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The Wadena County Commissioners approved transitioning social worker team lead Mike Willie to the job of social services supervisor at their March 7 meeting. Human Services Director Tanya Leskey requested the change in a report explaining the duties of each position and noting that the new...
Current Minnesota Reading Corps members at Staples-Motley Elementary School are, from left, Jennifer Dobson, Katie Berggren, JoMarie Michel and Kris Huebsch. The school district is recruiting additional members for the 2017-18 school year. (Submitted photo)
The week of March 6-10 was Minnesota Reading Corps Member Recognition Week. Minnesota Reading Corps is a statewide initiative to help every Minnesota child become a successful reader.  Members provide one-on-one reading interventions to those students whose reading scores are not at grade level,...
Checkmates bring home hardware from Brainerd Tournament. From left, Keegan Bestland first; 4-6 division; Rose Han, Shawn Decker, fifth; 7-12 division; Lenny Decker, fourth; 7-12 division; and Noah Han, seventh; 7-12 division. (Submitted photos)
Five students on the Staples-Motley Checkmates Chess Team competed March4, in a tournament held in Brainerd. There were 79 chess players, with S-M tied for second   The chess tournament uses the Swiss System for pairing and tie breaking. Players participate in five one-hour long rounds.  Thirty one...
The most noticed change for visitors at the Staples Historic Depot are the new bathrooms. Above is the women’s bathroom with new sinks, new flooring which meets/mixes with the old floor and new wall tiles mixed in with the historic tiles where it was possible. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson...
People who were involved with the recent renovation project at the Staples Historic Depot did a final walk-through March 3. Much of the recent project was installing new heating and cooling systems, water heaters and electric work. Above from left, are Tom Kajer, Staples Historical Society; Loren...
Marc Chadderdon, left, of the Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office, spoke to the crowd about the successful prostitution stings his unit has helped operate in southern Minnesota. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
Rural areas are often overlooked when it comes to sex trafficking and prostitution in their communities. Rural law enforcement doesn’t have a vice department to keep track of such crimes. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening. “It will be a shocker in the community when people start getting...
Myths and misinformation about the health risks of marijuana are being promoted in conversations: “Marijuana is harmless, right? I’ve heard that it’s not addictive. It’s definitely not as bad as smoking cigarettes!” The Staples Citizens Against Drugs (CAD) would like to know local thoughts on the...
Pictured above are members of the Big Stone Therapies team. Front, from left, Michael Judd, Neil Feist, Amy Ziegler, Amanda Braith, Brittany Schack, Norris Anderson. Middle: Jessie Campion, Jay Adelmann, Taylor Thompson, Emily Giese, Jaclyn Tarnowski, Amber Zambrano, Debra Hagel, Amanda Kronen, Becky Smith, Marilyn Dolezal. Back: Cheriese Benoit, Erika Hilde, Melissa Hoffman, Holly Hanson, Meredith Griffin, Abby Wicklund, Wade VanDover, Ron Murray. (Submitted photo)
Big Stone Therapies (BST) recently celebrated its one-year anniversary of providing rehabilitation services at Lakewood Health System in Staples.  When BST and Lakewood partnered on March 1, 2016, there was a combination of nine BST employees and traveling therapists; and two administrative...
The North Central Minnesota Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Central Lakes College recently completed its 31st year of assisting small businesses and entrepreneurs in Minnesota. The SBDC provides information, training and consulting services to small business owners and prospective small...
On Feb. 7, the Todd County Citizens Against Drugs was one of 171 community coalitions honored during a graduation ceremony at CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) National Leadership Forum, just outside of Washington, D.C. The coalitions received a graduation certificate for...

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