• Couple takes beekeeping hobby to Zimbabwe town Neighbor1.mercury

    Husband and wife Bob and Marian Brandenburg didn’t expect they’d be going to Africa to help spread the knowledge of one of their favorite hobbies: beekeeping. The Brandenburgs of Manhattan went to Zimbabwe for the first time this .

  • K-State student loves country dance scene

    Briell Howbert had no idea the first time she stepped foot into Aggieville’s Dirty Dawg Saloon that she would discover a passion for country swing dancing and, later, a group of teammates that would become more like family. Howbert, .

  • KSU professor’s retirement includes more work Neighbor.mercury

    If Nebraska had its own veterinary college, perhaps Kansas’ northern neighbor could have held onto Larry Erickson. Erickson grew up in Wahoo, Nebraska, but Erickson’s older brother wanted to become a veterinarian. So in 1957, he “tagged along behind” his .

  • Volunteer marks 10,000 hours of service at hospital Neighbor.mercury

    Don’t greet Erma McManis with a handshake. The Via Christi Hospital volunteer prefers hugs. “If I don’t know them, they’re going to know who I am because I go up and give them a hug whether I .

  • Entomologist trades bugs for brushes in retirement Neighbor.mercury

    As a research entomologist, Dick Beeman spent his career studying the natural world. Now in retirement,  he spends his time painting portraits. Beeman’s interest and talent in art started when he was a child in Madison, Wisconsin. “I’.

  • Hulon feels lucky to have made love of wine into career Neighbor.mercury

    Having worked in restaurants since he was 14 years old, Ian Hulon described his career as more of a love affair with the industry. Hulon started working at Harry’s Restaurant in downtown Manhattan in 2006 as a bartender and server. He .

  • Local retiree volunteers time helping parolees, inmates get jobs Neighbor.mercury

    It’s been a bit of a long, strange journey for Darrell Denton. He grew up in Marshall County, and after high school, he bummed around for a couple of years before enlisting in the Marine Corps. After three years .

  • Bringing West Coast style to new party store Neighborh.mercury

    An event-planning Kansan has returned home, and she brought some Los Angeles flavor with her. “I really wanted to take the influence of the West Coast and bring it here,” said Jill Mason. Mason opened Confetti and Cashmere Party Boutique .

  • KSU professor looks to teach soccer players life lessons Neighbor.phatch

    Through coaching youth soccer, Kansas State University professor Bill Turnley has been teaching boys life skills for 10 years. Turnley, a management professor and interim department head in the College of Business Administration, started coaching when his oldest son, Jonathan, was 10 .

  • Perfect brew one of job’s perks for Wamego coffee shop owner Neighbor.phatch

    Jim Hovind responded to a “strange” call in the early 1980s that ignited a lifelong passion. Hovind was a 19-year-old handyman in the San Francisco Bay area, where he’d moved after growing up in Kansas City. One day someone .

  • Dianne Paukstelis takes delight in acting, pageant directing Neighbor2.phatch

    Dianne Paukstelis leads a triple life. Paukstelis works for the Kansas State College of Engineering as a project coordinator for the University Engineering Alliance by day. When duty calls, she’s an actress and pageant director by night, and also .

  • Mother of 5 says she loves energy of her household Neighbor.phatch

    A family of seven is not small, but it’s not large, either, according to a Manhattan mom. It’s medium. Janette Moldrup and her husband, Justin, are raising five children and also homeschooling them. Justin, the son of Riley .


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