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By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   After a couple of months on his new job, Staples Public Works Director Scott Grabe is pleased to be a part of a system that is functioning well. “I like the team, the work and the people,” said Grabe (prounounced gray-bee). He said that is the result of the good...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley School District is looking at the state of the school’s girls swim team, which had fewer participants this fall than in past years. The school does not have a boys swim team. At the Feb. 10 school board work session, Activities Director Blake...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples City Council approved a resolution that will start the process of a possible sales tax in the city. At the Feb. 11 council meeting, the council approved city officials to request legislative approval to hold a referendum on a local sales tax. City...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   With input from students, staff, and community members, the Staples-Motley School District showed a first draft of their new continuous improvement plan at a school board work session on Feb. 10. The information was presented by Staples-Motley Teaching and...
Renovation of the Batcher Block Opera House was included in a list of recommended funding for the upcoming state bonding bill. The bonding bill still has to go through the state senate and house of representatives before any funding is approved, but Staples Economic Development Director Melissa...
  The City of Staples has been looking at new ways to make up revenue lost after the Staples-Motley School Board pulled out of the funding agreement that had been used in previous year. At the Jan. 28 Staples City Council meeting, Community Center Director Tricia Jasmer showed the council some of...
On Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m., Republicans across Minnesota will gather in their neighborhoods for precinct caucuses. This is one week before the Presidential Nomination Primary election. At a precinct caucus, attendees are invited to voice their opinion on issues, suggest party platforms, vote on...
Staples-Motley teacher Erik Johnson talks at the Jan. 21 school board meeting about the 2020 Census, which is coming up soon. Johnson requested the school help with getting information out about the census. Residents should start getting mailings from the census in March. Johnson said each person counted is worth about $2,800 in federal grants and funding. “It is our constitutional duty, please do it,” said Johnson. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley School Board viewed a timeline for a building study and process that could result in a referendum to remodel the schools or build new portions of the school. At the Jan. 21 board meeting, consultant company ICS presented a timeline showing they...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples City Council declined the idea of regulating massage therapist practices in the city. The subject was brought up at the Jan. 14 council meeting because it’s becoming a topic in other parts of the state, but the council decided it’s not a local issue at...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley School Board held their yearly organizational meeting on Dec. 6. The board elected Bryan Winkels as the new board chair, replacing Bruce Lund. The board usually changes the chair each year. Brad Anderson was voted to be vice chair, Greg Frisk...

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