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Nearly every program at Central Lakes College in Staples is filled to the limit with students, and the college even expanded their nursing program to fit the number of applications. Tara Karels, the Staples Campus Dean, said the practical nursing program has increased their enrollment due to higher...
  Water is the common thread that runs through the history of the Central Lakes College Ag and Energy Center. The center started as an irrigation research and demonstration farm and has transformed into a leader in agriculture water research and best management practices. At the Ag and Energy...
The Ziegler annual 5K Walk/Run was held Aug. 4 at Old Wadena Park near Staples. The event is held  in memory of Jeff Ziegler and Richard Ziegler. Above: Tweny-five participants took part  in the event, along with over a dozen volunteers who were on hand for set-up and take-down. (Submitted photos...
Retired Lt. Col. Ty Peterson (right) and his wife Kelly have made their home at Upper Oak Farm in rural Motley since June of 2016. After Ty’s 20-year career in the United Stated Air Force which included a high-pressured assignment at the Pentagon at the time of the terrorist attacks on 9/11, the Petersons are enjoying the peace and tranquility of rural living. Currently, Kelly is the executive director at Acorn Hill EAAT, which provides Hippotherapy (horse therapy) at their farm; and Ty is a contract consul
When people ask him how he’s doing, Ty Peterson’s response is usually, “An airplane didn’t hit the building today, so it’s a good day.” He speaks from experience. Now retired from the United States Air Force and living in rural Motley, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Peterson was working at the Pentagon on Sept....
Staff at the Staples-Motley School District attended a welcome session and workshops Aug. 28 as they get ready for school to open Sept. 4. The new staff are, in the front row, from left: Lyn Vavreck, high school special ed; Kaylie Johnson, middle school special ed; Jennifre Sapp, first grade...
Del Lecy talks about the many roles the CLC Ag and Energy Center has played in the community, the region and state. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
As part of the Central Lakes College Ag and Energy Center 50th anniversary celebration, Del Lecy came up with a list of 25 “firsts” that occurred at the Ag Center. Some of the items on the list were whimsical, some were huge successes and others were failed experiments, but all showed how the Ag...
Rebekka Paskewitz of Browerville, Todd County,  was crowned the Minnesota State Fair’s 65th Princess Kay of the Milky Way on Aug. 22. The 20-year-old is a student at South Dakota State University in Brookings, majoring in agricultural education, communication and leadership. (Submitted photo)
Being named ‘Princess Kay of the Milky Way’ is something Rebekka (Bekka) Paskewitz of Browerville has dreamed about ever since she was a young girl. She watched her cousin Emily Paskewitz vie for the coveted title in 2006; and then in 2013, her cousin Sarah Paskewitz was one of the dairy princesses...
Bobbe Anderson
Bobbe Anderson, Licensed Social Worker, was named Lakewood Health System’s 2018 Team Member of the Year. The Team Member of the Year is chosen based on votes from Lakewood’s administrative team and the Lakewood Board. All nominees have received a STAR award during the voting year.  Anderson was...
Although the school district cannot pursue a professional architect at this time, the board identified other tasks that can move the school building project forward at their Aug. 20 meeting. Buildings and Grounds Director LeRoy Peterson reported that soil borings at the elementary school site were...
From left, Jen Holst, Derek Holst and Tad Carlson are the three main contributors to open Holst Acres, east of Staples on Warner Road (Todd Line Road). The new structure holds the laser tag arena, and the corn maze is behind the fence on the left. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
Not just for fright fans anymore, the Haunted Hollow Halloween location is now a family friendly entertainment center with laser tag, corn maze with games and a “not so scary” Halloween trail. It also has a new name, Holst Acres. Derek Holst said he has been thinking about the idea for a few years...

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