Unknown father and son from the Virgene (Kruse) Kroeger collection

Drive -Thru Father's Day coming June 21

Mother's Day May 10, 2020

Main Street Manning to Host "Drive -Thru Father's Day" for Breakfast on Sunday, June 21, 2020
Thanks to the success of the "Drive-Thru Mother's Day" event, Main Street Manning will be hosting a "Drive Thru Father's Day" on Sunday, June 21, 2020, on the community's historical brick Main Street to give a fun and unique "spin" on the holiday.

According to Jean Voege, Executive Director of Main Street Manning, "During the Mother's Day event, we had a number of people ask us if we were going to do it again for Father's Day and we have had so many compliments on that event that we decided to do a repeat for Father's Day. Even though businesses are starting to reopen after being restricted or totally closed for nearly 12 weeks due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are still being encouraged to practice social distancing and our local businesses continue to need our support. As an organization, Main Street Manning, we want to make a positive difference in our community. Our goal continues to be the promotion of Manning businesses by featuring available products and services in our community while promoting community engagement and generosity. Just like the Mother's Day event, participants can maintain social distancing, drive up Main Street, stay in their cars and pick up a delicious breakfast and a gift bag for Dad."

"We ask that as you drive up Main Street, be on the lookout for volunteers who will be taking orders and guiding you to where you need to go. We want to maintain safety and social distancing. We will have marked "stops" along the way to guide everyone as they make their way down Main Street. Volunteers will be available to take your food order, collect the free-will offering for the meal, bring orders to your car, and distribute the gift bags."

The breakfast, which will be prepared by Deb's Corner Café, will include a hot-off-the-stove ham and cheese omelet, Texas toast and a fresh fruit cup with serving beginning at 8:30 am. The event will run until 11:00 am or until 150 meals have been served. The meals will be distributed from Deb's Corner Café.

Jean said, "We will once again be doing the event as a free-will offering as it helps to keep the flow of traffic moving and the volunteers collecting money won't have to make change during these times of heighten awareness for infection control. While we suggest a donation of $12 per meal, we trust that those who participate in Drive Thru Father's Day will be as generous as their personal circumstances allow knowing that the proceeds will go to reimburse the expenses incurred as the community comes together to support our local businesses."

Delivery service will be available within the Manning city limits for those who wish to shelter in place because of the pandemic.

Calls for meal delivery will be taken at 712-655-2423 starting at 8:30 am on Sunday, June 21.
A free-will offering will be requested upon delivery.

Once again, there will be 100 gift bags filled with gift and promotional items as well as discount coupons etc. from participating Manning businesses with a limit of one gift bag per car. The goal is to provide a gift bag to honor and celebrate Dad. The gift bags will be distributed outside the Manning Public Library.

Main Street Manning looks forward to seeing you on Sunday, June 21 for "Drive Thru Father's Day"! For more information, call Main Street Manning at 712 655-6246 or send an email to mainstmanning@gmail.com

Local dads volunteering as coaches 2016

Replacing DAD
For decades, cultural, governmental, and political forces have been pushing the necessity of having a father in the home to the sidelines.
One study after another shows that having a father & mother in the home when children are growing up helps prevent all kinds of future problems for both the children and society.

I have a vivid memory as a young teen when I saw Larry Genzen carry one of his young kids on his shoulder like a feed sack and the other child in his arm while walking into church.
The devotion to his children was more than just their physical health, he cared for their spiritual health too. This memory stands out because my dad had passed away not long before.

Dave Kusel

Here are some statistics to ponder.
In the United States, there are more than 64 million men who identify themselves as being a father. Out of that figure, only 26.5 million men are part of a home where they are married to a spouse and have children under the age of 18 living there.
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 22% of fathers are raising 3+ children under the age of 18, with all of them being their biological relative. Only 2% of fathers raising children are living in the home of a relative or unrelated individual.
There are 2.5 million fathers who are on their own in a single-parent household. In 1970, there were only 400,000 fathers in this situation. 18% of the single-parent households recognized by the U.S. Census Bureau are headed by a single father.
Statistics About Fatherless Homes

#1. 85% of youth who are currently in prison grew up in a fatherless home. (Texas Department of Corrections)

#2. 7 out of every 10 youth that are housed in state-operated correctional facilities, including detention and residential treatment, come from a fatherless home. (U.S. Department of Justice)

#3. 39% of students in the United States, from the first grade to their senior year of high school, do not have a father at home. Children without a father are 4 times more likely to be living in poverty than children with a father. (National Public Radio)

#4. Children from fatherless homes are twice as likely to drop out from school before graduating than children who have a father in their lives. (National Public Radio)

#5. 24.7 million children in the United States live in a home where their biological father is not present. That equates to 1 in every 3 children in the United States not having access to their father. (National Public Radio)

#6. Girls who live in a fatherless home have a 100% higher risk of suffering from obesity than girls who have their father present. Teen girls from fatherless homes are also 4 times more likely to become mothers before the age of 20. (National Public Radio)

#7. 57% of the fatherless homes in the United States involved African-American/Black households. Hispanic households have a 31% fatherless rate, while Caucasian/White households have a 20% fatherless rate. (National Public Radio)

#8. In 2011, 44% of children in homes headed by a single mother were living in poverty. Just 12% of children in married-couple families were living in poverty. (U.S. Census Bureau)

#9. Children who live in a single-parent home are more than 2 times more likely to commit suicide than children in a two-parent home. (The Lancet)

#10. 75% of rapists are motivated by displaced anger that is associated with feelings of abandonment that involves their father. (U.S. Department of Justice)

#11. Living in a fatherless home is a contributing factor to substance abuse, with children from such homes accounting for 75% of adolescent patients being treated in substance abuse centers. (U.S. Department of Justice)

#12. 85% of all children which exhibit some type of a behavioral disorder come from a fatherless home. (U.S. Department of Justice)

#13. 90% of the youth in the United States who decide to run away from home, or become homeless for any reason, originally come from a fatherless home. (U.S. Department of Justice)

#14. 63% of youth suicides involve a child who was living in a fatherless home when they made their final decision. (U.S. Department of Justice)

#15. Children who live in a single-parent or step-family home report less schoolwork monitoring, less social supervision, and lower educational expectations than children who come from two-parent homes. (American Sociological Review)

#16. Even when poverty levels are equal, children who come from a two-parent home outperform children who come from a one-parent home. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

#17. Within the African-American/Black community, about 2.5 million fathers live with their children, while 1.7 million fathers are not living with them. (Huffington Post)

#18. About 40% of children in the United States are born to mothers who are not married. Over 60% of these children were born to mothers who were under the age of 30%. (CDC)

#19. 25% of children who are the age of 18 are currently being raised without the presence of a father. Around 50% of single mothers have never married. 29% are divorced. Only 1 in 5 are either separated or widowed.

#20. Children who live in a fatherless home are 279% more likely to deal drugs or carry firearms for offensive purposes compared to children who live with their fathers. (Allen and Lo)

#21. Pregnant women who do not have the support of the father experience pregnancy loss at a 48% rate. When the father is present, the prevalence of pregnancy loss falls to 22%. (Shah, Gee, and Theall)

Solving problems from the bottom up, rather than from the top down.
Another example of it starts at home…

People say they want respect - it is a two-way street - You have to give respect to get respect.

Just like the recent incidents with police officers in the big cities - IF the perpetrators would have NOT tried to pass off counterfeit money and be under the influence and block traffic at a business - there would NOT have been any 911 calls and they would still be alive and those cops lives wouldn't be ruined forever.

We have to keep going back farther into the past to figure out why people put themselves in illegal and criminal situations.
Also, whatever happened to "taking responsibility for your own personal actions."

Local dads volunteering as coaches 2014

Local dads volunteering as coaches 2016

Local dads volunteering as coaches 2014

Local dads volunteering as coaches 2014

Local dads volunteering as coaches 2011

Local dads volunteering as coaches 2004

Princess Prom 2011

Princess Prom 2015

Princess Prom 2015

Princess Prom 2015

Princess Prom 2015

Princess Prom 2015

Princess Prom 2015

Princess Prom 2015

IKM-Manning Boy scouts set out US flags for Flag Day 2020.
Several local fathers including Dr. McLaws lead the troop and flag projects.

More youth in America need leadership like our local troop gets here in the Manning area.
Local fathers are a big part of that leadership.

2004 scouts & dads who set out the flags

2003 scouts & dad who assisted with the Veterans Memorial Wall dedication.

2018 cub scouts with mom & dads who assisted with the Memorial Day program.

2013 scouts & dads loading flags with the Memorial Day program.

2013 scout setting flags along the streets in Manning.

Here are some scenes that show fathers with family members...

Memorial Day 2006 - Another National day the scouts set out the flags.

The late Roger "Blackberry" Vollstedt with some of his family.

The late Glenn & Dorothy (Petersen) Rowedder with their daughter.

The late Bob & Diane Henkelman with some of their family members

Here are some pictures of fathers of the past - some with their children.

Robert Lake with his father, Eustice
Robert was KIA during the Battle of the Bulge

Unknown father & son from the Iola (Taylor) Stammer collection

Unknown father & and children from the Iola (Taylor) Stammer collection

Gerhardt Voge with his father, Henry

Vicky Walters with her father, Kenneth

Unknown father & sons from the Bernice (Karstens) Schroeder collection

Unknown father & children from the Bill & Bernice (Dethlefs) Ohde collection

Gustav Adolph Franke - father of Gustav Henry Franke

Herman Grau with his father, August

Unknown father & sons from the Ron Schilling collection

Peter Lamp father of Joachim

Otto Hinz father of Detlef

Leon Wenzel with his daughter Jane Morlok

Father of John Ohrt

John Eich father of Bert

Claus Bunz father of Johannes

Heinrich Kolln father of Auguste Bunz

Frederick Ross father of Fred D. Ross

Dennis Georgius father of Anna Ohde

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