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House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, has announced committee assignments for the 2017-2018 Minnesota Legislature which will convene at noon, Tuesday, Jan. 3 The 27 committees, subcommittees and divisions that House Republican leadership named in late November are at the core of the legislative...
A Holmen, Wisc. man is in critical condition as the result of a one-vehicle accident Dec. 26, on Hwy 10 north of Cushing. According to the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office, 26-year-old Adam McCullough was traveling north on Hwy 10 at approximately 1 p.m. when he lost control on the icy road. His...
Students in the Staples-Motley High School culinary basics class and instructor Lisa Kajer experienced quantity baking first hand at Camp Shamineau.  Camp staff showed the students how to use large industrial equipment as they made 80 dozen chocolate chip cookies and 40 dozen muffins. They also...
At the Dec. 20 county board meeting, the last meeting of 2016, Wadena County Commissioners dealt with a number of matters of salary and staffing. County employees who are union members will receive a two percent salary increase in each of the next three years, and non-union employees and department...
Neighbors and Cass Crest hog barn partners mingled at an open house for the facility held Dec. 16. A steady crowd came by to check out the new facility, which should start feeding hogs in January. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
The newly constructed Cass Crest hog facility is nearly ready to start farrowing hogs. The first set of hogs is expected to come in early January.  The barn, a high tech, high health, top genetics barn will supply breeding sows to many other barns in southern Minnesota. Those barn operators are...
Dollars For Scholars board members include, front row from left, Judy Droubie, Melissa Daniels, Mary Kobliska and Sharon Hirschey; standing, Carol Jackson, Bryan Winkels, Becky Fuhrman and Lisa Giza. Not pictured are  Melanie Bestland, Dale Williams, Michelle Wolhowe, Karina Kobliska, Mike Schmidt and Jennifer Strickland. Board members said they appreciate the work of two long time pillars of the board, Roger Houselog and Jody Longbella, who recently went off the board. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson
The Staples-Motley Dollars For Scholars (DFS) board has new faces replacing some of the long time members. They are trying new things as a board and have more going on with their web site and online fundraising. But their main purpose is still the same, to provide educational scholarships to local...
From left, Gary’s Diesel employees Shane Gustafson and Jim Standal, Jim Erickson of Oshkosh Defense and owner Gary Hoemberg with the new sign provided by the defense contractor and the plaque signifying Gary’s Diesel, Staples, reaching Tier 1 Standards status. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
Repairing medium and heavy tactical vehicles takes specialty training and a flexible schedule. Gary’s Diesel in Staples, owned by Gary Hoemberg, has done such a good job of keeping up Oshkosh Defense vehicles, the military contractor recently awarded them with “Tier 1 Standards,” the highest honor...
The following are selected new laws passed during the 2016 legislative session that take effect Jan. 1, 2017. The asterisk following the bill number denotes the language that became law. Summaries of all laws passed by the 2016 Legislature are available online from nonpartisan House Public...
Winter truck load increases began Dec. 16 on unrestricted highways in the north and north central frost zones, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). Winter truck load increases will begin Dec. 22 on unrestricted highways in the central, metro, south and southeast frost...
The Staples-Motley High School A Cappella Choir, directed by Caleb Horn, performed the rousing African song, “Noel,” at their Christmas concert Dec. 19, at Centennial Auditorium in Staples. Pictured in front playing the drum is senior Coleman Klimek. (Staples World photos by Dawn Timbs)  

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