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  • Reunions are fun… and funny Dendurent1

    Our family has just returned from Iowa and Wisconsin, where we attended a couple of family reunions. I don’t know what your family does at reunions, but one of the things we do is tell funny stories, most of .

  • Real sports for patriots Brian-mug

    This newspaper was made in America. You’re probably reading this in America. I’m an American with my American blood running through my American veins. If you can’t tell, I’m excited about America. One of my favorite .

  • No longer dreading the ‘twang’ Bethany047cut.phatch

    Several years ago, Country Stampede might have been my worst nightmare. I didn’t like country music at all growing up. Maybe it’s because it was so pervasive in rural Kansas. My area of the state didn’t have .

  • Stuck in the bleachers Kristina.phatch

    When the Mercury staff started putting together a team for the city co-rec softball league, everyone was on board… except for me. I try to get to “Angry Alpacas” games as a spectator, but there was no way I was .

  • Beat it, pop music haters Bethany047cut.phatch

    I have something to admit. I need to come out and say that I like pop music, which is ironically not a popular thing to admit. For people like me, the admission is spoken with inflection full of shame. But .

  • Reset button would come in handy Brian mug.phatch

    Oh, reset button You’re so small, yet so powerful You impacted my life as a young video gamer You erased problems the virtual world threw at me Glitches Freezes The game being an ignorant cheat Your presence comforts me .

  • Real-life Iron Man Bauman-cut

    Let me tell you about one of my many heroes. No, I’m not going to name an X-Man or Star Wars character this time (that’s the next column, most likely). Still though, this hero is amazingly similar to .

  • Summer less fun for teachers’ loved ones Megan.moser1

    It was great growing up as a teacher’s kid. Maybe you’ve heard people use the term ‘preacher’s kid’ or ‘PK’ to describe the child of a pastor, minister or other religious leader. And along with that label .

  • ACRONYM: a recipe for success Brian mug.phatch

    I’ve spent the equivalent of college here in Manhattan. I came to the Manhattan Mercury as a wideeyed youth in August 2010. Now it’s May 2014, and I’m a hardened man who’s ready to graduate to the next .

  • ’Ville office was comic book heaven Dendurent1

    When I was a 10-year-old boy living in Wamego, my favorite place to go when we visited Manhattan was a real estate office in Aggieville. But I wasn’t looking for bargains on new homes. I wasn’t seeking my .

  • It’s never too late to take another swing

    Baseball and I didn’t have the best breakup. But Sunday afternoon, I’ll be forced to reunite with my long-time flame. That’s when The Mercury’s Angry Alpacas will take the field for our first exhibition game in .

  • The most wonderful time of the year Bethany047cut.phatch

    Coinciding with the warm, beautiful weather of spring and summer is my favorite time of the year: wedding season. I’ve long enjoyed weddings more than holidays for a few reasons. First, many of the ones I’ve attended took .


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