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Variety of home styles featured in Staples Tour of Homes

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A ranch-style home built in 1972 that was updated to accommodate a growing family and a six-bedroom home in the woods that brings a boyhood dream to reality provides a little taste of what spectators can expect on this year’s Staples Tour of Homes.

The tour features five homes and is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 23. Advance tickets for the tour are $10 and are available at First International Trust Bank, Miller Coast True Value and Mid-Central Federal Savings Bank, all in Staples. On the day of the tour, tickets are $12 and are available at the Staples Railroad Depot.

The tour is sponsored by Central Lakes College in Staples and the Staples Historical Society and proceeds from the tour go to preserving the Staples Railroad Depot.

Darlene Peterson, who has organized the tour for many years, said the tour began as an event to give the senior citizens something to do. Over the years it has expanded and become a fun Sunday afternoon event .

“We offer a variety of houses every year,” said Peterson. “The homes are always new and no house is alike.”

Peterson said organizers are expecting about 200 people for the tour.

The tour proceeds have gone to repair the depot for the past few years.

Homes on the tour include:

• Rick and Karen Anderson’s 2005 retirement home. The Andersons scaled down from a country home to a smaller townhome. Their home is built on a concrete slab with in-floor heat. The home has three bedrooms, with one functioning as an office, computer and music room. There also is a small enclosed porch.

• Bill and Florence Berndt’s home in Motley. Bill Berndt’s grandfather, George Berndt, owned the home and farm building built in 1935 by Ira Butler, a local contractor. The Berndts moved back to Motley in 1993 and built on an addition and remodeled the kitchen and bathroom. The remainder of the house is close to the original way it was built. The home decor is all things old.

• Greg Haglin’s six-bedroom home in the woods. Haglin’s home is an “executive hunting lodge” style home exclusively wood finished. Haglin has his lifelong hunting property in his back yard. As guests enter the front door, they will see many products and features, from a massive timber structure, 18-inch wide wallboards, end-grain wood entry flooring and custom built sliding barn doors.

• Keith and Sandy Porter’s ranch-style home built in 1972. The home was renovated in 2010 to accommodate a growing family. The home was designed to be a gathering place for children and extended family and to meet the future needs of the Porter’s parents. All the floors are tiled or corked because family members have allergies.

• Roger Randgaard’s townhome that is full of Scandinavian collectibles. Randgaard’s home has a series of 32 blue Rorstrand Christmas plates; 25 Swedish National Province Costume plates; antique Henning hand-carved warriors; Dala horses and a rooster; trolls and a Native American hanging. The home also has a signed autograph of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers.

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