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 discussed and voted on innovative projects, recommending over $1.5 million in Innovation Funding to directly benefit Region 5 school districts. The 2016 Innovation Funding Review day took place May 12, providing an opportunity for nearly a dozen local schools and education partners to present...
Kevin Roline, Staples, was hired as the Staples Motley Community Education coordinator by the Staples Motley School Board at a special meeting June 6 in Motley. Following the special meeting the board went into a work session where they heard a presentation on an audit bid from CliftonLarsonAllen...
Six Veterans Service Officers from five counties gave a presentation for innovation funding at National Joint Powers Alliance in Staples on June 2. From left, Jeff Woodford; Cass County, David Anderson; Wadena County, Pete Berscheit and Teresa Sorenson; both  of Todd County, Bob Nelson; Crow Wing County and Kathy Marshik; Morrison County. Their proposal for funds, to be used for various veterans service projects was one of those that will be recommended to the NJPA Board.
Seven applicants presented their projects for consideration for NJPA Innovation Funding for cities and counties on June 2. The 2016 Innovation Funding Review day provided an opportunity for applicants from city and county entities to present their projects, while member entities ranked and selected...
Todd County has implemented CodeRED Emergency Alert System to allow for public notifications in case of an emergency or other significant events which requires public notification. This is a free service provided to all residents within Todd County and will notify you of emergency information...
The Staples Police Department arrested a man who is a suspect in a homicide in Wright County. On June 4, police responded to the 400 block of Roosevelt St. SW for a report of a suspicious vehicle. Police found Edward Zelko, 26, of Buffalo, in the car and found that he was a suspect for aiding and...
The Staples Motley Area Community Foundation (SMACF) seeks to honor those who have contributed to the Motley and Staples communities with the opening of nominations for its Community Awards.  “We have so many deserving women and men as well as organizations in the Motley and Staples area,” said...
Congressman Collin Peterson, respresentative of the 7th Congressional District of Minnesota, stopped at Lakewood Health System Hospital in Staples June 2 to discuss efforts to expand the facility’s telemedicine program. Pictured above left, from left, are Congressman Peterson; and LHS employees Teresa Fisher, COO/Chief Nursing Officer; and Dr. Michael Hudalla.
Congressman Collin Peterson told staff at Lakewood Health System in Staples recently that he will continue to support measures that improve telehealth services in the 7th District, as well as the rural broadband internet they depend on. Peterson’s visit to LHS on June 2 followed the recent trip...
Members of the Tri-County Post #124 participated at four different services on Memorial Day. These included Bridgeman Cemetery, the Motley School, Motley Evergreen Cemetery and Poplar Cemetery, where they are pictured above, providing the firing squad.   
With hundreds of cameras pointed in their direction, the Staples Motley Class of 2016 threw their caps in the air at the conclusion of their graduation ceremony on May 27.   
With the Wadena County Drug Task Force position set to expire this year, Wadena Sheriff Michael D. Carr and Staples Police Chief Melissa Birkholz are convinced that the position more than pays for itself. The position, part of the West Central Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, was originally...

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