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Walter Lusti, left, and  Blair Erickson with their scholarship check and the “wood,” second place plaques. (Photos submitted by Melissa Erickson)
A simple act of kindness can change the life of a child. For teenagers Blair Erickson and Walter Lusti, that act of kindness came as the gift of a portable fish house from their friend Jon Chapman. Jon had been a CLAM Outdoors pro-staffer for several years. As part of that role, he acquired nice...
Staples-Motley School District hosted the Area 5 Special Olympics basketball tournament April 17. Pictured above are SM athletes and unified partners. Front row, from left, Max Strickland, Maykayla Lambert, Torii Nienow, Logan Paklonsky, Sam Olsen, Austin Heifort. Back row: Conner Heifort, Ariana Imgrund, Mackenna Bjerga, Scout Strickland, Tyler Plattner, James Vold, Cole Greenwaldt, Rebecca Oberlander, Adam Oberlander, Sarah Nanik, Bryant Peterson. (Staples World photo by Dawn Timbs)
Sixteen delegations participated at the Area 5 Special Olympics basketball event at Staples-Motley High School April 17. There were a total of 177 athletes, 95 coaches, 58 unified partners and 57 Cardinal volunteers who participated. The delegations represented Aitkin, Brainerd Lakers, Brainerd...
As we head into the waning days of April, our thoughts turn to the fishing opener just weeks away. The ice has left our lakes earlier than anticipated, meaning most of our deep, clear lakes of the north will be ice-free as will the western and southern, shallower lakes. Here are some thoughts on...
Kiera Dumpprope carries the baton in the winning 4x800 meter relay, as her teammates and Coach Bruce Fuhrman check the split of her first lap. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley track and field teams racked up a lot of high places in the distance events at the Park Rapids Invitational on April 16 and the Foley Invitational on April 18. For the girls, Kyanna Burton won two of her three individual events at the two meets and the 4x800 relay of Addison...
Tom Danculovich of Staples caught this seven-foot swordfish while on vacation recently in Cancun, Mexico. “He’s out there swimming,” Danculovich said of the giant fish, which he opted to throw back in the water rather than having it mounted and shipped back home. (Submitted photo)
“What an experience,” Tom Danculovich said of fishing off the coast of Cancun, Mexico, and catching a seven-foot swordfish. The Staples man, 73, said his wife, Diane, encouraged him to take part in a fishing excursion while they were on a recent vacation. He vacillated about it for three hours, but...
The Staples-Motley baseball team had a win, a loss and one undecided game in their first week of competition. The Cardinals Beat Detroit Lakes 10-3 in their first game on April 16, behind the pitching of Ben Olander, pictured above at Pine Grove Park Field, where they played because the varsity...
Few photos of John Donaldson exist, but a 39 second film clip has been found and is the subject of the upcoming movie, “39 Seconds.” Researcher Peter Gorton will talk about the player and the movie on Sunday, April 28, at the Staples Depot, starting at 1 p.m.
A Staples native will report on his efforts to get a black baseball player enshrined in baseball’s National Hall of Fame, at the annual meeting of the Old Wadena Society on Sunday, April 28. The Old Wadena Society meeting will be held at 1 p.m. in the lobby of the Historic Northern Pacific Depot in...
As we enter into the open water season of 2019, there are a host of new innovations that are new for the year and as always, some are righteous and others, not so much. Here are some thoughts on a few items. Power Poles    These have gained a lot of attention recently but have become much more...
A black bear gets up close with a bird feeder to find out what is inside. (Photo by Ray Gildow)
My wife and I live in the Central part of Minnesota surrounded by water and woods. We have lived in the same house on the same property for over forty years. One thing that we have noticed over the years is that there are a lot more bears in the neighborhood than there used to be. What makes it...
There is an assortment of labels sometimes used to describe groups of animals.  There is the “pride” of lions, the “gaggle” of geese, and the “murder” of crows, the last of which says a lot about how we have regarded these conspicuous black birds down through the ages.  I think there is room for a...

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