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Every September, arrive some unmistakable signs that one of the most delicious times of the year is arriving. Delicious, that is, if you love the drama and excitement of radical changes in the world around us, and—especially—if your pulse quickens when you imagine peering through cattails at...
The Staples-Motley girls tennis team took on rival Pequot Lakes on Sept. 15. Georgia Kruchten pounds a return.  
The Staples-Motley cross country teams ran fast times on a short course as both the girls and boys won their meet with perfect scores. The race at Park Rapids was just between two teams when a third team pulled out.  “This meet became a difficult one to coach, in the sense that we have two meets...
Issiah Tabatt battled with a Perham runner, sprinting the final 200 meters before finishing a step ahead, as Staples-Motley fans look on intently. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley girls finished ahead of the top ranked team in the state and the boys beat the second ranked team in the state, as both teams finished ahead of Perham to win the Wadena-Deer Creek Johanna Olson Invite on Sept. 3. In the girls race, it was a Cardinal stampede. The team started out...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   Following is a letter I sent to the University of Minnesota after they announced they were going to cut men’s track and field, men’s gymnastics and men’s tennis. I hate to play sports off against each other, they are all great sports, but I don’t understand how...
Staples-Motley tennis player Rose Han smashes a shot in the team’s match against Parkers Prairie. The Cardinals have two more home matches, Sept. 15 and 29. (Photo by Jody Hagenson) Staples-Motley 7, Parkers Prairie 0 Singles: Lauren Rutten W 6-0, 6-1; Rose Han  W 6-1, 6-0; Allison Knosalla W 6-1,...
Varsity football and volleyball are on hold until spring, but the cheerleading teams will be ready when the season starts. Pictured, Staples-Motley cheerleaders help conduct the Cheerleader Jamboree this summer, sponsored by Staples-Motley Community Education. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson...
Area children hoped to reel in a big fish at Dower Lake in Staples Aug. 21.  From left are Evan Alexander, Jackson Alexander, Aliza Alexander, all of Staples; and Taylin Lind of Cushing. In addition to fishing, the young people enjoyed swimming at the lake.  (Staples World photo by Dawn Timbs)  
The Staples-Motley girls tennis team lost a narrow match 4-3 to New London-Spicer on Sept. 1. The match came down to the final matchups, and the number three doubles team of Corrine Olson and Amy Rollins nearly turned the outcome when they went into a third set, only to lose narrowly, 7-5. This...
The Staples-Motley tennis team greeted their opponents while wearing masks, one of the new COVID-19 rules for sports teams this season. Once they are introduced and take the court, the players can remove the masks. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)  

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