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Led by music teacher Mary Moen, left, Staples-Motley Elementary School kindergarters provided voice and animation for their songs they sang at the Christmas program held Dec. 14. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)  
Arlene Wynn, right, received a certificate from area supervisor Jon Knopik for 15 years of serving as a Foster Grandparent in the Wadena-Deer Creek School District, at an event in Staples Dec. 13. (Submitted photo)
Foster Grandparents from Central Minnesota gathered Dec 13, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Staples, recognizing their volunteer efforts. Foster Grandparents volunteer in area schools as role models as they mentor students. Thirty three Foster Grandparents, area educators and Catholic Charities staff...
The Staples City Council approved a final tax levy of a 3.92 percent increase over last year’s levy. City Administrator Jerel Nelsen said some of the reasons for the increase included; salary increases, increase in part time police hours and an increase in community center staffing. The police...
At their Dec. 13 board meeting, Wadena County Commissioners spent a good deal of time discussing the final property tax levy amount and eventually approved the 2016 payable 2017 property tax levy amount for the county at $8,599,165. This amount represents a 4.86 percent increase over 2015 payable...
Staples-Motley Elementary School third graders donated over 160 pounds of food to the local food shelf. In lieu of a gift exchange, the students were invited to donate non-perishable food items. “We are so proud of our third graders supporting the needs of our community,” said the third grade...
College educators representing the eight Centers of Excellence in the Minnesota State Colleges system spoke at the workforce conference about programs available to students both in high school and as college courses. Above right is Keith Olander, of the Agriculture Center of Excellence, at Central Lakes College in Staples.
Automation may be a trend for the future of industry, but right now there are many jobs available that are going unfilled because there are not enough trained applicants. Those were two of the topics at a conference at National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) in Staples on Dec. 16, called Building the...
Lakewood Health System Care Center, Staples hosted a Christmas gatheirng for residents, families and friends, Dec. 16 in the Activities Room. Refreshments were served, including treats from Santa Claus (Tim Rice). Above: Rosie Blessing and her sister, Sue Baker discuss being naughty or nice with...
The Staples Senior Citizen’s Christmas Party was held Dec. 14, at the Staples Community Center. Above: Everyone joined in singing “Silent Night” led by Mrs. Claus. Santa was also on hand sharing Christmas treats with everyone, followed by the holiday meal. (Staples World photos by Janice Winter)  
Wadena County Sheriff Mike Carr became the Minnesota Sheriffs Association President, sworn in by Judge Sally Ireland Robertson. At left is outgoing MSA President Richard Stanek, Hennepin County Sheriff. (Submitted photo)
Wadena County Sheriff Michael D. Carr was sworn in as President of the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association (MSA) by Seventh Judicial District Judge Sally Ireland Robertson, at their annual winter conference held Dec. 13, at Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria.  Carr brings over 22 years of experience in law...
On a split vote the Staples-Motley School Board approved a 5.8 percent increase in the 2016 tax levy, payable in 2017, at their meeting Dec. 19.  Roy DiGiovanni and Dave Hoemberg were opposed to the motion. Bruce Lund, Mary Freeman, Chad Longbella and Bryan Winkels voted in favor of that option....

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