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On Sept. 10, a resident reported to Staples Police that someone had tied a red colored balloon to a sewer grate, at the intersection of 7th Street SE and Dakota Ave. SE. The resident was concerned about this, due to the children in the neighborhood. The red colored balloon is associated with a...
 The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) recently approved two additional resources for landowners pursuing alternative practices to buffers. Each resource is designed to expand the options for water quality solutions in common situations where practices other than buffers may make...
Tracking down fake online profiles, finding erased threats and tracking how illegal pornography was spread are becoming common investigations for local police departments. “Social media issues are across the board, from kids to adults,” said Staples Police Chief Melissa Birkholtz. “People have...
Jack Pate, Staples area, was chosen as Minnesota Trucking Association’s (MTA) Truck Driver of the Month in July and is eligible for Truck Driver of the Year. See story for more information. (Submitted photo)
Daggett Truck Line of Frazee is honoring its driver, Jack Pate, Tractor #1165, for numerous achievements this past year. Pate, Staples area, was drawn for ‘Highway Man of the Month’ in March of 2017, with 12,493 miles. He was then chosen as Minnesota Trucking Association’s (MTA) Truck Driver of the...
Bullying is often a problem among adolescents, but in the new age of social media, bullying has been raised to another level, according to Dr. Shawna Nymeyer, Executive Director of Behavioral Health at Lakewood Health System.  “Kids think bullying is fun, and they are getting attention for it,”...
Joshua Winter, center, completed the “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” reading program and received his certificate, a  free book and a pigeon at the Staples Public Library Sept. 7. Joshua (JJ) is the son of Joshua and Alisha Winter, Staples. This reading program is a joint effort of the Staples Motley Early Childhood Coalition and the Staples Public Library, a branch of the Great River Regional Library, helping children get “literacy ready” before kindergarten. Making the presentation are Beth Fabian, SMEC
Imagine going to Rome; imagine becoming a cowboy... meeting Big Bird or learning how to fly - all in the time it takes to read a book.  The “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” program is a reading program designed to increase the awareness of the importance of early literacy. Becoming a member is as...
The new nurses station at the Lakewood Health System emergency department allows nurses to do their work, even while media interviews are being conducted, construction continues and security personnel are working on the new monitoring system. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
More rooms, more space and less waiting, the Lakewood Health Systememergency department’s construction project is designed for patients and workers. “It will make a big difference in patient flow, patient satisfaction and employee satisfaction,” said Connie Wells, Emergency Dept. Manager at...
During their regular meeting held Sept. 5, the Todd County Board of Commissioners approved waiving all the associated county engineering fees related to the Staples Depot restoration project. Staples Historical Society president Tom Kajer and board member Eugene Floistad were present to answer any...
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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