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  • Local |Business | June 11, 2014

    New exhibit at Flint Hills Discovery Center explores period when ‘everything was bigger and colder’

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    If you’re tall enough, you might be able to look at the life-size picture of a giant beaver face-to-face. Visitors at the Flint Hills Discovery Center will soon see why giant is in the animal’s name when the Ice Age Imperials exhibition opens

  • Local |Business |Government & Politics | June 11, 2014

    City weighs adding position

    Some city commissioners said Tuesday they weren’t sure about adding a full-time public program coordinator at the Flint Hills Discovery Center. The Discovery Center and Sunset Zoo currently share a public program coordinator. The city is proposing that each entity get its own full-time

  • Local |Government & Politics | June 11, 2014

    Officials propose $134M budget

    City officials have made adjustments to the 2015 budget from the numbers presented at the May 27 work session. The proposed 2015 budget, presented at Tuesday’s city commission meeting, is now $134.5 million with a mill levy of 45.077 mills, a decrease of $544,605 and 1.001 mills from preliminary numbers. A

  • Local | June 11, 2014

    Bahamian authorities still investigating death

    Russell Weisbender was snorkeling with a group of other American citizens near a beach in the Bahamas shortly before noon Monday when he reportedly didn’t resurface and drowned. On Wednesday, the Royal Bahamas Police Force confirmed the 63-year-old Manhattan resident was the man who

  • Local |Government & Politics | June 11, 2014

    Commission considers 2015 utility increases

    The proposed utility increases for 2015 are 4 percent for water, 3 percent for wastewater and 4 percent for residential and commercial stormwater, according to a proposal submitted to the city commission Tuesday. The city is looking into savings related to utilities operations. The water meter department budget would

  • Local |Kansas State University | June 11, 2014

    Scholarship a boost for students in dual D.V.M.-Ph.D. program

    Earning a doctor of veterinary medicine degree and a doctorate at the same time can be a demanding and financially challenging undertaking. But it also can provide several career options beyond that of a traditional D.V.M. To make the option of earning the

  • Local | June 10, 2014

    Rains help bring Manhattan out of drought, cause Wildcat Creek to rise to flood levels

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    Recent rains —especially last night’s —have put the Manhattan area ahead in the annual precipitation game. K-State’s weather lab measured 2.72 inches of rainfall on campus between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. Tuesday. The Manhattan area is now up 4.99 inches from the average

  • Local |Government & Politics | June 10, 2014

    Wamego asks for help funding truck route project

    Wamego City officials formally requested 50-percent funding from Pottawatomie County Monday for $4.8 million in road improvements for a designated truck route in the southern portion of the city. The proposed route will divert truck traffic to the eastern and southern perimeters of town––from U.

  • I Wonder |Local |Business | June 10, 2014

    What’s with the new trees downtown?

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    Q: What’s with the new trees downtown? Why did the city plant small trees before they can give a canopy of shade? Why did they choose these trees anyway over other species? And why did some trees on North Fourth Street disappear?

  • Local |Business | June 10, 2014

    Weisbender dies in Bahamas

    A well-known Manhattan contractor and developer died Monday while snorkeling in the Bahamas, a business associate said Tuesday. Russ Weisbender, believed to be 63, was vacationing in the Bahamas with his wife, Donna. He went snorkeling with a group Monday, according to longtime business partner Doug

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