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The Todd County Master Gardeners in conjunction with the Sauk River Watershed will present the Todd County Garden Day Saturday, March 11, from 8:15 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 401 4th St S, Long Prairie.  Early bird registration deadline is Feb. 24. Registration fee includes...
First International Bank & Trust announces their third annual community giving campaign.  This campaign encourages community members to apply for a Live First Community Grant which awards $5,000 to a project or cause that makes a difference in your community. Three runners-up will also receive...
... Paul Bunyan gave to me, two tall pines.’ Pictured above at Pine Grove Park in Staples are members of the Lumberjacks baseball team, Staples, recipients of the second gift from the giant lumberjack. From left are Jason Bachmann, Blake Petrich, Austin Redemske, Tanner Fischer. To see a video...
Characters from Disney movies entertained Special Olympics athletes and fans during a break in the action during the Special Olympics basketball event at Staples-Motley High School on Feb. 15. Varsity basketball players donned the costumes and played games to entertain fans. Pictured from left,...
Amy Dinkel-VanValkenburg, standing, and Nancy Quance will have a variety of board games and card games as well as bingo for their first Project Together activity night March 6 at the Staples Community Center. These special nights are for adults with disabilities and their caregivers for education, recreation and socialization. Call 218-894-5315 to register. (Staples World photo by Brenda Halvorson)
Adults with disabilities and their caregivers will have a new option for social activities beginning in March.  Project Together, a program to provide educational, recreational and socializing opportunities for adults with differing abilities, is beginning a schedule of activities every Monday from...
The Staples City Council seemed to be open to implementing a lodging tax before the new Timberlake Hotel opens in May. The tax would cover all the lodging facilities within the city. City Administrator Jerel Nelsen said most cities that have a hotel also have a lodging tax. The tax would only be...
Longtime sweethearts Don and Gloria Norton, Staples, renewed their vows on their 70th wedding anniversary Feb. 14, at Lakewood Health System Care Center, where they now reside. The couple shared a kiss and a smile after exchanging rings and a heartfelt promise to love each other ‘for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health.’ (Staples World photos by Dawn Timbs)
Pachelbel’s ‘Canon in D’ played softly as Don and Gloria Norton were wheeled in to the dining room to renew their wedding vows Feb. 14. The special ceremony commemorating their 70 years of marriage was held at Lakewood Health System Care Center in Staples, where the Nortons now reside. Six of the...
From left, Connections High School students Alyssa Vanderhoof, Taeleigh Marlowe and Shelby Brusewitz. All three believe the Connections educational format of project-based curriculum fits them well. Marlowe will graduate with a Connections High School degree this spring while Vanderhoof and Brusewitz would like to continue with the program even though it is ending as a separate school. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
Connections High School will not open again in the fall of 2017, but Staples-Motley High School will continue to support the project-based learning that makes the school unique. At their Feb. 7 meeting the Connections High School Board voted to give up autonomy and roll the school into a program...
A contingent of men from the Staples Area Men’s Chorus had the opportunity to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City in a combined chorus under the direction of Lee Nelson, front center. Rob Freelove, SAMC director, is on the left and Kevin Olsen, SAMC president-elect, is on the right. Behind them are most of the SAMC members who made the trip. (Submitted photo)
Every now and then life will offer you a once-in-a-life-time opportunity and you will need to decide - “Do I take it or let it go by and hope for another one someday?” On Thursday, Feb. 16, 28 members of the Staples Area Men’s Chorus (SAMC) along with 29 friends and family members grabbed their...
Folk singer Woody Guthrie writes one of his best-known songs, “This Land is Your Land,” on Feb. 23, 1940. The song reflected not only Guthrie’s support for the common folk, but also his deep love for his country. The verse celebrated the beauty and grandeur of America while the chorus drove home...

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