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Chelsea Nanik stops an Aitkin player from getti ng a pass off. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley girls basketball team battled two quality opponents and came out on top, beating Aitkin 65-47 on Dec. 20 and 73-62 over Park Rapids on Dec. 22. The team is now 6-1. “This was our best game from start to finish,” said Coach Craig Wolhowe about the Aitkin game. “We competed and...
The Staples-Motley pep band has been entertaining crowds before games this season with some exciting new songs and new musicians. Pictured, student Brian Sterriker, right, directs the band. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)  
With ice forming on Minnesota lakes, outdoor enthusiasts may be tempted to get out before ice is thick enough to support foot traffic. The Department of Natural Resources conservation officers have a message – stay off the ice until at least 4 inches of new, clear ice is present. “Each year we see...
Chris Etzler of Staples True Value offers a less expensive replacement rod and reel. (Submitted photo)
Looking over the 15 inches of new snow in our yard, it’s time to reflect on last summer and a real fishing misadventure. It was a beautiful cool July morning on Leech Lake with a slight southeasterly breeze. A perfect morning for catching a few walleye. I was fishing with two of my favorite people...
The Staples-Motley boys basketball team suffered two losses in a row, 76-53 against Breckenridge on Dec. 13 and 74-43 against Bemidji on Dec. 17. The Cardinals fell to 1-3 on the year. Against Breckenridge, Mason Rychner led the team with 15 points. Max Giza and Josh Lombard added 11 each and Jack...
Amber Robben beats the Pillager defense down the floor for a basket. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley girls basketball team kept a comfortable lead for most of the game in a 77-60 win over Pillager on Dec. 13, improving their record to 4-1. Claire Wolhowe led the team with 23 points, while Kelsie Wiete scored 18. Ashley Smith and Sam Schimpp scored 10 each.Other scorers were...
  Alex Erpelding and Spencer Miller won individual titles and Eric Lisson placed second to lead the Staples-Motley wrestling team to a third place finish at the Big Bear tournament at Cass Lake-Bena Dec. 16-17. Coach Dave Anglin said this tournament is one of the toughest in the state, with around...
Upcoming events at Minnesota state parks and trails provide many ways to get out and enjoy winter. Starting Dec. 31: Candlelight Events  Few views soothe the soul like candlelight flickering on snow. Dozens of candlelight events, some of which draw crowds of more than 1,000 people, will take place...
The Staples-Motley girls basketball team picked up their third win of the season, beating Crosby-Ironton 57-34 on Dec. 6, but then had their first loss, falling to Osakis 73-48 on Dec. 8. The Cardinals limited C-I to six offensive rebounds. “That was one of our goals,” said Coach Craig Wolhowe. “...
The Staples-Motley wrestling team had two champions at the Paul Bunyan tournament in Brainerd on Dec. 9-10. Owen Bjerga won the 132 pound title and Alex Erpelding won at 182 pounds. Erpelding scored two pins in his first two rounds, then won 6-1 in the final. Bjerga had two close matches to start...

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