Staples Travel Guide

Staples is a city in Todd and Wadena counties in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The population was 2,981 at the 2010 census. Staples developed around a sawmill. The settlement was originally called Staples Mill, and under the latter name was platted in 1889, and named for Samuel and Isaac Staples, businessmen in the lumber industry.


As part of the city’s long-range planning, the committee surveyed the community on what makes Staples, MN, a great place to live and work. This video highlights the results and shows how much Staples has to offer residents and visitors.

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City of Staples

Bike trails, river tubing, water sports, and lakeside camping ensure you get a healthy dose of fresh air. Relax with fine art and music performances in all seasons. Run off some energy, marvel at nature, and gather with family in one of Staples’ many parks and recreational facilities. Follow the Central MN Barn Quilt Trail that winds through town.

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Staples offers easy on and off access from Highway 10 with many lodging options within walking distance to restaurants, parks, and downtown. Pitch a tent, jump in the pool, or relax at a bed and breakfast. With a wide variety of choices and amenities, you will find the right place to stay for your budget and your style.