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Brainerd firm has low bid for turnback job

Todd County will award bids May 18

The apparent low bidder for the Staples Highway 10 ‘turnback’ project this summer is the same contractor who did the downtown Brainerd reconstruction project last summer.   More...

Thomastown seeking help with easements

Joy Weyer, clerk, and Richard Sorgert, resident, appeared before the Wadena County Board on May 4 on behalf of Thomastown Township to ask the county to help them get Minnesota Pipeline Company to survey all the easements it has in Thomastown Townshi More...

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Crow Wing Currents

Bell tower for old Motley school bell being built in Veteran’s Park

Dedication is Sept. 4, at ‘The Gathering’

A large cast-iron bell, which once rang out from the old brick schoolhouse in Motley during much of the 1900s, will soon be on display in Motley’s Veteran’s Park. More...

PHS band performs world premiere of “Pillager Suite”

“It’s not every day that you get to be part of a world premiere,” said Rob   Freelove, director of the   Pillager High School Band. “We’re really excited about   this opportunity.”   More...

Cass County 4-H holds ‘Project Day’

Cass County 4-H held its third Annual Project Day on May 1. Thirty youth and 15 adults traveled to The Life Center in Pine River to learn about a few of the 59 different project area options that are available. More...

Letters

Lyme Disease Awareness Month

May is National Lyme Disease Awareness Month. I have been diagnosed with Lyme disease and am currently being treated. This is a devastating and debilitating illness. The good news is that it is preventable. More...

Current Happenings

Local oral histories to be recorded at library

The Great River Regional Library Staples branch is offering families and individuals the opportunity to record their personal stories through StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization.   More...

Car club clean up

Members of the Still Cruisin’ Car Club of Staples gathered May 2 to cleanup two miles of Hwy 210 south of Staples as well as the Pine Grove Park shelter in preparation of their annual picnic. More...

Auditions set for ‘Pirates of Penzance’

Lamplighter Community Theatre (LCT) will hold auditions for Gilbert and Sullivan’s light, comic opera “Pirates of Penzance” Monday through Thursday, May 24-27, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Centennial Auditorium in Staples.   More...

Obituaries

Alice Berglund

Alice Berglund, 88, formerly of Motley, died May 8, 2010 at the Lakewood Health System Care Center, Staples. Funeral services were held May 11, at Brenny Funeral Home in Staples. Burial was in the Motley Public Cemetery. More...

Elaine Rogers

Elaine Rogers, 82, of Staples, died May 5, 2010, at the Lakewood Health System Hospital, Staples.   Funeral services were held May 10, at Brenny Funeral Home in Staples. Burial was in the Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Staples. More...

Mel Simon

Mel Simon, of Staples, died May 9, 2010 at the St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud.   Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on May 14, at the Sacred Hearth Catholic Church in Staples. The Visitation is Thursday, May 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. More...

Sports

Fishing opener is this weekend

Minnesota’s 2010 walleye opener will be May 15, beginning at 1:01 a.m. More...

Happy hunter

Nine-year-old Benson Nyhus was a happy hunter after harvesting his first wild turkey, a three year old tom weighing 21 pounds. He also sported a nine inch beard. More...

Let’s talk turkey - success story

Inside the Outdoors

On two different evenings recently, driving the back roads of Cass and Morrison counties to and from my wife’s family’s cabin, I spotted wild turkeys loitering by the roadside, or hustling to cross the pavement en route from one ditch to More...

Widmer's boat takes first voyage - Free Access

Prototype performs well in first outing

Experimental boat takes first voyage More...

Long range planning for Dower Lake Park

Public comment invited May 17

Is there a need for more campsites at Dower Lake?   Should there be a long term (monthlong) rental sites at the Dower Lake campground?   Do we need better softball facilities (four fields) at the park? More...

Top students in Class of 2010 named at SMHS

Graduation ceremonies this month at Staples Motley High School will find two students leading the procession who are headed for challenging careers. More...

Todd County residents explore their future

MPR’s research highlighted at recent forum

Hundreds of Todd County residents attended a recent forum in Long Prairie to discuss the current challenges facing this area; and to explore solutions for their county’s future.   More...

 

News

Todd, Ottertail agree to share solid waste director

The Todd County Board of Commissioners agreed to contract with Ottertail County to provide the services of a solid waste director at their May 4 meeting.   Mike Hanan will serve as Todd County’s part time solid waste director.   More...

RiderCoach prep course

Six students from all over Minnesota attended a recent RiderCoach Preparation Course (for motorcyclists), held at Central Lakes College in Staples. More...

College honors eight retirees

Central Lakes College on May 10 honored eight retiring employees with nearly 200 years of service to the State of Minnesota.   The eight were among those acknowledged at the annual Recognition Event as the academic year comes to a close. More...

Opinion

Photo ID to vote: The time has come

Last fall, Center of the American Experiment issued a report recommending 15 reforms of our state’s election system, informed largely by experiences from the 2008 U.S. Senate election recount.   More...

Health care reform and small business

Unfortunately, rural small businesses find it increasingly difficult to provide their employees health insurance. More...

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Senior Nutrition   Program   Anyone is welcome to a wholesome, nutritious meal at the nutrition site. Suggested donation: $3.50. Just call the phone number below between 8:30 a.m. and noon the day before for reservations. More...

Calendar

Mark Your Calendar

May 13   MIKE HOLST’S BOOK TALK &   AUTHOR SIGNING, May 13, 6:45 - 8 p.m., Staples Public Library.   Holst, Staples native, now lives in Crosslake. He is a newspaper columnist and has published five novels. More...

Life Currents

Engagement

Mertens, Thomas

Creig and Ione Mertens of Staples, and Stephanie Thomas of Crookston announce the engagement of their children, Kaylynn Thomas and Benjamin Mertens. More...

Birthdays

82 and 80 years

Al and Delores Johnson are celebrating their golden years, as Al turns 82 and Delores turns 80. Friends and family are invited to join us for their birthday celebration. Your presence will be your gift on Saturday, May 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. More...

Student Achievements

DEREK DECKERT, Staples, graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato May 8, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems.   More...

Public Notices - Free Access

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TODD COUNTY   GENERAL NOTICE   TO CONTROL OR ERADICATE NOXIOUS   WEEDS   More...

Todd County Commissioners Minutes

April 20, 2010   CALL TO ORDER   The Todd County Board of Commissioners met in the Commissioner’s Board Room in the City of Long Prairie, MN, on the 20th day of April at 9:00 a.m. More...