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With hesitation on all of them except the sheriff’s salary, the Todd County Commissioners approved all of the elected official salaries for 2019 at their Dec. 5 meeting. First up was the salary for County Attorney Chuck Rasmussen which was an increase of 5.14 percent. Commissioner David Kircher...
The Staples Economic Development Authority agreed to join a buisness retention and expansion project in Wadena County. Economic Development Director Melissa Radermacher said she has been talking with project coordinator Katie Heppner, who said the project could cover all of Staples, not just the...
The school portion of the 2018 levy, payable in 2019, for taxpayers in  the Staples-Motley School District could increase by 24 percent over last year  when the school board approves the final levy at their Dec. 18 meeting. The figure of $2,444,593 for the maximum levy was presented Dec. 3 during...
The Staples City Council approved a slight increase in wastewater charges at their Nov. 27 meeting, but other utility charges will remain about the same. Public Works Director Doug Bendorf told the council they are raising the wastewater rates to help pay for the proposed new treatment facility. He...
After 60-plus years serving as an institution for educating children, the brick school building in Motley may one day be home to a public library, banquet facility, community gathering space and city hall. These were a few of the ideas voiced by members of the Motley City Council and city staff...
A close-up of the sign shows some of the battery operated luminaries surrounding the Staples Veterans Park. Some anticipate this might become an annual event. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)  
The Staples Historical Society will hold their annual ‘Christmas at the Depot’ event on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 1-3 p.m. The Central Minnesota Boys Choir (Explorers and Voyageurs) will be performing at 1:30 p.m. along with other activities. Cookie decorating, a visit by Santa and making cinnamon...
Minnesota State, the system of 30 state colleges and seven state universities, released the results of a study that estimates the contribution of Central Lakes College to the regional economy to be $135.8 million and 1,107 jobs. “While the success of our students is our number one priority, Central...
Sarah Koopmann (left) chatted with her dad, John Koopmann during intermission of Minnesota Opera’s  “Silent Night” performed recently at the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul. John Koopmann, orchestra director at Staples-Motley High School, serves as principal trumpet for the opera company. (Staples World photo by Dawn Timbs)
For orchestra students at Staples-Motley Schools, he’s simply, ‘Mr. Koopmann.’ He’s the guy that first teaches young violin students how to rosin a bow, or trumpet players the basics of making buzzing noises into their mouthpiece.  As these musicians advance from playing beginning scales in the...
Abby Edin will be the featured speaker at the next Cultural Thursday at Central Lakes College, on Thursday, Dec. 6 at noon in the Chalberg Theatre, Brainerd campus. It is free and open to the public. Edin will talk about her time volunteering for the Peace Corps teaching English in Colombia. For...

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