May 15, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Melse, Auger are top students

Staples Motley High School announced the valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2014. Paige Melse with a grade point average of 4.131 was named valedictorian and Seth Auger with a grade point average of 4.122 was named salutatorian.  More...

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Crow Wing Currents

Scandia Valley Vineyards’ grand opening is Memorial Day weekend

Scandia Valley Vineyards in rural Cushing will hold its Grand Opening Celebration this coming Memorial Day weekend. On Friday, May 23, the vineyards will be open from 4 - 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 24, 1 - 6 p.m.; and Sunday, May 25, 1 - 4 p.m. More...

At least 43 cars destroyed in derailment

Ten hours after a massive BNSF train derailment occurred west of Pillager May 11, crews continued working to clear the mangled cars and enormous amounts of coal that littered the tracks.  The incident took place at approximately 11:48 p.m. More...

Arson suspected in Morrison Cty fires

One firefighter injured

The Randall Fire Department and Morrison County Sheriff’s Office responded to two separate incidents recently of which arson is suspected.  More...

Current Happenings

Nominations open for Community Awards

The Staples Motley Area Community Foundation (SMACF) seeks to honor those who have contributed to the Motley and Staples communities with the opening of nominations for its Community Awards.  More...

Community theaters set auditions for Shepard’s ‘True West’

Lamplighter Community Theatre of Staples and Madhatters Community Theatre of Wadena are collaborating on a summer production of Sam Shepard’s play “True West.”  The play is a character study that examines the relationship betwe More...

Staples Area Farmers Market begins soon, still seeking vendors

The Staples Area Farmers Market Association kicks off May 22; and will be held at five different locations on varying days during the 2014 season.  These include:  Tuesdays o Verndale, 2:30 - 5:30 p.m., beginning May 27, at the Railroad Par More...

Obituaries

Jeffrey Dunn

Jeffrey Dunn, 46, of Wadena died May 4, 2014, at Baxter. Funeral services were held May 8, 2014, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wadena, with Pastor Nate Loer officiating. Burial was in Leaf River Cemetery in rural Wadena County. More...

Thelma Anderson

Thelma Irene Anderson, 70, of Motley died, May 6, 2014, at Centra Care Hospital in St. Cloud.  A memorial gathering was held May 9, 2014, at Brenny Funeral Chapel, Staples.  Arrangements were with the Brenny Funeral Home in Staples.  More...

David Lee

David Alan Lee, 56 of Pillager died May 6, 2014, at his home.  A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, May 16, at Brenny Funeral Chapel, Staples, with visitation one half hour prior to services. More...

Public Notices - Free Access

NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE

THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION.  NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: That default has occurred in the conditions of the following described mortgage More...

STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF TODD DISTRICT COURT SEVENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court File No.: 77-PR-14-401

In Re: Estate of Florence N. More...

Todd County Commissioners Minutes

Minutes of the Meeting of the Todd County Board of Commissioners held April 15, 2014   CALL TO ORDER  More...

Moran Township petition denied by hospital board

The petition for Moran Township to detach from the United Hospital District was denied by a unanimous vote from the district board.  The United Hospital District, the governing board of Lakewood Health System, listed four criteria used for evalu More...

Massive train derailment in Sylvan Township

Forty-five train cars carrying coal derailed west of Pillager in Sylvan Township close to midnight on May 11. There were no injuries. Crews have been working around the clock to clean debris and make repairs to the track. More...

Rotary Art Show celebrates 50th

Thousands of paintings, photos and sculptures have been shown at the Rotary Art Show in Staples since it first began in April, 1964.  Now in its 50th year, the annual event continues to be a favorite pastime for the community, as well as a respe More...

 

News

Hay fire burns 2.7 acres near Nimrod

The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a round hay bale on fire, early on the morning of May 11. The location given was Section 15 of Lyons Township, south of Nimrod. More...

Ask A Trooper

Question: Dear Trooper Grabow, I drive a school bus and have expectations from parents, the school, the bus company and myself. I transport 50 students ages 4 to 18, with an equally wide range of personalities.  More...

Highway funds to help pay for Wadena County Fair events

At the May 6 county board meeting, Wadena  County Commissioners heard a request from the Wadena Ag Society, which operates the Wadena  County Fair, for funds and technical assistance to help the ag society pay for special events at this yea More...

Opinion

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Spring is finally here. After a long and cold winter, Minnesotans are anxious to spend more time in the outdoors. More...

Local volunteers honored during Senior Corps Week

Every day, around the country, seniors are making a difference in their local communities, volunteering in schools, assisting with disaster relief, helping frail elders with daily tasks and much more. More...

National Peace Officers Memorial Day and Week is opportunity to say “Thanks!’

In 1962, President John F. More...

Life Currents

Fifty Staples Motley seniors receive $86,000 in scholarships

The Staples Motley Dollars for Scholars awarded $86,600 in scholarships to Staples Motley High School seniors on May 7 in the Centennial Auditorium.  Sixty- three different sponsors awarded 156 awards to 50 seniors. More...

Hello World

BIRTHS REPORTED AT LAKEWOOD HEALTH SYSTEM HOSPITAL INCLUDED:   Born to Bianca Goben and James Peters of Pillager, a baby boy, Thor James , weighing eight pounds, 14 ounces on May 5, 2014.  Born to Kari Maijala and Shawn Martin of Verndale, More...

Much Appreciated

Special thanks to all the area businesses who supported our “Poppy Card Day” in April.  A big thank you to the businesses that allowed us to distribute poppies at their locations on Poppy Day .  We thank you, the general public, More...

Sports

Girls third, boys fourth in true team section

Despite having some young athletes fill in several positions, both the Staples Motley girls and boys track and field teams finished high in the standings of the section true team meet on May 6.  More...

Tiebreaker goes in favor of Cardinals

The Staples Motley girls golf team were runners up at the Cardinal Invite on May 10 at The Vintage golf course.  The Cardinals had three golfers place in the top ten, but it was the fourth and fifth golfers who were needed the most and they came More...

Cardinals come back twice to beat DL twice

The Staples Motley softball team did not let early deficits slow them down, as they turned 0-2 and 0-1 defi- cits into 10-5 and 5-2 wins over Detroit Lakes on May 9.  More...