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The new CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) class recently toured National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) and heard about the services offered there. In front, from left, are Paul Drange, Director of Regional Programs at NJPA; Ryan Gerard, Staples-Motley High School; Katie Johnson, Verndale High School; Amber Moen and Caitlin Savage, both of Wadena-Deer Creek High School. In back, from left, are Matthew Fisher, Staples-Motley High School; Mitchel Haman and Alex Burckhard both of Wadena-Deer Creek Hig
While most high school students are thinking about school supplies, classes and extracurriculars, students of Central Minnesota CEO are thinking about what it looks like to start and run their own personal businesses.  The CEO program year began Sept. 6, the first in a series of steps to help...
Is your organization or group in need funding to support a community project? The Staples Motley Area Community Foundation (SMACF) is accepting grant applications from non-profit organizations within the Staples-Motley School District boundaries.  The Staples Motley Area Community Foundation will...
Liz Koskiniemi, left, and Janet Kylie painted the town with colorful fiber art made from yarn. Afghans, covered rocks and yarn art can be found around Staples - called yarn bombing. The yarn bombing is to draw attention to the Heritage Arts Fiber Festival Friday, Sept. 22, and Saturday, Sept. 23,...
Lakewood Care Center was the site of a classic car and tractor show for residents, staff and volunteers to enjoy Sept. 15. After inspecting the cars and tractors, the group posed for a photo. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)  
Hobbit Day is observed annually on Sept. 22. In the world of Middle-earth, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins share a birthday which is celebrated on Sept. 22. According to the books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy written by J.R.R. Tolkien, Bilbo and Frodo were born during the Third Age in the...
There was no public input during a public hearing on the Staples Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) at the Sept. 12 city council meeting, but the council looked in depth into how their spending will affect the budget in the future. City Administrator Jerel Nelsen went through the CIP and noted the need...
Joni Svoboda, Alexandria, has been named postmaster at the Staples Post Office. (Staples World photo by Dawn Timbs)
Joni Svoboda is the new postmaster at the Staples Post Office, a role she officially entered into on July 1. “I enjoy my job,” Svoboda said recently at her office, adding that she’s always been “customer-oriented.” It’s a trait that has served her well throughout her 25-year career in the postal...
Erin Walsh, MA, will be the featured speaker at Digital Daze, a community forum to discuss the abuses of social media. Walsh’s presentation starts at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Central Lakes College in Staples, and she will be a part of a panel discussion following her talk. Other panelists...
There are many disabilities veterans and VA medical staff seem to overlook or set aside indefinitely, causing veterans to miss out on an opportunity to file a claim for a service-connected disability. Take a look at the Top 10 Overlooked Disabilities missed by veterans and VA medical staff. 1)...
The Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Teacher Award annually recognizes America’s best educators who instill a sense of national pride in their students. Teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism are prime candidates for this award. Do you know a teacher who plans...

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