July 23, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Water from heavy rain is topic of a city council discussion

An unusually heavy rainfall, up to five inches by some rain gauges, brought at least one irate local resident out to a city council meeting. More...

Rebuilding press box creates policy issues

Issues with insurance and funding for a renovation of the press box at the Staples Motley High School football field generated discussion at the school board meeting Monday evening. More...

City hall roof 'raises' roof at council session

Which should it have been, a flat roof or a pitched roof? Would a pitched roof have saved $180,000? More...

Special Sections

Crow Wing Currents

Motley Fire Department starts with a clean slate

Council approves newly elected chiefs

Except for its council liaison, the Motley Fire Department is starting over with a clean slate of leaders. Dave Greig has been elected Fire Chief; Bryan Hutchison, 1st Asst. Chief; and Steve Dille, 2nd Asst. Chief. More...

Growler's Gathering in Leader set for July 25

Calling all Growlers... For the 11th year in a row, the tiny town of Leader will host the annual Growler's Gathering...an action-packed event that offers something for the entire family. More...

And a good time was had by all

Memories of the Cass County Fair in Pillager

Old trucks and tractors Rick Walker of Pillager drove his 1923 Model T truck in the Pillager Parade July 18 (with Wyatt, Allison and Valerie Jacobs throwing candy off the flatbed); and Shawn and Anna Hunstad, representing The Shante of Pillager, drov More...

Letters

"Atta - Girl"

Re: Margo Hoemberg We want you to know how much we enjoy Margo Hoemberg's "Looking Back". It's always interesting to read "25 years ago" and "50 years ago"; very often those happenings seem like they occurred just yesterday. More...

Why the whistle blows

I was sorry to hear of the accident on the railroad tracks last week. There will be more when the "Quiet Zone" goes into effect. People complained because the train whistles interrupted their sleep. More...

Current Happenings

100th birthday party for Staples Library

A party for the 100th birthday of the Staples Public Library will be held Sunday, Aug. 2, from 5-7 p.m. at Northern Pacific Park in Staples. The park is across from the Staples Government Center on Iowa Ave. NE between 6th and 7th streets. More...

Music in the Park features Erik Kier

Erik Kier will present a concert in the Staples Music in the Park series on Sunday, July 26, at 7 p.m., running through August 16. The concert will be held in the Northern Pacifi c Park across from the Government Center at 611 Iowa Avenue NE. More...

Educational Opportunities

July 27 'CIRCLE OF PARENTS' SUPPORT GROUP meets Mondays, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Staples Elementary School Library. Parents with children of all ages welcome. Child care provided. For more information on this free event, call 218-640-7035. More...

Obituaries

Ernest E. Allee

Ernest E. Allee, 94, of Duluth, died July 28, 2009 at his home. Arrangements are with the Bell Brothers Funeral Home in Duluth. Funeral services are Friday, July 31, at Alliance Community Church 2621 W Arrowhead Road, Duluth. More...

George L. Turner

George L. Turner, 82, of Randall, died Monday, July 27, 2009 at the St. Cloud Veterans Hospital in St. Cloud. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, July 31, at St. James Catholic Church in Randall. Visitation begins at 9 a.m. on Friday. More...

Cody Vukelich

Cody "Tuff" Vukelich, infant, died July 12, 2009, in Bismarck, N.D. from medical complications at birth. Funeral services were held July 17, at the First United Church in Little Falls, with Chaplain Dave Greaver officating. More...

Public Notices - Free Access

Public Notices

TODD COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION Main St. Gov't. Center 347 Central Ave. - Suite 2 Long Prairie, Minnesota 56347 320-732-4420 PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is hereby given that on Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. More...

Staples City Council Minutes

PROCEEDINGS OF June 23, 2009 The regular meeting of the Staples City Council was called to order by Mayor Etzler at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at the Staples Government Center. More...

Weather deals a nasty blow to city, area

One of the biggest severe weather events of the summer season pounded central Minnesota on Tuesday, July 14, producing heavy rains from Staples to Pillager and to Brainerd, causing more that a few headaches for local folks with wet basements, wet f More...

Man dies after train hits him

A pedestrian who was struck and severely injured by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train late Wednesday, July 15, in Staples, died later due to his injuries. Craig Michael Allen, 30, died at St. More...

A tall helping hand

Aaron Pavek, son of Tim Pavek, a Todd Wadena Electric Co-op employee, reached up to paint a board just under the roof of one of two new dugouts at Pine Grove Park. More...

 

News

City budget session

Members of the Staples City Council, along with city administrative staff, met Tuesday morning, July 21, for a council retreat to discuss the 2010 city budget priorities. More...

Rebates okayed on garbage fees, lower hauler fees

Actions taken by Wadena County Board

At the July 8 Wadena County Board meeting, commissioners agreed to give licensed county garbage haulers a rebate and a permanent reduction of $5 per ton in the tipping fees haulers pay to deliver garbage to the Perham incinerator. More...

Free well water tests

Homeowners can have their well water tested for nitrates and other possible contaminants at the Wadena County Fair on both July 30 and 31. More...

Opinion

Amendments to climate change bill necessary

This year, when the House began to write climate change legislation, it was clear to me that if I didn't get involved in this process, the needs of agriculture, forestry and rural communities would not be addressed. More...

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Green Committee will focus on environment

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The City of Staples Green Committee was formed in October of 2008 to coordinate locally focused green activities and initiatives to foster awareness of environmental issues. More...

Menus

Menus

Senior Nutrition Program Anyone is welcome to come and enjoy a wholesome, nutritious meal and good fellowship at the nutrition site. Suggested donation: $3.50. Just call the phone number below between 8:30 a.m. More...

Calendar

Mark Your Calendar

July 23 THE TODD COUNTY 4-H DEMONSTRATION DAY/DAIRY FOODS DEMONSTRATION CONTEST/FAVORITE FOOD REVIEW, Thursday, July 23, 9:30 a.m., Long Prairie-Grey Eagle High School. More...

Life Currents

Looking Back

25 Years Ago - 1984 Officials lined up for the first shovel-full of dirt Friday marking the construction of a 20,000 square foot addition to Mc- Court- ney's Plastics, Inc., building in Staples. More...

Senior celebrations

The monthly birthday/anniversary party was held at the Staples Senior Citizens Center July 14 with 19 people in attendance. In front are Florence and Elmer Mickelsen, who celebrated their July birthdays. More...

Five generations

Five generations recently gathered for a picture in Hibbing. Front row: great-grandmother Joretta Jasmer, of Staples and great-great-grandmother Lisabelle Arries, of Hibbing. More...

Sports

Two losses spell end of season for Legion team

The local American Legion team was eliminated from the playoffs July 16 when they lost to Bertha- Hewitt 5-4 in eight innings. More...

DNR urging early sign up for hunting education courses

With the fall hunting seasons just around the corner, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is urging all hunters to sign up now for a hunter education class. More...

The Great Escape via Northwoods canoe

- o - Inside the Outdoors

Recently, I wrote about planning a long weekend getaway with my son and daughter. More...