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On Nov. 3, 1998, former professional wrestler Jesse “The Body” Ventura wins the gubernatorial election. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor and Republican candidates split much of the vote, and Reform Party candidate Ventura, who had been mayor of Brooklyn Park and host of a radio talk show on KSTP in the...
The Staples Veterans Park Board completed the foundation and on Oct. 19 board members and neighbors watched as the house was set onto the permanent foundation along Airport Rd. in Staples. The house was moved earlier this summer from its original location at 12th St. and 2nd Ave. NE, the site now...
For months - maybe even years - the Wadena County Board put off dealing directly with the courthouse’s failure to comply with the City of Wadena’s City Code, Chapter 11, that requires property to meet off-street parking requirements. Dean Uselman, City of Wadena Planning and Zoning Director,...
Minnesota House District 9A includes parts of Todd, Wadena and Cass counties. Democrat Meg Litts and Republican John Poston are seeking the seat. The incumbent chose not to run.  Meg Litts 1. Summarize your background and qualifications. A passion for public education and public service are...
 Minnesota Senate District 9 includes parts of Todd, Wadena, Cass and Morrison counties. The incumbent, Republican Paul Gazelka, is being challenged by Democrat Jason Weinerman.  Paul Gazelka 1. Summarize your background and qualifications. I am married to Maralee, we have five children and three...
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District 2   County commissioner candidates were asked three questions:  1. Briefly summarize your personal background and qualifications. (100 word limit) 2. If you believe budget cuts are necessary, which specific programs would you suggest to make cuts in? If you believe in raising the tax levy...
Recent reports taken by the Staples Police Department include: Oct. 3; responded to the 600 block of Wisconsin Ave. SE  for a report of a 911 hang up. While investigating, police discovered a verbal domestic had taken place. Oct. 4; responded to a report of a domestic dispute at 3rd St NE. Upon  ...
Some of the speakers participating in the Hilltop Regional Kitchen ground-breaking held Oct. 19, included, from left: Rick Hest, Eagle Bend Sr Center; Loren Coleman, MN Dept. of Human Services; Judy Petrie, Staples Sr. Center; Leota Lind, South County Health Alliance; Roxanne Jenkins, Lutheran Social Services; Julie Myhre, MN Dept of Health; Gary Kneisl, Todd County Commissioner; Kevin Hess, City of Eagle Bend; Paul Drange, National Joint Powers Alliance and Jeff Scholten, MN Dept of Agriculture. At left, J
With tears in his eyes, Rick Hest, president of the Eagle Bend Senior Citizens Center, expressed his joy in seeing the Eagle Bend School being put back into use. “It was hard to watch the building sit empty,” said Hest who taught at the school for over 30 years. “To see a part go back into use is a...
Bruce and Bev Nelsen have had two Trump lawn signs stolen and three vandalized during this election season. On Oct. 17, trail cam photos  captured  images of the perpetrator cutting one of the signs with a sharp object. Above; the vandal, who appears to be wearing what may be a wig; at right,  the...
What role can the city council play in helping to fill the housing, business and entertainment needs of the city of Staples?  A number of ideas regarding that question came up at the Staples City Council candidate forum held Oct. 24. Five candidates running for city council, Mary Theurer, Charles...

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