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  • Local |Government & Politics | July 20, 2015

    Commission to consider KSU corridor contracts

    The Manhattan City Commission on Tuesday will consider design contracts for Kansas State University’s north corridor plan. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall. The contracts are for a 30 percent design process to further define the anticipated improvements and budget after a

  • Local |Kansas State University |Neighbors | July 20, 2015

    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 brother to Manhattan and enrolled

  • Local |Business |Kansas State University | July 20, 2015

    KSU Foundation announces $141.5M in 2015 donations

    K-State received $141.5 million in donations for the fiscal year that ends June 30 — the third-highest total in the 70-year history of the Kansas State University Foundation, the university announced Monday. It’s also the fourth straight year that fundraising has topped $100 million for the university. “The

  • Local |Business | July 20, 2015

    Kaw Valley Rodeo schedules ‘slack’ session

    This year’s Kaw Valley Rodeo — celebrating its 40th anniversary — has 169 entrants. That’s up slightly from the 161 participants who registered for last year’s event, which takes place during the Riley County Fair. Steve Frazier, director of Wells Arena, where the rodeo is held,

  • Local |Business | July 19, 2015

    After slow start, Cajun festival reaches boiling point

    Bayou1.mercury

    The first step in organizing a Bayou Gator Crawfest should probably be to make sure there’s alligator and crawfish for people to eat. During the festival’s first few hours Saturday, that wasn’t the case. Disappointed visitors sat in the sun at rows

  • Local |Government & Politics | July 19, 2015

    County to use new alert system

    Riley County will start using a new emergency communication system later this month to alert members of the community during emergencies or other critical events. County officials will switch from the current IRIS system to the Northeast Kansas Notification system, which is used by most

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | July 19, 2015

    Former Huelskamp staffer gets 1 year in prison in sex case

    DODGE CITY — A former staffer for U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan. 1st District, has been sentenced to 12 months in prison in a Kansas child sex case. Matthew Pennell was sentenced Friday in Ford County after admitting to two of the 17 child sexual exploitation counts

  • Local |Education | July 19, 2015

    New assistant superintendent settling in at USD 383

    Superintandent.mercury

    Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 assistant superintendent Eric Reid has to remember to add a zero while learning his new job. Reid, who assumed his duties July 1 replacing former associate superintendent Robert Seymour,was previously the superintendent of USD 327 Ellsworth-Kanopolis-Genesco in Ellsworth, with about 600 students in the district.

  • Local | July 19, 2015

    All of Manhattan’s Catholic churches welcome new priests into their communities

    Manhattan’s Catholic community is undergoing a renaissance of sorts. All three Catholic churches in town have new staff leading services this summer. Seven Dolors Catholic Church, St. Thomas More Catholic Church and St. Isidore’s Catholic Student Center each welcomed two priests on July 1.

  • Local |Business | July 19, 2015

    Seller of intimate products delights in helping women

    Passion2.mercury

    Mallory Bohnenblust claims she used to be shy, but you’d never know it watching her stand in front of a group of 14 women at a recent party and talk about sex. “When I was a kid, my mother told us that if you touch

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