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Dale Williams, right, was recognized for 25 years of service with the Freshwater Education District at the fall staff workshop. He is pictured with Jerry Nesland, executive director of Freshwater. Other staff recognized include: 10 Years - Trent Becker, Wendy Irons, Jerry Miller, Erin Judd, Bryan...
Minnesota 4-Hers from 86 counties arrived with over 2,800 animals and over 2,600 exhibits at the 2016 “Great Minnesota Get-Together” held Aug. 25-28. Todd County 4-H’ers from Todd County exhibiting livestock at the State Fair and their placings include:  Hannah Hulinsky, Beef Breeding Heifer (...
Women in Philanthropy (WIP) a program of Lakewood Health System, is currently accepting grant applications for programs that focus on physical and mental health of children and youth. Applications must be submitted by Oct. 15, 2016. The WIP group offers competitive grant dollars to surrounding...
The Reichert Place has a rich history in Long Prairie. It hasn’t always been a pleasant history, but enough people have cared about the building on Central Avenue throughout its life that hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent to keep it a viable part of the city. At their Sept. 6 meeting...
Lisa Bjerga, CPA, MBA, FHFMA, recently accepted the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Lakewood Health System in Staples. Originally from Sartell, Bjerga has an undergraduate degree in accounting and economics from St. Cloud State University; and a Master’s in Business Administration and...
At a summer faculty and staff in-service day, Central Lakes College Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs David Hietala announced he will be leaving the college effective Sept. 1. At that in-service day, Hietala said, “I thank you from the bottom of my heart, so very deeply, for the...
 The High 48s Bluegrass Band will perform at Centennial Auditorium in Staples on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m., kicking off the Staples Motley Area Arts Council’s new season.  Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a...
Confronted by a huge increase in Social Services expenses, but without the state and federal funds to cover them, the Wadena County Board held a special budget meeting on Sept. 6. For more than three hours, commissioners began working line by line through the 2017 estimated budget of 51 pages....
Three decades of community-building will take center stage on Oct. 7 when the Initiative Foundation and its founding president, Kathy Gaalswyk, celebrate the people who have powered possible in Central Minnesota during its 30-year anniversary celebration at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St...
Staples-Motley Elementary students were under tables trying to get a better angle at controlling their robots, as part of the hands-on Technology Mobile day, held Sept. 12. Students at the Motley-Staples Middle School had their turn Tuesday, Sept. 13. The elementary students were able to try out...

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