Horizon Health administration presented the Program of the Year award to the behavioral health team of Lakewood Health System on Feb. 1. From left; Connie Moe, LP, PsyD; Tim Rice, President/CEO; Lauree Davis, Clinic Behavioral Health Scheduling; Paul Davis, LP, PHD; Jack DeVaney, President, Horizon Health; Dr. Shawna Kovach; Heidi Hoppe, APRN/CNS; Dr. John Halfen, CMO; Amanda Mithun, LAMFT; Teresa Fisher, CNO/COO; and Breanne Kenney, ADC/CEM. (Submitted photo)
Lakewood Health System’s behavioral health department recently received three national awards from the Horizon Health organization: Program of the Year, Customer Service of the Year; and Program Director of the Year for Dr. Shawna Kovach. The behavioral health department consists of the Reflections...
At the Jan. 31 board meeting, Wadena County Commissioners heard updates from County Engineer Ryan Odden on the Annex building project and decisions the board would need to make on aspects of the project. Odden explained the options for doors for the enclosed connecting link between the new annex...
Youth ministry remains a focal point at area churches, with leaders committed to providing spiritual guidance to the younger generation.  The Staples World recently met with a few full-time area youth ministers, learning what drew them to this line of work and what a typical week might look like...
Staples-Motley High School seniors Grace VanAlst and Trey Skeesick were selected as the 2017 Sno Daze queen and king on Feb. 2. See more photos on page 3a, 8a, 1b and 3b. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)  
Before adjourning into a work session Feb. 6 the Staples-Motley School Board awarded the contract to lead an assessment to develop a long range facilities plan for the school district to Foster, Jacobs & Johnson (FJJ), Inc., Duluth. The board heard presentations from three companies at a Jan....
Lydia and Cliff Goodwater of Motley were childhood friends but didn’t tie the knot until Sept. 8, 2001. “She ran so fast it took me all those years to catch her,” Cliff joked recently at their home. (Staples World photo by Dawn Timbs)
Every day is Valentine’s Day for Cliff and Lydia Goodwater. “We’ve never had an argument or spoken a cross word to each other,” Cliff said recently at the couple’s home in Motley. Both 90, the Goodwaters have been married since 2001; but have known each other since they were kids. Lydia, nicknamed...
Joseph Raymond McCarthy, a relatively obscure Republican senator from Wisconsin, announced during a speech in Wheeling, West Virginia, on Feb. 9, 1950, that he has in his hand a list of 205 communists who have infiltrated the U.S. State Department. The unsubstantiated declaration, which was little...


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