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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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A pair of self-proclaimed “musical mutts” and “chameleons” performed for an outdoor crowd in Manning this weekend.
Steve Reischl and Joey Banua, who have performed as a duo for several years, sang at a free Christian concert organized by Manning-area organization C3 — combining Christ, Community and Celebration. The concert was held Sunday at the Manning Hausbarn-Heritage Park and also featured Nashville-based singer Jennie Williamson.
The fifth annual concert, one of the three initiatives C3 organizes, is valuable in bringing together area churches, which can become “islands” if they’re not careful, said Bob Riggert, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Manning.
“It also brings people to Heritage Park to see a part of Manning that not everyone sees all the time,” he said.
Reischl and Banua both sing lead, play guitar and piano and more — including drums for Banua and trombone for Reischl.
They’ve been singing together for several years and have been friends for much longer, but each has a separate musical history.
Reischl, who grew up in the area and now lives in St. Louis, used to be a lead singer for Christian band NewSong, ending his five-year stint with the band about a decade ago. He was around when the band wrote its hugely popular Christmas song, “The Christmas Shoes.” He previously sang with the Acapella Vocal Band.
Banua, who competed on “American Idol’s” Season 11, also performed for a time with the band One5Oh!, which penned the song “Superhero” — originally written in the back of a van as a joke, but it has become a popular song at vacation Bible schools.
Banua now has a studio, DB Studios, in Indianapolis. He is looking to move the year-old company to Nashville. He has worked with a variety of artists, including Robbie B, who has written tracks for Justin Bieber and Drake. He’s working with producer David Zaffiro and soon is releasing a five-song country EP.
“I like to surround myself with talented people — it makes me sound better,” Banua joked.
The duo met years ago while working as worship pastors at Harvester Christian Church in Missouri.
“I thought, ‘This guy’s talented,’” Reischl recalled.
Banua chimed in, “I hung out with him because he’s pretty.”
His version of the story includes a sit-down at an Applebee’s and the question, “Want to be best friends?”
It’s a friendship that has spanned years as each man supported the other through difficult experiences, they said.
They sing covers of various bands, including Bethel Music, Hillsong Music and David Crowder, as well as writing and performing original music. Their voices and writing styles both complement each other, the pair agreed. Reischl described their sound as soulful rock, with some country thrown in for Banua.
Their performance of contemporary Christian music blended their tones and provided audience members with a beautiful end to the evening Sunday.
Jennie Williamson’s opening performance was friendly for all ages but particularly geared toward children.
“I’m really just 5 years old trapped in this body,” she said. “I won’t attempt a cartwheel, though, because then it’ll remind me of how old I really am.”
The mother of two children — Emma Lou, 11, and Eva Jane, 6 — is used to catering to her audience, and it showed when she pulled kids up in front of the stage to dance with her, had them singing lines back to her and even marched with them around the crowd, mimicking Joshua’s march around the walls of Jericho.
Williamson grew up on a goat farm — “I was actually the youngest goat milker in the state of Kansas,” she said.
She lived in an earth home dug in the side of a rock cliff, mowed her roof and gave concerts for audiences of rocks outdoors.
It taught her how to live simply, she said — and it’s a good lesson to remember today.
Williamson has a home studio in Nashville; her husband, Brian, serves as her producer.
Their shows are kid-friendly, but they seek to reach adults as well.
“Adults pour everything into kids, so we try to pour back into them,” she said. “You can’t give if you’re empty.”
She arrived in Manning early Sunday and directed the worship music at Zion Lutheran Church that morning.
“People in Manning are so present; it’s so alive,” she said. “The word is refreshing — when you’ve been in a city, everyone’s so alive here.”
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The east side of Manning has been BUSY!!! Char-Mac and Dollar General are now open! The new patio at Hausbarn-Heritage Park and the Freedom Rock kiosk are finished. The nearby Boulders Inn and Suite is proceeding rapidly as is external remodeling at Eischeid Construction! Dirtwork at the site of the new housing subdivision is complete and a new business regarding safety training on wind generators is ready!! Pictures on 6/16 FB posting.
Manning can be proud of its C3 (Christ, Community, Celebration) organization. As its name implies, it honors our Lord in everything it does. It sponsors several projects each year including the annual June concert. Come see amazing musical talent in a wonderful outdoor park setting between two historical buildings including the 1660's era German Hausbarn Heritage Park!! Consider this to be your invitation to a wonderful time and refreshing venue. Free admission, free food and free fellowship! Carroll County's Freedom Rock is across the road from the concert - check it out also!!
Memorial Day is upon us. This is a good time to reflect on those who have passed before us – especially the brave men and women who fought for our country. It is time to remember and also a good time to give thanks to all who have served and are serving!
I expected 2016 to be slower for Manning than the past few years. Maybe the second half will be! Boulders Inn & Suites of Manning LLC purchased and closed on two acres immediately west of the Hausbarn-Heritage Park. Construction started the first week of April and the 32 room hotel is already framed and roofed! Grand opening is slated for October. In less than one year from the initial meeting gauging investor interest, the building will be completed! Boulders of Manning will have a surprise. While maintaining the ambiance of the tall ceilings in the lobby area that exist in all Boulders, the Manning lobby will have an exciting unique décor. Come visit our grand opening in October to see!
Neither the Boulders’ nor the Hausbarn-Heritage Park teams were enamored with the name of the gravel road leading to the location. So, in typical Manning fashion, we changed it. With 56% of the vote using the Survey Monkey online tool, the new name will be Heritage Drive and the road will be paved as part of the improvements.
Char-Mac Assisted Living with its 36 rooms will open June 1st. This project fills a medical gap and housing gap in our community. We are thankful to have this award winning company and management team to serve those in need.
Speaking of housing, the Carroll County Housing study is out and Manning wasted no time getting organized. A committee spanning various industries have already met and laid out an action plan to proceed. I am excited to see the results of their work and even more excited to see actual housing construction!
A Manning Christian organization, C3 (Christ, Community, Celebration) will hold its annual concert in the Hausbarn-Heritage on Sunday June 5th. Gates open at 4:00 and the free Christian concert starts at 5:45. Come see amazing musical talent in a wonderful outdoor park setting between two historical buildings including the 1660’s era Hausbarn!! Free admission, free food and free fellowship! Carroll County's Freedom Rock is across the road from the concert - check it out also!!
As part of our two year partnership with Drake University, Manning will host 25 young business leaders from Africa on July 23rd. During their six week visit, Manning is the only small community on their itinerary. We look forward to hosting them!!
We have the results of Drake’s Public Relations recommendations for Manning. Main Street Manning hired a 2016 Drake graduate to begin implementation. He starts this week. More on that in the next column.
Visit Main Street Manning’s Facebook page to follow all that is happening in our town! Manning It’s Refreshing!!