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On Saturday, July 2, at 12:52 a.m., the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Conservation Road northeast of Wadena for a structure fire.  When deputies arrived on scene they saw smoke coming from the roof and vent. The property owners, Alan Froleck, 65, of St. Joseph and Paul...
The City of Staples had few issues on their annual audit, other than a change in the way pensions are reported in the budget. At the June 28 council meeting, Chuck Mayer of Mayer, Porter and Nelson accounting firm detailed the audit and Julie Nelson of the same firm explained the pension issue....
Innovation Funds of $100,000 from NJPA (National Joint Powers Alliance) pushed the donations to the Hilltop Regional Kitchen to over 90 percent of their goal. From left are Todd County Health and Human Services Community Planning Unit Manager Katherine Mackedanz, Todd County Aging Coordinator Verna Toenyan, National Joint Powers Alliance Manager of City and County Solutions Anna Gruber, Eagle Bend Senior Citizens Center President Rick Hest and Eagle Bend City Administrator Kevin Hess.
The $100,000 Innovation Funding from the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) has pushed the mercury on the fundraising thermometer for the Hilltop Regional Kitchen to just over 90 percent. According to a recent press release from NJPA, “Innovation Funding was created to help Region Five entities...
The Staples Economic Development Authority (SEDA) Board discussed a workforce gap that is expected statewide.  While discussing the Thriving Communities Initiative’s workforce development task force, board member Tim Rice said they had reviewed the state demographer’s office report that predicted a...
The Thriving Communities Initiative (TCI) steering committee has approved its first request for funding. The economic development task force requested $1,000 to prepare materials for distribution beginning during Railroad Days in August.  At a recent steering committee meeting the chairs of each...
A number of area residents attended a ceremony at the Staples All Veterans & Community  Park on July 4, which included a paver dedication, celebration of the park’s new eagle sculpture and granite sign, music and remarks by military veteran Charles R. Poulton (pictured above). Poulton spoke...
Members of the Ly family of St. Paul stopped by Staples recently to visit the town they first called “home” after leaving a refugee camp in Thailand in 1976. The family, who lived in Staples for two years, was sponsored by the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Staples. Originally from Laos, the Lys fled to Thailand in 1975, to escape communist control of their country. Pictured from left are Dawn (Schimpp) Timbs, Xiong My Ly, Chy Ly, Doua Chi Ly (Charles); and Janice and Ivan Voeltz. Timbs and the V
As our country celebrated 200 years of freedom in 1976, the Ly family of Laos celebrated their first year of freedom in the United States of America. It’s been nearly 40 years since the Lys first set foot on U.S. soil, putting down temporary roots in Staples. The small Minnesota town would be their...
Just a week after retiring, Dr. William Mennis stands in front of the clinic building that his medical practice built in 1969, now Staples Family Dentistry. After the clinic merged with Lakewood Health System and is expanding again, he said “It grew into something nobody could have ever imagined.”
Through many changes in the world of medicine and amazing expansion of his own practice, Dr. William Mennis steadfastly continued doing what he likes best, helping his patients in Staples as a small town family doctor. His quality of care and the attention that Mennis has paid to his practice has...
(#7 Things to Do in Staples, “Build a sand castle at Dower Lake beach.”) With hot, humid weather on June 25, people cooled off at Dower Lake Recreation Area, mostly in the water. 
(#4 Things to Do in Staples, “Attend a Lumberbats game.”) The Sunday crowd at the Staples Lumberbats baseball tounament on June 26, relaxed in the sunshine and hot weather. The tournament is part of fundraising for baseball field improvements at Pine Grove Park, one of which will be the addition of...

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