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Question: What are the seat belt law exemptions in Minnesota? Answer: Law enforcement is focused on educating the public on the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt in a motor vehicle. Working as a state trooper for the last 18 years, I have seen the tragic outcomes that result all too often when not...
Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses stolen personal information to file a fraudulent tax return to claim a refund.  IRS statistics show a 148 percent increase in tax-related identity theft incidents between 2014 and 2015. The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) reports that for several...
From Snapchatting to shopping for cars while behind the wheel, more than a thousand drivers made the choice to focus on activities other than driving during the statewide extra distracted enforcement period April 10-23.  Police officers, sheriff deputies and MN State Patrol participated in the...
On May 10 the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an individual thought to have brought a possible pipe bomb into the city offices in Menahga. The individual was asked to leave and was told to call the sheriff’s office.  A short time later, the individual contacted the sheriff’s office,...
The Staples City Council reported on their April 25 closed meeting to conduct their annual performance review of City Administrator Jerel Nelsen.  At the May 9 meeting, Mayor Chris Etzler said Nelsen was evaluated on 10 behaviors, and was rated between sucessful and superior on all ten. Etzler said...
Thirteen churches in eight Minnesota communities have been intentionally started on fire since 2012. The Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division (SFMD) and local authorities are renewing a call for the public to come forward with information about the unsolved cases, including last...
 “The Good Life” has been chosen to represent Region Five as a regional brand. “It states very simply how residents feel about the region. We have a good life - abundant natural resources, small town feel, access to health care, and important amenities such as strong school systems, access to local...
Staples Lions Clubs presented Sacred Heart Area School students with trees from the Fourth Grade Foresters USA program to plant on April 28. Pictured, front row from left, fourth grade teacher Rachel Przybilla, Axel Merten, Lilly Tyrrell, Jade Storry and Joe Zimmerman; back, Principal Jim Opelia,...
Family and friends look to Central Lakes College graduates during their graduation ceremony on May 10. This year for the first time the graduation was held at the CLC campus in Staples, in the newly refurbished commons area. CLC President Hara Charlier said the students chose to sit to the side of...
The Staples Memorial Day service is planned for Monday, May 29, at Ever Green Hill Cemetery at 9 a.m. The rain location will be at Centennial Auditorium at Staples-Motley High School. Volunteers are welcome to help put flags on veterans graves, starting Monday, May 22 at 5 p.m. The group will meet...

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