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By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   A building consultant has the Staples-Motley School Board thinking about the benefits of saving the old gymnasium at the high school site instead of building a new one. The renovation could cost as much as building new, but the consultants said the old gym offers...
Music flowed from the Batcher Opera Hall one more time on Aug. 28, as Gary and Dawn Timbs entertained the crowd that came to the tour of the Batcher Building on Aug. 28. They sang “Over the Rainbow” and “Hey, Good Lookin’.” (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
By Mark AndersonManaging Editor   “You are standing in a sleeping giant,” artist Carter Averbeck told the crowd at a tour of the Batcher Building in Staples on Aug. 28. He said he has restored other opera halls, and this is “the best preserved I’ve seen.” Because of water damage and mold, the...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples City Council reviewed an electric rate study at their Aug. 27 meeting. Evan Leebens of Missouri River Energy presented the study. Staples is a member of MRE and gets most of the city’s electricty from the company. Leebens said a 2015 study recommended...
The Central Lakes College Diesel Technology program is now accredited by the AED (Associated Equipment Distributors) Foundation. A tour of the program,  located at the CLC Staples campus, took place Aug. 21 and was followed by a ceremony honoring the AEDF accreditation of the diesel program....
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley School Board is looking at developing a new strategic plan to help with future building decisions and to help the school establish an identity. The process to reach these goals will require public input that could be guided by a consultant. The...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples City Council decided to continue to enforce their nuisance ordinance after a citizen appealed a notice requiring him to clean up lumber in his driveway. At the Aug. 13 council meeting, David Carey said he uses the lumber for business projects, he is...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley School Board approved the school handbook for 2019-20, which included changed eligibility standards for activities and dropping the valedictorian and salutatorian designations after 2021. Before the vote, citizen Bruce Drone read his objections...
Keith Olander, Dean of Agricultural Programs at Central Lakes College and Director of AgCentric, hands the microphone to Paul Gazelka, right, at the CLC Field Day on Aug. 23. Gazelka, the Senate Majority Leader, gave an update on the most recent session and talked about the agriculture issues the...
Ray Boessel, Jr. , left, his passenger Midge Johnson of Aitkin and his son, Dan Boessel, led a group of paddlers who finished a short stretch of the Crow Wing River as part of Old Waden Rendezvous. Ray Boessel built and finished this birch bark canoe just days before participating in the Old Wadena...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley School Board discussed renegotiating their contract with the Staples Community Center. At a school board work session on Aug. 5, the board reviewed a contract offered by the City of Staples that would charge $80,387 for 2019-20 and a 1.5 percent...

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