Monday, November 30, 2015

News - I Wonder

  • I Wonder |Local |Business | March 24, 2015

    What kind of gas is best for my mower?


    Q: I have been told that ethanol in gasoline is bad for small engines like lawn mowers, chainsaws and trimmers. Where can a person purchase gasoline without ethanol? A: Well, if we take your actual question first, ethanol-free gasoline is available lots of places. At

  • I Wonder |Local |Government, Politics | March 17, 2015

    Can the noxious weed dept help me with dandelions?


    Q: We moved here last year from the East Coast, and just discovered that the county has something called the noxious weed department. I suppose this isn’t strictly about weeds, but can these people help with the dandelions in our yard? A: Well, fair

  • I Wonder |Local |Business | March 06, 2015

    Where is it legal to drink in Manhattan?


    Q: Where can I drink in Manhattan? A: Everyone knows the answer to that: Aggieville. Kidding — sort of. Of course, there are lots of great bars in Manhattan, both in Aggieville and out. But you’re not asking about which watering hole is best. You’

  • I Wonder |Local |Business | February 17, 2015

    Is Hy-Vee breaking its deal?


    Q: At the time that Hy-Vee was built in the north-end redevelopment project, the space between Hy-Vee and PetCo was left undeveloped. This was because Hy-Vee hoped the Kansas Legislature would approve liquor sales for grocery stores, and Hy-Vee would then construct a liquor store

  • I Wonder |Local |Government, Politics | February 13, 2015

    What happened to Riley County’s health fair?


    Q: What happened to the Riley County Health Fair in the last couple of years? If you thought the Riley County Health Fair disappeared, you’re right, it has. Health department director Brenda Nickel said the last health fair was in April of 2012. One big

  • I Wonder |Local |Business | January 23, 2015

    How much does that roundabout really cost?

    Q: Will it really cost the city $5 million to build a roundabout? A: No. Well, at least the answer is no if you’re referring to the proposed roundabout at the intersection where West Anderson Avenue crosses Kimball Avenue as it becomes Scenic Drive. There

  • I Wonder |Local |Business | January 20, 2015

    Is Manhattan one of the most hung-over cities?


    Q: Why was Manhattan the fourth most hung-over city, according to Business Insider? A: Step aside, old men. I’ll handle this. Business Insider rang in the new year with a count of the 25 most hung-over cities in America. This year, Manhattan came in at

  • I Wonder |Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | January 16, 2015

    Why can police talk on cell phones while driving?


    Q: RCPD officer spotted on the phone driving down Anderson. Y u no follow the rules? Can we get a Mercury story on this? #doublestandards. A: First of all: Yes, you read that right. Gone are the days when hand-written, head-scratching inquiries arrived at The

  • I Wonder |Local |Business |Holidays | December 19, 2014

    What is the mall charging to sit on Santa’s lap?


    Is it true that the mall is charging $25 for visits with Santa? Is that a change from previous years? A fee for sitting on Santa’s lap? What’s next, tipping the elves? A surcharge for chimney delivery? Guess Santa has to pay for all

  • I Wonder |Local |Business | December 12, 2014

    Is Kohl’s coming to town?


    Q: Will Kohl’s fill the Kmart vacancy? A: Kids have “Are we there yet?” on road trips. Adults in Manhattan have “Is Kohl’s coming?” whenever retail space becomes available. Usually, the answer to both questions is “Not yet.” That’s true in this

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