Sports

A great way to locate fish in midsummer is to find crayfish. Just about every kind of fish likes to chew on crayfish, especially young crayfish before they get too big and their outside skeleton gets too hard. Bass, walleye, pike and even big panfish like to munch down crayfish.  Crayfish are...
As 2016 ended and 2017 began, I – like some others who write about the outdoors – took a wait-and-see attitude on how policies under a new president might impact fishing, hunting, outdoor recreation and the environment in general. I recall writing of a first-family member’s involvement in back-...
As wondrous as Nature is, some of its processes become so familiar that we begin to take them for granted. Some species of birds migrate thousands of miles from where they’re born to where they spend the winter. Worm-like caterpillars transform miraculously into the most strikingly beautiful...
The second year of the Staples Alumni Basketball Tournament brought more players and fans, resulting in a lot of competitive action. “There was a ton of quality basketball,” said tournament organizer Colton Thompson. “We will be doing it again in 2018.” (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)  
Staples-Motley trap shooters at state, front row (seated) from left, Deven Paskewitz, Jasiah Paskewitz, Zach Strickland, Owen Bjerga, Payton Bjerga, Max Strickland and Garrett Carlson; row two (kneeling) Alick Nelsen, Ryan Larson, Nate Nyhus, Evan Nanik and Paul Peterson; row three (standing) Sam Jennissen, Dominick Carlson, Jack Adamietz, William Thew, Trevor Rudenick, Arthur Thew and Alex Morlock; back row, Ancher Nelsen, Ben Bartczek, Blake Gerard, Bob Koenig (coach), Scout Strickland, Alex McIlravy, Jac
Travis Maciej was the top Staples-Motley competitor at the Minnesota High School Clay Target League Trap Shooting Championship, held June 12-22 at Alexandria Shooting Park. Maciej shot 91 out of 112 targets to place 41st in the competition. Nearly 7,500 students representing 343 Minnesota high...
The Lumberbats evening game at Menahga made for a picturesque scene. (Submitted photo)
A pitchers dual lived up to expectations as the Staples Lumberbats’ Jalen Busker dueled with Midway Snurbirds starting pitcher Jake Lund July 7 in Menahga. In the end, Busker was on the short end as the Lumberbat offense squandered a couple of scoring chances. In the third inning, the Lumberbats...
The Staples-Motley Cardinal Basketball Alumni Tournament will start around 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 14, and and continue with games starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, at the Staples-Motley High School gym. The tournament will be a fundraiser for Staples-Motley Booster Clubs, with a donation...
The author with the offending garter snake. (Submitted photo)
It was a beautiful sunny afternoon when my brother-in-law Tim Gilbert and I decided we should run over to a neat little lake in Central Cass County to see if we could pick up a few largemouth bass. We knew it wasn’t the greatest afternoon for landing big bass with little wind and clear blue skies,...

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