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Alfers, Mike

Editorial: It’s time for answers

      By Mike Alfers, publisher. As The Messenger has recently reported, things are heating up over an apparent effort by the City of...

The Shadow Knows, again

"This week we introduce Shadow, the newest addition to our staff of writers and contributing friends.  With roots from radio shows dating back to...

Breaking up is hard to do

Over the course of our 12-year history, one practice has been something of a signature of ours: mailing of papers to homes of our...

Skunks, lost keys and such

I don’t like skunks, or snakes.  Most of God's other creatures I can comfortably share this earth with.  With only occasional moments when I...

What a gun can cost

I took Saturday to attend Lonnie Wilson's auction in Salina where a ton of confiscated items from the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks, including guns,...
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Horses Patience With Youngsters

“Horses must be the smartest, most understanding, forgiving and patient creatures alive today.” What an obvious conclusion seeing how no less than three dozen horses...

WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!!!

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Life in the saddle on a top horse is required to be a top hand. Troy Higgs of the Lonesome Pine Ranch at Cedar Point...

Dear Poacher:

As all the various hunting seasons unfold here in Kansas, so do incidents involving illegal hunters, AKA poachers. As I worked on this week’s...

Wheat Scoop: Global collaboration is unlocking wheat’s genetic potential

In a paper published Nov. 25 in Nature, Kansas State University researchers, in collaboration with the international 10+ Genome Project led by the University...