Students at Motley Elementary School participated in a ‘MES Olympics’ event Feb. 26. Various activities included a ‘Sled Dog’ race, ‘Snow Sack’ race, ‘Snow Volleyball,’ ‘Snow on the Go’ and a ‘Dress Mr. Luksik’ race.
Morrison County Communications Supervisor Jeff Jelinksi, center, was recently awarded the Communications Unit Leader Type III Certification. Upon qualifying and successfully completing his requirements, Jelinksi completed his certification at the Type III incident emergency training scenario held at Camp Ripley in 2009. Pictured with Jelinski are Deb Gruber, Morrison County Administrator and Michel Wetzel, Morrison County Sheriff. Jelinski is only one of four in the state of Minnesota recognized with the honor.
Pictured above are members of the Pillager youth wrestling team and their coaches. Front row, from left: Drew Berent, Jacob Dobson, Quintin LaVeau, Grant Thompson, Brandon Krall, Robbie Orsburn, Jacob Dixon, Conner Anglin, Zach Macheel, Josh Freelove. Row two: Ben Krall, Tucker Peterson, CJ Orsburn, Gabe Grimsley, AJ Kauffmann, Gary Tank, Paul Freelove, Jacob Lewis, Reese Thompson, Gage Siewert. Row three: Blake Clark, Caleb Kramer, Jack Bentson, Wyatt Kidrowski, Kaleb Smith, Andy Putnam, Dalton Frazen, Eli Horn, Braden Kramer. Row four: Coaches Russ Holland, Brent Kramer, Eric Kramer and Don Fillbrandt. Not pictured: Colton Cain, Isaac Cain, Tucker Cain, Eric Lisson, Andy Schlosser, Bradyn Siewert, Christopher Ringler, Zion Loucks, Silas Wingert, Nathan Kolbo, Tucker Jensen, Garrett Wilmes, Coach Bryan Grimsley, Coach Rob Freelove, the Brainerd youth wrestlers. (Submitted photo)
Rising water along the Crow Wing River south and east of Motley caused at least one person to be evacuated Tuesday afternoon. Mary Rudolph had to be helped from her home (above) by members of the Pillager Fire Department. Neighbor Verde Pepin said ice floes formed a dam at a bend in the river just downstream from Rudolph’s home, causing the Crow Wing’s water to back up.
Members of the Staples Motley Schools orchestra program have been preparing for an all-district orchestra concert to be held tonight, March 18 at the Centennial Auditorium in Staples. Students in grades six through 12 will perform works by Beethoven, Rimsky Korsakov, Psachelbel, Mussorgsky, Tchikovsky and others. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
There was a full house at the open house for the Lakewood Health System
Former Staples Motley cross country coach Gene Mattila is flanked by Hannah (left) and Naomi Landecker, two sisters who both started running under Mattila