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The Regional Report: Staples-Motley officials turn to repairs of current buildings in wake of referendum failure

AITKIN Training on new restraint technology for police will occur in Aitkin, the Aitkin Independent Age reported Wednesday, May 29. The device--BolaWrap--discharges a tether intended to trip or immobilize people from distances of 10-25 feet, acco...

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AITKIN

Training on new restraint technology for police will occur in Aitkin, the Aitkin Independent Age reported Wednesday, May 29. The device-BolaWrap-discharges a tether intended to trip or immobilize people from distances of 10-25 feet, according to the manufacturer's website. The Aitkin Police Department will purchase seven units and 50 cartridges for $8,200 and become a training location for officers from other departments.

A planned special hunt in the city of Aitkin received approval from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Aitkin Independent Age reported Wednesday, May 29. The hunt is scheduled to take place Sept. 14-29. The city of Aitkin is currently split into two different hunting zones, but Police Chief Tim Catlin said he requested the state place the entire city into one zone.

Aitkin area pickleball players will no longer need to travel long distances to partake in a match, the Aitkin Independent Age reported Wednesday, May 29. Dorothy Casey of the Aitkin Area Pickleball Association told the Aitkin School Board the organization's members must travel to surrounding cities to play, spending dollars there as well instead of in Aitkin. More than $17,000 has been raised from various donors to fund a pickleball court in Aitkin. Casey asked for "a meaningful contribution and definitive action" from the board on the matter.

Board members voted to dedicate $10,000 toward the construction of a pickleball court, and another $3,000 to paint an existing tennis court with pickleball regulation stripes to make the sport available this summer.

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MOTLEY

A fifth-grader in Motley got a surprise gift from an anonymous donor recently, the Staples World reported Wednesday, May 29. A man who saw a photo of Elliot Allen checking out a Western-genre book from the library in the World dropped off a few at the middle school from his own Western collection.

STAPLES

In the wake of a failed referendum vote, the Staples-Motley School Board must now face impending repairs costs to its current facilities, the Staples World reported Wednesday, May 29. Sitting at about $9 million, the costs do not address the educational or safety needs the board sought to address with its referendum vote. Instead, the money would go toward a nearly $6 million repair to roofing, heating and ventilation upgrades, parking lots, windows and doors.

-- Compiled by Chelsey Perkins, community editor. Perkins may be reached at 218-855-5874 or chelsey.perkins@brainerddispatch.com . Follow her on Twitter @DispatchChelsey or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dispatchchelsey .

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