December 22, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Claus family for senior dining

Mrs. Claus, a.k.a. Martha Rach, rings her jingle bells as she and Santa entertain diners at the Senior Dining Christmas party on Dec. 15. More...

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We hope you are enjoying the Christmas greetings carried in the section that wrapped this front page.  We thank the businesses for allowing us to carry their message to you. More...

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Closer to Christmas

Taylor Barg, an acolyte at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Motley, lit the Advent candles Dec. 18, the fourth and final Sunday in the Christian Season of Advent which ends on Christmas Eve. More...

2012 Motley fire chiefs, officers, elected

Starting next year, Dave Greig will once again serve as chief for the Motley Fire Department. He will replace Fire Chief Bryan Hutchison, who is taking a leave of absence because he recently got an out-of-state job.  More...

Hackensack man sentenced 24 years for sex-related crimes

Arthur Austin- Ellis Evans, 36, of Hackensack was sentenced Dec. 12, for two crimes of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, for sexually assaulting two minor females while babysitting them.  More...

Current Happenings

Making due while hoping for snow

Miles Self, Curtis Miles and Nate Jares play outside after school on Dec. 16. While it looks like it’s going to be a brown Christmas this year, the kids said they will play outdoors any time. More...

Boardgaming club starts in Todd County

Boardgaming goes beyond Monopoly. A new club will allow fans to learn and play new games for free at least twice a month in Long Prairie.  More...

Staples City Council Agenda

The Staples City Council will meet in regular session at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 27, in the council chambers at the Staples City Hall at 122 6th Street NE.  More...

Obituaries

Wesley Richmond

Wesley A. Richmond, 56, of Cushing died Dec. 25, 2011 at Essentia Health/St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 30 at 11 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cushing. Visitations is Thursday, Dec. More...

Robert Sellnow

Robert G. Sellnow, 91, of Staples, died Dec. 25, 2011 at Lakewood Health System in Staples. Funeral services will be held Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Staples with Pastor Robin Collins officiating. More...

Lorrain Arndt

Lorrain Arndt, 95, resident of Baxter, formerly of Bemidji and Staples, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 at her home. More...

City levy rises 3.39%

The Staples City Council cut another $ 35,000 from their 2012 budget, after $500,000 had already been cut from the previous year’s budget. The final budget is a 15.79 percent reduction from last year’s budget. More...

School taxes going dow n 11.67%

The Staples Motley School Board reduced the 2011 tax levy, payable in 2012, by 11.67 percent at their meeting Monday night.  The audit for the fiscal year 2010- 11 was also accepted at the meeting.  The board certi- fied the final tax levy More...

School board meeting closed to discuss complaint

In response to “preliminary allegations against an individual subject to the board’s authority,” the Staples Motley School Board spent an hour and 20 minutes in a closed session Monday night at the beginning of their regular board m More...

Meals on Wheels and senior dining site provide food and fun

A rewarding opportunity awaits volunteers who drive for the Meals on Wheels program in Staples, according to Terri Weyer of Lutheran Social Services, the company that provides the meals.  More...

Christmas Express

A unique Christmas scene is built around the Christmas tree at the Tom and Lisa Kajer home in Staples. The working model railroad runs through a village, over bridges and through tunnels on its way around the tree. More...

 

News

ALC students help bring Christmas to the care center

Students at the Area Learn- ing Center ( ALC) in Staples shared the Christmas spirit this year with residents at the Lakewood Health System Care Center.  “It was a lot of fun,” said sophomore Chelsea Ahrendt, one of 20 students who p More...

Gas smell traced to vacant residence

On Dec. 17 around 10 p.m. Staples Police on patrol detected a strong odor of natural gas on the 500 block of Wisconsin Ave. SW. It was later determined that the gas was coming from or near a vacant residence at 301 Cleveland Street SW. More...

Ditch clean-up

Workers remove the brush and trees growing in the drainage ditch south of Warner Road in Staples. The City of Staples partnered with the Todd County Sentenced to Serve Crew for the ditch project. More...

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Some simple advice about Christmas

Payroll tax cut extension, government shutdown, Newt, Mitt, Harry, Obama, Syria, my ever-shrinking investment portfolio. Bah! Humbug!  More...

Life Currents

Hello World

BIRTHS REPORTED AT LAKEWOOD HEALTH SYSTEM HOSPITAL INCLUDED:   Born to Heather Kotzer of Eagle Bend and Daniel Dickinson of Little Falls, a baby girl, Scarlette Marie weighing five pounds, 14 ounces on Dec. More...

Coin sized batteries pose risk to children

A new nationwide effort, coordinated by Safe Kids Worldwide with support from Energizer, aims to raise awareness about the dangers of swallowing coin- sized lithium batteries. More...

Senior celebrations

The December birthday and anniversary party was held at the Staples Senior Citizen’s Room on December 13, with 17 members attending. Charlie and Kathy Crews (standing), celebrated their wedding anniversary. More...