At last, winter has finally released it grip on our weather, and suddenly there is outdoor activity everywhere. As I drove out of town a few days ago I met numerous farmers pulling anhydrous tanks and other equipment down the highway. It's certainly time for caution on the roads. My neighbor was the first one to start his lawn mower and the grass is coming, but not really ready for mowing. I watched him for a minute and thought "really??" The need to pick up sticks from the lawn seems an endless task but necessary. And, I've noticed several folks out puttering around the yard or in the garden. I think everyone is just so happy to be outdoors again. I've spent sometime in the garden myself and ... to my dislike, I realized I'm not alone. The darn garden snakes are also enjoying the sun.
April 5, 2018
I’m not lucky enough to have an attached garage, but I’m grateful for the one I have. Today as I leisurely walked from the garage into the house I paused to listen to the birds singing, or maybe talking. It was as if they were appealing to Mother Nature saying, “Hey. We’re here. What’s with the cold, snowy winter?” I think it must be felt by everyone. No matter where you go, or what weather person you listen to, the lamenting is the same. Hopefully, the spring temperatures will soon be here and, maybe this year, people will appreciate them even more.
April 1, 2018
Now that Manning’s assisted living campus has new ownership, I feel the need to express a heartfelt thank you the Jeanine Chartier for making assisted living a reality for Manning, along with Larry Stangl for his gift of land. Residents could see the need, and Jeanine made it happen; and not in just an ordinary way. Her attention to details that would affect residents was amazing and showed her heart. After drawings were done, she “moved” the whole structure so people could “better see” activities at the school. Thank you Jeanine. Thank you for caring about Manning’s aging population and the quality of their lives.
March 23, 2018
It will be quite a summer. The Des Moines Register has announced its RAGBRAI ride will pass through Manning July 23. I’m not a bicyclist and I’ve seen footage of the event on television, but to witness the riders first-hand during their last pass through Manning in 2011, it was a spectacular feast of color and characters. The sheer number of riders (10,000 expected) is hard to believe. The whole thing is fantastic.
Today, Valentine's Day, a day of love, hearts and flowers, was also a sad day for Manning and in particular the Genzen family as they buried their loved one David, a husband and father, who was only 54 years old. My heart aches for his family as thoughts of our similar experience come flooding back.
His brotherhood of firefighters was there to honor his memory and service to the department. They too, said goodbye to one of their own. Observed from a distance, they could be seen walking behind a fire truck in the cemetery. These are hard days. Once again we are reminded to cherish each day we share with our loved ones, and cling to our Lord and Savior as we await the glorious reunion in heaven.
After years of struggling with the Manning News Journal Web site, I am excited to have found a program which is gives the site a new look, and most importantly, is simpler to use. My goal is to keep the site more current, interesting and informative for you. I owe a deep debt of gratitude to a good friend who has helped me make this transition. I hope you all enjoy the new site.
Through my years of publishing the paper, I’ve found that Manning holds a place in the hearts of most anyone who has called Manning “Home.” Many of my paid readers are alumni from all across the country. I’ve recently printed news items about Gary Graner (’74), Matt Campbell (’89), and the late Barry Kusel (’64). I welcome submissions of news about Manning, and also IKM-Manning, alumni. Just email me.