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City of Motley tax dollars The City of Motley has lost another employee - Terri Smith, the city clerk/treasurer. In the last year or so the city has lost one chief of police, two police officers, one deputy clerk and one attorney. The city now has one police chief, one part-time police officer, no...
Fabulous foodie night Egg drop soup, made-from-scratch egg rolls, fried rice, General Tao’s chicken and cream cheese wontons with zesty Suracha sauce. This was the menu for the Chinese cooking class held this past Saturday evening sponsored by Staples Motley Community Education. There were only...
On Memorial Day, we pause to reflect on the service and sacrifice of the men and women of our Armed Forces. We honor the memory of those who lost their lives protecting our nation’s freedom, and we salute all those who have served in our military past and present. Their selfless dedication reminds...
I went to my first military funeral in November 2003. A local newspaper wrote that Jacob Fletcher, a 28-year-old private from Long Island, N.Y., was being buried with military honors at the national cemetery in Pinelawn. U.S. troops had already died in Iraq, and I believed deeply that their...
Congratulations to the Class of 2016! This Friday, you will achieve something you will value for the rest of your lives - a Staples-Motley High School diploma.  It has been a joy to watch this senior class during my first year at Staples-Motley. Even with the days of “senioritis,” these students...
    In June of 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed increasing the salaries test used to determine if an employee is eligible for overtime from the current threshold of $23,660 to $50,440 annually. This means that employees – such as managers, supervisors and other professionals who are...
It’s official! We’re changing our school building names and adjusting our district name. On Monday, the school board voted unanimously to approve the recommendations of the Super Transition Team. We are now the Staples-Motley School District with three building sites: Staples-Motley Elementary,...
Growing up in a safe, stable family is a privilege many of us take for granted. As children, most of us knew where we were sleeping each night, what the family rules were and what food we’d have for dinner.  Foster children, unfortunately, have few of these opportunities. Too often they move, with...
I look at what is going on up on the Iron Range, with unemployment and it breaks my heart.  It’s always been the American dream to settle down someplace, have a family and not only make a mark for yourself but also to have the satisfaction that through your own hard efforts, you succeeded. All you...
Mark your calendars.The City of Staples is hosting the annual Staples Area Cleanup Day Friday, June 3,  3-7 p.m. at the city street shop/compost site area (12th St NE).  All township residents surrounding Staples are welcome to utilize this service. The Staples Area Cleanup Day is designed to allow...

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