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Renovation of the Batcher Block Opera House was included in a list of recommended funding for the upcoming state bonding bill. The bonding bill still has to go through the state senate and house of representatives before any funding is approved, but Staples Economic Development Director Melissa...
  The City of Staples has been looking at new ways to make up revenue lost after the Staples-Motley School Board pulled out of the funding agreement that had been used in previous year. At the Jan. 28 Staples City Council meeting, Community Center Director Tricia Jasmer showed the council some of...
On Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m., Republicans across Minnesota will gather in their neighborhoods for precinct caucuses. This is one week before the Presidential Nomination Primary election. At a precinct caucus, attendees are invited to voice their opinion on issues, suggest party platforms, vote on...
Staples-Motley teacher Erik Johnson talks at the Jan. 21 school board meeting about the 2020 Census, which is coming up soon. Johnson requested the school help with getting information out about the census. Residents should start getting mailings from the census in March. Johnson said each person counted is worth about $2,800 in federal grants and funding. “It is our constitutional duty, please do it,” said Johnson. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley School Board viewed a timeline for a building study and process that could result in a referendum to remodel the schools or build new portions of the school. At the Jan. 21 board meeting, consultant company ICS presented a timeline showing they...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples City Council declined the idea of regulating massage therapist practices in the city. The subject was brought up at the Jan. 14 council meeting because it’s becoming a topic in other parts of the state, but the council decided it’s not a local issue at...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley School Board held their yearly organizational meeting on Dec. 6. The board elected Bryan Winkels as the new board chair, replacing Bruce Lund. The board usually changes the chair each year. Brad Anderson was voted to be vice chair, Greg Frisk...
Staples-Motley High School Counselor Steve Jennissen shows the donation from the Staples Motley Area Community Foundation for college exploration events. (Submitted photo)
The Staples Motley Area Community Foundation concluded their fall grant cycle this November. In 2019, SMACF awarded 14 grants to community organizations totaling over $25,000. Grant recipients included the City of Motley for their new city pavillion, Staples Motley Beyond Poverty for community...
The year 2020 brings the celebration of birth for Eric Platzer and Ashley Stansberry, Sebeka, who welcomed their new baby girl, Leighton Mae, into the world on Jan. 2, at Lakewood Health System Hospital in Staples. Leighton was born at 1:04 p.m. and weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 19 1/2...
Sept. 11 - Music flowed from the Batcher Opera Hall one more time on Aug. 28, as Gary and Dawn Timbs entertained the crowd that came to the tour of the Batcher Building on Aug. 28. They sang “Over the Rainbow” and “Hey, Good Lookin’.” (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley School District’s building options, discussions and decisions were reported on throughout 2019. Education was the biggest story of the year in the Staples World, with other big changes at the school. This was the first year the school moved out...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley School Board voted to move forward with ICS Consulting to explore the possiblity of a future building referendum. At the Dec. 17 board meeting, Arif Quraishi and Mike Hubbard of ICS Consulting gave a presentation of their services, as did Todd...

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