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The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office and the Sebeka Police Dept. released a community notification for a Level 3 Predatory Offender who moved to the City of Sebeka. Timothy George Bungert, 34, was released Nov. 18 after serving his sentence. He has a history of contacting adolescent females (ages 12-...
Eillie Welling (left) and Iras Chapin, co-presidents of the Residents Council at Lakewood Health Center Care Center in Staples, are pictured by the newly decorated Giving Tree located in the dining room of the care center. Each bow on the tree has the name of a care center resident with gift ideas...
Dean Fearing of Staples, left and Robert Warnberg of Princeton, right look at photos of past reunions of crew members of the USS Lowndes. The two, who are former shipmates met Nov.22, at Fearing’s home in Staples. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
Dean Fearing of Staples and Robert Warnberg of Princeton had a World War II reunion of sorts recently in Staples. The two were crew members of the USS Lowndes, a supply and transport ship that was a crucial part of the Pacific Theater in World War II. They’ve been through Hawaii, Japan, Iwo Jima,...
Students at Staples-Motley Elementary School were treated to a special Thanksgiving lunch Nov. 22, complete with turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing and pumpkin-spice yogurt dessert. Volunteers with the Staples-Motley Elementary PAC (Parent Teacher Connection) decorated the cafeteria and...
After studying population trends, economic trends and open enrollment trends, John Powers believes the Staples-Motley School District will maintain approximately the same number of students in the coming decade. Powers, of Applied Insights North,  gave a presentation of his study at the Nov. 21...
Recent reports into the Staples Police Dept. include: Nov. 19; Staples Police responded to the 800 block of 7th St. NE for a report of damage to property. After  speaking with the complainant, police determined a domestic incident had taken place. Zachary Smith, 23, was  later located and arrested...
As of Nov. 21, roofers had covered one of the Staples Townhome buildings along 5th St. NE, allowing interior work to go ahead and be protected from the weather. Footings for the other townhouse units have been poured, but walls have yet to go up. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)  
The groundwork for the Lakewood Health System’s clinic addition in Staples has been done, with foundations/footings started before the heavy snow fell on Nov. 18. According to Nor-Son Construction, the final footings will be poured this week. Foundation walls and structural steel will be put in...
Bail for Antonio St. Marie, 26, of Wadena has been set at $4 million with no conditions or $2 million with conditions.  St. Marie has been charged with 2nd degree murder in the Nov. 7 shooting death of his estranged wife, Margaret St. Marie, 27, in her Wadena home. Other charges include kidnapping...
At the Nov. 16 county board meeting, Wadena commissioners approved the bids gathered by Vercon, Inc., the county’s construction manager, for the new Courthouse Annex building. Construction was scheduled to begin the next day, Nov. 17, according to County Engineer Ryan Odden and Vercon...

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