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  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | May 20, 2014

    RCPD forms special reaction team to address violations at Pillsbury

    Visitors to the Pillsbury Crossing Wildlife Area may have noticed an increased Riley County police presence in recent weeks. On Monday, RCPD Patrol Division Capt. Kurt Moldrup told the Riley County police board that the department recently has had a “special reaction team” of three

  • Local | May 20, 2014

    Burn season unusually busy in Pott County

    This spring was an expensive and time-consuming burn season in Pottawatomie County. There were 837 controlled pasture fires during the April burn season and 69 of those (more than eight percent) got out of control, requiring a response from between three and five fire departments, according to

  • Local |Business |Government, Politics | May 20, 2014

    Officials expect another surge in construction

    Pottawatomie County officials are anticipating another surge in new housing construction this year. Appraiser Lois Schlegel, in her monthly update to county commissioners Monday, reported 87 property sales in the county during April — considerably higher than the 60 sales during the same period last year. More than

  • Local |Business | May 19, 2014

    Commerce marks 125 years

    One of Manhattan’s oldest banks is celebrating its 125th birthday. Commerce Bank planned a Monday afternoon celebration at all three Manhattan locations: 2740 Claflin Road; 17th and Anderson at the K-State Student Union; and the bank’s main branch since 1970, 727 Poyntz Ave. Commerce was established

  • Local |Kansas State University | May 19, 2014

    KSU professor connected to nasal strip controversy

    A K-State veterinary medicine professor is connected to a controversial decision surrounding California Chrome, the thoroughbred that has been leaving other horses in the dust in its run for the Triple Crown. The horse wears the 4-by-6-inch Flair Equine Nasal Strip to ease breathing

  • Local |Government, Politics | May 19, 2014

    Report: Riley ranks 12th in health out of 98 counties

    Riley County commissioners on Monday learned of the county’s health status in a set of rankings. Overall, Riley County ranks 12 of 98 Kansas counties for health factors that include smoking, drinking, diet and exercise and access and quality of health care. Among the positive statistics,

  • Local |Government, Politics | May 19, 2014

    City to consider consultant for field upgrade project

    City commissioners on Tuesday will consider making a request for qualifications for a consultant to develop the parks and recreation department’s strategic plan. The meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall, is a continuation of discussion from the April 8 joint commission and

  • Local |Education | May 18, 2014

    Manhattan High celebrates its 100th graduating class

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    Manhattan High School Class of 2014 students will receive their diplomas today, and this class is special. This class is the 100th in Manhattan to graduate from a fouryear high school program, marked by the creation of the old high school — now the west half of

  • Local |Kansas State University | May 18, 2014

    K-State graduating class takes ‘one small step’ into future

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    Jon Hofmeister was a student at Kansas State University when astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon and famously state, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Inside Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday morning,

  • Local |Kansas State University | May 18, 2014

    Distance student completes degree through Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath

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    For Timothy Cox of Old Bridge, N.J., a degree is proof that determination and support can bring success, even in the most challenging situations. Cox completed his academic advising master’s degree online through Kansas State University Global Campus. He first decided to join

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