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Posted on: January 8, 2024

City of Manhattan buildings closed January 9 due to severe winter weather

National Weather Service map showing projected snow totals for northeast Kansas during January 8-9

(MANHATTAN, KS – January 9, 2024) — City-operated buildings are closed Tuesday, January 9 due to winter weather and blizzardlike conditions.

This includes City Hall, Municipal Court, Flint Hills Discovery Center, Sunset Zoo, all three r...

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Posted on: November 29, 2023

Lynden Lawson named Interim Director of Public Works for City of Manhattan

Lynden Lawson

(MANHATTAN, KS – November 29, 2023) — Manhattan City Manager Ron Fehr announced today that Lynden Lawson will serve as the City of Manhattan’s Interim Director of Public Works, starting Friday, December 1.

Lawson previously wa...

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Posted on: November 28, 2023

Ron R. Fehr announces retirement after two-plus decades of distinguished service as City Manager

City Manager Ron R. Fehr

(MANHATTAN, KS – November 28, 2023) — After more than two decades of dedicated service to the City of Manhattan, Ron R. Fehr, Manhattan’s eighth City Manager, has announced his retirement effective in mid-April 2024, marking ...

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Posted on: October 28, 2023

Flint Hills Discovery Center receives state tourism grant to fund new exhibit

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The Flint Hills Discovery Center (FHDC) has received a Tourism Attraction Sub-Grants for Kansas (TASK) award in the amount of $200,000 to help build a new immersive virtual Flint Hills exhibit.

On October 27, the Kansas Tourism office announced a TASK gran...

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Posted on: October 13, 2023

City grieves loss of Robert K. Ott, longtime Director of Public Works

Robert K. Ott

(MANHATTAN, KS – October 13, 2023) — The City of Manhattan is mourning the death of a longtime leader and friend, Robert K. Ott, who started with the City as City Engineer in 2005 and was named Director of Public Works in 2014.

Ott was ...

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Posted on: October 11, 2023

City to dedicate Stonehaven Park on Oct. 14 in honor of Bayer Family

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(MANHATTAN, Kan. – October 11, 2023) — The City of Manhattan is delighted to announce the dedication of a brand-new public park, Stonehaven Park, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 14.

This momentous occasion, which is free and open ...

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Posted on: September 21, 2023

American Airlines to resume Manhattan Regional Airport flights Sept. 25

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(MANHATTAN, KS – September 21, 2023) — American Airlines will resume commercial air service to Manhattan Regional Airport on September 25.

The first return flight will arrive at approximately 11:45 a.m., where it will be greeted with a ...

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Posted on: September 20, 2023

City of Manhattan contracts with Prairie Paws, Inc. to operate T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter

Logos for Prairie Paws Animal Shelter, City of Manhattan, and T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter

(MANHATTAN, Kan. – September 20, 2023) — The Manhattan City Commission on Tuesday, September 19 voted 4-0 in favor of an agreement presented by City staff to outsource the operation of the City’s animal shelter to Pr...

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Posted on: August 20, 2023

American Airlines to resume flights Sept. 25 to Manhattan due to runway construction delay

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(MANHATTAN, KS – August 20, 2023) — American Airlines announced today that it will postpone the resumption of commercial air service to Manhattan Regional Airport from September 6 until Monday, September 25.

This later-than-anticipated ...

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Posted on: August 18, 2023

City, county share hot weather safety tips, cooling locations as excessive heat returns

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(MANHATTAN, KS – August 18, 2023) — The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued an Excessive Heat Watch in effect starting at noon Saturday, August 19 through at least the evening of Wednesday, August 23.

Extreme heat and humidity...

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Posted on: July 25, 2023

City Hall closed July 26 due to ongoing air-conditioning system repair

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(MANHATTAN, KS – July 25, 2023) — City Hall is currently closed to the public due to the air-conditioning system being out of service.

Repairs are ongoing but our staff are working remotely at this time. Other City facilities are not af...

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Posted on: July 19, 2023

Parks and Recreation Director announces new ‘Park & Rec It’ small group discussions

Aaron Stewart picture

(MANHATTAN, Kan. – July 19, 2023) — Parks and Recreation Director Aaron Stewart announced today that he will offer a series of small group discussions this summer and fall, offering an opportunity for citizens to talk directly with him...

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Posted on: July 10, 2023

2024 Community Support Funds application open through August 6; board to review apps

City of Manhattan

(MANHATTAN, Kan. – July 10, 2023) — The City of Manhattan’s new Community Support Funds Advisory Board (CSFAB) is accepting online applications through Sunday, August 6 to request social services funding for the 2024 calendar...

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Posted on: July 6, 2023

Annual Furniture Amnesty Day set for July 28, 2023

Furniture Amnesty Day will be Friday, July 28 in City Park

(MANHATTAN, Kan. – July 6, 2023) — This year’s Furniture Amnesty Day (FAD) will take place starting at 8 a.m. Friday, July 28 in City Park.

FAD is a free community event that gives people the opportunity to donate or pick up u...

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City of Manhattan News
Posted on: April 26, 2023

City to receive grant for buildout of entrepreneurial hub in Aggieville Garage

Photo of Aggieville Garage first-floor shell space facing North Manhattan Avenue

(MANHATTAN, Kan. – April 26, 2023) — The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced that the City of Manhattan will be a recipient of a $1.5 million Building a Stronger Economy (BASE) Grant for buildout of “The Garage&rd...

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City of Manhattan News
Posted on: April 17, 2023

Thompson promoted to Assistant City Manager in charge of projects

Wyatt Thompson

(MANHATTAN, Kan. – April 17, 2023) — Manhattan City Manager Ron Fehr announced today that Wyatt Thompson, who has served as the City’s interim Parks and Recreation Director for the past year, will join the City Manager&rs...

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City of Manhattan News
Posted on: April 13, 2023

2023 Community Survey arriving in inboxes, mailboxes next week

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(MANHATTAN, Kan. – April 13, 2023) — The City of Manhattan is announcing the release of its 2023 Community Survey. The community survey will be sent to a sample of more than 11,000 households during the week of April 17-21.

The Community Survey has been co...

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City of Manhattan News
Posted on: March 22, 2023

Spring Cleanup Week set for March 27-31, 2023

Spring Cleanup 2023 Enlarged Map

(MANHATTAN, Kan. – March 22, 2023) — The City of Manhattan’s annual Spring Cleanup effort will take place in Manhattan starting Monday, March 27 through Friday, March 31.

City crews will pass through each neighborhood, accordi...

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City of Manhattan News
Posted on: March 10, 2023

Aaron Stewart named Parks and Recreation Director for Manhattan

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(MANHATTAN, Kan. – March 10, 2023) — Manhattan City Manager Ron Fehr announced today that Aaron Stewart, who currently serves as Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Garden City, has been hired as Manhattan’s new Dir...

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City of Manhattan News
Posted on: March 1, 2023

City to introduce Parks and Recreation director candidates

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(MANHATTAN, Kan. – March 1, 2023) — The City of Manhattan invites residents to meet the four final candidates for Parks and Recreation Director and learn more about their background during a public reception next Monday.

The City partne...

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City of Manhattan News
Posted on: February 3, 2023

Joint Maintenance Facility dedication planned for February 10

Joint Maintenance Facility Interior Courtyard

(MANHATTAN, Kan. – February 3, 2023) — Residents are invited to attend a public dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, February 10 inside the City’s brand-new Joint Maintenance Facility (JMF), l...

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Posted on: January 13, 2023

Aggieville Parking Garage rates begin January 17

Aggieville Parking Garage Rates with Permit Portal QR Code

(MANHATTAN, KS – January 13, 2023) — The Aggieville Parking Garage parking management program, rates, and permits will take effect Tuesday, January 17. Current rates may be viewed and permits purchased online.

Payment for garage parking...

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City of Manhattan News
Posted on: January 12, 2023

City of Manhattan seeks new Parks and Recreation director

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(MANHATTAN, Kan. – January 11, 2023) — The City of Manhattan is seeking a dynamic, innovative, and politically astute leader for the Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department (MPRD).

The position officially opened for applications Tuesd...

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City of Manhattan News
Posted on: December 21, 2022

City-operated buildings closed Dec. 22 due to severe winter weather, extreme cold

12-22-2022 Winter Storm Warning snowfall predicted totals

(MANHATTAN, KS – December 21, 2022) — City-operated buildings will be closed Thursday, December 22 due to inclement winter weather.

This includes City Hall, Municipal Court, Flint Hills Discovery Center, Sunset Zoo, all three recreation...

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City of Manhattan News
Posted on: December 19, 2022

Manhattan commits to joining City Inclusive Entrepreneurship (CIE) program

(MANHATTAN, KS – December 19, 2022) — The City of Manhattan, in partnership with the Black Entrepreneurs of the Flint Hills (BEFH), today announced it has committed to the Ownership and Optionality program.

This commitment was made at t...

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Posted on: December 5, 2022

City of Manhattan to hold Aggieville input session on Dec. 12

(MANHATTAN, Kan. – December 5, 2022) — The public is invited to provide input on upcoming Aggieville streetscape projects at 5:30 p.m. Monday, December 12 in the Commission Room at City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Ave.

The City of Manhattan is cu...

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Posted on: November 22, 2022

James Kepple named new Municipal Judge for City of Manhattan as Judge Caffey retires

Municipal Court Judge James Kepple

(MANHATTAN, KS – November 22, 2022) — Manhattan City Manager Ron Fehr announced today that James R. Kepple, who currently serves as a District Magistrate Judge for the 21st Judicial District in Riley County, has been hired as ...

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Posted on: November 1, 2022

City Commission approves resolution of support for Kansas Riverfront master plan development

Kansas Riverfront development concept art depicting people walking along promenade and buildings

(MANHATTAN, Kan. – November 1, 2022) — The City Commission on October 18 unanimously approved a resolution of support for fundraising efforts by Riverfront MHK to develop a master plan for future development of the waterfront area alon...

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Posted on: October 13, 2022

City of Manhattan team wins Snow Roadeo event

Snow Roadeo snow plow competition

(MANHATTAN, Kan. – October 13, 2022) — The City of Manhattan Public Works Department’s Street Division took first place in the Kansas Chapter Snow Roadeo on Sept. 8 at Milford Lake State Park, northwest of Junction City.

Thanks to their state-level win, th...

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City of Manhattan News
Posted on: September 23, 2022

Manhattan Biosolids Management again honored as Program of the Year

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(MANHATTAN, Kan. – September 23, 2022) — The City of Manhattan’s Biosolids Management Program was recognized and honored as the Biosolids Program of the Year in Kansas for 2022 during the Kansas Water Environment Association’s (KWEA) and Kansas American W...

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Posted on: September 19, 2022

Levee, Linear Trail trespass to be strictly enforced beginning Sept. 26

Levee-Linear River Trail Closures Sept. 22 update

(MANHATTAN, Kan. – September 19, 2022) — The City of Manhattan’s ongoing Kansas River and Big Blue River levee construction project will soon progress to a new stage, resulting in a large increase in heavy equipment traffic a...

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City of Manhattan News
Posted on: September 12, 2022

Chris Curtis hard at work as new Recreation Superintendent

Chris Curtis

(MANHATTAN, Kan. – September 12, 2022) — Chris Curtis, the new recreation superintendent for the Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department (MPRD), is hard at work hiring new recreation coordinators and supervisors as the department reb...

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Posted on: August 16, 2022

Boys & Girls Club to expand after-school programming into school recreation centers

Boys & Girls Club 2022 After School Program Announcement

(MANHATTAN, Kan. – August 16, 2022) — The City of Manhattan’s Parks and Recreation Department (MPRD) and Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan (BGC) have partnered to expand after-school programs into two recreational facilities...

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City of Manhattan News
Posted on: July 12, 2022

City to hold public forum on future of Parks and Recreation programming

Parks and Recreation Public Forum (July 18, 2022)

(MANHATTAN, Kan. – July 12, 2022) — The City of Manhattan Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will hold a special meeting on Monday, July 18 to gain feedback on the future of parks and recreation programming.

The meeting, to be held at ...

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City of Manhattan News
Posted on: July 6, 2022

Annual Furniture Amnesty Day set for July 29

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(MANHATTAN, Kan. – July 6, 2022) — This year’s Furniture Amnesty Day (FAD) will take place Friday, July 29 in City Park.

FAD is a free community event that gives people the opportunity to donate or pick up used furniture at no...

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City of Manhattan News
Posted on: June 27, 2022

City takes stock of damage after stormy week

JUNE 11th 2022 Tornado Clean Up Status Report

(MANHATTAN, Kan. – June 27, 2022) — Citywide cleanup efforts moved into Area 2 (north-central/purple/State Streets) on Friday, June 24 after City crews from the Street Division and Parks Division finished picking up tree and limb debri...

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City of Manhattan News
Posted on: June 23, 2022

City evaluating scope of future Parks and Recreation programming

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(MANHATTAN, Kan. – June 23, 2022) — City management and the Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department are evaluating the ability to offer modified programming this fall for youth sports and other activities, due to limited staffing for...

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City of Manhattan News
Posted on: June 21, 2022

South Manhattan Avenue to be closed south of Fort Riley Boulevard on July 5

South Manhattan Ave Closure with Linear Trail

(MANHATTAN, Kan. – June 21, 2022) — South Manhattan Avenue will be closed to all traffic from Fort Riley Boulevard to Wildcat Creek beginning Tuesday, July 5.

The closure will be in place for approximately 60 days to allow for work on t...

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City of Manhattan News
Posted on: June 13, 2022

City to coordinate June 11 storm cleanup effort

Citywide Storm Cleanup Map (June 11, 2022)

(MANHATTAN, Kan. – June 13, 2022) — A citywide storm cleanup effort will take place in Manhattan starting Tuesday, June 21 through Monday, June 27.

City crews will pass through each neighborhood, according to assigned days for pickup, a...

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City of Manhattan News
Posted on: May 25, 2022

Additional section of Linear Trail closing June 1

Levee-Linear  River Trail Closures May22update

(MANHATTAN, Kan. – May 25, 2022) — An additional section of Linear Trail will be closed due to ongoing levee construction starting Wednesday, June 1.

The additional section to be closed runs from the Blue River Access Area (US-24 Boat R...

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Posted on: April 21, 2022

North Manhattan Avenue to close from Fremont to Moro

Aggieville North Manhattan Avenue Construction (2022)

(MANHATTAN, Kan. – April 21, 2022) — Construction is set to begin Monday, April 25 on North Manhattan Avenue in Aggieville, which will be closed from Fremont Street to Moro Street for an extended period of time, through fall 2022.

McCow...

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City of Manhattan News
Posted on: April 18, 2022

City Commission to consider resolution of intent for future 500-job economic development package

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(MANHATTAN, Kan. – April 18, 2022) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced today a development partnership with Scorpion Biological Services Inc. to support the anticipated construction of a new biomanufacturing facility to be built in Pot...

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City of Manhattan News
Posted on: April 11, 2022

Aggieville Parking Garage to open April 15

Aggieville Parking Management - April 2022 Update

The new Aggieville Parking Garage will open to the public on Friday, April 15.

Members of the public are invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. April 15, just east of the facility’s entrance off Laramie Street. Members of the City Commis...

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City of Manhattan News
Posted on: April 1, 2022

Stephanie Peterson named Community Development Director for City of Manhattan

Stephanie Peterson

Stephanie Peterson, who currently serves as Executive Director of the Flint Hills Metropolitan Planning Organization, has been hired as Manhattan’s new Director of Community Development, with an anticipated start date of May 9.

Peterson replaces former Com...

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Posted on: March 28, 2022

Andrew Lawson hired as Manhattan's Public Information Officer

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Andrew Lawson, former Public Information Officer for the City of Arkansas City, has been hired as the new Communications Manager and Public Information Officer for the City of Manhattan.

Lawson will be responsible for the strategic development and implemen...

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City of Manhattan News
Posted on: January 20, 2022

Construction of Manhattan levee upgrades set to begin

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(MANHATTAN, KS - January 20, 2022) Construction upgrades for the Manhattan levee will begin in the coming weeks of January 2022. The project, administered by the The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), will substantially enhance the reliability and stru...

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