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Kansas Day is Jan. 29 and recognizes the day Kansas achieved statehood in 1861. It’s a fun time to talk about state symbols like sunflowers and honeybees, and to make Kansas-shaped cakes. You’ll find picture books in the History Neighborhood in our children’s section that provide opportuniti…

This year, I have selected a variety of Begonia to start from seed for the flower bed. Begonias are slow growing and need started at the end of January for spring planting. They germinate best at 80 degrees with light, meaning don’t cover the seed much. Once they have sprouted, growing them …

The new action movie “Plane” is a success. It may be “dumb fun,” but it is solidly amusing. And exciting. Gerard “300” Butler and Mike Colter make sympathetic and believable lead characters. Tony Goldwyn shows up in the scenes set in the airline’s crisis headquarters and provides some gravity.

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Most dancers are fortunate to have solo careers or to perform with dance companies. Dance is one of the most disciplined, creative and beautiful art forms. Once a commitment is made to devote one’s life to dancing, all else becomes secondary. It’s important for each dancer to get the attenti…

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The new movie “A Man Called Otto” will please a substantial audience. Ironically, the cinematic version of the recent Swedish novel will make them happy by making them sad. There are people who like sad entertainments.

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Even for those that don’t rally around a New Years resolution, the flipping of the calendar can be a good time to check in with how we’re doing and look for opportunities to make life a little better. Here are a few books that have inspired me to work towards a healthier and happier year in 2023.

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“Full circle.” That’s one way of describing the creation of one Kansas rural business, which is located in what was once one of the first state-inspected meat plants and is again serving the processing needs of Kansans.

The yearly class on home landscape design is coming up on Thursday, February 9 at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. This is the first session of a three-part series which continues February 16 and 23. We will meet in the Riley County Office building where the Extension office is location. Registration is …

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Most of my latest library checkouts have been about woodworking. Joinery and furniture-making to be more specific. I recently finished a small table for my wife and now I want to make a couch. There will be several random projects between now and the couch, because I tend to get lost in the …

New Year’s goals are often based around getting healthy. This can include a healthy diet, more exercise, losing weight, and a more relaxed mindset. One can workout at the gym, eat food from the Farmers’ Market and take frequent walks in the forest to achieve these. I wish I would make enough…

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For as far back as I can remember, I’ve always loved ranking things. My parents to this day will bring up how annoyed they’d get after every movie we’d see when I’d bombard them with questions about where they’d rank a movie based on this or that. I’d ask them to rank books, different kinds …

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The design cut into the wood is beautiful, detailed, intricate —and handmade. It was not produced with a laser cutter or computer-aided design, but rather, entirely by hand by a remarkably skilled craftsman in rural Kansas.

One resolution for the new year could be to have maintained working tools. A clean, sharp garden tool makes a big difference in performance. It can turn a hard job into a bit of gardening fun.

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The 19th century marked the culmination of the Age of Exploration, with only Africa and Antarctica left relatively unexplored and unmapped. Early on in that century, the discovery of the Rosetta Stone and its subsequent translation fueled a decades long obsession with Africa, Egypt, Middle E…

Josie Kate True was born Dec. 15 to Kade and McKenzie True of Manhattan.

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Writer and director Damien Chazelle is aware that his new “Babylon” is not the first Hollywood movie about the transition from silent to sound pictures. The new film includes a couple of versions of “Singing in the Rain” the song as well as snippets from two different scenes from the movie o…

Greg and Brenda (Ragel) Mann will celebrate their 50th anniversary Jan. 7.

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We did our best to transcribe these adorable letters to Santa Claus from local first-graders, a holiday tradition for many years now. You'll have to excuse some spelling errors and missing punctuation — but we think that's what gives the messages character. 

Red and green are the colors of the season. Green outdoor plants are in abundance. Reds can be harder to find. Holly berries are red if you can grow them. One easy to grow red colored plant for the winter exterior is the red twig or Redosier dogwood, Cornus sericea.

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September 18, 2004. Bret Fitzpatrick was driving to a farm sale when his truck tire blew out on a two-lane bridge. He lost control of his truck, went into the ditch, hit a power pole, rolled three times, and ended up in the water.

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Since this month’s theme for ReadMHK is exploring beliefs, I decided to write about an author who is personally important to me and has also helped heal people all around the world: Thich Nhat Hanh.

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The new books shelves at the Manhattan Public Library seem to have an unending supply of accounts on the “Trump era” in U.S. politics. Current selections include a biography of Rudy Giuliani, memoirs by Kellyanne Conway, Mark Esper, Peter Navarro and Paul Manafort, and assorted attempts to c…

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What’s more magical than walking into a bookstore to look for just the right book for a loved one or friend? At Manhattan Public Library, we’re here to help with your librarian-approved guide to gifting the perfect book for everyone on your list — and maybe find a great read for you, too.

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The pilot has come in for a landing. In this case, the pilot is the famous aviator Amelia Earhart (or her replica in the form of a bronze statue), and her landing place isn’t an airport – it’s the nation’s capitol.

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Viewers of the new animated Disney film “Strange World” may wonder what percentage of the adults in the theater didn’t understand that the story was about oil. The animation is up to Disney standards, so the movie will look good to everyone. But how many of its parent customers will recogniz…