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[Small Town] Living at its Best

Seize the life you and your family deserve. Gain the things you treasure – a bigger backyard, a friendly neighborhood, a quality education, and more time in your day. Break free of stressful commutes and the high cost of living.

Staples invites you to join our active, growing community. We are known for music, fine arts, sports, and outdoor recreation - a little bit of everything and more than you may imagine.

While the atmosphere is laid-back, ‘sleepy’ isn't a description for Staples. Explore the outdoors: fish, hunt, swim, hike, bike, and camp. Attend concerts, plays, baseball games, and community events. Be involved in your community and get to know your neighbors.

Choose the joy of open, natural spaces. Relish hometown friendliness and ease. Make Staples, MN, your home!


Kids riding bikes down tree-lined streets. Backyards big enough for the dog to run. Time to visit with your neighbor as you take your morning walk.  Make your vision for your family a reality.

Staples offers a wide range of quality housing choices to fit your lifestyle: single-family homes, townhomes, and apartments.

Whether you buy or rent, living in town ensures easy access to everything in town from grocery stores to restaurants. Ride a bike or walk to just about anywhere in town.

Need more space? Choose to live just outside of town and find the breathing room you desire. Land is available to build your dream home.


Shine on the theater’s stage, wrestle for a pin in front of a cheering crowd, glide your bow across a violin’s strings, and lead as a member of the National Honor Society. Our right-sized schools ensure students have the academic attention they deserve and a wealth of opportunity to get involved and try new skills.

In addition to a strong base curriculum, students have access to focused learning services, project-based learning opportunities, career and technical classes, and college-level classes. Our graduates know no limits to their future potential.

Our community also maintains a well-rounded, fun learning environment for both the young and not-so-young.   Try something new, learn by participating, and be a leader:  athletics, music and art, theater, gifted programs, summer activities, and a wide variety of elective class offerings.

Central Lakes College

Central Lakes College (CLC)'s Staples campus offers top-caliber course offerings in agriculture, energy, manufacturing, and heavy equipment. Their beautiful campus was recently remodeled to facilitate CLC's future work in these in-demand fields. 

Freshwater Education District

FED provides early childhood education classes (ECFE) for families and children ages birth to age 5. Their Area Learning Center (ALC) serves as an alternative to traditional schools with targeted learning for students from Kindergarten to adult.

Sacred Heart Catholic School

Sacred Heart Catholic School is a private school offering classes from preschool to grade 6. This faith-based school prides itself on small class sizes, a well-rounded curriculum, and many student activities. It is accredited through MNSAA.

Staples-Motley School District

The Staples-Motley School District serves students from preschool to grade 12 along with offering a wide variety of community education programming. The school system has a strong history of academic, athletic, and fine art excellence.

Childcare Resources

Small fingers smushing playdough. Listening to a favorite book. Climbing up a slide and zooming down. The joys of young children is also their best learning environment.

Dependable childcare and preschool options are a cornerstone of a thriving community. Our families have a variety of choices for their young children. In-home daycares, daycare centers, Head Start, and school readiness programs are all available to families living in Staples.

To learn more about local daycare options or to find out about openings, please call 1 (888) 291-9811 or visit https://www.childcareawaremn.org/.

For preschool and Head Start options, please visit the Staples-Motley School District website or call Sue Anderson at 218-894-5400 ext. 3531.

Jobs and Business

Time to break up with your long commute? Living and working in Staples means more time and energy to enjoy life – not just sit in your car. Use your former commute time to be home earlier, see your kids’ basketball game, attend a play, or go tubing down the Crow Wing River.

Our growing, local businesses have a wide range of employment opportunities available, from entry-level to professional positions. The largest employers in Staples include Lakewood Health System, Sourcewell, 3M, and Stern Rubber Company.

Planning to open your own business or relocate an existing one? Talk to the Staples Economic Development Authority (SEDA). SEDA offers building and development incentives along with financing and incentive programs.

Additional information on our business community can be found at the Staples-Motley Area Chamber of Commerce website.


Mending a broken bone. Straightening a teenager’s smile. Bringing the world into 20/20 focus. It’s important to have trusted, quality healthcare close to home.

Staples is proud to be home to the award-winning, nationally recognized Lakewood Health System. Lakewood is made up of a critical access hospital, 5 primary care clinics, an array of senior housing and services, pharmacy, and a medical supply store.

In addition, our residents have access to a full complement of service providers including dentistry, orthodontics, pharmacy services, optical, and chiropractics right here in town. These healthcare professionals welcome new patients and are ready to serve you.