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Jim Hofer
The first county board meeting of the year is always a busy one. New board officers must be elected, elected officials’ salaries must be set, new committee assignments made. Most of these requirements were completed on Jan. 5 by the Wadena County Board. Commissioner Jim Hofer of Staples was elected...
From left, Lakes Area Habitat For Humanity Executive Director Kevin Pelkey, Shane Meyer, James and Sheena Ziegler and Melissa Kaufenberg, Director of Development for Lakes Area Habitat For Humanity, meet inside the home they will begin fixing up on Jan. 12. Habitat will need volunteers and donations to complete the project. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
Lakes Area Habitat For Humanity (LAHFH) has started work on their first renovation project in Staples. James and Sheena Ziegler will be moving into the home, at 324 3rd St NE, with their three children, twins Landon and Lucas, age three, and Hayden, five. The Zieglers currently live in Brainerd but...
Sherry Miller Frisk of rural Motley is the new director at the Motley Area Food Shelf. She is taking over this position from Sharon Stone, who will continue to handle the food shelf’s finances.
The Motley Area Food Shelf (MAFS) welcomed Sherry (Miller) Frisk as its new director last fall. It’s a position previously held by Sharon Stone. Although she inherited a new title, Frisk’s face is a familiar one to visitors of the food shelf. “I started volunteering here in March of 2013,” Frisk...
The Kentucky family of five who drowned in Illinois Dec. 26 had connections to the Staples area. Robbyn Owen, 13, and Chad Owen, 10, were the children of Robert Owen, Wadena, and the grandchildren of William and Marsha Owen, Staples.  The children were traveling with their mother, Erin Schutt, 36,...
Ten-year-old Cole Carlson (left) and his sister Kaitlyn, five, of rural Motley, enjoyed skating at the ice rink in Motley Jan. 3. With temperatures hovering at 30 degrees, it was a perfect day for winter outdoor sports. “We’re so glad to learn about this,” their mother, Tammi Carlson, said of the...
Construction to renovate the Staples Depot could begin by Jan. 18, according to the plans from Alliance Building Corporation. On Jan. 5, the contractors and subcontractors met to go over a building schedule. Pictured from left, Kelvin Howieson, MnDOT District 3 State Aid Engineer, Loren Fellbaum,...
Nicole Rassmussen and Travis Stokke’s son Reid was the first baby born at Lakewood Health System in 2016. Reid was born at 7:29 a.m. on Jan. 4, weighing six pounds, eleven ounces and was 20 inches long. He will join big sister Quinn and big brother Easton at the family’s home in Brainerd. Pictured...
  Thriving Communities Initiative to begin tonight LEAP and the Economic Development Authority (EDA) are sponsoring the start of the Initiative Foundation’s Thriving Communities project this year in Staples. Information sessions will be held at city hall on Thursday Jan.7 and Jan. 14 at 5:30 p.m....
Choose Health innovation team The leadership team at Lakewood Health System who helped organize and implement the Choose Health program, from left, Brad Anderson, Dr. John Halfen, Teresa Fisher, Tim Rice and Katie Polman. (Submitted photo)
For finding a way to get healthy food to the people who need it most, Lakewood Health System (LHS) Staples is one of the recipients of the 2015 Bush Prize for Community Innovation, which awarded them $500,000 to continue their Choose Health program and expand it to another level. Lakewood is...
Pictured outside the Kentucky Exposition Center at the convention are, from left: Kerry Lindgren, advisor; Rebekka Paskewitz, Katie Benson, Brenden Thompson, Rachel Paskewitz, Jenna Trantina, Scout Strickland, Superintendent Klamm, Molly Lindgren, Dominic Nistler, Mary Sarah Sauber, Hayley Carlson; and Brian Schornack, advisor.
Staples Motley FFA members had the opportunity to attend and compete at the 88th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky., from Oct. 27 - 30.   The state champion Agricultural Sales Team, which included Zachary Strickland, Hayley Carlson, Mary Sarah Sauber and Rebekka Paskewitz, competed at the...

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