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On a recent drive over the network of county roads that leads to the family cabin, my wife and I watched a pair of tractors pulling large mowers, hugging the sloping ditch that borders the asphalt. In their wake was a fresh-cut carpet lying flat to the ditch contour, ahead of them standing greenery...
Mason Nyhus evades Pillager defenders to earn extra yards after catching a pass. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley football team saved their best game of the season for their last regular season game. The Cardinals with a win over 8th ranked Pillager 20-12 on Oct. 18. The keys to the win were defense and passing. The Cardinals attempted 45 passes, compared to just over 10 running plays,...
Mackenna Bjerga sets the ball while Alex Davis runs around to get ready for the spike.
The Staples-Motley volleyball team only managed one split at the Upsala tournament on Oct. 19, falling 2-0 to Holdingford, Upsala and Walker-Hackensack-Akely, before splitting games with Milaca, 11-25, 25-21. Camryn Banaka had 11 digs while Kiara Storry and Kayla Erbe each had five digs against...
Evelyn Gonzalez flips during the diving competition. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley swimming and diving team had multiple winners in a dual meet with Perham on Oct. 23, but they couldn’t match the depth of Perham and ended up on the short end of a 101-77 loss. First place finishes included: the medley relay team of Emily Veronen, Lili Schneider, Autumn Nelsen...
The expression in the title above has almost certainly been overworked.  I’m sure I’ve “worked it” myself more than once.  But that’s because it’s so fitting and so true.  For some it’s a complaint that at this season there are too many pressing chores; keeping up with falling leaves, last-minute...
With nearly 500,000 firearms deer hunters in the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages hunters to purchase their licenses early to avoid long lines and any potential system issues associated with the high sales volume.  The 2017 Minnesota firearms deer season begins a half...
The Staples-Motley football team outgained Wadena-Deer Creek on Oct. 13, but didn’t match them on the scoreboard, falling 37-19. The Cardinals gained 319 yards, compared to 308 for W-DC. But three turnovers hurt the team, as did going one for nine on third down conversions. Chase Davis caught seven...
The Staples-Motley girls swimming and diving team switched up their lineups for a meet against Detroit Lakes on Oct. 12, then got their first taste of their new tougher section at the True Team meet on Oct. 14. “We decided it was time to switch things up and swim events they don’t normally swim, so...
As the Staples-Motley volleyball team lines up before the game, the students get ready to haunt the opponents. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)  
The Staples-Motley cross country had two Mid State Conference champions as Kira Sweeney and Emmet Anderson easily outpaced the competition. Sweeney won the girls race in 21:12 over a tough course that followed cross-country ski trails. The girls also had the second and third place finishers in...

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