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On Feb. 7, the Wadena County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to “elect jurisdiction” – meaning that the county will enforce state-mandated buffer zones around lakes, streams, rivers, and public ditches rather than have the State of Minnesota do it. Commissioners decided to accept...
Recently the Minnesota Music Educators Association hosted their annual Midwinter Clinic at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Staples-Motley was represented by, above from left, Noah Han and Nick Crist, with SMHS choir director, Caleb Horn. Noah participated with the All-State Choir and Nick with...
Dancers from Music General Dance Studio competed in the “Jump Dance Tour” in Houston, Tex., Jan. 27-29. The tap dance trio received a high gold and a third place award. From left are Jayce Kobliska, Staples; Kallie Baker, Brainerd; and Klaire Storry, Staples. As part of a teen large group they...
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) began spring truck weight restrictions in the central frost zones Feb. 21. Removal of winter load increases and start of spring load restrictions in the south, southeast and Metro frost zones began Feb. 17. Road restriction maps showing the...
Sherry Kutter spoke candidly to the Todd County Board of Commissioners during the open forum prior to the start of the regular board meeting on Feb. 7. Kutter and her husband live on a small farm near Big Birch Lake. She talked to the board about the “blatant violations” that have been committed by...
...Paul Bunyan gave to me, a giant bra from Wahoo Valley. Pictured above are members of the Staples World staff, recipients of the first gift from the giant lumberjack. Front row, from left, Robert McKimmy, Dawn Timbs, Brenda Halvorson. Back row, Jim Vollegraaf, Kathy Odden, Gary Mueller, Janice Winter. (Staples World photo)
Get your singing voice out and join the Staples World in highlighting a variety of area landmarks during the debut of, ‘The Twelve Months of ‘17.’ Sung to the tune of ‘The Twelve Days Of Christmas,’ the new lyrics have a northwoods flavor, with Paul Bunyan taking the place of the ‘true love’ who...
On Feb. 9 a vehicle struck the back end of a stationary trailer at the intersection of 2nd Ave. NE and 3rd Ave. NE. The driver of the vehicle was transported to Lakewood Hospital with non life threatening injuries. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)  
Correct or incorrect the thought has crossed my mind that we, in Wing River Township, Wadena County, have been blessed with more than our share of high age resident seniors. That is an area only six miles by six miles including most of the small town of Bluegrass. I want to share a bit of this...
Jacob Krueger, a student in the CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) class, looks over an ice fishing rod, one of the many prizes to be awarded at the CEO Ice Fishing Jamboree, Feb. 25 at Dower Lake. (Submitted photo)
The Central Minnesota CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) high school class will host a family friendly ice fishing tournament Saturday, Feb. 25, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Dower Lake. The CEO Ice Fishing Jamboree will raise money for their class program.  CEO is a hands-on non-traditional...
Lisa Morgan and Kassidy Rice of NJPA Educational Solutions will show the movie “Screenagers,” about students spending time with video screens. The free event is Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at NJPA in Staples. The public is asked to register at NJPAcoop.org/edregistration. Rice said it is a great film for parents and middle-school or older students. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) is offering a free showing of the movie “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age,” about how American teenagers can spend nearly half their day looking at screens, including TV, videos, movies, social media, gaming and listening to music. The event is a new...

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