Shawn Linenberger News editor

Shawn has been with The Mirror since 2001 and is the news editor.

Recent stories

Tonganoxie: From classrooms to campaigns
May 14, 2014
Austin Harris remembers a call to an elderly woman on the campaign trail.
Tonganoxie dismisses case against green stripe ‘leprechaun’
April 16, 2014
The case of the green stripe appears to be closed.
National Weather Service issues tornado watch, other advisories
March 27, 2014
In like a lion and out like a lion?
Tonganoxie Phil: Early spring is on its way
February 4, 2014
Longtime physician by day, weather prognosticator by morning. Dr. Phil Stevens has been practicing medicine at the same office in downtown Tonganoxie for more than 58 years.
K-32 head-on collision leaves De Soto man in critical condition
June 19, 2012
A head-on collision Tuesday in southeast Leavenworth County sent two people to an area hospital, one of whom was in critical condition Tuesday evening.
Convicted sex offender escapes from Lansing
April 18, 2012
A 59-year-old convicted sex offender escaped early Wednesday from Lansing Correctional Facility.
Rumsfeld visits Fort Leavenworth
February 24, 2012
Donald Rumsfeld recalled his 2001 Secretary of Defense confirmation hearing in which he fielded a question from U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas about what worried him late at night.
After slow start, some sunflowers are blooming at Grinter farm south of Tonganoxie
August 25, 2011
Ted Grinter’s sunflower crop had a slight Goldilocks complex this summer — but he hopes his bounty of the state flower now has found that everything is just right.
Soldier’s widow reflects on bin Laden’s demise
May 5, 2011
Tonganoxie resident Kelly Griffiths learned of Osama bin Laden’s death via radio Monday during her morning commute to work.
New activities to be offered in Kansas Sampler Fest’s 2nd year in Leavenworth
May 5, 2011
Visitors to this weekend’s Kansas Sampler Festival in Leavenworth have the opportunity to see exhibits and try foods and beverages from across the state.

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Recent photos

Austin Harris stands on the north steps of the Kansas Statehouse. Harris will speak at Saturday's Tonganoxie High School commencement exercises. He also is running for state representative in the coming months.

Former Sen. Bob Dole takes photos and chats with local residents April 22 as part of a thank-you tour he’s doing throughout Kansas.

Tonganoxie Phil (Dr. Phil Stevens) could see his shadow Monday afternoon, but the day before — Groundhog Day 2014 — the local weather prognosticator didn't see his shadow. And thus, an early spring should be on its way.

Trees dot VFW Park in Tonganoxie. Arbor Day, which originated in Nebraska, will be celebrated Friday, April 27.

This year is the first leap year since 2008. offers facts about leap years and how they became part of our modern calendar.

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