Earlier this month, the IKM-Manning High School played host to the third annual C3 soup supper fundraiser. Area communities, churches and the school joined forces in this effort to support the annual Wolf Pack for Hunger initiative and other C3 projects. Ninety percent of the food served to more than 350 people was donated for the event and the group was able to raise more than $1,750. The next C3 event has also been announced. Aaron Davis, a member of the 1994 Nebraska Cornhusker’s championship team, will be speaking to area youth and their families on Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at the IKM-Manning High School. Davis, who is now an inspirational speaker, has shared his message with more than a million people in an effort to help them perform like champions, hold on to a positive attitude and succeed in life by sharing their talents. The next Wolf Pack for Hunger event will be held in 2019.
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The Refresh Manning Trust Fund awarded $4,750 in grants to four Manning organizations for projects ranging from a video projector to a child care center dish sanitizer.
The Manning Public Library, Trestle Park, Leet/Hassler Farmstead at Manning’s Hausbarn-Heritage Park and Manning Child Care Center all received grants Friday from the fund.
The Refresh Manning Trust Fund is a perpetual fund, created in 2012, set up to spend no more than 5 percent of its total funds each year in support of Manning organizations and projects. Long term, its founders hope to eventually raise $1 million for the fund to allow it to function similarly to the Warren H. Timmerman Trust Fund.
This year, the fund awarded the following grants:
— $595 to the Manning Public Library for a portable video projector and screen that will be available for the public to check out and use.
— $655 to help create an “outdoor learning environment” at Trestle Park, a space for both organized activities such as through Girl Scouts or schools and “unguided learning” by visitors. The funds will go toward the $16,000 cost of engineering and design from JEO Consulting.
— $1,500 to the Leet/Hassler Farmstead at Manning’s Hausbarn-Heritage Park to help buy a furnace to maintain the temperature-controlled environment needed to protect the home and its contents. The farmstead is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
— $2,000 to the Manning Child Care Center to help buy a new dish sanitizer. The center’s current sanitizer doesn’t function properly, requiring employees to manually wash and sanitize dishes in line with state requirements.
Past recipients of Refresh Manning Trust Fund grants include the Historic Preservation Commission, the IKM-Manning School District, the Manning Child Care Center, the Manning Public Library, the Manning Recreation Center, the Manning youth wrestling team and Trestle Park.
Donors to the Refresh Manning Trust Fund receive a 25 percent State of Iowa tax credit, and donations are eligible as a deduction on federal taxes, according to a news release. Those interested in donating to the trust fund can contact the Main Street Manning office at 712-655-6246.
A local doctor and her husband will be spending 12 weeks on a mission trip to Africa. Manning Regional Healthcare Center (MRHC) has announced that Dr. Isabella Aganogbe (Bella) and her husband Ryan Bender will be leaving in February to treat people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria as a member of the Samaritan’s Purse World Medical Mission. She will practice family care, emergency medicine and obstetrics at the CME Nyankunde Hospital in the Congo and the Egbe Hospital in Nigeria for six weeks at each. MRHC CEO, John O’Brien, says they are thrilled that Dr. Bella is making the mission trip. “She does a fantastic job here at MRHC and I know that the regions she is going to will benefit greatly,” he says. Dr. Bella says she is looking forward to being able to practice medicine while also making a difference. She says the decision came about through a lifelong love and desire to participate in international medical missions. “I have been on medical mission trips before to locations like Haiti, Uganda, Mexico and other places too. Each one is unique and is a way to make a positive impact in an area that needs it most,” she says. Her husband, Ryan, is a skilled network cabling/IT professional and will be working to help the hospitals link their computers and printers together to increase compatibility between departments. The pair will be returning in April and Dr. Bella will begin seeing patients again on May 3. Anyone interested in helping fund their mission trip can do so through tax-deductible donations. Details on how to do that can be found below.
To make a donation: call Samaritan’s Purse Donor Ministries at 828-278-1555 and reference mission project #005753
Four Manning organizations were awarded grants through the Refresh Manning 2017 Trust Fund in a special presentation Friday afternoon. The Manning Public Library will be using their $595 award for the purchase of a portable video projector and screen. The City of Manning was granted $655 to help with the development of an Outdoor Learning Environment at Trestle Park. The new park is currently under construction and working to implement both guided and unguided learning elements for children and adults with an interest in exploration. The total cost of plans from JEO Consulting for that project is about $16,000, with $10,000 funded through the Iowa Living Roadways program. This donation will kick-start the remaining $6,000 of local fundraising. The Leet-Hassler Farmstead in Manning’s Hausbarn Heritage Park was presented with $1,500 to assist with the purchase and installation of a $2,200 furnace for the farmstead home. And the fourth and final grant of $2,000 was presented to the Manning Child Care Center to pool with their own funds for the replacement of a defective dish sanitizer. Due to the generosity of several different local donors, the Refresh Manning Trust Fund has grown significantly over the past year. This allowed the charitable organization to provide $4,750 in awards as compared to $1,600 in 2016.
The IKM-Manning School District continues to make strides in incorporating the latest educational initiatives as several instructors and staff members took part in a presentation on the creation of Makerspaces. Director of the Innovative Teaching at the Science Center of Iowa, Jodie Pelds, presented the advancements that are being made in this movement as part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) educational efforts that incorporate 21st century skills. Pelds was in Manning to work with the district on development of spaces where students can create and make as a part of the middle school Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council STEM BEST grant award. A team will also be traveling to the Nebraska Innovation Center in Lincoln, Neb. within the next week for a tour and more assistance in space and curriculum development. The team will consist of seven to eight exploratory teachers as well as board members, Amy Ferneding, Sam Hansen and Zach Meiners, along with resident and local business owner, Shelly Greving.
This last week has been a mixed bag of weather, from sub-zero temperatures to ice glazing and blowing and drifting snow.
Some of the elderly residents of Manning, however, will no longer have to brave the elements to attend Mass at Sacred Heart Parish. Parish members, led by Father Paul Kelly, have invested in and installed a new video system that will allow Mass to be streamed live or recorded and played back at the Char-Mac Assisted Living Facility and the Plaza Nursing Home. This Sunday, Jan. 14, will be the inaugural use of the new system and residents in these facilities will be able to watch the service in the safety of their own home. Father Kelly says this has really come at a critical time, just when the first winter storm of the season has hit. “We are hopeful that all residents will be able to either watch live or access the recorded Mass later in the day or week at their convenience,” he says. A generous contribution from a parishioner made last fall was the inspiration for the project. The group reached out to Jackie Montgomery of Sound and Service in Carroll, who helped them identify their needs and develop the system. The streaming and recording service will allow viewing of Sunday and daily Masses, typically held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, funerals, baptisms and weddings. Their goal is to be able to adapt the system to offer viewings to traveling parishioners or friends and family members unable to attend ceremonies and Masses.
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Gov. Kim Reynolds gave a nod to Manning in her Condition of the State speech Tuesday, the most high-profile public address of the year in Iowa, one that outlines a vision for 2018 and beyond.
“From Decorah to Manning, LeMars to Mount Pleasant and everywhere in between, we are defined as Iowans who dream big in these small places,” Reynolds said as she addressed legislators and the state as a whole from the Iowa House chambers in the State Capitol Tuesday morning.
Reynolds, as lieutenant governor, has toured Manning, promoted the IKM-Manning STEM (science, technology and math) program and otherwise cheered downtown revitalization efforts in the southern Carroll County city of 1,500. She also visited Puck Custom Enterprises in Audubon County, just south of Manning.
A former Clarke County treasurer, Reynolds stressed her background and understanding of places like Manning.
“Like many of you, I grew up in one of those small towns, and when I go home, I hear the disappointment and I share the frustration when another storefront closes,” Reynolds said. “I appreciate the hard work taking place by community leaders to keep our main streets alive and vibrant.”
She added, “Our downtowns are the backdrop for memories and the foundation for future success stories. Their buildings, businesses and people have character, and they are the hubs for economic growth. Our work ethic is our currency, and people all over Iowa are ready to invest this valuable resource in their communities.”
Manning City Administrator Dawn (Rohe) Meyer this morning said the state has been a tremendous partner with Manning, from three rounds of Great Places funding to Department of Natural Resources financing to other support.
“I think it’s safe to say a lot of the projects would not be possible without the strong city-state relationship,” said Meyer who is also Manning’s representative on the Carroll Area Development Corporation.
Meyer said Manning residents appreciated recognition from the governor in the speech.
“It’s just really validating having a shout-out from that way this way,” Meyer said.
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A fundraiser meal is being held during the IKM-Manning and AHSTW basketball doubleheader later this week. The event is hosted by two Manning organizations, Wolf Pack for Hunger and Community, Christ, Celebration (C3). Soup suppers will be available in the high school cafeteria for a freewill offering from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12. Money generated from the fundraiser will be used to help feed the hungry and support future C3 projects. Attendees are encouraged to head into the gym and support the IKM-Manning Wolves Friday night following their meal. C3 focuses on creating strong community bonds by highlighting the importance of churches, businesses and other groups working together. Wolf Pack for Hunger is a partnership between the IKM-Manning School District and C3 working to fight hunger by packaging meals for those in need.
The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs announced today (Tuesday) that they have awarded more than $1.3 million to five Iowa Great Places projects. The community of Manning has once again been awarded a grant, this one for phase two of the Trestle Park Project. The total cost for the phase two goal of using non-traditional materials to develop the area into a unique experience for the local residents as well visitors is estimated at $62,760. The Iowa Arts Council, which oversees the Iowa Great Places program, has partnered with Manning, providing a 50 percent grant of $31,380. “These projects enhance the quality of life and generate economic opportunities for their communities while celebrating their local character,” says Matthew Harris, administrator of the Iowa Arts Council. There were a total of five projects receiving grant awards and they include: restoration of the Madison County covered bridge damaged by fire; the Wapsipinicon River Scenic Overlook in Linn County; Harvester II Arts & Cultural Center in Council Bluffs; and expansion of the Turkey River Recreational Corridor Trail in Fayette County. Plans for the Trestle Park were created in 2014, which were designated for funding from Iowa Great Places in 2015. Most of the initial phase is already completed around the 102-year-old railroad trestle. The park area will include a shelter house, a train-themed informational kiosk, a concrete IOWA sculpture a natural play area and conceptual, interactive art pieces.
Manning Regional Healthcare Center has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for patient-centered care. The healthcare facility has received the NCQA’s Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition (PCMH) for their use of evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships. “PCMH gives our clinic the opportunity to give a higher quality coordination of care, all while still focusing on our patients and their satisfaction,” says MRHC’s Health Coach and registered nurse, Shelby Dickson. The NCQA is a model of primary care, combining teamwork and information technology to improve care, the patient’s experience and to help reduce cost. Assistant Director of Nursing at the Manning Plaza, Karen Nelson, says that the application process took a full year, and that everyone came together to put in the effort and hard work needed for this honor. She adds that the true benefit will be to the patients for many years to come in this three-year long recognition program.