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Ice jams were visible along the Crow Wing River north of Staples March 15. The ice had gone out earlier in the month, only to re-freeze a short time later when temperatures plummeted. By March 20, the first day of spring, the temperature in the Staples area reached nearly 50 degrees, giving hope...
Staples-Motley High School will have a full time counselor next year. The position was approved on a split vote at the Staples-Motley school board meeting Mar. 20. The board agreed on the need for the position, but did not agree on how to fund it. The board also approved adding a Title I teacher...
The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) has selected Julie Mayers Benson, MD, FAAFP, of Staples, as the 2017 Family Physician of the Year. The award has been presented annually, since 1981, to a family physician who represents the highest ideals of the specialty of family medicine,...
Students from Staples-Motley High School in A Cappella Choir, Symphonic Band and Chamber Orchestra returned home March 17, from their six-day trip to Washington, D.C. and Chicago. Students spent months fundraising and saving their extra cash to pay for their trip. Music directors Jon Crust, Caleb...
More than 130 people attended the annual Todd County Feedlot Meeting on March 16, held in Staples for the first time, at Central Lakes College. Pictured above, Kent Solberg talks about integrating livestock into cropping systems to improve soil health. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)  
Recently a Freeport man lost his life in an accident involving an abandoned manure pit. Manure pits are dangerous for anyone living in areas where manure pits are located.  Pits are muck-filled with steep sides that are difficult to get out of; often they have filled with rain/snow, which in some...
Question: What should I do about my neighbor who snow blows the snow from his driveway into the street? I don’t know who to report this to. This morning I nearly had an accident sliding down our street. Answer: There’s a law that covers this issue. The state statute says that it’s unlawful to...
Bob Haddorff developed a passion for wilderness and solitude after visiting the Boundary Waters Canoe Area during his youth. As adults, Bob and his wife, Ginny sought to renew this passion. In 1998, they purchased a cabin on Little Whitefish Lake in Crow Wing County, since then acquired another 200...
Neil Koppes of Staples is looking forward to doing a lot more fishing when he retires in the near future. He is pictured with a 42-inch muskie he caught on Lake Shamineau a number of years ago. Also pictured is a wooden flag he designed and built in his shop at home. (Staples World photo by Dawn Timbs)
When he was still a teen, Neil Koppes knew he wanted to make a mark on this world. “I wanted to do something,” he shared recently at his home in Staples. And, Neil went on, he didn’t want his disability to define him. Born with cerebral palsy in 1957 to Tony and Mae Koppes, Neil grew up on a farm...
One of the lesser known, but extraordinary legends of ages past is the legend of St. Urho, patron saint of the Finnish Vineyard workers, celebrated on March 16 in Finnish communities around the world. As you can see at the statue in Menahga, St. Urho is revered because he banished the grasshoppers...

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