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The Kansas Forest Service is offering two new pollinator bundles with their low-cost conservation seedlings for the spring planting season. Plants for the eastern Kansas pollinator bundle include American plum, Chokecherry, Golden currant, False indigo, Elderberry, Buttonbush and Eastern Red…
Okeechobee, Florida. A package is arriving. Inside is a beautiful metal nativity set, designed and cut by a craftsman at a business halfway across the continent in rural Kansas. It’s especially interesting to find that this craftsman is a woman. This is a special holiday edition of Kansas Profile.
Maggie and I went back to a natural Christmas tree this year after perhaps a decade of the other kind. It’s beautiful, a Noble or Fraser fir a tad taller than 7 feet. Most important, Maggie, who had her misgivings, likes it.
An article in Sunday’s edition shed more light on a situation in White Canyon, a small, unincorporated development east of Randolph on the west side of Tuttle Creek Lake.
The U.S. House of Representatives began its formal impeachment pageant Tuesday. The Intelligence Committee will forward its report to the Judiciary Committee, which will forward it to the whole House, which will then hold hearings on whether to impeach President Trump.
Two young women have dropped their federal lawsuit against Kansas State University, and in a limited sense that makes complete sense to us. Their case — which alleged that K-State should bear some of the blame for rapes that happened off-campus — never really added up, in legal terms.
The hot topic of recent has been about moles in the landscape. Extension offices get a lot of questions and stories about moles. Identification is the first step to determine if it is a vole, mole, shrew, pocket gopher or other animal in the yard.
When my mother moved to Nashville nearly a decade ago, after 70-plus years in Kansas, it wasn’t because she sought proximity to Brad Paisley or sit-down lunches with Loretta Lynn. It was, in hindsight, pretty astute thinking. Mom was on her own, aging gracefully with a mild, but not debilita…
On Saturday, once you’re past the glut of Thanksgiving and the frenzy of Black Friday, we hope you’ll remember the smaller but no less important Small Business Saturday.
The traditional image of Thanksgiving — June pulling the golden-brown turkey out of the oven, Ward carving, Wally and The Beav sitting around the table with Grandma, Grandpa, cousins and aunts and uncles — is still occasionally accurate.
“The belle of the ball.” That phrase may call to mind a pretty girl dancing in a fancy ballroom, but in this case, it refers to a different kind of ball. This belle is the woman who serves as the volunteer caretaker of the world’s largest ball of twine. She’s helping people from around the w…
It is the season for getting holiday plants and caring for them. Amaryllis, poinsettia, holiday cacti, Kalanchoe and others brighten up indoor spaces. Long-lasting plants will need good watering practices and proper indoor placement.
I recently read an article about the new “Pokémon Sword and Shield” game and how you can cook several curry recipes depending on the ingredients you have on hand. One of the options involves Slowpoke tails, which is a type of Pokémon.
The other day, a person griped that she couldn’t read a Mercury story to which there was a link on a Facebook page. This was because The Mercury’s website limits free access to our stories to three per month, and she was evidently over the limit and was being asked to subscribe.
It’s the time of year to celebrate — from veterans earlier this month, our many blessings at the end of the month, the upcoming holidays and then ringing in the new year. The tie that binds all these celebrations together? A sense of community. Whether it’s a community of family, friends, fa…
Ever since Abram was a little kid — that’s about 2 because he’ll be 5 next month — he has enjoyed playing with cell phones. Small wonder, given that every adult he know has one, and he’s seen us make and receive calls on them.
When Kansans think of aviation, names like Clyde Cessna and Walter Beech come to mind, as does the strong legacy of leadership in the aerospace industry across the state.
I did something I don’t recommend. This past spring I planted a Rhododendron. Rhododendrons don’t commonly grow in Kansas because of our natural environment. They suffer from our high soil pH, rapid and low temperatures, along with needing shade and protection from the wind. Finding the perf…
Let’s go to London, England. It’s a meeting of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, led by the president of this international organization. This year’s international president comes from a small town in Kansas.
What’s happening at Northwestern University is a symptom of a disturbing trend: Some people aren’t really interested in the truth. Even those whose business ought to be the truth are wobbling.
You will not find my name on the membership rolls of the Screen Actors Guild. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has yet to acknowledge my existence, let alone nominate me for an award. Searching for me in the Internet Movie Database will prove futile, but your every-other-Sunda…
What happened this week with Aaron Estabrook, and particularly Ron Wells, is a sign of the times: You don’t really have a private life anymore. Certainly not if you’re an elected official.
Junk drawers. Everybody knows what you mean by this term, and even though we call the stuff in them “junk,” it’s so important, so crucial to our existence, we keep it anyway. Here’s my household’s current inventory of absolute necessities.
In case you’re interested in watching history unfold, live television in the next few days ought to be pretty interesting. There’s really one key question to think about. Back to that in a minute.
My last article was on incorporating plant materials to keep the soil healthy. An additional resource that can be used are any number of Biological Soil Amendments of Animal Origin. This is any soil amendment intentionally added to the soil to improve the chemical or physical condition that …
What can we grow across Kansas? Wheat? Industrial hemp? Wind turbines? How about jobs and businesses? Today we’ll meet an organization which is devoted to the growth of entrepreneurship and small businesses across our state. It’s today’s Kansas Profile.
We’ve been scolded in some corners for our coverage and commentary about the post-game ugliness at the Manhattan-Junction City football game. Most recently, we published a letter from Bruce McMillan, an architect and a longtime proponent of regional cooperation between Manhattan and Junction City.
One of the things I love about Manhattan is how diverse it is. This is partially thanks to K-State and Fort Riley, but if we look back a bit further, we can see how Manhattan’s African-American community has been here from near the beginning of the town and really exploded when the “Exoduste…