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Soon our area ornamental trees will be displaying their fall leaf color. Maples are preferred by many. There are numerous maples to select from for the landscape. However, some are not well suited to our growing conditions. Early fall coloration because of poor site factors and environmental…

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As the situation in Afghanistan continues to unravel following multiple bombings outside of the Kabul airport that resulted in multiple casualties, including the first combat deaths of U.S. service members in 18 months, I express my deepest empathy and eternal gratitude to the family members…

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Some of the most common questions we hear as U.S. Department of Agriculture employees working for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility are about the location: Why is NBAF being built in Kansas or why in the middle of cattle country?

Right now, at this very moment, roughly half of the eligible population of our community has chosen not to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. That’s in spite of clear guidance from medical professionals, scientific researchers, and the government agencies that are in charge of handling …

In the end, Abimael Guzman was a loser. He died in a Peruvian prison this past weekend, age 86, alone and powerless. Not that I want to celebrate anyone’s death, but there’s some powerful symbolism in those facts.

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One of these days the growing season will come to an end with the first frost. The thought of next season will then kick off with much anticipation. There are some tasks that can be done now as we both approach the end of the season and the thought of next year.

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Eleven dead Marines, one dead Army soldier, and one dead Navy Corpsman last month in Kabul. Their families faced that dreadful knock on their door from a military officer and a chaplain; what a terrible loss their families now have to live with for the rest of their lives.

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This coming week, your Manhattan Mercury is going to arrive on a slightly different schedule. This is also the first time through the high school and college football season, and so it’s a good time for a quick update on what you can expect.

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I grew up during the Civil Rights Era. What we were taught about equality was from the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that a…

My stepdog, Rex, died a week ago. He was a big ol’ mutt, mostly Boxer with probably some mastiff, an 85-pound shedding machine who drooled and had terrible breath. I loved him because of all that, plus the way he bounded down the hallway and grinned a big goofy toothy grin all the time. I mi…

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August is the month to evaluate your cool-season lawn. Tall fescue is the preferred grass for most situations. It is a bunch type grass and doesn’t spread. If you have thin or bare spots, planting seed is necessary. Join me on Saturday, Aug. 28 beginning at 9 a.m. for a program on turf care …

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Like anyone excited to move into a new home, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is sorting through and organizing items that have been collected for more than 66 years at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, or PIADC, in New York. This is in preparation for the move to the National Bio and…

The prospect of a big new commercial building in Aggieville is alluring, certainly. A structure with 155,000 square feet of office space, plus room for apartments and retail stores, would be a shot in the arm for that important part of town, and, by extension, the community as a whole.

The growth of Pottawatomie County in the past decade is pretty easy to explain: It’s a nice place to live, where taxes are low, and you can have access to most of the amenities of Manhattan without having to pay for them.

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The new class of Riley County, K-State Research and Extension Master Gardeners will start on Thursday, Sept. 2. Presently, the learning will be in-person instruction. There is an online-only option. The in-person instruction will take place in Pottorf Hall in CiCo Park where there is room to…

One of the joys and frustrations of being a newspaper editor is the unresolved questions that present themselves nearly every day. The Mercury’s news staff does a tremendous job digging up answers to all sorts of questions; without those professional journalists, we’d be constantly driving i…