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Foreign ExchangeFrom the comfort of her Staples home, Diane Japke works with Nacel Open Door, an international student exchange organization, where she matches international students with host families and schools in Staples and surrounding communities.

Every year as many as 20 high school students from around the world take up short-term residency in Staples, where they live with host families and attend Staples Motley schools. By immersing themselves in our culture and education system for anywhere from five to 10 months, the students broaden their perspective of the world, impacting their lives forever.

Diane herself is originally from England and moved here after meeting a Marine from Staples while in London and falling in love. She and her husband have now been married more than 45 years. Together they have hosted 52 foreign exchange students through the years and encourage other Staples-area families to do the same.

Contact Diane at djapke@yahoo.com for more information on the latest local hosting needs.

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Lakewood Kenya Hospital

Lakewood Kenya HospitalLakewood Health System in Staples is partnering with Tabaka Mission Hospital in Tabaka, Kenya to provide learning opportunities and cultural medical experiences for the staff at both health systems.

While the program is still in the planning stages, eventually Lakewood is hoping medical staff will spend a month at a time in Kenya, allowing them to help teach the Kenyan staff about patient care methods including surgical techniques and chronic disease management.  

In return, Kenyan doctors will spend time at Lakewood where they can educate the staff about their health care system and the management of malaria, typhoid, AIDS and tuberculosis, diseases not normally seen in this region.

Family Medicine physician Dr. Christine Albrecht has visited Kenya a number of times and is spearheading Lakewood’s partnership with the Tabaka Mission Hospital. Several other physicians and nurses from Lakewood have done mission work in Africa and are looking forward to being involved with this medical mission project.

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Stern Manufacturing

Stern ManufacturingStern Manufacturing is a custom rubber molding company that specializes in bonding rubber to metal, plastic, cables and other types of rubber. A community asset, Stern Manufacturing’s Staples headquarters employs about 50 people, making it one of the city’s largest employers.

Established in 1969, Stern Manufacturing has strong working relationships with top tier manufacturers around the world — they even have on-site personnel working in China in order to provide the most cost-effective resources.

With clients such as Polaris, Arctic Cat and John Deere, Stern Manufacturing produces a wide variety of rubber products including snowmobile, ATV, tractor and car parts, even 400 pound water main valves, resulting in finished products that are used around the world.

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Guy Doud

Guy DoudAfter being named the National Teacher of the Year in 1986, Staples native Guy Doud became a best-selling author and internationally recognized motivational speaker.

His “Molder of Dreams” book and presentation contains stories of Guy’s life, starting with his Staples roots.
“I grew up in Staples, Minnesota. There I played king on the mountain, made igloos and snowmen, faithfully delivered the Minneapolis Star Tribune for most of the south side, rode in the back of Charlie Page’s pickup on Boy Scout paper drives, sang in the church choir, attended Lincoln Elementary and graduated from Staples High School.” 

Guy says it takes a village to raise a child and he credits many in Staples — including his Cub Scout den mother, his Cub and Scout Masters, his church youth leader, his schoolteachers, his neighbors and his first employer — for helping him grow to become the leader he is today.

“I will always be in debt to the good folks of Staples, Minnesota,” Guy said. “A huge part of my heart still resides there.”

While Guy has retired from teaching, he continues to speak professionally on the topics of love, relationships, success and dreams to schools and corporations around the country.

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3M

3M3M is a company known worldwide for their innovative products and services —from health care, highway safety and office products to abrasives and adhesives. 3M’s household brand names like Scotch, ScotchGard, Scotch-Brite, Post-it, Nexcare and Thinsulate are just a few of 3M’s brands that are recognized and trusted around the globe.

With corporate headquarters in St. Paul and facilities located around the world, Staples is home to 3M’s Fabrication Services plant.

While the actual 3M products are made elsewhere, Staples is home to the only 3M precision machine shop, where they build the specialized, confidential components for the machines used in production lines at 3M plants located around the world.

So, why here? In 1968 the facility opened in Staples, mostly because of the industry-renowned talent coming out of Central Lakes College. Even today, a majority of the 55 employees at the Staples plant are CLC graduates.

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