When you are brought up in a God-fearing community with a hard work ethic and volunteerism, with parents & grandparents & even great-grandparents, and in a school that teaches respect for citizens and love of country, below is just one example of what those traits can inspire in our youth when they become young adults!

Artwork By Scott Eickman Of Manning
Manning Monitor article September 10, 2020

Scott Eickman of Manning had to go through his photos to figure out when he started this project and surprisingly it was back in 2014. Obviously he hasn't been working on it every single day but it's been an hour here, a half a day there, with a couple months break in between, he told the Monitor. "The plan initially was to have a sculpture of an eagle on a log holding a fish but at some point I decided to switch and pay more of a tribute."

Everything except the pole, mounting plates, and the flag is from miscellaneous parts from the farm and dumpster diving. He thanks Irlbeck Welding for making the flag along with getting the parts and advice that he needed. The feathers on the backside of the eagle are from farm disc blades and cultivator sweeps as well as augers from a combine. The bottom of the Eagle was roller chain from combines and other miscellaneous chain. The beak is a sickle guard. Eyes are nuts and washers. Internally the frame of the eagle was made from hog paneling. The support arms are made of disc and auger tubing. The hands are chunks of steel rods.

"I've always been fond of the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima, considering my Marine Corps background. This was supposed to depict that along with the eagle, a symbol of our nation and freedom, helping lift the flag. I continue to use the phrase, "'For the blood of the fallen, I will carry on."' Meaning for all of our Brothers' and Sisters' sacrifices I will continue the push to a better world not forgetting them but honoring them continually.

Scott is in the process of making another sculpture. That one is a going to be a full size soldier in combat. "At least that's my current idea," Scott stated. "I can't confirm a deadline for that finish date but maybe I'll be more motivated now that this one is in the public."

The city is going to borrow the sculpture from Scott and place it down in Trestle Park. They would like to keep it there permanently to add to their collection and are asking for donations to make that happen. If you're interested in helping out, please contact Dawn at city hall for more information. Scott is very grateful for all of the kind words everyone has expressed to him regarding the sculpture.

The wing feathers were made out of old auger flighting.

The underside was made out of roller chain.
The beak out of a guard from a sickle mower.

Hands of humankind holding the perch to display greatness and strength.

Looking east along 141

Now who is the young man that worked countless hours to build this wonderful patriotic sculpture?
He is very active in the community and has volunteered in many projects over the years...one of which were the Mud Runs of 2014 and 2015.
Below are several videos from the 2014 Mud Run that Scott and several other Manning volunteers organized for the community.

Scott Eickman is the young man we are talking about.
Of course when there are community events, invariably you'll see Gene Steffes helping out.

I'm posting these Mud Run videos to show how one person's idea and a small group of volunteers can provide enjoyment and even exercise for people of the community.
A community that works and plays together - stays together!!!

Scott Eickman - 2014 Mud Run
Scott was in charge of the event both years.

Mud Run begins

First obstacle

Nishnabotna Creek (or "Crick" as we say it locally)

Nishnabotna Creek (or "Crick" as we say it locally)

Climb the wall
Now realize that Scott Eickman and others built all of these obstacles
and then had to take them down after the event.

War simulation

War simulation

Mud trenches
Manning Fire Department volunteers supplied the water.

Justin & Angel Mundt

Natural disaster course
Bill Opperman - volunteer observer

Nikki (Foutch) Sorensen & Karen (Tank) Reinke

Last obstacle

FUN!!! Time

Who are the Eickmans?

Scott Eickman & Kris Bunker at the Manning vs Dunkerton basketball tourny in Des Moines 2004


Back: Chris Willenborg, Scott Eickman, Chris Bunker, Duncan Hilsabeck, Derrick Janssen, Dustin Petersen
Front: Ben Lorenzen, Nate Brandt, Elliott Barsby, Brian Fogleman, Farfum Ladroma

"Oklahoma" 2004

Back: Erin Dammann, Jarod Trecker, Robyn Hacker, Andy Stessman, Holly Feser, Scott Eickman, Ciara Ladroma, Dereck Hilsabeck, Farfum Ladroma, Kelsey Feser
Third: Matt Luensmann, Chris Willenborg, Ben Danner, Ben Lorenzen, Danielle Hargens
Second: Brooke Kienast, Melissa Weets, Anna Muhlbauer, Samantha Schultz, Lindsey Croghan, Anna Erickson, Jessica Kienast
Front: Brittany Hacker, Davianne Rotert, Amber Vonnahme, Amy Brandt, Teresa Wurr, Darla Stockdale

From the 2006 Manning Quasquicentennial history book:

Maurice and Dorothy Eickman

Back: Lynn, Lori, Glen, Maurice, Dorothy
Front: Mary, Betty, Linda, Janice.
Maurice and Dorothy Eickman were united in marriage on January 26, 1949 at St. Francis Church in Maple River following Maurice's service in the Army in 1946 and 1947.
Maurice, is the son of Frank and Anna Eickman who spent their retirement years in Manning. Dorothy is the daughter of Henry and Ann Schwabe, of Maple River. The couple farmed five years at Carroll and then moved to their present home south of Templeton. They have seven children: Linda, Betty, Glen, Lynn, Mary, Janice and Lori (all graduates of Manning High School).
Linda, class of 1968, lives in Santa Rosa, California, and is married to Daryl Davis. They have one daughter, Jenny. Betty, class of 1970, lives on a farm by Elk Horn, Iowa, and is married to Gary Martens. They have two children, Makenzie and Brent. Glen, class of 1972, lives on a farm east of Manning and is married to Donna Seidl. They have four children, Jessie (deceased), Tony, Sarah, and Scott. Lynn, class of 1976, lives in Littleton, Colorado, and is married to Mary Stork. Mary, class of 1977, lives on a farm near Bayard, Nebraska, and is married to David Kreman. They have three children, Adam, Eric, and Wendi. Janice, class of 1982, lives in Flower Mound, Texas, and is married to Curtis Gion. They have three children, Andrew, Samuel, and Anna. Lori, class of 1987, lives in Denison, Iowa and is married to Barry Reid. They have one child, Jesse.
Maurice and Dorothy Eickman also have one great-grandchild, Joe Eickman, son of Tony and Erin Eickman.

Glen and Donna Eickman
Back: John, Donna, Scott, Tony
Front: Sarah, Glen, Joe, Erin.
Glen and Donna Eickman were married on June 11, 1977, at Holy Spirit Church in Carroll, Iowa. Glen Floyd, is the son of Maurice and Dorothy (Schwabe) Eickman, and Donna Rae, is the daughter of Henry and Bernilda (Brincks) Seidl. Glen grew up on a farm south of Templeton with his brother and sisters: Linda (Davis), Betty (Martens), Lynn, Mary (Kreman), Jan (Gion), and Lori (Reid). Ancestral names are Parrott, Bellinghausen, Waltersheid, Krebbs, and Schumacher. Donna grew up in Carroll, Iowa, with her brothers and sisters: Vern, Mary Lou (Nichols), Bob, and Betty (Onken). Ancestral names are Wiskus, Mussner, Saalman, Wurzer, Dubbert, and Von Bonn. Glen and Donna are the parents of two daughters and two sons: Jessica, Anthony, Sarah, and Scott.
Jessica Sue was born April 11, 1979. She died July 2, 1997, in a one-car accident. Anthony "Tony" Joseph, married Erin (Harrell) October 1, 2005. They have one child, Joseph Anthony. Tony is in the family farming business and lives south of Templeton on his great-grandfather's (Frank Eickman) farm. Sarah Jane, is engaged to John Lorenzen. They will be getting married August 26, 2006. Scott Jeffrey, graduated from Manning High School in 2005. He wishes to be an actor when and if he ever grows up.
All children have participated in many extracurricular activities, some being musicals, plays, volleyball, FFA, and yearbook. Glen has served as a board director at the Arcadia Coop for five years. Besides farming, Glen and Donna work full-time in various swine enterprises.

Speech Contest spring 1996
Received an I - went on to state contest
Back: Gwen Vahl, Josh Moore, Jake Keegan, Sean Clark, Ryan Pfannkuch
Middle: Natasha Vonnahme, KaDee Schiltz, Lyndi Behrens, Gary Dales, Heather Heckman, Jessica Eickman
Front: Heather Grigsby

Glen Eickman MHS 1972

Just below are my views, my views only, and no one else's in this feature...
Now let's look at JUST TWO examples of what a young person does when they are brought up wrong, taught wrong, and raised in a community where some people only think of themselves and how everyone owes them.
This is WAY beyond politics anymore.
Watch this short video that I looped once and the 2nd part of the video.
Watch the tall white boy run over and give the double finger to a little old lady. He yells something but we can't hear what he said.

Then watch a black boy push a 92 year old lady (with walker) to the ground.

Forget politics, who you vote for, what party you belong to, what color you are...THINK if this was YOUR grandmother that some punk lowlife verbally threatened and could even be charged with assault with his threatening hand gestures...and the other fellow who should be charged with battery because he made physical contact.

Where is the Soul of America?
Where are these 2 young men's parents, grandparents, pastors, their community???
If this were my son or grandson, I would demand he go on national news to apologize for his evil behavior.
If he would not, then he would be completely banned from his family and taken out of any will or financial support...and if he were living at home, he would be thrown out.

There is absolutely NO justification for such activities, especially toward little old defenseless ladies!

These guys think they are BRAVE by intimidating an elderly lady, but if they were challenged by an individual with no one else around but the two of them, their tails would go between their legs and they would whimper away.

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