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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children five to 11. This approval makes the Pfizer vaccine the only one currently available to everyone ages five and up. The Moderna and Johnson &...
The Staples Lions recently held their peace poster contest. This year’s theme was, “We Are All Connected”. Winners were announced recently at the middle school. Above: Lion member and Staples Elementary Principal Kathy Johnson holds the third place poster by Madisson Perius (missing); Evan Schultz; Madelyn Kist, second place; Lion Beth Gedde; Sophie Schlosser, the Peace Poster winner and Wanda Lutz, Motley Lion holding Jadalynn McKenna’s poster (missing).   Cash prizes were provided by the Motley Lions and
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   What’s needed for downtown Staples to continue to be a center for commerce in the area? What’s missing from the downtown? What do you consider to be the Staples downtown?  Those were some of the questions that were brought up at the first meeting of the Staples...
With 74 new cases of COVID-19, the Staples area recorded the highest weekly total since zip code numbers were released weekly starting more than a year ago. The highly contagious Delta variant now makes up virtually all the cases spreading in Minnesota. Other area communities are still seeing a...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples City Council reviewed a plan for Magney Construction to provide $15,000 available to the City of Staples in case they incur any damages while their new wastewater treatment plant is being completed. The plant was scheduled to be finished in July, but...
Wes Budke with President Reagan (above, in sunglasses) and George Bush, below left.
Area veterans are invited to attend the Veterans Day program on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m. at Staples-Motley High School. Before the event, veterans are invited to a special breakfast at Staples-Motley Elementary School at 9 a.m. Area resident Wes Budke will be the featured speaker at the high...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples City Council approved an updated Safe Routes to School plan and will now request state funding to build the infrastructure associated with the plan. The plan calls for an updated sidewalk system for students to reach the Staples-Motley Elementary...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley School building project is on track to go to bids in January. At the Oct. 18 school board meeting, the board heard reports about ICS finishing design documents in November and soil borings being taken in October. Following a review of Staples-...
This human jawbone found in the Crow Wing River north of Staples was determined to be of ancient origin. The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office said the bone will undergo archaeological evaluation and then be properly interned. Jennifer Barg said her cousin found the bone near the family property they call “Marshland”. The property was originally owned by Alice and Monroe Marsh and is now owned by Barg and her brothers. The bone was found July 31. (Submitted photo)
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   A human mandible (lower jaw bone) found in the Crow Wing River has been determined to be of ancient origin, according to the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office. The bone was found in the river adjacent to property owned by Jennifer Barg and her brothers, in Thomastown...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   Students across the state have slowed their educational progress, according to the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) exams. Staples-Motley school students are doing better than the state average in math and science, in that their loss of progress is not as...
Mark Crampton, far left, his wife Veronique, and the other Peace Corps volunteers to Benin, listen to one of their colleagues sing a song on the stage of the Batcher Block Opera House in Staples. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   A special reunion received a special tour, when the 1973 Peace Corps cohort to Benin and West Africa met in Staples to tour the Batcher Block Opera House. Staples resident Mark Crampton was one of the Peace Corps volunteers in 1973 and invited the rest of them to...

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