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The Staples City Council had their first look at a revised tobacco ordinance that includes vaping pens and other delivery devices not included in the old city ordinance. The council had some discussion on whether to prevent sampling as part of the ordinance. City Administrator Jerel Nelsen said...
The Wadena County Board of Commissioners was swayed by employee input in deciding how to handle work complaints about Auditor/Treasurer Judy Taves. After a Nov. 28 special board meeting, Taves will continue to be prohibited from interacting with employees in her office unless there is a third party...
The Staples City Council is planning a special meeting to discuss options for the Staples Community Center. The building is in need of upgrades and repairs. City Admiinistrator Jerel Nelsen said he would try to set up a meeting in January, after he contacts potential partners to collaborate on the...
At the Oct. 27 Todd County Citizens Against Drugs meeting, David Determan of Todd County Human Services gave a presentation about new trends in vaping. The meeting was held at NJPA in Staples. Determan showed samples of vaping pens, and how small amounts of liquid are added to the pen-sized units,...
Staples-Motley FFA members escorted veterans into the Staples-Motley High School gym for the Veterans Day program as students stood and cheered the veterans. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)  
As the City of Staples creates their updated comprehensive plan, they’re interested in gathering input from local residents and business owners. The Staples Community Visioning Session is one of the tools they’re utilizing to collect this information.  The listening session will be an open house...
Two men were found dead, from apparent gunshot wounds, in a Menahga residence just after midnight on Nov. 13.  They have been identified as Michael Callahan, age 67, and Carl Albin, age 82, both of Menahga. At approximately 12:05 a.m. Nov. 13, the Menahga Police Dept. and the Wadena County Sheriff’...
NJPA employees Ann Dibb, left, and Kip Hines, right, join Staples Mayor Chris Etzler in hopping on the Friendly Rider bus for the LEAP new employees tour. The bus also had several Lakewood Health System employees on the tour, which was designed to show employees the sights of Staples they may not get a chance to see going to work every day. Sights included the golf course, Living Legacy Gardens, Dower Lake and Pine Grove Park, plus all the businesses in between. After the tour, Etzler said it was a real eye
The local non-profit group LEAP submitted the only proposal to the City of Staples to become the tourism marketing entity for the Staples lodging tax. Their proposal was discussed at the Oct. 24 Staples Economic Development Authority (SEDA) meeting and again at the Staples City Council meeting that...
Procedures for paying bills and for hiring head coaches generated questions and considerable discussion at the Staples-Motley School Board meeting Oct. 23.  The usually routine process of authorizing the payment of bills was questioned by board member Dave Hoemberg. “Why are we approving these if...
By Mark Anderson News Editor   Friendly Rider is giving more and more rides every year. After 45,000 rides in 2015 and 54,000 rides in 2016, the bus service is on pace to give more than 60,000 rides in 2017. Jake Huebsch, Wadena County Transit Director, said the service is growing the fastest in...

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