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For most wild creatures, survival is an hour-by-hour, day-in-and-day-out, lifelong challenge. In the wild there is no social safety net, no food shelf, no retirement in which the struggle eases during “golden years.” Instincts and a creature’s unique physical adaptations to its world help it...
Sivert Klefsaas splits the defense and swoops in for a basket. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)  
The little Cardinals did it again this weekend and took first at the Buzz Saw Duals Tournament in Cloquet. Staples-Motley beat North Shore 55-12, Pierz 43-30 and then Foley 32-30 in the finals.  Pictured, front row from left, Maxx Carlson, Brennan Sonenstahl (manager), Beau Carlson, Gage Bjerga,...
The Staples-Motley bench erupted when Cole Winkels scored his reversal to tie the score in his match, above, and became even more excited when the referee started counting back points to gain the lead, below. Winkels held on for the win, giving the Cardinals a 40-36 win over New York Mills. (...
About this time each year, male whitetail deer go through a transformation that can change a creature that may have been a big game trophy a mere 10 weeks ago, into an animal virtually indistinguishable from other members of its kind; except, perhaps, by its size and weight.  That change is the...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley wrestling team threw the section seeding process up in the air with a thrilling 40-36 win against New York Mills on Jan. 14. “We had an exciting match and it was a great atmosphere,” said Coach Mark Carlson. “It was fantastic to see all the fan...
Kaila Erbe looks for an outlet pass after getting a steal against Henning on Jan. 16. Staples-Motley lost 67-47 to a Henning team that is ranked in state polls. The Cardinals also lost 51-41 against Barnesville Jan. 13. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)  
The Staples-Motley boys basketball team continued their losing streak with a 71-42 loss at Pillager on Jan. 14. The Cardinals have played some tough teams while losing eight in a row, but will have chances to compete against some of their upcoming opponents.   
Dalton Wells takes control of his match against Wadena-Deer Creek. Wells won his match with a pin. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley wrestling team came up with five pins in a 40-27 win against Wadena-Deer Creek on Jan. 7. Jason Trantina and Dalton Wells worked hard to gain their pins, while Will Danilyuk, Sam Jennissen and Owen Bjerga had quick pins. Other winners were Logen...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley girls basketball team had their highest scoring game of the season in beating Aitkin 77-49 on Jan. 6, but then suffered cold shooting in two losses, 57-51 at Pillager Jan. 7 and 63-46 at Crosby-Ironton Jan. 9 Against Aitkin, the Cardinals picked...

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