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With blacktop being laid and landscaping being done in this week, the Pullman Townhomes in Staples are on target for people to start moving in on June 1. The photo above was taken from 6th St. NE, north of Chicago Ave. The townhomes were built with help of a tax increment finance (TIF) district...
Thirteen projects that will directly benefit school districts in Region Five are recommended to receive a collective $2.6 million in Innovation Funding from National Joint Powers Alliance® (NJPA) for the 2017-18 school year. Region Five education leaders gathered at NJPA on May 11 for the 2017...
Cell phones and cameras were out and ready as the 2017 Staples-Motley graduates entered the gym for their graduation ceremony. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)  
...Paul Bunyan gave to me, five Staples-Motley High School graduates.’ Pictured above, from left, in the gymnasium at SMHS are Katie Benson, Coleman Klimek, Cade Bestland, Samantha Svendsen and Noah Han, SMHS seniors who graduated May 26.  To see a video performance of their song, visit the Staples...
Staples-Motley students attaining the highest honor cords at the Cords and Awards ceremony May 26 for the highest academic ranking based on grade point averages were, from left, Norah Anderson, Katie Benson, Hunter Berggren, Taylor Converse, Noah Han, Alisha Johnson, Millie Klefsaas, Matt Miller,...
The Staples Economic Development Authority (SEDA) discussed the relationship between housing and business growth at their May 23 meeting. Board member Doug Case said with the new townhomes going up, the SEDA should concentrate on bringing in more manufacturing businesses. Economic Development...
The Staples-Motley School Board interviewed Ronald Bratlie of Audubon May 25 for the district’s interim superintendent opening. He’s an experienced superintendent currently serving as an interim in the Rothsay School District. However, the board met again May 30 to discuss options in case Bratlie...
The owner of the Sunset Motel in Staples questioned the Staples City Council about the need for a lodging tax in the city. At the May 23 council meeting, Sean Bhogadia told the council he thought it was unfair to charge a tax on just three businesses in town. The council had passed a lodging tax at...
 Taylor Heldman (center), between Norah Anderson and Tesla Anderson, loved that diploma.
These were a few of the 87 seniors who walked across the stage at the high school gym. Musical performances were given by the school orchestra, a capella choir and a special performance by seniors Samantha Svendsen, Cade Bestland, Noah Han and Zach Strickland. See more photos on page 3a. (Staples...

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