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As of May 18, Todd County has 73 lab confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). Local transmission of the virus is occurring. This follows the pattern of the total number of cases doubling every week. On May 4, there were 15 confirmed cases in Todd County and it reached 38 on May 11.  Confirmed...
The rock along Hwy 64 north of Motley, near mile marker 5, was recently painted by Ty and Kelly Peterson of Leader in honor of 2020 graduates who are experiencing a very different end to their senior year due to COVID-19. The Petersons lost their son Paul, a member of the 2020 class at Staples-...
Staples-Motley Elementary School will have HVAC construction this summer, so the school is planning to hold the Adventures program and some other summer programs at the Motley building. The children of essential workers are still allowed to come to the school, and that program will also be moved to...
The Staples and Motley Dollars for Scholars (DFS) scholarship awards night will take place Thursday, May 21, at 6 p.m. Due to COVID-19, and social distancing  this year’s event, will be broadcast live on KSKK (1070 AM and 94.7 FM) radio. The DFS committee members will be facilitating the event,...
As of May 11, thirty-eight Todd County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the epidemic reached Minnesota in March. The number more than doubled in one week, when 15 confirmed cases were reported on May 4. Wadena County had four confirmed cases May 11, also double what was reported a...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   Outdoor seating is one tool to help local businesses be able to reopen when the COVID-19 crisis starts easing.  Although Minnesota’s stay at home order was extended to May 18, the April 29 video conference held by the Staples Chamber of Commerce contained talk...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   Local economic development offices are playing a role in making sure businesses don’t fall through the cracks in the nationwide effort to keep the economy going during the COVID-19 crisis and Minnesota’s stay-at-home order. At the Staples Chamber of Commerce...
An executive order signed by Governor Tim Walz allows Minnesotans to engage in a range of activities, including golfing, boating, fishing, hunting and hiking, as long as they follow new outdoor recreation guidelines. These guidelines include maintaining 6-foot social distancing, avoiding crowded...
The Staples City Council discussed the future of the Staples Community Center at their April 14 meeting. City Administrator Jerel Nelsen said the center will remain closed until May 4 or until the Minnesota stay-at-home order ends. Some communities are closing aquatic facilities for the summer...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The future of rural hospitals was discussed during the weekly Staples Chamber of Commerce online meeting April 15. Lakewood Health System President and CEO Tim Rice said they are looking at about a 75 percent reduction in activity, which projects to a loss of...

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