Sports

Few photos of John Donaldson exist, but a 39 second film clip has been found and is the subject of the upcoming movie, “39 Seconds.” Researcher Peter Gorton will talk about the player and the movie on Sunday, April 28, at the Staples Depot, starting at 1 p.m.
A Staples native will report on his efforts to get a black baseball player enshrined in baseball’s National Hall of Fame, at the annual meeting of the Old Wadena Society on Sunday, April 28. The Old Wadena Society meeting will be held at 1 p.m. in the lobby of the Historic Northern Pacific Depot in...
As we enter into the open water season of 2019, there are a host of new innovations that are new for the year and as always, some are righteous and others, not so much. Here are some thoughts on a few items. Power Poles    These have gained a lot of attention recently but have become much more...
A black bear gets up close with a bird feeder to find out what is inside. (Photo by Ray Gildow)
My wife and I live in the Central part of Minnesota surrounded by water and woods. We have lived in the same house on the same property for over forty years. One thing that we have noticed over the years is that there are a lot more bears in the neighborhood than there used to be. What makes it...
There is an assortment of labels sometimes used to describe groups of animals.  There is the “pride” of lions, the “gaggle” of geese, and the “murder” of crows, the last of which says a lot about how we have regarded these conspicuous black birds down through the ages.  I think there is room for a...
Staples-Motley golf team got some swings in on a cold, windy day April 4, at the Vintage golf course driving range. Spring sports teams have games scheduled for this week and next week, but as always, it depends on the weather. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)  
Bill Finn, Jerry Riewer and Don Dravis were the first three coaches inducted into the Staples-Motley Hall of Fame at a ceremony on April 5. The following biographies were read at the ceremony.  Bill Finn Bill Finn graduated from Staples High School in 1948. He participated in Track, Baseball,...
Don Dravis was surprised that all his grandchildren showed up on stage as he was getting his Hall of Fame award.   
Bill Finn’s family accepted the Hall of Fame award for Finn, who died in 1990. Front right is presenter Pam Sachs, a former Motley teacher who dressed up like Bill Finn for the ceremony.   
The first four athletes inducted into the Staples-Motley Hall of Fame were Bob Peterson, Warren Mertens, Del Cerney and Arden Beachy. The following biographies were read at the induction ceremony on April 5. Bob Peterson Bob graduated from Staples high school in 1956 and was a four-sport athlete...
Del Cerney with his Hall of Fame presenters, his father Franklin Cerney, left, and coach Mel Nefstead.  

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