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Task forces are being set up to work on the projects identified as priorities  for Staples after several meetings of the Thriving Communities Initiative, a program of the Initiative Foundation. After a  core team was formed they received training and developed a preliminary plan for dealing with...
Since moving up north to the Lincoln Lakes area, artist Kerry Kupferschmidt says he never runs out of subjects for his watercolors. His loft studio overlooks a wooded area off Lake Shamineau, with views of green pines and snow-white birch trees. To the front of the house is the spacious lake,...
 Seniors at SMHS,Haley Christoffersen and Hailey Koenig have sang the National Anthem at many home events throughout the year. They applied for and were selected to sing the anthem for the opening ceremonies of the MN State Wrestling Tourney this past weekend in St. Paul. (Submitted photo)  
ard approved the re-start proposal presented by Superintendent Mary Klamm,  where grades K-3 will be at the Staples Elementary building, grades 4-7 will be at Motley School and 8-12 will be at Staples Motley High School. Also included in the re-start is the proposal to change the name of the...
Receiving their standing ovation
The Staples Motley High School Music Department takes a bow after performing at the MMEA (Minnesota Music Educators Association) Midwinter Clinic Feb. 11, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Staples Motley music groups auditioned as a department and were invited to perform. This was only the...
Owning his own home was a dream of Dave Rowe’s for as far back as he can remember. After years of struggling with depression and addiction, which led to homelessness, Dave has found inner peace and healing and is now at home in rural Motley. As he reflected on Black History Month, Dave recalled the speech of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “I Have a Dream,” which always inspired him, even during his darkest days.
Somewhere in the back of his mind, Dave Rowe could always hear the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reciting his “I Have a Dream” speech. Even when he was living under a highway overpass in Chicago; and during the dark and lonely days spent in treatment and prison, he could hear it. “With all...
The Freshwater District Science Fair contest was held Feb. 8 and 9  in Bertha with students from Motley Elementary School, Staples Elementary School and Staples Motley Middle School competing.
Placing at the district contest were, front, left to right: Conlan Jaeger - 1st, 5th grade Research; Breanna Jasmer - Honorable Mention 5th grade Experiment; Connor Judd - 3rd, 6th grade Experiment; Kailer Ecker - 3rd, 4th grade Research; James Hite - Grand Prize, 4th grade Research. Back: Jayce...
Democrats and Republicans will gather at 7 p.m.,  Tuesday, Mar. 1 for their parties’ biennial caucuses. Registration opens at 6:30 p.m. Those attending will vote in a presidential preference poll, debate resolutions that any caucus attendees may introduce for possible inclusion into their state...
Back row, from left,  are Lydia, 13; Sadie, three; Amy and Jon; Benjamin, 15; Emma, 17. Front row, Maggie, 11; Silas, seven; and Elijah, nine. The Claussens’ son Jacob, 19, is currently in Argentina on a missions trip.
Dr. Jonathan (Jon) and Amy Claussen of rural Browerville are passionate about family, its role in the world and about helping others discover the joy and power of family in their own lives. With eight children ranging in age from three - 19 years, family is definitely a priority for Jon and Amy. “...
Seated, from left, are Jayme Carlson, Jodi Reeck, Dan Orth, Megan Haber and Sarah Gregerson. Standing, from left, are Melissa Radermacher, Barb Cline, Dawn Hagenson, Seth Dokken, Bruce Brotherton and Steve Gertken. Tasha Olds and Sandy Knosalla were unavailable for the photo.
“Rewriting the Rural Narrative” is the speaker’s topic at the Staples Motley Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting Thursday, Feb. 4, at Ted and Gen’s, Aldrich. The speaker, Merritt Bussiere, is a community economic educator with University of Minnesota Extension’s Center for Community Vitality....

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