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    Martin Parrott, 76, of Manhattan died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at the Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan. He was born on July 26, 1940, in Guthrie Center, Iowa. Services are pending with the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home..


    Ivalo M. (Stigge) Bisping, 90, formerly of Alma, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Topeka. Ivalo was born June 5, 1926, the daughter of Fred and Ida (Bolle) Stigge. She married Ervin C. Bisping on April 22, 1948. She is survived by her children Beverly Tolbert and .

  • A good season can get better

    Congratulating KSU football coach Bill Snyder isn’t quite a daily occurrence, but lately it has seemed that way. And yes, congratulations are due again. After winning his 200th game in the victory over Kansas on Senior Day, Coach Snyder, .

  • Thanks, Coach Snyder, for setting the bar high

    To the Editor This is an open letter to Bill Snyder. On behalf of the Wildcat nation, thank you. In my line of work, we do something called root cause analysis. It’s how we get to the bottom of .

  • Mascot is a caricature, ‘inherently demeaning’

    To the Editor: Native Americans have been subjected to systematic physical and cultural genocide for hundreds of years. The use by non-Native Americans of the word “Indian,” along with an out-of-date caricature of a Native American as an athletic mascot, .

  • Nostalgia can’t offset decades of suffering

    To the Editor: On Nov. 30, I attended my first USD 383 school board meeting; board members heard presentations from citizens and students both for and against changing the MHS mascot. I’m a second-generation MHS graduate, Class of 2005, and based on .

  • Bullying won’t stop if mascot is changed

    To the Editor: My husband and I have lived in the Manhattan area for the past 42 years, both having graduated from schools in eastern Kansas. Our son graduated from Manhattan High School in 1992. Until the past decade or two, we .

  • Colburn not disqualified from voting on Indian

    To the Editor: Bill Felber’s assertion that Dave Colburn should abstain from voting on the mascot issue is disrespectful. Why does Mr. Felber assume Mr. Colburn couldn’t hold a different opinion from his daughter or provide a measured .

  • Board should consider compromise on mascot

    To the Editor: Bob Funk made excellent points about compromise regarding the MHS mascot in a column in Sunday’s Mercury. Perhaps a valid compromise would be to keep the current mascot but engage in an extensive ongoing public education .

  • County mulling extension proposal

    The Riley County commission is mulling over a recent proposal to create an extension district with Pottawatomie County and possibly Marshall County. After a request from Pott County to create the extension district, Jim Lindquist, assistant director of extension field .

  • Mittie gets 500th career win at Omaha

    Kansas State took its hot start to the season on the road for the first time this season and responded with a 70-57 win over Omaha at Baxter Arena on Sunday. The victory was head coach Jeff Mittie’s 500th .

  • Berry’s picks carry Chiefs to 29-28 win

    ATLANTA — What a homecoming for Eric Berry. A pick-6, a pick two and a victory he’ll never forget. After Atlanta grabbed the lead with less than 5 minutes to go, Berry intercepted a 2-point conversion pass by Matt Ryan and .


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