October 17, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

What kind of tree is this?

Anne Oldakowski of the Wadena County Soil and Water Conservation District helps fifth grade students identify trees by the shape of their leaves. More...

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Crow Wing Currents

Motley votes to proceed with test wells, drilling for better quality water

The City of Motley is hoping to find a well that offers a better quality of water than they currently have...water that would also be easier and cheaper to treat.  More...

At the Xcel Energy Center

Ă… number of Motley Staples Middle School students and staff members attended the recent WE Day event (a day-long event and a movement of young people leading local and global change) at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. More...

WE Day inspires MSMS students to make a difference in the world

“The news people from WCCO (television) told us we were their top story of the day,” said Anna Bloomquist, an eighth grader at Motley Staples Middle School and one of 18,000 Minnesota students and staff that attended the WE Day event in S More...

Letters

A rare opportunity

Last week, students from around the area had a rare opportunity to attend oral arguments held in front of the state’s highest court, the Minnesota Supreme Court. More...

Local transportation funding

The Minnesota State Legislature has recently enacted legislation to provide counties with ways to increase funding for local county roads. More...

Current Happenings

Menus

Senior Nutrition Program   Suggested donation: $3.85. Call between 8:30 a.m. and noon the day before for reservations.  Menus are subject to change. Staples 894-2556 Serving at 11:45 a.m. More...

Bogwalk - it is finished!

Volunteers installed the last sections of the walk way of the educational bogwalk at Old Wadena Park, located northwest of Staples. More...

School board agenda

The Staples Motley School Board will meet Monday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Motley School media center.  More...

Obituaries

Ruby Jacobson

Ruby Elizabeth Jacobson, 82, of Verndale died Oct. 8, 2013 at the Lakewood Health System Hospital in Staples.  More...

Lloyd Palmer

Lloyd Ross Palmer, 77, of Staples, died Oct. 9, 2013 at the Lakewood Health System Hospital in Staples.  Funeral services were held Oct. More...

Donna Nadeau

Donna Margaret (Axtell) Nadeau, 49, of Philbrook, died Oct. 10, 2013 at her home with her husband at her side.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. More...

Reading test scores okay, but not math

According to a summary of the Multiple Measurement Ratings (MMR), the results of education testing recently released by the state, the Staples Motley School District is meeting proficiency targets in reading. Mathematics? Not so much. More...

Wadena Board considers human resources position

Wadena County Commissioners spent two and a half hours on Oct. 11 discussing eight topics that needed more time spent on them than would be feasible at a regular board meeting.  More...

Todd Board ends early retirement incentive

At the Oct. 1 board meeting, commissioners voted to end the early retirement incentive for employees that had provided them with three years of paid health insurance if they retired at or before age 62, with 20 years of county service.  More...

City ponders changing city hall hours

At the Oct. More...

 

News

Staples Motley Area Community Foundation Community Service Awards

Three honorees Julie (Bredemeier) Jagim accepts the Chairman’s Award for her father Brad Bredemeier at the Staples Motley Area Community Foundation Community Service Awards program on Oct. More...

Gas thief in parking lot

On Oct. 8, at 5:55 p.m., Staples Police were dispatched to Lakewood Health System Hospital for a report of a man siphoning gas from a vehicle in the employee lot. More...

Real Men Sing!

Three hundred and thirty-nine male voices filled the stage and spilled over the sides at the Staples Motley High School gymnasium Oct. More...

Opinion

Who questions the test questioners?

For a public service, too much standardized testing operates behind a veil of secrecy.  We have a more polite term for it - “test security” - but what it amounts to is secrecy.  More...

Nursing home workers need support

Recently some legislators, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk more prominently, who support the idea of raising the minimum wage, have expressed concern that a $9.50 minimum wage would hurt Minnesota nursing homes. More...

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Life Currents

Local organizations awarded $11,766

Operation Round Up grants announced by TWEC

The Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative Community Trust Board met October 7, 2013, and awarded 24 grants totaling $11,766.  The following Operation Round Up grants were approved:  More...

Lady veteran honored

The Staples American Legion Auxiliary Unit 70 honored retired lady veteran, Sgt. Arlene Goltz, of Motley, on Oct. 9. More...

Hello World

BIRTHS REPORTED AT LAKEWOOD HEALTH SYSTEM HOSPITAL INCLUDED:   Born to Cassandra Pearson and Jonas Stumbo of Staples, a baby boy, Eli Glenn weighing nine pounds, two ounces on Oct. More...

Sports

Cardinal girls win Section 8A tennis title

The Staples Motley girls tennis team is headed back to state, while Mikayla Wing is the section singles champion and the doubles team of Kelsey Zetah and Nikki Edin finished second in the individual tournament to also qualify for state.  More...

Nine years of champions

The Staples Motley girls tennis team has qualified for the state tournament for nine straight years. More...

Plopper is all-conference in cross country

Trout, Christoffersen honorable mention

Stephen Plopper claimed an all-conference medal at the Mid State Conference Cross Country meet at Crosby-Ironton on Oct. More...