May 17, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Thanks to the chief

Outgoing Police Chief Doug Case was presented a plaque by Staples Mayor Chris Etzler and was given a standing ovation by the Staples City Council and others at the May 8 meeting for his 33 years of s More...

Odden clarifies McGivern road construction project

At the May 8 Wadena County Board meeting, County Engineer Ryan Odden told commissioners he had received numerous calls, questions and comments about the scope of the county’s upcoming road construction project on County Road 160.  More...

Special Sections

Crow Wing Currents

Construction at Pillager School in full swing

Construction at Pillager School (which began last September) is well underway and final completion is expected by this coming November.  The $13.9 million project includes a new secondary addition, as well as remodeling of existing facilities.&n More...

Getting ready for the ‘Hard Hat Tour’

Staples Motley School District Superintendent Family Center will be home to the new Mark Schmitz (left) and ‘Little Cardinals Academy’ daycare/early Motley School Principal Justin Sperlin More...

Cushing woman dies in early morning vehicle accident

Next-door neighbors share memories

A Cushing woman was found dead at the scene of a motor vehicle accident that occurred early May 9, in Scandia Valley Township.  The victim was identified as 50-year-old Stephanie Crawford.  More...

Current Happenings

2012 Great American Think-Off finalists

“The Nature of Humankind: Inherently Good or Inherently Evil?” is this year’s Great American Think-Off question, reprising the first annual Think-Off when the same question was asked and, for the only time in Think-Off history, resu More...

Mother’s Day baskets

Amy Hunter of the Staples Motley Area Chamber of Commerce used gifts from participating merchants to put together three baskets as drawing prizes in the recent Chamber Mother’s Day promotion. More...

School board agenda

The Staples Motley School Board will meet Monday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at the Staples Motley High School media center.  The chairs of the finance, policy, facilities and curriculum committees will be available at 6:45 p.m. More...

Life Currents

Hello World

BIRTHS REPORTED AT LAKEWOOD HEALTH SYSTEM HOSPITAL INCLUDED:  Born to Nicholas and Jenny O’Reilly of Baxter, a baby girl, Nora Rhyan weighing eight pounds, three ounces on May 4, 2012.  Born to Keith and Emily Radniecki of Bertha, a b More...

Student Achievements

THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA, held spring commencement May 12. Local students who graduated: o Kassandra Sullivan, Pillager, Master of Science degree, Graduate School o Brittany Brenny, Staples, Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, Graduate School. More...

Engagement

Jill Dewey, daughter of Don and Jan Dewey of Grand Rapids; and Oliver Kelsey, son of DeeDee Kelsey of Aldrich, announce their engagement.  Oliver is a 2007 graduate of Staples Motley High School and Jill is a 2006 graduate of Grand Rapids High S More...

Sports

Coughlin, Seuss and Solway win conference tennis championships

Guthrie Coughlin took first place honors at the number one singles position and Shane Seuss and Josh Solway were the champs at number one doubles in the Mid State Conference tennis tournament on May 10 at Park Rapids.  The Staples Motley boys fi More...

Track teams compete in true team section

Both SM boys and girls track teams competed at the True Team Section meet on May 8 in Glyndon and the boys, had some extra competition later at the Melrose Invitational on May 10. More...

On the mound

Jake Vetsch fires a pitch for the World photo by Kelley Kossan) Staples Motley baseball team. (Staples More...

Community center task force approved

The Staples City Council approved a list of members for a task force to study the future of the Staples Community Center. More...

USDA and NJPA celebrate $406,000 technology grant

A small gathering of people in very high places took place on May 8 at the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) in Staples, to celebrate a $406,000 grant to improve technology in the area.  Colleen Landkamer, USDA Rural Development State Direct More...

USDA provides funds for technology

Colleen Landkamer signs a check to support distance learning. More...

Faulk leads CLC graduation

Deborah Faulk of Staples led the 2012 Staples campus graduates of Central Lakes College into the commencement ceremony May 9. More...

 

News

Residents enjoying new Care Center rooms

Construction has started at the Lakewood Health System Care Center, part of the Revitalize campaign to update the center.  “We want it to be more like a home,” said Pam Olson, Quality Improvement Director for Senior Services. More...

North/South Corridor and Overpass construction update

Mike Klasen, construction services with WSB & Associates, Inc., has provided the following update for the work to be done in the next couple of weeks on the North/South Corridor and Overpass project.  Grading Work   More...

Staples recieves safe routes to schools planning grant

Staples was among the recipients of this year’s Safe Routes to School planning grant from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.  The planning grant will be implemented by Region Five, which will analyze existing conditions, gather pu More...

Opinion

Why student loan rates matter

Katie is a student in elementary education at Minnesota State University Mankato who started out with a good plan to pay for her college education, including work study and some help from her parents. More...

Why the Relay For Life lasts all night

Have you ever wondered why the American Cancer Society Relay for Life is all night long? A simple answer is that cancer never sleeps. Daylight, darkness and the dawn coincides with the physical and emotional journey each cancer patient faces.  More...

Tricky call: deciding when news should be held

Journalists are in the business of telling the news, not hiding it.  But there are times - very few times, despite conspiracy and-bias claims fueled by a media-criticism cottage industry - when news organizations do decide to hold the news that 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 17   STAPLES HORSESHOE 13- WEEK LEAGUE, W/ONE MAKE-UP WK begins Thurs., May 17, 7 p.m., Pine Grove Park’s horseshoe pits. Open league for men and women. Bring your own horseshoes. More...

Obituaries

Elaine Adamek

Elaine M. Adamek, 91, died Dec. 13, 2011 in Staples.  A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 19 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Staples, with Fr. Joe Korf officiating. More...

Barbara T ra na

Barbara Jean Trana, 84, of Staples, died May 9, 2012 at the Lakewood Health System Care Center, Staples.  Funeral services were held May 14 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Staples with Rev. Robin Collins offi ciating. More...

Lucas Blowers

Lucas “Luke” S. Blowers, 45, of Motley, died May 10, 2012 at St. More...