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NJPA names new director of contracts

The National Joint Powers Alliance® ( NJPA) recently announced Jeremy Schwartz as the new Director of Contracts and Marketing.  More...

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Crow Wing Currents

Gunman killed by New Hope police grew up in Motley

Raymond Kmetz, the gunman accused of shooting and wounding two police officers in New Hope Jan. 26, grew up in Motley. “It wasn’t really a shock I guess,” said Bernie Hendricks of Motley, an exbrother in-law of Kmetz’s. More...

Fire destroys barn in rural Motley

A barn in rural Motley was destroyed by fire the evening of Feb. 2, reports Motley Fire Chief Steve Dille.  The fire, located at 38228 Hwy. 10 So., was discovered and reported by MFD firefighter Chuck Gerard at approximately 8:30 p.m.  More...

Vehicle goes through ice on Lake Alexander

The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) received a report Jan. More...

Current Happenings

Blood drives set for Pillager, Staples

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help ensure a sufficient and diverse blood supply by giving blood this February.  Since the beginning of the year, widespread flu and inclement winter weather in some parts of the country have More...

‘Parents Who Have Lost a Child’ support group, begins Feb. 9

Tri-County Health Care will be starting a support group to help those in the area affected by the loss of a child.  The ‘Parents Who Have Lost a Child’ support group will meet the second Monday of each month from 5:30 - 7 p.m. More...

Educational Opportunities

February 16   AARP DRIVING SAFETY CLASS Mon., Feb. 16, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Motley United Methodist Church. For info., to register, 218-575-2946, or 218-352-6466.   More...

Obituaries

Ernestine Johnson

Ernestine Johnson, 89, of Cushing, died Jan. 30, 2015, at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.  Funeral services were held Feb. 4, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Motley with the Rev. Paul E. More...

William Collins

William (Bill) Albert Collins, 73, of Milledgeville, Illinois, died, Jan. 30, 2015 at home after a brief battle with cancer.  Services were held Feb. 4 at the McDonald Funeral Home in Milledgeville, with Rev. Rick Koch officiating.  More...

Dennis Otis

Dennis G. Otis, 50, of Staples, died Jan. More...

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Public Notices

NOTICE BECKER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF AUDIT   The Annual Audit of Becker Township will be held on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall. The regular monthly meeting will follow. More...

SEDA looks at ways to spur growth

City taxes, school system on radar

The Staples Economic Development Authority (SEDA) outlined some of the things that are working and what more might be needed in the areas of residential growth, job growth and livability, at their Jan. 27 planning meeting. More...

Nothing left of the barn

Jason Carry of rural Motley stands near his barn Feb. 3, the day after fire destroyed it. Firefighters from the Motley Fire Dept. were at the scene for three hours. There were no injuries. For story see page 4b. More...

Something amazing experienced by singers

Four Staples Motley High School students shared a bit of their experience how participating in the ‘Her Voice, Her Song’ event opened their eyes to new things that can be done in large groups with music.  “It’s definitely More...

 

News

Broadband opportunity in regional grants

At the Jan. 27 Staples Economic Development Authority (SEDA) meeting, Rick Utech of the Todd County Development Corporation told the board about grants from the Blandin Foundation that are to go to broadband projects by schools or cities.  More...

Spelling Bee

Staples Elementary School held their spelling bee on Jan. 30. Participants pictured above in the front row, from left, are Grace McLennan, Bo Erholtz, Ameara Chenoweth, Brookelyn Huisenga, Elizabeth Dukowitz, Madysen Hull, Isabelle Mikel. More...

Traffic stop on Hwy. 10 results in drug charge

On Jan. 27, Staples Police received a call regarding removal of some renters who have not paid rent since May 2014. The complainant was advised it was a civil issue and to contact the county for advice with the correct eviction process steps.  More...

Opinion

Klobuchar outlines blueprint for success

In 2014, Minnesota’s unemployment rate sank to its lowest level in more than a decade at 3.7 percent, state exports reached a record $5.5 billion this past quarter, and our manufacturing industries continued to surge. More...

Citizens United will stifle business innovation

Five years after the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Citizens United v. FEC, the United States is still feeling its ill effects. More...

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Life Currents

Seefeldt benefit Feb. 7, Verndale

A benefit for Staples natives Kevin and Brenda Seefeldt will be held Saturday, Feb. More...

Lakewood Health System joins state initiative

Lakewood Health System, Staples, has joined the state Department of Human Services’ Integrated Health Partnerships (IHP) initiative.  This approach to delivering quality health care more efficiently for lowincome people has grown to encomp More...

Lakewood recognized by MHA

Patient safety

Lakewood Health System was recently recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) for being one of 115 hospitals to participate in the three year Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Network Initiative.  More...

Sports

Connell leads Cardinals to huge conference win over C-I

A 30 point performance by Blake Connell helped the Staples Motley boys basketball team defeat conference leader Crosby- Ironton 81-73 on Jan. 30. The Cardinals also played well in their 74-57 win over Verndale on Jan. 27.  More...

Wrestlers looking good heading into section

Four Staples Motley wrestlers won their weight bracket at the Walker-Hackensack Akley/Nevis Wolves tournament on Jan. 31. More...

Section wrestling in Staples

Staples Motley will host the Section 6A team wrestling finals on Friday, Feb. 13, starting with semifinals at 6 p.m.  The Cardinals also will host a home match for the opening round, on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m.   More...