Friday, April 29, 2016


  • Letters | April 23, 2016

    Legislature must rise up and stop Gov. Brownback

    To the Editor: “When bullies rise up, we must join together to beat them back.”  (“The Majestic”). If ever there was a time to beat back the bullies, it is now. It is time for the Kansas Legislature to quit kidding around and restore

  • Manhattan High School | April 23, 2016

    MHS track and field takes 2nd at home

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    With the KU Relays in full swing in Lawrence this weekend, Friday’s Manhattan Invitational track and field meet at Bishop Stadium was a smaller meet than in past years, but the competition was still strong. With just three teams making the trip, the Indians

  • Letters | April 23, 2016

    Obama puts personal plans above presidential duties

    To the Editor: Tuned-in citizens know about the recent incident that preceded President Barack Obama’s decision to finish watching a baseball game in Cuba and to dance in Argentina while Americans like me thought that he should have immediately returned to Washington, D. C.

  • Gardening | April 23, 2016

    Consider local options for Arbor Day


    The last Friday in April is celebrated as both the Kansas and National Arbor Day. Arbor Day started in Nebraska in 1872. There are numerous reasons to celebrate trees. One example is that one tree can remove 26 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere annually. Many

  • Obituaries | April 23, 2016


    Karlene Ethel Lindenmuth, 47, Wamego, died Thursday, April 21, 2016, at her home in Wamego. The family provided some of the following information. Karlene was born Dec. 29, 1968, to Karl and Gelene (Bletscher) Lindenmuth in Manhattan.  Karlene graduated from Wamego High School in 1987 where she excelled in academics

  • Arts & Leisure | April 23, 2016

    ‘Chicago,’ Moscow ballet, storytelling and more

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    SUNDAY Read with a Dog, 2 p.m. Manhattan Public Library.   The Historic Columbian Theatre presents the Broadway hit “Oliver,” 2 p.m. Purchase tickets at or call 785-456-2029. Columbian Theatre, Wamego.   The Manhattan Arts Center presents the musical “Chicago,” 2 p.m. Also 7:30 p.

  • Local | April 22, 2016

    Ogden working to shed rough image to attract residents


    Of the roughly 16,000 cars that pass through Ogden each day, most are traveling to and from Fort Riley. The trouble, from the town’s perspective, is getting them to stop. Described by residents as “a speedway for Fort Riley traffic,” Ogden’s main street has

  • Local |Government & Politics | April 22, 2016

    LaPolice mulling indy run in Big 1st

    Republican Alan LaPolice, a candidate in the 1st District congressional race, says he may drop out of the GOP primary and run as an independent. LaPolice of Clyde told The Mercury on Friday that he’s considering changing parties to take on incumbent Tim Huelskamp

  • Local |Public Health | April 22, 2016

    Officials hopeful for 2018 EMS move

    By January 2018, officials hope Riley County EMS will occupy space at the Manhattan Fire Department headquarters. Riley County and Manhattan commissioners agreed Thursday to proceed with plans to expand the fire department headquarters to accommodate EMS. This consensus happened during a joint meeting with Manhattan,

  • Local |Fort Riley | April 22, 2016

    Fort Riley’s 1ID Headquarters likely headed to Iraq this year

    The 1st Infantry Division Headquarters likely will deploy to Iraq later this year, military leaders said. John Armbrust, executive director of the Governor’s Military Council, said unless the timeframe has changed recently, he thinks the deployment is scheduled for this fall and will probably

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