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Curled up on my futon with my tech and dice tin on a Tuesday evening, I readjust my headphones and laugh as my friends and I slay orcs within a hidden cave. We’re represented by tokens on a virtual map on my laptop screen, and I record the loss of HP — my hit points — on my tablet when my Ti…

Landry Louise Glick was born July 20 to Trent and Megan Glick of Wetmore.

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I was in eighth grade when 9/11 happened. I remember my teacher abruptly switching the TV to live coverage of the Twin Towers, and it seemed like time stopped as we were all engrossed in the unfolding tragedy. Even as a teen in Kansas, I could tell 9/11 had a profound effect on America in so…

Spring is unmatched for the variety of plants that flower and add interest to the landscape. There are plants that wait until this time of the year to show off their flowers.

This year’s annual Wickstrum family reunion was Aug. 15 at the Leonardville Community Center. The family was called together by President Josh Reasoner. Dolores Renner gave an opening prayer, thanking the ancestors for enduring many hardships to provide blessings. Following the potluck dinne…

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Let’s meet some freedom fighters. These won’t be found in some jungle fighting a dictator. These fighters are working to achieve freedom from bad Internet service, and they are based in rural Kansas.

Steve and Sylvia Murphy, formerly of Manhattan, will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary on Sept. 3.

Timothy and Rhonda (Simnitt) Wege of Leonardville celebrated their 50th anniversary on Aug. 27.

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Dystopian fiction is a popular genre in books as well as movies and TV, from “The Hunger Games” to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and we seem to enjoy getting sucked into these terrifying worlds gone awry. It can be difficult to understand the appeal, especially when the dystopia is linked so closel…

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What is the true nature of human beings? That is a question that philosophers and psychologists have wrestled with from antiquity to the present. Many have argued that humans are bad, echoing the writings of Thomas Hobbes in “Leviathan,” where “No arts; no letters; no society; and which is w…

Lifetime Manhattan area resident Joanne Barkyoumb will celebrate her 90th birthday from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Prairie Star Event Center at Meadowlark Hills. There will be cake, cookies, punch and coffee.

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Did you know that the famed Elizabeth Blackwell (M.D. 1849) had a sister who also became a physician? Her name was Emily Blackwell (M.D. 1854). So many women have been lost in history that she is in good company. They were sisters in a family of nine children, five girls and four boys. Their…

Rosie Aline Mainz was born at 12:50 p.m. June 17 to Whitney and Rob Mainz, Denver.

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Being a tween is kind of the worst. You are discovering who you are, what your values are, and how you relate to others. On top of all that, things tend to happen that are out of your control, like your parents getting divorced, or moving away from all of your friends. The combination of the…

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Have you heard the saying about building an airplane while trying to fly it? That would be one way of describing one hospital in rural Kansas which was transforming itself while continuing to provide services – and in the case of the hospital building, a new hospital was literally built in t…