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The Staples City Council seemed to be open to implementing a lodging tax before the new Timberlake Hotel opens in May. The tax would cover all the lodging facilities within the city. City Administrator Jerel Nelsen said most cities that have a hotel also have a lodging tax. The tax would only be...
Longtime sweethearts Don and Gloria Norton, Staples, renewed their vows on their 70th wedding anniversary Feb. 14, at Lakewood Health System Care Center, where they now reside. The couple shared a kiss and a smile after exchanging rings and a heartfelt promise to love each other ‘for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health.’ (Staples World photos by Dawn Timbs)
Pachelbel’s ‘Canon in D’ played softly as Don and Gloria Norton were wheeled in to the dining room to renew their wedding vows Feb. 14. The special ceremony commemorating their 70 years of marriage was held at Lakewood Health System Care Center in Staples, where the Nortons now reside. Six of the...
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...

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