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Staples-Motley fifth grade students study in one of the new rooms refurbished to move the middle school to the high school building. The room is equipped with smartboard technology that students can work collaboratively with their computers. Sitting at the front table are Chelsie Kampa, Annie Schlosser and Sadye Anderson, at the back table are Emmit Djuren, Emersen Bettis, Chloe Trantina and Paige Warren. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
By Loren Walz Communications & Marketing Director, Staples-Motley School District   Staples-Motley School District made some big changes over the summer: a new superintendent joined the team, and most notably, grades K-12 were restructured between two school buildings instead of the previous...
Molly Hoemberg, a fourth grader at Staples-Motley Elementary School, shows Minnesota illustrator Mike Wohnoutka some of her drawings after attending his class, ‘Create Your Own Superhero’ during the Young Writers Workshop. Hoemberg’s superhero was named Mrs. Amazing, and her sidekick was BB8. Mrs. Amazing’s nemesis was Dr. Dufus. Wohnoutka is the author and illustrator of several books; and was the illustrator of “Moo!” written by David LaRochelle, which won the Minnesota Book Award. (Staples World photos b
By Dawn Timbs Staples World reporter   Over 350 students from the five-county area participated in the Young Authors Conference at Central Lakes College in Staples Nov. 13 and 14. This was the second year for this event, sponsored by Sourcewell of Staples. The conference provides “a chance for our...
By Tom Crawford   The final whistle blew this past Sunday for the man who put Staples wrestling on the map. Don Dravis, legendary Cardinal wrestling coach and teacher here from 1963 to 1995, died after a long battle with a host of health issues. Don was 82 years old. Don was more than an excellent...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley School Board voted to end the previous agreement with the Staples Community Center, and only pay for the hours that school programs use the building. The board approved the motion by a vote of 4-2 at their Oct. 21 meeting. The school did not...
 Sixty Staples-Motley High School students were awarded an Academic Letter at a cermony on Oct. 21. Students with a grade point average over 3.669 were eligible for the award. Principal Mike Schmidt stressed not only the academic work of the students, but also their participation in other...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples Economic Development Authority agreed to apply to the Welcoming Communities program at Region Five Development Commission.  Economic Development Director Melissa Radermacher said the program is a chance to talk about how to be more of a welcoming...
 By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley school board gave some direction on how to handle the school’s contract with the Staples Community Center, they liked the idea of developing a continuous improvement plan instead of a new strategic plan, but they struggled with recommending how...
By Dawn Timbs Staples World reporter   Construction is underway for a new 80x82 Multi-Aircraft Storage Hangar at the Staples Municipal Airport.  Everstrong Construction out of Redwood Falls, is the contracted company. Owner Peter U’Ren said they started work on the project during the first week of...
Senator Gary Dahms gives a wave from a combine while Senator Chuck Wiger takes a photo during the Senate Capital Investment Committee tour of Central Lakes College in Staples. The senators were given the opportunity to drive the combine, a tall sprayer and a four wheel drive tractor. (Staples World...
From the stage of the Batcher Opera House in Staples, artist Carter Averbeck describes how he can recreate the original artwork in the building. “I have worked on a lot of opera halls across the world, and this is by far the best preserved one I have seen,” Averbeck said about the original artowrk...

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