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Staples, MN, was platted in 1889 and officially incorporated as a city in 1906. The city credits its relationship to the railroad for its success and growth. Staples central location made it a great stopping point for travelers and product moving between the larger cities.

Our community is proud of the rich tradition of military service by our residents. Our brave men and women have served in all military branches and in every war. Hear the experiences from a few of our veterans in the following video.

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Old Warrior Tree at Old Wadena Park in Staples, MN.

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Look up into the branches of our historic, towering pines. Listen for the trains that continue to rumble through town. Hike the same land where the first settlers chose to make camp. 

Our history is all around us. Preserved to tell the stories of the people who built Staples into the community it is today. Step back into time and see it for yourself. 

A photo of the downtown in Staples, MN, from the 1950s


Originally built up around a sawmill, Staples grew with the bustling railroad constantly traveling between two larger cities, Fargo and Minneapolis. The trains grew local industry and agriculture. Businesses centered around travelers also boomed in the early 1900s. 

Learn about the history of Staples, MN, through a short timeline. The time period of the 1920s through current is shown through pictures and words.