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The Staples-Motley wrestling team went into two matches shorthanded with several wrestlers out with injuries. The team fell 54-18 at Pelican Rapids on Jan. 28, with Jason Trantina scoring a fall for six of the Cardinal points. This loss was to a section team, which will hurt the team’s seeding for...
Max Strickland slices through the defense to score with his left hand. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley boys basketball team led Thief River Falls for most of the game on Jan. 31, but let it slip away in the second half to lose 68-49. The Cardinals also lost at Detroit Lakes 74-47 on Jan. 30. Against TRF, Sivert Klefsaas hit a three point shot at the halftime buzzer to give the...
By Ray Gildow   There’s never a lack of issues facing the Minnesota Legislature regarding the outdoors and this year should be another interesting one with many topics up for discussion. Just because there’s legislation proposed doesn’t mean it’ll pass, but here are some areas that may or may not...
The federal government is often viewed, rightly or wrongly, as having an endless appetite for issuing rules and regulations. Ambitious politicians routinely promise that if we elect them they will put a stop to it, “cut through the red tape,” and perhaps even roll back regulations that are already...
The Mid State Conference Tournament was renamed the Don Dravis Mid State Duals, after former Staples-Motley coach passed away in November. “We had a wonderful tribute to Don Dravis,” said Staples-Motley Coach Mark Carlson. All the conference teams honored Dravis’s legacy in wrestling by wearing...
The Grand Opening Celebration of the new Staples-Motley Athletic Hall of Fame Library will be on Friday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m., at the Staples-Motley High School cafeteria. There is a girls basketball game that night, and the event will take place before the varsity game. The previous event scheduled...
Owen Bjerga was named the Most Valuable Wrestler at the Mid State Conference duals meet on Jan. 24, as he led he Staples-Motley wrestling team to two wins in their five dual matches. This year the conference tournament was named after former Staples-Motley coach Don Dravis, and was wrestled in a...
For most wild creatures, survival is an hour-by-hour, day-in-and-day-out, lifelong challenge. In the wild there is no social safety net, no food shelf, no retirement in which the struggle eases during “golden years.” Instincts and a creature’s unique physical adaptations to its world help it...
Sivert Klefsaas splits the defense and swoops in for a basket. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)  
The little Cardinals did it again this weekend and took first at the Buzz Saw Duals Tournament in Cloquet. Staples-Motley beat North Shore 55-12, Pierz 43-30 and then Foley 32-30 in the finals.  Pictured, front row from left, Maxx Carlson, Brennan Sonenstahl (manager), Beau Carlson, Gage Bjerga,...

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