December 17, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Wadena board discusses highway dep't.

The Wadena County Board of Commissioners kept Interim Highway Department Head Jeff Adolphson before them for nearly an hour at the Dec. 1 board meeting. One of several topics concerned his own compensation. More...

Good Samaritan saves Verndale woman's life

The Minnesota State Patrol credits a rural Malmo man for saving a life after a recent crash on Dec. 7, in Aitkin County. More...

Special Sections

Crow Wing Currents

Thanks a million, Pillager Lions

Celebrating 25 years of community service

The Pillager Lions Club is celebrating 25 years of service to the Pillager community. More...

Motley's levy/property taxes decrease in 2010

Come January, Motley residents can expect to see a 2.3 percent decrease in the city's levy; as well as a probable decrease in general property taxes. At their regular meeting Dec. More...

Motley City Council approves two-lot split of former El Ray property

It took awhile getting there, but the Motley City Council, at their regular meeting Dec. 8, okayed a split (with conditions to be re-visited in three years) on the former El Ray truckstop property in Motley. More...

Letters

Save Staples landmarks

"In with the new, out with the old." It came to light at the Nov. More...

Issue is not judging others

Rick Weber's letter supporting the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America's decision to allow practicing gays/lesbians (those living with partners of the same sex) to serve as pastors, is misleading. The key word is practicing. More...

Warming the heart

As a writer I am always searching for the perfect words to convey my thoughts. My visit to Staples last Sunday can only be described as heart warming. I thank all of those who stopped to talk about my books and reminisce. More...

Current Happenings

Live Nativity in Wadena

The Fifteenth Annual Live Nativity in Wadena will be held on Christmas Day, at 10 a.m. at the Wadena National Guard Armory. More...

Educational Opportunities

December 21 'CIRCLE OF PARENTS' SUPPORT GROUP Mondays, 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...

Cardinal Christmas concert scheduled

The Staples Motley High School Music Department will present Christmas concerts at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17, and Monday, Dec. 21, at Centennial Auditorium. The works of G.F. Handel, J.S. More...

Obituaries

Rosa Mills

Rosa Anna Mills, 92, of Wadena, formerly of Central, died Dec. 7, 2009 at Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena. Funeral services were held Dec. 10, at the Central United Methodist Church, rural Verndale, with Pastor Charles Horsager officiating. More...

Arvid Nelson

Arvid Duane Nelson, 90, of Buffalo Lake, died Dec. 7, 2009 at the Burns Manor Nursing Home in Hutchinson. Funeral services were held Dec. 11 at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Hutchison. More...

Wilfrid Champagne

Wilfrid Louis Champagne, 83, of Blaine died Nov. 29, 2009 Memorial services were held Dec. 1 at Christ Lutheran Church in Blaine. Wilfrid was born Sept. 5, 1926, to Wilfrid and Louise (Gollner) Champagne. More...

Public Notices - Free Access

Public Notices

CITY OF STAPLES ORDINANCE NO. 483 Statement of Intent and Purpose An ordinance modifying Ordinance No. 481, which granted Minnesota Power a franchise to operate and maintain an electric distribution system in the city of Staples. More...

Staples City Council

November 24, 2009 The regular meeting of the Staples City Council was called to order by Mayor Etzler at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at the Staples Government Center. More...

Garage fire

Staples firefighters worked in below zero weather Dec. 14, to put out a garage fire at 214 McKinley St. SW in Staples. The garage, which was totalled, is part of a rental unit owned by Brian and Kathy Dobson, Staples. More...

City's utilities rates to increase in 2010

Along with a city budget and levy approval for 2010, the Staples City Council on Dec. 8 approved a roughly 8 percent increase in many of the rates charged by the Staples Municipal Utilities Department. More...

Joint Connections

The new Joint Connections Department of Lakewood Health System held an open house Monday afternoon to celebrate the beginning of the new orthopedic services at the hospital. Dr. More...

 

News

SES Christmas program

A group of fifth grade boys sang three selections of Christmas songs as part of the Staples Elementary School's All-School Christmas program Friday, Dec. 11. More...

Christmas gathering held

Members present at the Dec. auxiliary meeting were, front row, left to right, Carol Olsen, Bernie St.Pierre, Harriet Dent, Rita Stone and Dorothy Kennedy. More...

Auxiliary sends flags to troops

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit #70 of Staples held their annual Christmas party Dec. 7 at the First International Bank Annex. Twenty-one members attended. During the business portion, Joan Hamann and Fran Reese were welcomed as new members. More...

Opinion

High speed internet key to rural vitality

It's a familiar story: A bright, ambitious 22-year-old who grew up in a small Minnesota town decides to move to the Twin Cities after graduating from college because that's where she can find a wellpaying job. More...

Cartoon

Full Story

Senate health care bill needs major reform

Because of the large number of contacts I have received regarding federal health care reform, I recently joined with a number of other state senators to contact Senators Klobuchar and Franken. 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

December 17 REGION FIVE DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION meets Thursday, Dec. 17, 403 Prairie Ave. NE., Staples. Board mtg. 6 p.m.; Commission mtg., holiday party, 6:10 p.m. THE WADENA WHIRLAWAYS will square dance Thursday, Dec. More...

Life Currents

Anniversary

50th Anniversary open house

On open house to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Bob and Betty Lee will be held from 2-5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 20 at TMaxwell's Restaurant in Staples. They were married Dec. 20, 1959, at Varnes Lutheran Church, Fertile, Minn. More...

Hello World

BIRTHS REPORTED AT LAKEWOOD HEALTH SYSTEM HOSPITAL INCLUDED: Born to Ryan and Keri Kuklok of Cushing, a baby girl, Natalee Louise, weighing nine pounds six ounces on Dec. 7, 2009. More...

The Other Day

. . . I heard singing on TV, but the words were drastically different than I remembered. How could this be? There are some things, like favorite carols, which should not be stripped of their traditional message. More...

Sports

Cardinal wrestlers 4 for 5 this week

The Staples Motley wrestling team had a good week, defeating four teams, including Crosby- Ironton, Detroit Lakes, Dilworth- Glyndon-Felton, New York Mills and losing just one against Greenbush Middle River (GBMR). More...

Cards split two exciting cage clashes

The Staples Motley boys basketball squad, despite a split of their two games this week, had some exciting cage action early in the 2009-10 season. The SM boys downed Pequot Lakes 55- 49 on Dec. More...

Cardinal girls split: losing to Pequot, downing Frazee

The Staples Motley Cardinal girls team split two games this past week, losing 62-45 on Dec. 8 to the Pequot Lake girls and coming home Monday to defeat Frazee 52- 25. More...