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  • Local |Agriculture | December 30, 2013

    Ag-wise workshop deadline extended

    Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) and Kansas Farm Bureau (KFB) have extended the deadline for three of the four Be Ag-Wise educator training workshops in early 2014. The workshops, which are designed especially for agricultural education presenters at the county level, will give

  • Local |Government, Politics | December 29, 2013

    Obama signs budget

    We’re one step closer to NBAF. President Barack Obama this week signed into law a two-year joint budget resolution that approves $404 million for the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility to be built in Manhattan. The budget does not guarantee that NBAF will be

  • Local |Business | December 29, 2013

    Power outages reported

    About 2,100 Manhattan residents were without power Saturday evening in an unexplained outage. Westar Energy and Riley County Police responded to many calls of power outages Saturday. According to the Westar website, 2,094 residents in Riley County were without power as of 7:45 p.m. By 10 p.m.,

  • Local |Business | December 29, 2013

    Breadbasket deals with post-holiday glut of food

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    The Flint Hills Breadbasket is overflowing with food. Executive Director Maribeth Keiffer said right after the holidays, the Manhattan-based food pantry always has an abundance of food, but it doesn’t take long for it to go. “It’s needed every day of the year,”

  • Local |Business | December 29, 2013

    Landmark appoints new CEO

    Patrick Alexander, Chairman and CEO of Landmark Bancorp, Inc., and Landmark National Bank, announced he will leave his role of CEO effective Jan. 1.  Alexander will remain as the chairman of the board. From 1986 to 1990, Alexander served as president of the Kansas State Bank of

  • Local |Business | December 29, 2013

    Company creates Big Slice Pouches

    Alma-based Grandma Hoerner’s Foods added to its Big Slice apples with a new on-the-go Big Slice pouch. Six flavors will be available in 250 Super Targets nationwide in January, and in February they will be offered in all Target locations. The pouches will feature 16 flavors

  • Local | December 29, 2013

    KSU athletics, NBAF lead year’s biggest news

    How news-crazy was 2013 in Manhattan and the surrounding area? Well, in balloting by Mercury editors to determine the year’s top 10 stories, no less than 19 stories received at least one vote. There were so many possibilities that the list bulged at the bottom – with a

  • Local |Kansas State University |Football | December 29, 2013

    K-State defeats Michigan to earn first bowl victory in 11 years

    TEMPE, Ariz. — Michigan may have the winningest football program in history, but this night belonged to Kansas State. The Wildcats used MVP-type performances from quarterback Jake Waters and receiver Tyler Lockett to cruise to a 31-14 victory over the Wolverines on Saturday night in the

  • I Wonder |Local |Business | December 27, 2013

    Doesn’t the new hotel look kind of fragile?

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    Q: There are so many major construction projects going on in Manhattan. Comparing the multistory steel frameworks, however, makes one curious. In particular, the new NBAF building and the South Fourth Street project have beams and girders that one might find in a fort. They

  • Local |Business | December 27, 2013

    FHDC receives grant

    The Flint Hills Discovery Center recently received an $8,725 humanities and heritage grant from the Kansas Humanities Council. Discovery center officials said that the funds will be used to create the second installment in the FORCES! Series, titled “Flint Hills Forces: The Shaping of Manhattan, Fort

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