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  • Boat tours suit retired Navy officer’s gift of gab

    Dan Peters had a vision that some people just didn’t understand. Peters, 55, is the owner and operator of Tuttle Puddle Tours. He conducts tours on a duck boat, an amphibious vehicle that can drive on land and “swim” in .

  • Man glad he chose delivering kids over delivering pizza

    Delivering Manhattan-Ogden students to school every day was a much better part-time job option than delivering pizzas late at night to college students, Erik Prohaska said. Prohaska is the Manhattan-Ogden school district’s new assistant director of transportation and will .

  • Art school dropout a master of ink at his tattoo shop

    Tattoo artist Cody Bader has evolved from a student to a master. Bader learned his trade as an apprentice under the guidance of Robert Black at Stray Cat Tattoo, which recently closed in Aggieville. Now 27-year-old Bader runs his own .

  • Manhattan man to toss first pitch at NBC World Series Neighbor.mercury

    The home office of Harry Manges, a retired K-State agricultural engineering professor, has many items that show his life’s work. There are things picked up from his overseas travels as a lecturer, plaques from his involvement with Kiwanis and .

  • Couple starts new undertaking with cemetery Neighbor.mercury

    Following decades of spotty upkeep, the trees and hedges of Valley View Memorial Gardens were nothing short of overgrown — so much so that the cemetery’s centerpiece, a roughly 10-foot-tall statue of Jesus, was barely visible amid the foliage. That’.

  • A new chapter for woman who bought bookstore Neighbor.mercury

    Mary Ubel is uniquely qualified for her job. Ubel, who holds a master’s degree in English from K-State, recently became the sole owner of a bookstore in a small converted house on Highway 177. The bookstore used to be part .

  • Artist’s leaf coloring book grew out of love of nature Neighbor.mercury

    As one of only a few botanical illustrators in the state of Kansas, Gail Selfridge traces a fine line between art and science. Selfridge has devoted most of her career to creating technically accurate illustrations to be published alongside scientific .

  • Wamego veterinarian judges, shows cats in free time Neighbor1.mercury

    Sometimes, people are faced with major existential questions, such as: What’s the true meaning of life? Does God exist? Are you a dog or cat person? Regarding the last question, Amy Hanson said she likes dogs, but she’s .

  • Man buys Manhattan business to continue his life of service Neighbor.mercury

    Throughout his life, Woody Shoemaker says his work has always been about serving others. After serving in the Navy SEALs during the Vietnam War and serving in Christian ministry for about 30 years, Shoemaker now lives in Manhattan and owns At .

  • Flush priest marking 50 years looks to show love for congregation by saying it out loud Neighbor.mercury

    FLUSH — Last week, the week before celebrating his 50th anniversary as a priest,  Father Earl Dekat had dinner with the pastor and a group of parishioners from St. Bernard Catholic Church in Wamego, where he preaches every other Sunday. .

  • Lamb ‘lucky’ to have stumbled into teaching Neighborh.mercury

    Manhattan High School teacher Pat Lamb stumbled into teaching. Now, after more than three decades in education, he’s stepping out gracefully. Lamb, who spent 29 years at MHS and eight at Fort Scott, taught his last day of school Wednesday. .

  • Pastor up to challenge of growing local congregation Neighbor.mercury

    The pastor of Redemption Lutheran Church knows about hard work. In addition to Allen Brakke’s duties as pastor, he serves as an on-call chaplain at Via Christi Hospital, substitute teaches three to four days a week for the Manhattan-Ogden .


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