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A 911 call of a structure fire in section 14 of Lyons Township in Wadena County was received Nov. 4 at approximately 9:24 a.m. Upon arrival the Wadena County Deputy found the home full of smoke and flames had reached the second story of the structure. Fire crews arrived and quickly extinguished the...
The Staples-Motley Music Department will host its second annual instrumental summit featuring Low Brass, Saturday, Nov. 18. The public is invited to the finale concert at Staples-Motley High School at 7 p.m. The day-long event begins with a masterclass at 8 a.m. and ends with the finale concert...
The Staples Motley Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting to recognize the major renovation at Brian Kargel’s American Family Insurance office in Staples. The business remodeled the inside and refurbished the outside, added new windows and and signs, and moved the front door to the corner...
The Oct. 17 work session for the Todd County Board of Commissioners included discussion about the county fee schedule, the funeral expense policy and redesigning the county website. County fee schedule While nobody really wants to talk about fees, especially ones that are increasing, having an...
A reminder of the Veterans Day programs at Staples and Motley schools on Friday, Nov. 10: o 8:30 a.m. Motley-Staples Middle school program o 10 a.m. Sacred Heart Area School o 1:30 p.m. Staples-Motley High School. Camp Ripley Information Management Officer Scott Bjerke will be the featured speaker...
Korean War veteran Maury Peterson of Motley looks at a copy of the ‘45th Division News’ published shortly after the war’s ending in July of 1953. In the background is Mavis, his wife of 61 years. Maury has kept a scrapbook of memories from his days in the army, which he enjoys sharing with all who are interested, including his three children, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Pictured at far right is a shadow box display put together by his daughter, Sue. Inside the box are a number of souve
Korean War veteran Maurice (Maury) Peterson of Motley is thankful to have had the opportunity to serve his country in the U.S. Army nearly 65 years ago. Now 87, Maury still fits into the military uniform he wore back in the early 1950s. In fact, he’ll be wearing it at the Veterans Day programs in...
Diane Archer stands in the Staples City Council chamber, as she started training as the city clerk on Oct. 30. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
Diane Archer has started as the new Staples City Clerk, training alongside retiring City Clerk Phil Lindamann. “It’s such a great opportunity to be able to work with Phil, he has built such a legacy here, that I hope to continue on,” said Archer. “I have the utmost respect for him and what he has...
Nate Bettis holding three ears of giant corn
Nate Bettis saw an ad in a seed catalog that promised field corn that yielded 25 to 35 tons of silage per acre. Although it specified 120-day maturity, if the seasons cooperated, the corn would grow to full height and make the high yield predictions. Full height for Goliath silage corn is 16 to 18...
Staples and Motley schools will present three Veterans Day programs Friday, Nov. 10, including: o 8:30 a.m., Motley-Staples Middle School will present their program at the Motley school gym. o 10 a.m., Sacred Heart Area School will have their student led program along  with guest speaker Bob Larson...
Staples-Motley Elementary School held their annual Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 25, with parent volunteers running games and contests for the kids. Pictured above, Thomas Johnson, Juston Olson and Evan Schultz race with toilet plungers and scooters, while Joci Lenk, Wyatt Radueg and Lilith Tester...

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