the complaint, on Nov. 7 St. Marie...
Steve and Toni Sveom with their son Daniel, daughter Naomi, son-in-law, Nick and grandson, Phillip. After 24 years in Staples, Steve and Toni will be moving after Steve’s Nov. 20 retirement party at Faith Lutheran Church. (Submitted photo)
There are many things that kept Pastor Steve Sveom in Staples for 24 years, many of them involving community. “I had not a clue that it would last this long,” Sveom said about his tenure as pastor of Faith Lutheran Church. “I never came to a place where I felt the urgency to move.” Sveom’s personal...
The Staples-Motley orchestra played the Star Spangled Banner at the Veterans Day program held Nov. 11, at the Staples-Motley Hish School, as veterans and students stood at attention honoring the song and its meaning. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)  
All area veterans are invited to three Veterans Day programs to be held Friday, Nov. 11, in Staples and Motley. Motley-Staples Middle School will have a program at 9:30 a.m.; Sacred Heart Area School in Staples will have their program at 10 a.m. and Staples-Motley High School’s program will begin...
The Central Lakes College Heavy Equipment program recentley finished the groundwork of a 2,600 foot trail connecting the Living Legacy Gardens bicycle trail with the Hwy 10 overpass bike trail. The trailis expected to be paved next year, depending on grant money availability. On Oct. 27, the...
The Staples Motley Community Connect held Oct. 26 invited high school seniors to check out the stations before the event was open to the public. Above, Alex Miller has blood drawn so she can measure her blood sugar levels. The SM Community Connect was sponsored by Staples Motley Beyond Poverty. At the public portion of Community Connect, more than 75 people met with 32 agencies and vendors, shared a meal and received services. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)
mber one mode of suicide in the United States and Minnesota. Although there is no single cause for suicide, a dangerous time is when a person is is coming out of a deep depression, according to Maggie Freiberg, Mental Health Therapist at Lakewood Health System. Freiberg gave those tips and more at...

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