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Eric Lisson recorded his 125th varsity wrestling win at the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley meet. Lisson earned two pins and a 10-2 victory in the final match at 132 pounds, for his third straight win at this tournament. Staples-Motley had two other champions at the invite,  Spencer Miller at 113 pounds...
Jack Fietek gets the ball past two taller Osakis defenders for a basket. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley boys basketball team took early leads in two games, then held on for the win, Jan. 31 against Osakis and Feb. 2 at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton. “I stressed to the guys that this time of year we have to be working on our playoff mindset, we couldn’t afford to come out slow,” said...
Staples-Motley youth wrestlers hosted hundreds of area youth, grades k-6, for their annual tournament Jan. 28. Pictured, some of the local kids make moves on the mat. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)  
The Staples-Motley girls basketball team regained a share of the conference lead with two wins, beating Detroit Lakes 55-46 on Jan. 24 and reversing their earlier result with Pequot Lakes with a 67-51 victory on Jan. 26. Coach Craig Wolhowe said the team rebounded from their earlier loss to play...
January 26, 2017 1. Mason Bros. 8-0 2. Spectrum Marketing 8-0 3. Staples Vet Clinic 7-1 4. Ghost Team 1-7 5. Lefty’s 0-8 6. Ted and Gen’s 0-8 High Team Series-  Mason Bros. 1662 High Team Game-  Mason Bros. 619   High Ind. Series/  high games Marge Harrison 557 209-180 Tia Freitag 520 190-178 Deb...
I was headed back to the office in early afternoon one day last week, after a brief stop at home to give our Labrador retriever her mid-day walk. Halfway there, I approached the bottom of a curve that borders a cattail slough, which is separated by this road from the Mississippi River coursing...
Gavin Smith gets to the basket against Pequot Lakes. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
There were plenty of heroic moments for the Staples-Motley boys basketball team while playing four overtime periods against Pequot Lakes, but none of them were the game-winning shot, as the Cardinals fell 92-86 at home on Jan. 24. The Cardinals also lost to Crosby-Ironton 76-58 on Jan. 27. Against...
Kyle Serich gets close pinning his opponent during the conference wrestling tournament Jan. 28. (Submitted photo)
The Staples-Motley wrestling team had three conference champions and one second place finisher in the Heart O Lakes/Mid State Conference tournament Jan. 28. First place finishers were Spencer Miller at 113 pounds, Owen Bjerga at 126, and Alex Erpelding at 170. Eric Lisson was second at 132,...
A disturbing trend for Minnesotans who fish or hunt is the downward slide in the number of us who pursue those activities. A few statistics are in order. In the late 60’s and early 70’s, slightly over 40 percent of Minnesotans were licensed anglers. By 2010, according to Minnesota Department of...

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