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The annual victory of freeze-up over open water is as old as time in the Northern Hemisphere, or at least since the Earth ceased to be tropical and populated by dinosaurs. For a lifelong Minnesotan, there should be nothing unexpected about marshes, potholes and lakes transforming from rippling or...
Staples-Motley wrestlers worked on their technique during the first day of practice on Nov. 19.  
The Staples-Motley boys basketball team had their first official practice on Nov. 19.  
The Staples-Motley girls basketball team had their first official practice on Nov. 12, starting the winter sports season. Boys basketball and wrestling begin on Monday, Nov. 19. Pictured, varsity players demonstrate a drill for the junior high teams. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)  
Staples-Motley/Verndale swimmers at the section meet, from left, Leah Crider, Joelle Bounds, Lili Schneider, Adriana Dickey, Malaya Reem, Mandy Carter (top), Evelyn Gonzalez and Aften Robinson. (Submitted photo)
Several Staples-Motley/Verndale swimmers advanced to the Section 6A finals. Although none of them placed high in the extremely fast section, many of them had their best times of the year against state-level competition on Nov. 8 and 10. “We have had our most positive and competitive team yet, and...
Jerry Kobliska placed first in the Staples True Value Big Buck Contest with this 236.2 pound deer.
Staples True Value Big Buck Contest will donate $500 each to Hooked On Fishing, the Staples Sportsmans Club, and the Wahoo Valley Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. The donations come from the registration fees. “We couldn’t make this happen if it weren’t for our sponsors,” said...
A mixed flock of Canada geese and trumpeter swans occupied the CLC field on Nov. 5, as they contemplated heading further south for the winter. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
This time of year, a lot of folks are making flight plans and sharing them with relatives or friends who will meet them when they touch down. A big reason, is the upcoming holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. This includes my family. I have an offspring who teaches school on the East Coast and...
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Koetter Lake in Stearns County, Mound Lake in Todd County and Crookneck Lake in Morrison County.  A property owner on Mound Lake contacted the DNR after finding adult zebra mussels on a dock and boat lift being removed...
After the first weekend of deer hunting, Eli Rutten is the leader of the youth division of the Staples True Value Big Buck Contest, with this 188.6 pound deer. Other youth deer leaders include Justin Schmidt, 184.4, Conner Kuhns 177.0, Carson Mertens 144.2, Owen Winter 140.0, Tyler Johnson 119.7...
Legendary canoe country naturalist, outdoorsman and author Sigurd Olson had a name for it: “smoky gold.” There are other golden hues in nature, from the leaves of autumn birches to the goldenrod that blooms in road ditches that signal summer’s end, to the buttery, golden yellow of a brown trout’s...

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