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By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   Lakewood Health System, Todd County and Lakewood Manor have all confirmed their first cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus).  On April 8, Lakewood Health System announced two patients and one provider had been tested and confirmed for the virus. On April 11, Todd County...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   Two patients of Lakewood Health System were confirmed to have contracted the COVID-19 virus, and one of the clinic’s providers also tested positive. Lakewood CEO and President Tim Rice said the two patient cases will be counted as Cass County residents in the...
Pastor Greg Leslie of the Motley and Staples United Methodist Churches, interacted with young people (as well as adults) during his children’s sermon on Palm Sunday via ZOOM, a virtual meeting platform. This platform also allows parishioners to visit with one another and share prayer requests at the appropriate times during the service. (Staples World photo by Dawn Timbs)
By Dawn Timbs Staples World reporter   Church pews are usually packed on Easter Sunday, when Christians all over the world gather to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But not this year. No doubt Jesus will still be celebrated, but due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, celebrations...
On March 31, Staples-Motley school staff Liz Koskineimi and Michelle Jeziorski prepared distance learning school material, to be placed in a cooler and delivered to students homes. Every student is asked to place a waterproof container at their front doors or at the end of their driveway. Deliveries will be made every Tuesday and will continue until May 4, at minimum. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
By Shane Tappe Staples-Motley Schools Superintendent   As of April 3, the Staples-Motley School District students concluded their first week of distance learning. A big change for all, staff, students and families rose to the challenge with flexibility and grace. As we continue with distance...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   Census Day is April 1, the day every person in the United States is to be counted in their place of residence.  Every household should have received a letter from the Census, inviting them to respond online or by mail. The mailing will be needed to fill out the...
Melissa Daniels, Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer at Lakewood Health System in Staples handed out kits for making masks to volunteers. She is pictured outside the senior campus recently, handing two kits to Amy Bomstad of Motley. Each kit contains two yards of poly cotton fabric for the outside of the mask. The other supplies/materials, as well as their time, are donated by the generous volunteers. The goal is to make a total of 5,000 masks which will be used by health care workers.  Bomst
Many efforts and changes are being made at Lakewood Health System, Staples to ensure the continued care and health of patients, employees and community during the COVID-19 pandemic.  A Lakewood press Release stated “These are challenging times for us all, and we want to thank everyone who has...
Staples Fire Hall, Staples-Motley School District Office, Staples-Motley Elementary School
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has issued a stay at home order from March 27-April 10, to help slow the spread of coronavirus. Only businesses determined as essential are allowed to remain open, group gatherings are not permitted and hospital visits are limited....
On March 23, Todd County Board Chair David Kircher declared a local State of Emergency regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Extending this declaration of local emergency will be addressed at an emergency meeting of the county board to be held on Tuesday, March 24, at 9 a.m.  At this time, Todd County...
Nine-year-old Sam Hirschey of Staples hands Betty Erbe a coffee to go March 18, curbside service offered at Stomping Grounds coffee shop in Staples since the mandatory shutdown of sitdown eating establishments March 17. Customers are asked to call the Stomping Grounds to place their order and someone will bring it to them. Sam is the son of Lindsey Hirshey, owner of the coffee shop. He was able to help his mom that day since schools have also been closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. For the time
By Dawn Timbs Staples World reporter   ‘Practice social distancing,’ ‘Wash your hands,’ ‘Sneeze into your elbow’ are phrases that have worked their way into vocabularies of most everyone on the planet these past few weeks, ever since coronavirus COVID-19 hit the scene. Now a pandemic outbreak, the...

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