By Sarah McPherson, Executive Director
Another year has come and gone and Main Street Manning continues to impress. We kicked off the year granting three organizations a total of $1,600 through the Refresh Manning Trust Fund. The funds were divvied up between the IKM-Manning School District ($750), the Manning Historic Preservation Commission ($750), and the Manning Wolves youth wrestling team ($100). Although the funds didn’t directly relate to Main Street Manning, we still take pride in celebrating and supporting all Manning organizations.
In April, Manning took home not only one, but three awards at the Main Street Iowa Awards Celebration. Jean Voege was awarded the “Leadership Award” for her “dedication to Main Street Revitalization by enhancing economic development in Manning and the State of Iowa”. The Market Place was awarded the “Best Interior Rehabilitation” award. Lastly, a “Superior Marketing Efforts” award was received for the city’s “It’s Refreshing” brand campaign, which was jointly awarded to the City of Manning, the Manning Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Manning. Congrats to everyone for their determination and success!
In July, we hosted entrepreneurs and businesspeople from throughout Africa. Their day in Manning included visits to the Manning Hausbarn-Heritage Park, a tour of the German Hausbarn, lunch at Cliff’s Place, happy hour at Brick Haus Brews, a tour of the Muhlbauer Feedlot, a stop at The Market Place for coffee and shopping, and a bathroom break-turned workout at the Rec Center.
To cap off the year, “Imagine My Manning,” a visioning meeting to discuss what project or organization could benefit from a donation of $500, $5,000, $50,000 or $500,000, was held in November. What began as a simple discussion turned into an announcement of various donations to Manning projects totaling approximately $640,000! That just goes to show how dedicated the residents of Manning are to our community.
As a new resident of Manning and executive director for Main Street Manning, it has been my pleasure to get involved in the community and hear all of the wonderful compliments other Main Street communities and Main Street Iowa have to say about our community.
As we reflect on 2017, we continue to be grateful for you, Manning’s faithful residents, business owners and community leaders. Your continued dedication to revitalize our community and reverse the declining trends of rural Iowa are impressive.
As we look to 2018, we anticipate our long-standing events such as Kinderfest, Oktoberfest, Weihnachtsfest and more. We look forward to welcoming new faces, new businesses, and new amenities added to our community such as the Trestle Park, Trestle Park Trail, and the proposed Splash Pad at the Rec Center. Your support, leadership and involvement in the community is what makes our community thrive. Thank you for your continued support of Manning. Here’s to 2018!
By Sarah McPherson
First off…WOW!! As a newcomer to town all I can say is Manning is definitely an amazing little town. So full of life! I love driving in to town whether it be to work, running errands or just out and about and being greeted by countless waves by the cars passing or even by people walking on the sidewalks. Coming from a larger town on the outskirts of Des Moines that certainly doesn’t happen, unless you pass someone you know. It certainly makes for a welcoming feeling. It didn’t take much time for me to feel at home after I moved here.
I was blessed to be joined on a Manning outing with Nancy Trapolino, the Native of course, her daughter Logan, and my mom Sherry McPherson, the out of towner. The newbie being me of course. First stop was lunch at Cliffs where my mom just ooed and awed at the beautiful old-fashioned tin ceilings and the unique brick walls. She was impressed with the friendly staff, which I told her is very common in Manning, and the great food!
Next was a stop at the IOWA sign at Trestle Park. We had so much fun posing for photo ops! When I told my mom that we had to stop and get our picture at the Iowa sign she gave me a very puzzled look. I knew what she was thinking, why on earth do we need to get our picture taken at an Iowa sign. She was thinking it was just going to be a wooden sign of the state of Iowa. Needless to say, she was taken by surprise when we turned the corner and it came in to view. There isn’t anything like that back around Indianola, that’s for sure. In my personal opinion, it is better than anything in the Papajohn Sculpture Park downtown Des Moines.
A trip to Manning Hausbarn and Heritage Park was a must, so we made our way there after taking our photo at the IOWA sign. When we first stepped in to the Hausbarn I pointed out the bedroom off to the right after entering. My mom asked me why there was a bedroom in a barn. She didn’t realize that Hausbarn actually meant a “house barn”. We do not come from German heritage so this was all very new to her and I. Nancy was very good about explaining the technicalities of the rebuilding of the barn that I did not know, the brick floor for example. I had no idea that the bricks were from the old Main Street, so I learned new things on this adventure as well! Unfortunately, my mom and I both we so romanticized by the Hausbarn that we totally forgot to take any pictures. Makes for a great excuse for her to come back and visit again in the Spring.
As we made our way to the Leet/Hassler Farmstead I explained to my mom that it was at one time a functioning farmstead built in the mid to late 1910’s. Having a strong appreciation for all things vintage and historical my mom was sucked in to the beauty that is the farm house. As we walked through the house I could see that my mom was imagining herself living there and what life was like in the early 1900’s. The impeccable shape that the house is in just shows the appreciation Manning has for its history. Of course, we had to have a little fun on our adventures walking around the farmstead so we stopped for a photo op next to a cool old car pretending we were movie stars showing off our hotrod. We couldn’t leave out the barn or the chickens so we stopped for pictures there as well.
To end our trip to the Hausbarn and Heritage Park we made our way to Trinity Church. This was my first trip to the church as well so I knew very little about it. Thankfully we brought our native with us. Nancy told us the story of the 11-mile transport to its new home. Once back home I had to look up more information of this amazing re-location. The you-tube video alone gave me goosebumps!
Last but certainly not least…SHOPPING! We stopped in to Kristina’s Flowers first. We had to check out all the new and fresh ideas she is bringing to the flower shop. With my brother being in the Air National Guard it is so nice seeing the beautifully crafted wooden American flags in her shop. Seeing a small-town store owner honoring our military and civil service members is refreshing. The same can be said about The Market Place. The first time my mom was up to visit was before Memorial Day and Jaime had a wonderful display including toy army men that you could take home to remember those in service and say a prayer for them. This time however, she was busy getting her store ready for Christmas. Want a cup of coffee while shopping? Or maybe something sweet to munch on while pondering what gift to buy? No problem! With the coffee bar located in the store you won’t go thirsty or be distracted by a growling tummy. I do love my coffee and shopping, so I get the best of both worlds in this versatile little store. It makes it very easy to spend hours looking around. Last was the Pharmacy. When I first moved here a friend of mine told me I had to go shopping at the Pharmacy. I must admit I was beyond confused. Why on earth would someone go shopping at a pharmacy? Finally, one day I decided to venture in. WOW was I shocked! Who knew a pharmacy had home décor? Naturally I had to drag my mom there as well while out on our adventures. She was just as shocked as I was when I first went in there. We giggled like school girls over the silly tea towels, and smell tested the numerous candles.
To say we had a good day would be an understatement. I had so much fun showing my mom around Manning. It was nice having Nancy along with us as well because her being the native, she had way more knowledge then me. I learned a lot about the town just by pretending to be a tourist, which I suppose I kind of was. I can’t wait for my mom to come back for another visit. Next time she is bringing a group of her friends with her so it will be fun showing more “out of towners” around. Manning has so much to offer and I am proud to be a part of it. I never imagined myself living in a small town like this growing up, but now that I have been here almost a year, I can’t imagine life anywhere else.
By Heather Kusel
August 28, 2014 is a day I’ll never forget. It was the day I was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. By the time I finished seeing the doctor and arrived at home, our friends, family, and pastor were there waiting for us to give their prayers, support, and encouraging words. Immediately following my diagnosis, we had people sending cards, gifts, organizing meals, watching our kids, and giving support no one can ever even imagine. Then came a benefit fundraiser that was unimaginable and filled with so much love and support for my family and me. Three years later, I am still fighting cancer and we still have the same support as we did on day one. As I shop up town or walk down the street, people stop me to give encouraging words to continue this fight. There is no where I’d rather be than living in small town Manning, Iowa. And for that I am beyond thankful!
By Pam Kusel, Manning News Journal
Have you thought about your legacy? Webster’s definition of legacy is “money or property left to someone in a will; bequest, inheritance, endowment, and gift.”
But how will you be remembered after you’re gone? People are often remembered for life’s work or projects about which they were passionate. The name Fredda Hinz will forever evoke thoughts of the library. Mention Dan Peters and the German Hausbarn comes to mind, as well as the Trinity Church. LeRoy and Freda Dammann have been dedicated to the success of the Hausbarn-Heritage Park and tourism for many years.
A friend recently said, “I want to leave this place better than I found it.” That’s admirable. I’d like to think many of us want to do the same.
We are all caretakers of our community, and judging from our busy Main Street, our continual community improvements and projects, along with the compliments paid to Manning by visitors and returning alumni, we’re all doing a mighty fine job.
This town is blessed with caring people who don’t hesitate to roll up their sleeves and help with anything from community cleanup to supporting the local food pantry. It has also been blessed with bequests, endowments, and financial gifts.
Warren Timmerman is known for his financial gift to Manning; enabling the construction of buildings, expansions, and the purchase of hundreds of items. There are many others. Funds have been bequeathed to Manning by Lyle Schrum, Erwin Hansen, Grace Hansen, Rose Lampe, Max and Leola Timmerman, Richard Knowles, Lola Ahrendsen, and Alice Stevens, to mention only those who immediately come to mind. The benefits of this generosity to Manning cannot be measured. By developing a culture of giving, Manning can continue to reap rewards and remain a strong and progressive community.
Imagine ... My Manning
Ron Reischl is planning a community conversation to discuss this very topic. People are asked to come and share ideas. How would you foresee the future of Manning? What would you like to see accomplished? You’ll be asked to “imagine your Manning.” Several local foundations and charities will be on hand to explain current projects and goals.
If you were a trustee and had to designate the use of a $5,000 bequest, what would you choose? Which charitable group or project would you give it to? What if the donation was $50,000 or $500,000?
You are asked to be part of this conversation Wednesday, Nov. 15. Doors of the VFW Hall will open at 6:00 pm with discussion starting at 6:30 pm. The cash bar will be open and attendees will spend about an hour sharing ideas. Come, “Imagine Manning.”
Board President reflects on 2016
Carroll County is blessed with many great citizens and communities.
As Main Street Manning Board president, I would like to provide insight into one of those communities — Manning.
At the end of the year, it is common to reflect on the past 12 months. I entered 2016 thinking the pace would slow down ... but it didn’t.
The year started with the Entrepreneur Boot Camp for Women hosted by Drake University in January. Women from Crawford and Carroll counties attended the two-day entrepreneurial workshop, which received great reviews. From the relationships established in the Boot Camp, an informal group called Startup Sisters of West Central Iowa formed and has continued to meet. The group is led by Cindy Lawler from Random Ruby’s of Carroll and meets monthly at BrickHaus Brews in Manning.
Boulders Inn Manning, LLC broke ground April 1 and opened the new Boulders Inn & Suites Oct. 4. The Boulders team indicated the Manning community raised the required investment faster than any of its other 11 communities. Many of the local shareholders said they invested not only for profit opportunity but simply to be part of a team that brought a needed economic development to their community. Hats off to the investors!
In April, Gov. Terry Branstad presented Main Street Manning with a Game Changer Award at the annual Main Street Iowa Awards Banquet. The three-year $800,000 downtown revitalization of 17 building facades on Main Street led to the coveted award. The award recognizes “inspirational, catalytic occurrences or influences that have left significant and lasting impacts on the Main Street programs and Main Street districts.”
A capstone project of a Drake University School of Journalism and Mass Communication class was the development of a public-relations plan for Manning. Over the summer, Main Street Manning hired one of the Drake graduates to help implement portions of the plan. The recommendations are both thorough and expansive, and Manning will use them for years to come.
Char-Mac Assisted Living, with its 36 rooms, opened in June. This project filled medical and housing gaps in the community. We are thankful to have this award-winning company and management team to serve those in need.
In July, Manning hosted dozens of young business leaders from sub-Saharan Africa. Their one-day visit to Manning was designed to share Manning’s use of private-public partnerships in our economic development activities. Upon completion of their weeks-long immersion in Iowa and U.S. culture, they indicated their visit to Manning was one of the highlights. Check out the YouTube video of the visitors dancing on Main Street on the ManningIA.com homepage.
Main Street Manning entered into its ninth and 10th partnerships with Iowa State University’s College of Design. In the first project, eight graduate students developed designs for the Main Street green space area where the old hospital was located. In the second project, 25-plus students developed architectural artwork designs for Trestle Park and the Little League baseball fields along Highway 141 and a new sign for the Carroll County Freedom Rock on the east edge of Manning.
Looking forward, there is at least one change scheduled for next year. Main Street Manning’s primary fundraiser, Main Event Family Feud, will be replaced by a version of The Newlywed Game. Should be interesting — and entertaining.
Want to learn more? Visit the Main Street Manning Facebook page and ManningIA.com.
Happy New Year to y’all!
Are you interested in building or purchasing a newly constructed home in Manning? Please help the Manning Housing Committee determine what type of housing is desired. We are interested in hearing from people that have an interest in building or purchasing a newly constructed house within the next five years. It is important to us that the feedback come from people who could possibly be end-users of these homes. If you are interested, please fill out this questionnaire with what type of housing you would be most interested in.
Carroll Daily Times Herald Matthew Rezab
The Midwest Iowa Old Iron Club will host its 14th annual Manning Tractor Drive this Sunday ... with a new twist.
Not only will this year’s ride help celebrate the 90th anniversary of Horizon Equipment, but the traditional route has been changed in order to make its way to Bev and Russ Bruhn’s farm for John Deere tractor and machinery demonstrations and lunch sponsored by Horizon.
The public is invited to attend at no cost. The Bruhn Farm is located at 1584 Eagle Ave., near Audubon.
“Registration is a half hour earlier (7:30 a.m. at the American Legion Hall in Manning) than other years because we’re going to go down to the Bruhn Farm about 10 miles south of Manning,” organizer Merlyn Irlbeck said. “Everyone can make their own way back on their own because some people will want to stay to see all the equipment.”
The ride will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Irlbeck said the tractors will make their way south and “ride around for awhile” before ending up at the Bruhn Farm.
Dale “Ernie” Reinke of Horizon Equipment in Manning said employees will be serving brats, hamburgers and sides for lunch.
Irlbeck said around 100 tractors joined the ride last year, but he’s optimistic more people will participate this year.
“We had a hundred-plus tractors last year,” he said. “This year there might be more because more towns are participating because of the things going on at the farm.”
Horizon Equipment, originally Puck Implement, was founded in 1926 when a group of farmers in the Manning area called upon fellow farmer Albert Puck to be their agent to purchase flour, apples, coal and the like.
The family-owned company began operating at its current location on Highway 141 in Manning in 1950, before changing its name in the 1970s when it expanded to six locations in Iowa. Horizon Equipment now has locations in Adair, Audubon, Avoca, Manning, Missouri Valley and Woodbine.
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