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The Staples Historical Society will hold their annual ‘Christmas at the Depot’ event on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 1-3 p.m. The Central Minnesota Boys Choir (Explorers and Voyageurs) will be performing at 1:30 p.m. along with other activities. Cookie decorating, a visit by Santa and making cinnamon...
Minnesota State, the system of 30 state colleges and seven state universities, released the results of a study that estimates the contribution of Central Lakes College to the regional economy to be $135.8 million and 1,107 jobs. “While the success of our students is our number one priority, Central...
Sarah Koopmann (left) chatted with her dad, John Koopmann during intermission of Minnesota Opera’s  “Silent Night” performed recently at the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul. John Koopmann, orchestra director at Staples-Motley High School, serves as principal trumpet for the opera company. (Staples World photo by Dawn Timbs)
For orchestra students at Staples-Motley Schools, he’s simply, ‘Mr. Koopmann.’ He’s the guy that first teaches young violin students how to rosin a bow, or trumpet players the basics of making buzzing noises into their mouthpiece.  As these musicians advance from playing beginning scales in the...
Abby Edin will be the featured speaker at the next Cultural Thursday at Central Lakes College, on Thursday, Dec. 6 at noon in the Chalberg Theatre, Brainerd campus. It is free and open to the public. Edin will talk about her time volunteering for the Peace Corps teaching English in Colombia. For...
Economic vitality, human services and youth programs are among the projects supported by the $8,812 in grants awarded by the Staples Motley Area Community Foundation in their fall grant round. The recipients and their projects are: o Acorn Hill EAAT, Inc. for $1,000 to expand their hippotherapy...
Board votes to bring students to Staples; repurpose Motley building   The media center at Staples-Motley High School was nearly full for the Nov. 19 meeting of the school board. In addition to students attending to fulfill their requirements for a government class, the crowd included former school...
Staples Historical Society member Tom Kajer looks over some old photos on display at the Railroad Museum located in the Northern Pacific Depot in Staples. The museum will be open during the SHS “Christmas at the Depot” event Sunday, Dec. 2, 1-3 p.m. (Staples World photos by Dawn Timbs)  
The Staples City Council got their first look at a proposed rental housing maintenance code at their Nov. 13 meeting. The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission has been preparing the proposed code for months.  City Administrator Jerel Nelsen said the code is similar to one used in Brainerd and...
Harper Umland shares a joke with Santa Claus at the Staples Community Center Craft Show on Nov. 17, while her brother Henrik wonders about the guy with the long beard. Their sister Mila decided not to stand too close to Santa for the photo. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)  
By Mark Anderson News Editor   With a smaller labor pool and more jobs that require technical skills, employers around the country are struggling to find qualified workers for open jobs. Sourcewell showed some of the things that are going on in the five county region to combat this issue at the...

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