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A housing study in Staples confirmed that there’s a need for the proposed income based apartment complex, according to Deanna Hemmesch, Executive Director of Central Minnesota Housing Partnership. Hemmesch presented results from the study at the June 12 Staples City Council meeting. She asked the...
For the lack of a motion at the June 5, 2018 meeting of the Todd County Commissioners, the request by Health and Human Services to hire a child services supervisor failed. This position and the need for it was discussed at length at a work session in May. Jackie Och, health and human services...
Facilities and finances were the main topics at the June 11 work session of the Staples-Motley School Board. A special meeting that followed the work session focused on personnel issues. Facilities update Bryan Winkels, one of the board members on the building steering committee, reported on the...
The Todd county Commissioners heard a report from Jackie Och, at their May 15, work session. According to Todd County Health and Human Services Director Jackie Och, more help is needed in the form of a child services supervisor because of the general increase in child protection services. Currently...
Britney Bursch (center) has been hired as the Staples Motley Area Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Director, taking over for Barb Cline who resigned due to illness. Bursch is pictured with Steve Gertken (left), Chamber President; and Megan Haber, Chamber board member. (Staples World photo by Dawn Timbs)
Britney Bursch is excited to have been hired as  Executive Director of the Staples Motley Area Chamber of Commerce (SMACC). She hopes to make a difference, Bursch said, adding that she is wanting to make the Staples-Motley area a destination place...to building it up to what she knows it can be. “I...
The filing period for county, state and national offices ended June 5, with a couple of local races having multiple candidates. The race will be narrowed down at the primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 14, to determine which candidates will be on the ballot in the November general election. The...
The Staples Economic Development Authority agreed to donate $2,500 to the Staples Community Christmas Celebration being planned by the Discover Staples Tourism Board. Plans for the event includes a light display at Pine Grove Park, sleigh rides and downtown activities. The SEDA also agreed to send...
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman, left, officially dedicated the Central Minnesota Demonstration Research Irrigation Farm in Staples on Aug. 12, 1968, where more than 500 people attended. Mike Matanich, next to Freeman, was the director of the Staples Area Vocational-Technical School and at right is Dr. Duane Lund, superintendent of the Staples School District, which owned the farm. Now known as the Ag & Energy Center, the farm is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Special activities w
EDITOR’S NOTE: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Ag & Energy Center DelRay Lecy is writing a history, recording the people and events that created it. He’ll show how it has evolved and changed to meet the challenges of the times. This is the second article in an occasional series...
Torii Nienow, above right, earned a first place award in the teen division for her poem “Words” in the Staples Friends of the Library Tween/Teen Poetry Contest held in April, National Poetry Month. Friends Member Judy Wolak, above left, shows the display of the entries received, which is on view...
Alex Brings, right, a Staples-Motley High School student, shared his story of hard work, encouragement and successes, despite being legally blind during the Staples-Motley School Board meeting May 21. His talk earned a standing ovation from the board and audience. Frank Odell, left, has worked with Brings as a speech coach. (Staples World photo by Brenda Halvorson)
Over $366,000 has been cut from the Staples-Motley School District’s budget following school board action on the second part of the reduction list at the May 21 board meeting. However, the meeting opened on a more positive note during a presentation by Frank Odell and Alex Brings.  Odell wanted to...

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