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Police respond to shots fired at KSU Foundation

KSU Police Thursday responded to reports of shots fired at the KSU Foundation.

Police confirmed that shots were fired in the parking lot north of the KSU Foundation building.

K-State reported at 11:37 a.m. that the scene was safe and no one was injured. Foundation staff members were allowed to resume normal work.

Police finished the initial investigation around 12:30 p.m. and cleared the scene.

The report came in around 11:15 a.m. Those in the area were encouraged to stay where they were.

K-State spokeswoman Michelle Geering said the campus was functioning as normal and the campus was not officially placed on lockdown. Several buildings, including Peters Recreational Complex, locked down as a precaution. Some people in campus buildings reported on Twitter that they had locked themselves in rooms or had barricaded the doors.

USD 383 officials reported that they were aware of the situation and all schools were continuing with the normal school day.

No additional information was available as of press time. Police will give an update by 4 p.m. if there is additional information.

Anyone with additional information can call 785-532-6412 or use the LiveSafe application. There is also a silent witness website through the K-State Police for anonymous information at

Staff photo by Matt Lunsford 

K-State police were called on a report of shots fired in the parking lot of the K-State Foundation around 11am on Thursday. No injuries were reported and the investigation is still ongoing. K-State police were assisted by Kansas State Police and RCPD.

PLAN YOUR WEEKEND | Flint Hills Fest, dance recitals, slumber party and more

Experience the culture and beauty of the Flint Hills during this family-friendly event featuring local artisans, live entertainment, a beer and wine tasting tent, children’s activities, food trucks and more at the Flint Hills Festival this weekend at the Flint Hills Discovery Center and the Blue Earth Plaza.

Additional activities include a bounce house, obstacle course, face painting, climbing wall, archery and more.

Entertainment includes Mr. Stinky Feet, The Church Ladies, Fishin’ Magicians and the Tallgrass Express String Band.

There will also be more than 20 partner organizations and vendors throughout the indoor and outdoor space.

The Festival is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Regular admission rates apply. Adults 18-64 years old are $9, and $7 for military, students, educators, or seniors. It’s $4 for youth 2-16 years old and free for children under two years old. FHDC Members are always free.

For more information, visit, call 785-587-2726 or visit 315 S. Third St. in Manhattan.

Here’s a look at other area events.


K-3rd Unplugged, 4 p.m.

Toddler and Preschool Dance Party, 11 a.m. Saturday.

Try DIY, 2 p.m. Saturday.

For a complete list of storytimes and events, visit

Manhattan Public Library.

Dance Senior Concert, 7:30 p.m.

Chapman Theatre, Nichols Hall.


Trivia, 5-8 p.m.

HyVee Market Grille.

Canvas & Cork: My Mother, My Friend, 6 p.m. Friday.

For information and to register, visit

Straight Upp Creative Studio.

Washington Dance Studio recitals, 7:30 p.m. for 5th and up.

Also 3:30 p.m. Sunday for pre-dancers through 4th.

McCain Auditorium.

Friends of Peace Memorial Auditorium present an American Music Concert featuring the Prairie Bass Quintet playing some American Jazz music, 7:30 p.m.

Free family event, but donations accepted for improvements to the auditorium.

Peace Memorial Auditorium, 1101 Poyntz.

K-State After Hours: Slumber Party with “The Lizzie McGuire Movie,” 8:30 p.m.

Bluemont Room.


Wonder Workshop presents Our Continuing Journey: From Bondage to Freedom, 4-7:30 p.m.

A participatory theater experience re-creates some of the conditions, struggles and dangers that fugitive slaves experienced as they navigated Kansas terrain and sought northern freedom.

Cost: $25 for non-members. For ticket info, visit

Lazy T. Ranch.

Flint Hills Barn Tours, 1-5 p.m. Also Sunday.

Tour barns around the Flint Hills on a guided bus tour.

For information, visit


Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m.-noon.

Bluestem Bistro.

Mother’s Day at the Zoo, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Free admission for mothers with a paid child’s admission.

Sunset Zoo.

Flint Hills Iris Society’s Annual Iris Day, 1-4 p.m.

Weather permitting. Vote for your favorite. The top 5 irises will be announced at a later date. Members of the Iris Society will be on hand to answer questions about care and planting of iris. New this year is a raffle fundraiser (for the Gardens) to win a $25 gift certificate to the Iris Sale July 27.

KSU Gardens.

Staff photo by Matt Lunsford 

Employees from Keller Williams Realty paint the exterior of the Wonder Workshop Children’s Museum on Fourth Street on Thursday. The work is a part of RED Day, which stands for renew, energize and donate. The company celebrates the day by volunteering in communities around the country on the second Thursday every May.

Food council aims to help people get healthy food

As nearly 30,000 Riley County residents live in “food deserts,” Vickie James told Riley County commissioners at their meeting Monday that the Food and Farm Council of Riley County and the city of Manhattan are working to help get people healthy food.

James, a registered and licensed dietitian who serves on the board, said members have begun conducting interviews with potential community partners to help better food resources and lessen food waste within the county.

She said that 30,000 live within six areas in the county that are either more than a mile from a grocery store in the city or more than 10 miles from a store in rural areas, which meets the definition of a food desert.

“We use that ‘1-mile’ definition because that’s about as far as someone can walk with groceries, and that’s assuming that’s a healthy person, not with little one,” James said.

She said in the nine months the council has been in action, members have reached out to community partners such as the hospital, restaurants, caterers and more to get people connected to resources that may get them better access to food.

“Many of the families that we interviewed that come to the summer meal programs in the schools don’t know about Common Table, and don’t know they can go,” she said. “And the people at Common Table said K-State students don’t really use their services.”

James said she likes that the ATA Bus system expanded, but said she’s heard of areas it still doesn’t reach, and she wants to continue working with partners to see if there are other solutions.

“There are local neighborhoods that want local garden plots, and need help growing food and vegetables,” she said. “We found that some of the households we talked to, people don’t even have can openers.”

James said there is not a one-size-fits-all solution, but the council has been looking at other communities with programs like this for ideas on community outreach and funding.

She said next year, the council wants to increase community engagement and try to address what community partners can do to help reduce food waste and get local food to people.

“I think we have enough food in the community, it’s just getting it from where it is to where it needs to be in a timely manner,” James said.

Shed fire damages two mobile homes Thursday

A fire that broke out in a garden shed in northeast Manhattan damaged two mobile homes early Thursday morning.

The Manhattan Fire Department responded to a report of a 10-by-10-foot shed on fire at 2112 Mike Place at about 12:23 a.m.

MFD Deputy Chief Ryan Almes said the fire started in the shed and spread to the home and its neighbor at 404 Sherry Place.

Both homes were occupied at the time, but officials reported no injuries to people. However, a pet rabbit died in the shed fire.

Firefighters put out the blaze in about five minutes and had to remove some skirting and siding on the mobile homes to ensure they extinguished the fire. The last unit cleared the scene at about 4:10 a.m.

Officials estimated the total damage loss as $2,000 for the shed and its contents, $5,000 for the exterior of 2112 Mike Place and $100 for the skirting at 404 Sherry Place.

Investigators are still determining the cause of the fire.

The property owner of the units is listed as Countryside Parks LLC.