Manning’s law enforcement now rests in the hands of Sam Hansen, a seasoned officer, as well as a Manning native. A Carroll County deputy for the past 12 years, Hansen has helped the Manning Police Department for several years and has handled the duties of chief on a part-time basis since June 2015.
Following the election of a new sheriff in November 2016, Hansen was told he could no longer serve both departments. Hansen chose Manning and became full-time police chief April 8.
Following his 1995 graduation from MHS, he attended Iowa Lakes Community College at Estherville and earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice. He worked for one year at Woodward Academy as a juvenile sex offender counselor before joining the Audubon County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He completed ILEA training and worked for Audubon County for seven years, while occasionally helping the Audubon Police Department. He moved to the Carroll Sheriff’s Department in 2005. Hansen began assisting Manning in early 2000, and was filling in more and more as time passed.
He and his wife, Amy chose to construct their home in Manning in 2008. The couple has two children; Miranda and Marshall.
“I went to school here, grew up here. There’s something about the community; I just love it here. I wanted my kids to experience the same things; small school and more opportunities,” Hansen said. “Manning is home.”
Simpson College’s men’s head basketball coach Brad Bjorkgren has been inducted into the IHSAA Basketball Hall of Fame. An online Simpson posting stated “When Director of Athletics Brian Niemuth hired Bjorkgren to be Simpson's men's head basketball coach in the spring of 2015, he knew was getting a great coach. He didn't know he was getting a hall of famer.”
Fresh off his second season as men's head basketball coach for the Storm, Bjorkgren was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association's Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2017 for his remarkable career at Urbandale High School.
A 1983 graduate of Simpson College, Bjorkgren spent 27 years as the boy’s head coach at Urbandale, going 398-213 with nine Central Iowa Metropolitan League (CIML) Championships and seven appearances in the Class 4A State Tournament.
"This is a great honor, one I wasn't expecting," Bjorkgren said. "To be mentioned among the other remarkable players and coaches being inducted is one of the highlights of my coaching career. This wouldn't be possible if not for the great student-athletes I had the pleasure of coaching and the great people who coached alongside me."
Bjorkgren, a 1978 Manning graduate, is the son of Norma Bjorkgren of Manning.
It brings a father pride when his daughter decides she wants to return home and join him in business, and that’s the case for Todd Stadtlander and daughter Kara. Working with Dad at Manning Insurance and Real Estate wasn’t an immediate choice for Kara, but after three years of city life, working for a large company, she was ready.
Kara always thought she might come back some day.
Now home, she said, “It’s a good fit, and I’m excited about the opportunity. Manning is a great community and a lot of progressive things are happening.”
She was a member of Manning’s first IKM-Manning graduating class in 2009. She attended Central College where she majored in business management and minored in Spanish. Following graduation in 2013, she worked for American Equity in Des Moines, IA, where she serviced annuities. She was with the company until December 2016.
“I really enjoy insurance,” she said. “I helped Dad during summers, and I completed an internship in Pierre, SD.”
Kara and boyfriend Doug Havick, an IT consultant, have now settled in Manning and plan to web in May 12, 2018.