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Youth ministry remains a focal point at area churches, with leaders committed to providing spiritual guidance to the younger generation.  The Staples World recently met with a few full-time area youth ministers, learning what drew them to this line of work and what a typical week might look like...
Staples-Motley High School seniors Grace VanAlst and Trey Skeesick were selected as the 2017 Sno Daze queen and king on Feb. 2. See more photos on page 3a, 8a, 1b and 3b. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)  
Before adjourning into a work session Feb. 6 the Staples-Motley School Board awarded the contract to lead an assessment to develop a long range facilities plan for the school district to Foster, Jacobs & Johnson (FJJ), Inc., Duluth. The board heard presentations from three companies at a Jan....
Lydia and Cliff Goodwater of Motley were childhood friends but didn’t tie the knot until Sept. 8, 2001. “She ran so fast it took me all those years to catch her,” Cliff joked recently at their home. (Staples World photo by Dawn Timbs)
Every day is Valentine’s Day for Cliff and Lydia Goodwater. “We’ve never had an argument or spoken a cross word to each other,” Cliff said recently at the couple’s home in Motley. Both 90, the Goodwaters have been married since 2001; but have known each other since they were kids. Lydia, nicknamed...
Joseph Raymond McCarthy, a relatively obscure Republican senator from Wisconsin, announced during a speech in Wheeling, West Virginia, on Feb. 9, 1950, that he has in his hand a list of 205 communists who have infiltrated the U.S. State Department. The unsubstantiated declaration, which was little...
The Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW) released the 2016 edition of the Femicide Report Jan. 31. The Femicide Report includes an overview of the 21 known homicides due to domestic violence in 2016, as well as observations and recommendations for community responses to end domestic...
CLC Automotive Technology instructor Ray Johnson leads a break-out session at the Jan. 27 career fair in Staples.
Eleven area high schools participated in a career exploration day at Central Lakes College on Friday, Jan. 27. Schools included Aitkin, Browerville, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Crosby-Ironton, Pillager, Pequot Lakes, Sebeka, Staples-Motley, Royalton, Brainerd AEC and Pine River-Backus. About 530...
As the Staples Economic Development Authority (SEDA) discussed construction projects at their Jan. 24 meeting, they talked about making sure local contractors and local businesses are used as much as possible.  Board member Doug Case noted that the townhomes being built by Roach Properties is not...

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