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A version of the elementary school floor plan the Staples-Motley School District is submitting to the state, for the referendum on May 14. The light gray area is existing space that will be lightly refurbished; the dark gray is existing space that will have heavier remodeling, including what is currently the lunchroom/gymnasium. The pink area is proposed new space, including a new lunchroom, gymnasium, locker rooms, music, science and specialty rooms. The yellow portion is the proposed activities center, wh
The Staples-Motley School Board approved a two question building proposal for a May 14 referendum. The first question will be for up to $48.2 million in new construction and upgrades at the Staples-Motley High School and Staples-Motley Elementary sites. The second question will be to build a $10.4...
Improvements to Dower Lake Recreation Area’s swimming beach are planned for this summer, and donations in the next two weeks could help determine how much gets done. The Staples Motley Area Community Foundation chose the project as their Big Idea and set out to raise $40,000 to widen the beach,...
Rob Brown of Nexus Solutions, left, speaks at the LEAP meeting on Feb. 22. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
LEAP has agreed to form an advocacy committee to help persuade the public to vote for the Staples-Motley Schools building project. At a meeting on Feb. 22, the LEAP board learned about the school’s building project and agreed to hold the first meeting of the advocacy committee on Wednesday, Feb. 27...
The Staples-Motley School Board approved several momentous decisions at their Feb. 20 meeting. The board approved a contract for a new superintendent, accepted the resignation of Activities Director Mark Jacobs, and approved going forward with the school’s building project. The board passed a...
On February 17, at approximately 11:07 a.m., the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office received a report regarding an individual finding a deceased dog at a campground in Wadena County. The caller stated there were several shell casings around the dog. A Deputy with the Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene...
Dennis Hanson, Staples is seen roof raking snow from his home’s roof on Feb. 12, in hopes of preventing ice dams forming when as the snow melts and refreezes. Hanson said he’s already shoveled the roof earlier this winter, but it’s piled up just as high again. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson...
A forum addressing mental health, depression and their connections with suicide, will be held Monday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. at Centralkes College, in Staples. Anyone with an interest in the topic is invited to attend. The tagline “S.O.S.: Safety Over Suicide,” Staples Motley Beyond Poverty will be...
The Staples-Motley School Board is continuing to negotiate a contract with Dawson-Boyd Superintendent Shane Tappe to take the superintendent job here after interviewing staff at his current school and giving Tappe a tour of the Staples-Motley district. At a Feb. 5 special meeting, Board Chair Bruce...
Jaydon Friedel and Andrew Bates learn that they have advanced to the final round as well. As a duo, Friedel and Bates placed second; and individually, Bates and Friedel placed first and second respectively in the drama category. Bates also received a blue ribbon in the storytelling category. A team...
Approximately 200 students from area schools participated at the 41st Annual Staples Host Lions Speech Tournament at Staples-Motley High School Feb. 9, at which the Cardinals took first place as a team. Individually, the team members walked away with a number of trophies that day, representing a...

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