Siouxland Magazine - Volume 1 Issue 3





Volume 1, Issue 3

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Welcome to Siouxland Magazine

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Owners | Becca Feauto and Stacie Anderson

It’s in these pages that we hope to educate and inspire, even more importantly, to create a community

that thrives on connecting with one another. At our core, we all want to connect. When we seek to

understand, by listening more intently, we find that our relationships deepen and our community

strengthens as a result. With our appreciation for the power of connection through meaningful

conversations, it only made sense to name our business Empowering Conversations.

It all starts with a conversation; with a desire to learn; to see things from another perspective; to seek

truth. The truth is, we have more in common than we have differences. Well, maybe it would be

more accurate to say, what brings us together is stronger than anything that divides us.

We would never want to marginalize our differences. We love the words of Audre Lorde, “It is not our

differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” We

are unique in vast and complicated ways. It’s our hope that we can come together with our unique

strengths, perspectives and ideas to build a community with a powerful narrative of “us.”

Through this humble publication, we will start having conversations. This is an ambitious and beautifully

optimistic attempt to shine light on all the things that make our community strong, but also discuss,

in a productive and compassionate manner, the challenges we face.

We are doing our small part in building a cohesive community by creating conversations that

refocus our attention on our similarities. We are bringing people together; replacing judgment with

understanding. Perspective is powerful.

We’ll continue unfolding our vision for this magazine over the next several issues, but now we

want to hear from you. At Siouxland Magazine, we feel it is imperative to understand what the

community wants and needs. Share your vision and dreams for Siouxland.

We want you to lean into the conversation and participate in the discussion.

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Create + Innovation = Creation...............................................................................8

ARTists Have a New Home in Siouxland.........................................10

Gallery 103................................................................................................................................12

Siouxland Artists...................................................................................................................14

Photography as Art.........................................................................................................16

We’re Launching a Podcast..................................................................................17

Sculpt Siouxland Celebration..........................................................................18

All My Relations....................................................................................................................19

10 Under 40...............................................................................................................................21



(In)voluntary poverty & the pursuit of purpose.......................22

Community Conversations.....................................................................................24

Maslow Inspired Job Perks............................................................................27



Surviving Life, One Minute at a Time......................................................28

Worth The Wait: The Story of Marto Brewing.......................32

An Interview with an Artist.......................................................................................34

Downtown is Where It’s At..................................................................................36

Sioux City Scoop.................................................................................................................37

The Gift of the Power to Choose..................................................................39

Creating Better Versions of Ourselves................................................40

Putting a New Swing on Corporate Connections........41

As oxygen is to the body, so imagination is to the soul.

– Don Jones

You’re an artist man. Your job is to break through barriers.

Not accept blame and bow and say “Thank you. I’m a loser. I’ll go away now.”

You want to be really great?

Then have the courage to fail BIG & stick around.

Make them wonder why you’re still smiling.

– Quote from Elizabethtown



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Cultivating Your Life: From Darkness to Light.................42

The Gut-Brain Connection..................................................................................44

Amber’s Top 5 favorite Fruits.....................................................................46

Seasonal Summer Sweets!.......................................................................................49

Herbal Medicine for Any Season...............................................................50

Stronger Teens, Body and Mind: Pass it On.............................52

Let Yourself Go Wild with Native Plants.............................................56

Hook, Line, and Sinker........................................................................................................60


Siouxland Cyclists Take to the Trails...........................................................65


At our core, we all want to connect. When we seek

to understand by listening more intently, we find that our

relationships deepen and our community strengthens as

a result. That’s what our Siouxland Magazine is all about!

We can’t wait to talk to you and truly connect with you and

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Shahi Palace: A Royal Experience........................................................66

New Stage Players Penguin Project.........................................................68

Yard of the Month.............................................................................................................70

July 19, 1989: A Day of Miracles......................................................................71


Explorers Baseball.....................................................................................................................73

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Mural by Jenna Brownlee, from Des Moines, Iowa

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Editors Note

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Art is so important to me. Perhaps not in the way you

may think. As a photographer, creative director and

copywriter, I see art in everything I do whether it be

visual images, seeing the product before it even

exists or telling stories. They are all art.

Art, in my opinion, is the backbone to a healthy

mental balance. Now, I don’t really believe in

balance, except when it comes to art and working

out. I know when I am missing one or the other

because I tend to get cranky. I need a creative

release, allowing all that has been in my mind and

body to let out its huge roar and pour out of me.

Most days it’s not even planned. It starts as a short

moment, to write something down, I want to make

sure I don’t forget and before you know it, I’ve

outlined a whole 12 chapter book!

Same goes with being outside and in nature, taking

in a long walk or run, observing the scenery and

seeing the art around me. Art is an essential part

of me, what I do everyday. It makes me happy and

cheers me up when I am feeling sad.

Art is messy, but then again, so is life.

Can we learn to embrace the chaos? Can we dance in the

space of possibilities, even if for only a moment?

Our intention with this publication is to invite you to

consider other perspectives, as well as lean into the


Whether you consider yourself left-brained, analytical and

methodical in your thinking, or right-brained, creative and

artistic, could you benefit from exposing yourself to the

other side?

After all, the two sides are sharing space inside your head.

I’ve come to understand that my frustration with one

disposition or the other at a given time has really been

a lack of appreciation. When stepping back to see the

bigger picture, it becomes clear what that “side” brings to

the table.

In this issue, we are focusing on the arts and all that it

offers to humanity. At times, I’ve witnessed the dismissal

of its importance. Yes, it can be messy, chaotic and even

unknown in its course. But it is what gives way to something

new and innovative. Can we sit in awe of the messy creative

process and delight in what it gives birth to?

Thank you to those that dare to see further, that explore

the unknown, that share their gift with us all.

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Create + Innovation = Creation

By Todd Behrens

Are you creative? Creative is simply defined as

being “marked by the ability or power to create.”

So, guess what? You’re creative. We all are. We

all have the ability to create things. The question

is whether what we create is closer to being a

masterpiece than it is a disaster.

When many of us think of creativity in its purest form, we

think of the arts: composers and musicians, painters and

sculptors, and novelists and poets. Those who are the

most successful in these pursuits seem to have an innate

talent that the rest of us simply don’t have. We often

decide that since we aren’t as talented as someone else,

we shouldn’t waste our time trying. But that decision

misses two key points.

The first is that the definition of creativity does not

mention the immense amount of work, of trial and

error, and overcoming obstacles that is required for any

composer, artist or novelist to succeed. And the second

is that the benefit of exploring your creativity in the arts

is not that you will leave your day job or become an

international sensation; it’s that you will work on your

“ability or power to create” something that neither you

nor the rest of the world has ever heard, seen or read.

Art classes are frequently thought of as great experiences

for our children and grandchildren. The Sioux City Art

Center offers a wide variety of classes for children—

weekend workshops, seasonal classes or summer art

camp. Even as they learn how to use colors and lines or

how to add new and strange materials to their drawings

or sculptures, students are also learning to tackle two of

the most stressful decisions anyone can face, “How do I

start when faced with something that is blank and when

do I know I am finished?” Along the way, they face a series

of decisions that are, at heart, about identifying problems

and coming up with solutions. These are the basics of

creativity. The confidence to tackle something new and

challenging will carry children throughout their lives.

The arts are how we as individuals

build on our education and experiences

to find the best of who we are.





Students participating at art camp.

How do I start when faced with something that is

blank and when do I know I am finished?

But what about you? Is there value for adults with little or

no prior training in art to enroll in a class or workshop?

Absolutely! Studies repeatedly show that exposure to art

and art instruction open up new ways of seeing the world

and therefore provide a stronger feeling of connection to

your community and the wider world around you. Increased

exposure to the arts among young people has been linked

to the development of greater empathy and compassion,

increased confidence to set more demanding personal

goals and a wider openness to innovative ideas. Certainly,

you’re not too old to expose yourself to new things, right?

You can check out all of the Art Center’s classes and activities

by following the Education tab at www.siouxcityartcenter.

org. And look for even more offerings this fall!

Todd Behrens is the Curator at the Sioux City Art Center.

Photos courtesy of the Sioux City Art Center.

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ARTists Have a New Home in Siouxland

By Mary Sterk

Art can bring a community together, like it did with these

18 artists, and it continues to do so within Siouxland.

Gallery 103 opened its doors to the public on April 26th,

2019. It displays the work of 18 artists, some of whom

have working studios in the space as well. Gallery 103

is the only art gallery of its kind in Siouxland - featuring

a wide array of painting, sculpture, mixed media, prints

and jewelry. Open from 10-1 on Saturdays, art lovers

can peruse the gallery, and take a circular walk thru the

studio spaces as they take in the color and texture of the

local art. Gallery 103 is also partnering with Downtown

Live (formerly Friday’s On The Promenade) to be

open during the live musical performances six Friday

evenings in June and July, creating a unique downtown

experience of music and art.

Most of the artists were formerly located within

individual studio spaces at the Benson Building or the

Commerce Building, both of which displaced the artists

when the spaces were slated for renovations. Amidst

the upheaval, a new idea sparked to have one collective

space housing the groups together. The artists banded

together to determine what their ideal location,

structure, and artistic goals were.

After many meetings and group discussions,

the space at the Ho-Chunk building was

selected to begin the new venture. 18

creative minds began to move in and

personalize the space and their studios at

the beginning of the year - reinventing the

white walls of a medical clinic into a colorful

and elegant artistic feast for the eyes.

It’s more than just a pretty picture on a wall. Access to

original art can spur a ripple effect of creativity and vision

that creates growth and propels people forward. In adults

and children alike, being able to see artists working in

their studios sparks the imagination and opens up new

ways of thinking. It encourages collaboration and lifts

people’s spirits. The artists of Gallery 103 are excited

about the impact of our work within the community,

and appreciate those who support them by buying and

proudly displaying their local art.

It’s time for you to visit Gallery 103!

Mary Sterk, artist represented by Gallery 103.

Gallery 103 grand opening night, photo credit Becca Feauto.

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Gallery 103 Artists

Rick Baker

Paula Crandell

Brian Joel Damon

Paige DeGroot

Mike Frizzell

Karen Emenhiser Harris

Debra D Knealing

Susan McCulley

Terri McGaffin

Ann Marie McTaggart

Meghan O’Connor

Jean-Guy Richard

Austin Rodriguez

Susie Rodriguez

Frank Salazar

Shannon Sargent

Pauline Sensenig

Mary Sterk

Mary Sterk

I think a creative approach to our world

is critical because that is how we all keep

evolving and growing. Original creative

thought takes possibility and shapes it into

reality. Being a financial planner and an artist gives

me a unique perspective on that. In the finance world my brain

is all logic, sequence and numbers. As an artist it is all color,

creativity and chaos. The space where the two sides of my

brain intersect, where creativity meets logic, is where I believe

that strategy is born.

Susie Rodriguez

An artist has been given a special gifting from God to create

beauty in an otherwise dark world. Art can make your spirit

dance or calm you into a peaceful state. It is a powerful influence

in our lives. My hope is that everyone will allow themselves to

enjoy exploring the arts, for they will be richer for it. Everyone

has the ability to be creative. Without it, we deny ourselves and

the world infinite possibilities.




You are my

escape, my

challenge, my being.

You gently pull me into my paintings,

coaxing me to release my moods,

my thoughts, my feelings.

You force me to be brave, for

displaying my private self found in

colors, shapes and lines to unknown

viewers, brings fear of rejection and

desire for acceptance.

You are a powerful force in my life.

You subdue, excite, bring a tear to

my eye, a smile to my face.

You set a mood, make a statement,

evoke opinion, foster discussion, and

stir viewers to action.

You are the heart of being.

Susan McCulley

Creativity is more than just thinking outside

the box. Creativity is allowing ourselves to

be true to what inspires us, without fear of

judgment, and in turn helps us to accept

others for their thoughts and ideas. Often times

without realizing it, we are influenced by people

and/or things around us. If our world was based on one

person’s concepts, it would not allow for individual growth, and

imagine the opportunities that would have been lost if someone

hadn’t asked “what if......?”

Brian Joel Damon

Art creates a heartbeat where none exists

by profoundly impacting human existence,

human experience, human development,

while gently nurturing the human soul.

Meghan O’Connor

I see art, both making it and viewing it, as an opportunity for connecting with others.

It allows us to share our observations, and what it means to exist as humans in

contemporary culture. Viewing artwork, making artwork, and teaching these processes

to others is an avenue for shared experiences, whether it is through a connection with the

imagery, or through learning about the process of making.

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Susie Rodriguez

An artist has been given a

special gifting from God to

create beauty in an otherwise

dark world. Art can make your

spirit dance or calm you into a

peaceful state. It is a powerful influence

in our lives. My hope is that everyone will allow

themselves to enjoy exploring the arts, for they

will be richer for it. Everyone has the ability to

be creative. Without it, we deny ourselves and

the world infinite possibilities.

Paula Sensenig

Creative people have a history

of solving problems.

Paula Bosco




Omnipresent, art and its power

over humanity flow boundlessly among

all geographies, cultures, socio-economic

strata and religions. Manifesting in a

limitless sundry of natural and contrived

media, by its very own communal nature,

art never ceases to cross borders and

break down walls.

Rather, art plies pathways to and from

known and unknown regions of our

exterior and interior lives. Art with all its

forms and faculties has the power to cast

enormous light on the most dismal of


Not a perfect equalizer, art’s dual nature

has the potential to delight and frighten,

calm and agitate, stick to your boots and

fly off the handle. Yet, in every tongue, art

remains a one and only love and favorite


Ann Marie McTaggart

I attempt to give to the inanimate object of the canvas a vitality and a message. My usual

icon is the bird form. For myself as an artist, I have found that the bird image symbolizes

a true spirituality. These icons could be anyone of us, male or female, young or old.

There are many issues that both celebrate and identify our human persona. We are all

assimilations of our relationships and situations. I can only say that my life has been a journey

of enlightenment, both as an oncology nurse and an artist. I only hope to present through my art

a realism which is honest. My vision is for the viewer as well as myself to identify the inner strengths

that we all possess with the reassurance of our humanity.

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Siouxland Artists watch fellow member Debra Knealing demonstrate her favorite resin techniques.

Siouxland Artists – Actively Promoting Art & Artists for 75 Years

By Glenda Drennen

How do SA members encourage individuals

to grow as artists?

Our membership is a diverse group of individuals

at different skill levels, working in a wide range

of mediums and styles. In spite of the diversity,


we recognize that the elements and principles of

design are common to all creative artistic efforts. We

learn from each other by sharing, inspiration, and

mentoring. Freely sharing ideas and techniques is

inspiring and empowering.

teacher/artist. Prizes are awarded, and artists benefit from

personal feedback from the juror about their entry. This

show is open to the public.

SA members often choose to display their work at other local

and area art shows, such as Artsplash, Latham Park, and other

local and area art shows.

Part of each meeting is devoted to feedback from

fellow artists on work in progress or a finished work

of art.

We regularly invite regional or area artists to

introduce and demonstrate new art forms, styles,

and techniques.

What are some community events and

activities where the public can meet SA

members and see their work?

Many of our members display their work at the SA

Holiday Show each fall where they enjoy discussing

their work, the creative process, and inspiration for

their work with visitors.

Members also have the option of submitting work

to a competition, adjudicated by a professional

Siouxland Artists booth at Art Splash 2018.

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An art demonstration at one of the Siouxland Artists meetings.

What are some community events and activities

where the public can meet SA members and see

their work?

Many of our members display their work at the SA Holiday

Show each fall where they enjoy discussing their work, the

creative process, and inspiration for their work with visitors.

Members also have the option of submitting work to a

competition, adjudicated by a professional teacher/artist.

Prizes are awarded, and artists benefit from personal

feedback from the juror about their entry. This show is

open to the public.

SA members often choose to display their work at other

local and area art shows, such as Artsplash, Latham Park,

and other local and area art shows.

Other SA Activities

Each spring SA members benefit from a day-long retreat

where artists work side-by-side, share ideas and inspiration,

and take turns demonstrating special techniques to the


Meeting Information

Time – First Tuesday of the month at 5:30PM

Place – St. Mark Lutheran Church, 5200 Glenn Ave,

Sioux City, IA

Enjoy speakers, demonstrations, and sharing artwork


Photo credit Chris Simons, Diesel Pictures.

Woodbury County

Courthouse: A Piece

of Art All its Own

Offered by Jim Jung

The Woodbury County Courthouse, located in

Sioux City, Iowa, is considered to be one of the

finest examples of Prairie Architecture in the

United States. It is a National Historic Landmark

and is listed on the National Register of Historic

Places. Opened for business in March, 1918, it was

designed by local architect William Steele with the

assistance of William Purcell and George Elmslie.

Today, there are guided tours available upon

request, printed guides for adults and children, a

virtual tour that may be viewed at home or in the

courthouse and tablets for the public to view the

tour while in the building.

The tour may be viewed at

Membership is open to anyone interested in

creating, promoting, or educating.

All skill levels and media welcome.

Dues are $35 per year, and membership

entitles members to participate in SA

sponsored spaces at local art shows, the

annual competition, and other SA events.

Glenda Drennen, artist represented by Siouxland Artists.

Photos courtesy of Siouxland Artists.

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Photography As Art

By Sarah Gill with Sarah Ann Photography

What is art? The literal definition is the

expression or application of human

creative skill and imagination, typically

in a visual form, to be appreciated

for its beauty and the emotional pull

it can have. Before cameras, if we

wanted to see imagery of far off lands

and portraits of people, we relied

primarily on paintings and sketches.

It wasn’t until the 1800’s when the

first camera was invented that we

could freeze moments in time. As

cameras became more accessible,

they became more mobile. Cameras

enabled the documentation of

historical events and allowed travelers

to capture landscapes and the people

who lived there, giving us a more

intimate look at the world around us.

Photography has long been a way to

document our lives. So, when does it

become art and not just a photo?

Let’s first take a look at refining a craft.

Cameras are everywhere today and

more affordable than ever. Taking the

time to learn your instrument, your

camera in this case, is crucial when

creating art. Choosing the right lens,

having your settings on your camera

just right, finding the angles and

knowing when to push the shutter; all

come into play when creating a vision.

The camera becomes an extension of

self. The photographer must then take

their knowledge and decide how they

want to convey their message. Does the

photo make you feel something? Maybe

nothing. Art is meant to be subjective

and I believe that is what makes it so


Downtown Murals

By Downtown Partners – Sioux City & Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce

The Sioux City Mural Project strived to embrace the arts in Sioux City by exposing

the public to highly visible murals in the heart of Sioux City’s downtown. There is

no doubt that in creating the first two pieces, people in the community took notice.

It’s hard to miss the bold colors draping the two builds.

Jenna Brownlee, from Des Moines, Iowa, was the first artist to create her mural

back in 2017. It’s located at 1021 4th Street, on the east side of the property, and is

in the center of the popular Historic 4th Street District. Pictured left.

Then Martin Ron, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, had the largest of the two murals

in downtown. His mural is located at 501 Douglas Street, facing west.

The project was overwhelmingly successful and created an impact on our community.

Each mural has been the backdrop for numerous selfies and the topic of

many conversations, which are still happening to this day. It begs the question,

“When will we see another mural and what will it be?”

The Le Mars Alley Art is another public art project.

It’s coordinated by the Le Mars Area Chamber

of Commerce, the Le Mars Arts Center and

the City of Le Mars. The project began in 2013

as a way to bring new life to old alleys. Artists

range from professionals to middle school artists

with fees ranging from $50.00 to $5,000.00.

With art filling nine alleys in downtown Le Mars,

it is unquestionably one of the most vibrant and

colorful downtowns in Iowa. Grab an ice cream

cone and take enjoy the murals this summer.

Mural shown by Glenda Drennen pictured left.

Sculpt Siouxland Celebration

By Todd Behrens

Sculpt Siouxland will celebrate the beginning of its 15th year

with the annual Sculpt Siouxland Celebration event on Thursday, June

6, 5-7 pm at the Sioux City Art Center. This outdoor event is free to the

public and includes hors d’oeuvres from Aggies and a cash bar. Visitors

will have one last chance to see and purchase one of the sculptures

that have been on display during the past year. Plus, sculptors will be

bringing a variety of smaller sculptures suitable for indoor settings.

This year, seven new sculptures will be installed in downtown Sioux

City. Artists included in the 2019-20 exhibition year are traveling from

Colorado, central Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, and South Dakota.

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With the purchases during the past year of sculptures by Bilhenry Walker

of Eau Claire, Wisconsin and Will Vannerson of Kansas City, Missouri,

Sculpt Siouxland’s collection now includes 23 sculptures that are on

view on the streets of downtown Sioux City and the campus of the Sioux

City Art Center. Sculpt Siouxland is a private non-profit organization

dedicated to making downtown Sioux City as dynamic and engaging as

possible. The project is supported financially by the Gilchrist Foundation

and a host of generous local businesses and individuals, and through

the assistance of the Sioux City Art Center.

Uplift by Ted Sitting Crow Garner from

Chicago. aluminum, 10 feet tall.

Bilhenry Walker (Eau Claire, WI)

Synaptic Sinew Sequi

painted and fabricated aluminum

on steel base

2018 Purchase Award

Will Vannerson (Kansas City, MO)

Borbor 7.1

galvanized steel

2018 Jury’s Choice Award Winner

Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby

(Aberdeen, SD)

After a Knights Meal Cigar


2006 People’s Choice Award

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Stay Right Where You Are: We’re Launching a Podcast

By Gia Emory

How could you benefit from more music in your life? Our

mission at the Sioux City Conservatory of music is to use music

education to reach people, inspire them, and encourage them not

to seek acceptance but to enhance their person with the power of

song. I have had the blessing to live all over the country. There’s no

better place than your hometown, but it is not because of the warm

welcome we would assume here in Sioux City. It is not because

Sioux City is a place of inspiration and creative liberty, although

I see with vibrant settings like The Conservatory’s BLOCK, we are

well on our way in providing intelligent, creative resources. Sioux

City is my place to encourage like minds at a much younger age

than myself to be good with who they are because in reality we

speak a brilliant language that might not be the same language as

our peers. It is not our place as creative people to seek acceptance

from those that don’t speak our language.

That’s when we hold fast, stay right where we are, write a song or

launch a podcast.

Introducing our new podcast studio! Our podcast studio is open

daily from 2pm - 9pm. Host your own, studio time by appointment

at $25/hour.

Podcast Shows are:

“What you do in The Sioux”

“Ask Radio”

“Guitar Wars”

“Song Writer’s Story’ - Launching June 6th, 7pm

1307 Pierce Street

712-574-1751 text only

Check Us Out - Conservatory and Block

host open houses every Saturday, from

10am - 12pm

Blue Café hours:

Tuesday- Friday 11-2

Saturday 10-1

Thursday & Friday nights 5-9

Gia Emory, co-owner of The Block with her husband

Ron Emory.

Model of sculpture, by Mark, located

at MLK Transportation, “The arc of the

moral universe is long, but it bends

toward justice.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther

King, Jr.

Art Is Important

By Mark Avery

Humans were creating art before

there was written language. Art

was the language.

Art is an elemental, natural part of how

we express our humanness, one way

we connect to the energy, purpose and

feelings in our lives and communities.

Art teaches us to see more clearly and

feel more deeply the beauty, diversity,

mystery and wonder of each other and

our natural world.

Our love of art through dance, theater,

paintings, sculptures, writing, cooking

and many other creative forms fills our

hearts with joy, beauty, truth and with

more meaning, in our relationships with

each other and nature.

Connecting with art creates an

atmosphere that tends to make us more

humane, kinder and perhaps brings us

into closer contact with living a more

selfless life, centered on serving others.

Creativity and art heal us.

Mark Avery, local artist.

All My Relations - Mitakuye Oyasin

By Stacie Anderson

In a world that seems to be moving faster

every day, it is more important than ever to find

moments of stillness, but how can we make every

moment sacred? How do we shift from racing through

our lives with only solitary moments of joy to a life that

is abundant and full? There is no greater gift than the

present and being open to receive everything that is

available to us. It’s in this delicate balance between the

present and the future that holds so much power.

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It is no secret that being in nature grounds us. It pulls us

swiftly and deeply to the present. Although we are drawn

towards the future, it’s when we are fully present that we

tap into something profound. Our awareness heightens,

senses become more keen and our hearts expand.

Sitting with Michael Patrick *Wandbi Gdeska O’Conner,

from the Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, it was

easy to listen to him speak about the Native American’s

relationship with nature. He referred to it as a medicinal

relationship and how we all have the ability to receive

wisdom from Mother Earth. Every word that was spoken

resonated. Can you think of a time when someone

mentioned going for a walk and coming back more


We innately know that our relationship with

nature is a sacred one. It is healing and

nourishing. It is also, according to Michael, a

two-way relationship.

Michael Patrick Wandbi Gdeska O’Conner.

There is no division between us and other living beings.

Everything is a part of the whole. He uttered the words

“Mitakuye Oyasin” as if a prayer rolling off the tongue.

“Mitakuye Oyasin” translates to “All My Relations”.

We can connect when we place our feet on the Earth,

feel the warmth of the sun, and listen to the song of the

wind. We can have a deeper relationship with creation,

and in doing so, “live a life that is a ceremony,” as Michael

would say, “and a result of a prayer”. We can live an

abundant life by living in gratitude through a discipline

of staying present.

It is easy to get distracted in this busy world by material

things and status, but Michael believes that this is a

symptom of something else that’s lacking in our lives.

“When we only have isolated inspirational moments it

leaves us hungry, spiritually malnourished, but when we

put a priority on spirituality, it will change us.” He then

recited a quote from Wayne Dyer, “If you change

the way you look at things, the things you look at


Maybe we just need to look at what’s right in front of us.

Can you be open to receive the abundance of gifts that’s

just outside our door?

*Wandbi Gdeska is Spotted Eagle and a family name on

his mom’s side.

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Siouxland Magazine is proud to host the 7th annual 2019

“10 Under 40” competition! The spotlight article this issue

out in October features young professionals in Siouxland

who are making a real difference in our community.

Nominations will be open starting July 1 and the form

can be found on our website at

Here is what we look for in Siouxland’s 10 Under 40. Look around to your co-workers, employees,

bosses, friends, colleagues, and think about who meets the following criteria:

• Under the age of 40 as of December 31, 2019 (Yes, you may have to ask, but he/she will be

honored you are thinking of them for an award!)

• Is a business owner or high executive/manager/director (or has experience in this area) within their

organization (this can be a large corporation, small business, or non-profit organization).

Must be in their current position, or have had experience in a managerial role for at least one year.

Lives and works in the Siouxland area (approximately a 60 mile radius around Sioux City.)

Has a history of displaying:

• Vision and Leadership

• Innovation and Achievement

• Growth/Development Strategy

• Community Involvement/Contribution

• Consistent display of excellent character and ethics

“When I was

My husband told

nominated and

me that he had

ultimately selected

to be one of the

top 10 under 40 in

Siouxland, I was so

humbled. I’ve never

volunteered or took up

public service with the hope of being

recognized. Acknowledgment from

nominated me for

the award because

he was proud of

me. That was my first

win. When I realized I

had been selected for the 10 under

40 award I felt humbled. The quality

of applicants and past winners have

peers in the community, however,

Dr. Hoekstra, DDS been Dr. top Lohr, DDS notch and I was thrilled

felt validating. That what I was trying to be included in such a group of

to do mattered. We have so many

unsung heroes in our community

and this is an opportunity to tell

them what they are doing matters

and is appreciated.” - Alex Watters

motivated and dynamic individuals.

Several of my patients and friends

complimented the story and the

photos and I think the award gave

me a spring in my step and a lift in

my career that everyone needs from

time to time. - Julie Lohr


2918 Hamilton Blvd

Being chosen as

one of the 2016

“10 Under 40”

remains a great

honor. There are

so many amazing,


individuals in Siouxland, so when

I was nominated, I thought surely

someone else will be chosen.

Finding out that I had been selected

was both humbling and rewarding at

the same time. Better still was seeing

the list of incredibly talented leaders

in my class. When I see those who

were chosen with me, the honor of

being selected often comes up. The

magazine and award sit in my office

to this day. - Chris Liberto



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(In)voluntary poverty and the pursuit of purpose

By Ally Karsyn

A few months ago, I reduced my living expenses

to $7,009.

I moved out of my downtown loft and into a retired

pastor’s basement with pink carpet, ‘70s wood-paneled

walls and Paco, a fluffy orange cat that likes to attack your

legs when you walk by him. I had cut my budget to the

bone—no restaurants, no new clothes, no subscription

meditation apps or streaming services. I updated my

dating profile to say that I’m looking for that spark, for

someone who will send me inspirational sayings, songs

and poetry… and maybe their Netflix password.

By this point, everything had fallen apart.

After leaving a marriage at 26, I thought the worst was

behind me. I had moved into a new downtown loft, started

a new journalism job and entered a new relationship with

a doting chef. I felt empowered, happy, whole.

In less than two years, fault lines crept into the life I’d


Last year, as summer began, I realized my boyfriend had

broken up with me and forgot to tell me. He just stopped

coming to see me, and within two months, the phone calls

and text messages dropped off. We’d been together for

over a year. After a yoga class, the teacher asked me in all

sincerity, “Ally, how are you?” I burst into tears. Between

sobs, I said, “I just feel so alone.”

My boyfriend and I started dating right after the 2016

election. He was undocumented, from Mexico, one of the

Dreamers. Five hours into our first date, I asked, “Sooo,

can you get deported?” I wanted to know how attached

I should get. At the time, he said, “No, I know my rights.”

But as a year went by, his confidence faded and so did

our relationship.

His mom went back to Mexico for the first time in 31 years,

trying to follow the legal path to citizenship. They were

close. I think that separation was harder for him than he

cared to admit. Last I heard, she’s still stuck in Acapulco.

He felt hopeless.

He’d been my biggest supporter, my No. 1 fan, and I

couldn’t be there for him. I was an empty cup. I had poured

every ounce of energy into my career as a journalist, which

was deeply entwined with my identity. Dangerously so.

Much to my shock and dismay, my job started looking a

lot like my marriage. Unhealthy. Unsatisfying. Full of polite

tension. I tried to hold on, but I knew what I had to do—I

had to let go.

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In less than three weeks, I left one job and lost

another. The business I went to work for was on the

verge of bankruptcy and couldn’t pay me. So, I started

freelancing—as a writer, photographer and graphic

designer—and found myself teaching a college

writing course. But I’d lost all sense of direction. It felt

like there had been a death.

There were long stretches of darkness, alleviated

by pinpricks of light. For months, I was plagued by

pulsing questions. What am I doing? Where am I

going? Who am I? Am I still a journalist? Am I lovable,

employable? Am I enough? My only answer was to

keep living, to put one foot in front of the other and

hope that a path would appear.

I knew I was in trouble again when I started looking at

buying a house in Omaha or Albuquerque. Based on

past experiences, I have one basic rule for myself in

times of crises: don’t buy property or propose.

I didn’t actually want a house. I wanted comfort and

stability, which was also the impetus of my misguided

marriage. Fortunately, since I was newly single, I didn’t

have to worry about proposing to anyone. But what that

meant was, instead of sitting with the uncomfortable

feelings of loss and pain and fear, I took up dating as

a distraction. One of my male friends started calling

these guys my “action figures.” I’d play with them for

a little while, get bored and move on. While I don’t

agree with that assessment, I will admit to not being

in the best state of mind to be dating.

After 21 first dates in 10 months—including fathers,

felons, a nomadic novelist, a bisexual atheist and a

semi-pro athlete who wanted an open relationship

but only for himself—I finally repeated my story

enough times that it didn’t hurt anymore.

I met some people that I liked and cared for and

connected with. Sometimes it felt good just to be

seen. But none of my dates could solve the problem

that disturbed my soul.

Giving up my loft was the final act of surrender. It was

a gift from the Universe during my divorce. It was

proof that I could stand on my own two feet, that I

could make it on my own. It was my sanctuary. Yet, I

thought I could let it go and find peace within myself.

At the eleventh hour, one of my freelance clients

offered me a full-time job with benefits, bonuses and

all the Keurig coffee I could drink. More importantly, it

held the promise that we’d be making a difference. I was

at a crossroads. I could live in voluntary poverty, piecing

together my creative, vagabond existence. Or I could take

my talents elsewhere. Only a week had gone by since I

moved. My downtown loft was still sitting empty. I could

take the job and return to the comforts of home. And

that’s what I did.

I returned home, to myself—to rebuild, again.

I am—just barely—standing on the other side of intense

uncertainty. Some days I still feel lost and like I’m searching

for a guiding light. But here’s the thing about having

everything fall apart: anything’s possible. There isn’t a

path to follow because I am the mapmaker, the stargazer.

I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know this—I

am going to absorb as much joy as possible, here and

now, and wherever I go, whatever I do, I will be supported.

I will move forward with a greater capacity for kindness

and understanding. And instead of waiting for someone

to tell me that I’m a star, I will look in the mirror and see a


*A version of this story was originally told live at Beacon

Story Lab events in March and April 2019. The theme was

Lost & Found.nails. She lives in Le Mars, Iowa.

Ally Karsyn is the founder of Beacon Story Lab, which

creates more courageous, compassionate and connected

communities through the healing art of storytelling. Live

events featuring true stories, music and poetry are held


Upcoming Shows


7 p.m. Thursday, June 6 at Be Yoga Studio

American Dreams: Stories of how we live, love and work

7 p.m. Friday, July 5 at The Marquee

August date and location TBA.

Fish Out of Water

7 p.m. Friday, September 6 at The Marquee

*Stories ideas will be accepted through July 15. Email

Find updates by following the Facebook page for Beacon

Story Lab.

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Community Conversations: Bringing People Together

By Philippa Hughes

Like many Americans, I was surprised by the outcome of

the 2016 presidential election. Although I’m a Democrat,

during the lead up to the election I consumed media

from left- and right-leaning outlets to try to understand

the deepening divide—and the anger, fear, and frustration

voiced by voters of all political stripes—across the country.

Despite my research, I maintained certain assumptions

about what the results would be, and I even wondered how

Republican voters would react when their candidate lost,

prompting me to begin exploring ways to heal the rift after

the election.

My first, pre-election attempt at reconciliation was to cocurate

an art show called US + THEM = U.S.: Finding

Common Ground in a Divided Nation, which I’d begun

planning with a small team in the early fall of 2016, but

which would open one week before the inauguration.

Finding common ground in a divided nation took on new

meaning after the election results came in.

Breaking bread together seemed like a good start to

closing that gap. One week after the 2016 election, I began

inviting voters from both sides of the aisle over for dinner

at my house and continued hosting meals with guests who

held different political opinions from my own for the next

two years. I wanted to engage in difficult conversations

face-to-face and ask my own questions, to dig beyond the

filtered observations and analysis offered by journalists,

pundits, and thought leaders. At each meal, I experimented

with ways to improve our interactions. When we spoke faceto-face,

we began to see each other as humans and not as

avatars or data points. Curiosity about one another led to

more empathy and stronger relationships. Art emerged as

one of the most effective tools for framing and facilitating


The small dinners cooked by me in my home culminated

nearly two years later in October 2018 when I partnered with

American University School of Public Affairs to organize a

dinner for 50 people from across the political spectrum, and

an art exhibit I curated in the Heurich House Museum called A

[Good] American. Before taking their seats at the dinner table,

guests were invited to view artworks created by seven local

artists reflecting on what it meant to be a good American. Art

brought together curious people who would not normally

have met and became the starting point for dialogue. Using

art to frame and facilitate a difficult conversation while

sharing a meal became the basis for Looking For America,

a partnership between New American Economy, a bipartisan

group advocating for better immigration policy,, and American University’s School of

Public Affairs, which teaches civil discourse as a foundation

of democracy.

Looking For America will include art exhibits featuring local

artists and dinners with guests from across the political

spectrum. Local artists will create works in response to

this question: “What does it mean to be American in your

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community?” Volunteers from each city will undergo light

training in civil discourse led by AU’s School of Public Affairs.

The volunteers will then facilitate conversation at a dinner for

50 people from across the political spectrum. Dinner guests

will also be invited to participate in the Tenement Museum’s

online exhibit Your Story, Our Story, which “highlights stories

of immigration, migration, and cultural identity, past and

present, through objects and traditions.” We plan to create a

toolkit and model for effective civil discourse based on what

we learn from participants across the country and share it

with communities across the United States.

The project will take place in several communities across

the country, including Siouxland, where we are partnering

with Erica DeLeon, Executive Director of One Siouxland.

One Siouxland recently received a grant from the Missouri

River Historic Development that will ensure all artists receive

a stipend for participating in the exhibit. The exhibit and

dinner will take place in fall 2019, after which the art will be on

display long-term at the Betty Strong Encounter Center. If you

would like to exhibit your work, join the dinner, or volunteer

to be a facilitator, please email

One Siouxland is a tri-state, multisector initiative

working to ensure all who call Siouxland ‘home’

can meaningfully contribute to the economic,

civic, and cultural fabric of our community. To

accomplish that mission, newcomer leaders, longtime

residents, business leaders, governmental

officials, and local and national experts team up to

develop and implement sustainable programs that

help newcomers acclimate and thrive. Partners

additionally utilize economic indicators, Census

data and local success stories.

Philippa P.B. Hughes is a social sculptor and creative


Photos courtesy of School of Public Affairs at American

University. Photos from an event in Washington D.C.

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Maslow Inspired Job Perks

By Tony Micheals

Here’s my confession.

I went to college with the express interest

in becoming an Industrial / Organizational

Psychologist. Instead, my path veered towards

gossiping on the radio about cooked up

controversies centered on country stars and

where to get the best pizza in Siouxland.

However, I still have a vested interest in how to improve

the atmosphere and workflow of an office.

I read a lot of articles posted on Linkedin about how

to attract and maintain the BEST employees. Most of

them get it right. Provide positive feedback, encourage

creativity, don’t make employees want to weep in the

bathroom, yada, yada, yada.

On a recent “Career Day” at Cardinal Elementary in

South Sioux City, a 5th grader asked me what I love

most about my job. At the time, I said chatting on the

radio with interesting people like Garth Brooks and

Taylor Swift. Surprisingly, T Swizzle received a much

better reaction. Have they not heard of “The Thunder

Rolls”? His songs should totally be in the syllabus.

However, after more thought, another work highlight

is awaiting the announcement over the inter-office

telephone paging system saying, “It’s FREE FOOD FRIDAY

in the break room!” In the hierarchy of job perks, this is at

the top of the pyramid with self-actualization, my personal


Imagine the possibilities if managers in Siouxland all

participated in FREE FOOD FRIDAYS? Morale would be

boosted and absenteeism would take a nosedive…at least

until early afternoon. I heard Tulsa, Oklahoma recently

enacted an initiative targeted to individuals working

remotely where they could dole up a $10,000 bonus to

stimulate the economy. Just imagine if Sioux City became

the work for food capital of the country? Retention

bonuses in the form of Charley Boys, Sneaky’s Chicken

and La Juanita’s every Friday.

Free Food Friday. Are your ready for it?

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Surviving Life, One Minute at a Time: Chapter 1

By Samantha Geurts

We all imagine how our life will look as we become

an adult. For me it was the aspiration of being a

mother and a hairstylist. As a child we ask our moms,

“When will we be grown up?” I honestly don’t remember

what my mother’s response was. I would imagine it was

not the answer I was hoping for, so chose not to keep it in

my long-term memory. Fast forward thirty years and now

my children ask me this very same question. I can’t help

but cringe every time I get asked, and always respond

with, “Enjoy being a kid, as it will be the most carefree

time of your life”. And this is usually followed by, “What

does carefree mean? And in that moment, I wonder

the same thing.

I always saw myself having a family of my own. I grew up

in a family of six, four of them children, I was third in line.

I love having the family I was born with. We always ended

our conversations with “I love you”. As a child I was very

independent and wanted to control and plan my day

and future. From learning to ride a 10-speed bike and

helping dad mow the lawn even before my older sister

did. At age 15, I accepted a job at the local Dairy Queen

just so I didn’t have to depend on my parents to pay for

things I wanted. I hated asking for things and depending

on others to accomplish my goals, even if that goal was

to have gas money to drive around aimlessly with my

friends. And you can bet I was the one that was driving,

because again, it gave me the control for the evenings

plans. Even having a job so young, I never felt like it was

“adulting” because it gave me freedom. My ambitions

were narrowed to my end game only, rather instead of

looking into the possibility that I may not be in control of

what happens in my life. I didn’t understand what grief

was, or that it can affect anyone.

But then, sadness and grief came into my life. I don’t

even remember having a whole lot of sadness while I was

younger. I remember the loss of my grandma when I was

around the age of 8, I think, and how sad it made my dad.

And the loss of my aunt from cancer, but my mother hid

her sadness from us.

Nikki Rathje, Keith Rathje, Donna Rathje, Jackie Paulson, Me – Christmas Eve




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I wouldn’t feel loss again for another

15 years, when it seemed as though

the flood gates opened, and the

23 years of happiness would catch

up to me.

Before I get to this, a little more about the time between.

My parents were amazing and were an amazing source of

strength for me. I wonder now if this isn’t why I felt that my

younger self only remembers happiness. Did my parents

protect me from so much that I didn’t get the chance to

understand how life really works? I shouldn’t say they

didn’t allow us to make our own choices, but maybe they

could have allowed us to “feel” our way through life even

more than we did. At 18 years old, I thought I was in love.

I got married right after graduation. It was so against what

I had planned for myself, but he was the first person that

convinced me that what he wanted was what I wanted.

The next three years was my “push from the nest”. My

parents were clear in their decision to allow me to be adult,

since I felt I was adult enough to make the big decision to

get married. The freedom and independence I once had

so freely was now taken from me the moment I moved

2,000 miles away, with my new life. I was no longer allowed

to make decisions for myself. This included the clothes and

make-up or the friends I kept. I could hold a job; however, I

didn’t have any control of the money other than depositing

my checks into his account. He made it clear that he was

the decision maker and my sole purpose was to keep him

happy. I allowed him to verbally abuse me to the point of

tears. Should I do anything against him, it was to attract the

attention of other men and that I was nothing more than

a “cheating whore”. In the end I realized it was him who

was cheating. I did make my way out of this relationship. I

don’t have any real memories of living in Washington D.C.

with him other than fragments of what it was. I have been

asked if I wish my parents had stopped me from making

this decision. I can say that I don’t.

Stopping me would have only changed my view of my

parents and would not have taught me the lessons.

Three years after graduation, I finally made my way to

cosmetology school, which led me back home near my

family. A couple years later I met the one. Jason had the

strength and commitment I needed. I know now that,

Me and Jason Geurts at our backyard wedding

I learned from what I experienced. It

provided me the compassion for the

marriage I have now, even when life

seems to push against it.

even though I had the “lust” for my first husband, it was the

commitment Jason has that I needed for a future.

After two years of dating, Jason asked me to marry him.

Just before Christmas we were on our way to find a place

to eat and having a conversation about our Christmas plans

with our families. I was teasing him about being the only

boyfriend to make it to two Christmas’ in a row. That is

when he asked me to make it EVERY Christmas. It was a

good feeling to know my life was back on track. I was a

hairstylist, with a great relationship and a wonderful family.

A few months later my mother sat us down and told us

she had lung cancer. Of course, my mom tried protecting

us from the truth about what this reality was. For several

months before her diagnosis she was sick and when asked

about it, she said she has pneumonia, yet avoided getting

seen for it. I understand now that she had an instinct of

what she really had but felt living a few more days in denial

was acceptable, since it was the holidays.

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I was in complete denial that my mom

was dying. Over those two years we lost

my maternal grandma, and a paternal

and maternal uncle. Even in all this, I didn’t

know grief. The kind of grief that changes

the course of your life.

After getting her diagnosis the doctor told her to get her

things in order, that she had up to one month to live. Even

though my mom survived for two years, I am still grieving

this life that I had seen my mother being very present in.

Jason and I planned our wedding as a destination.

Everything was set and we were planning to be married in

Jamaica the first week of September 2007. Both families

were booked and ready to join us. Six months before

our destination wedding mom told us she didn’t think

she would be able to make it, and that flying would be

impossible for her. The fix was easy. Because I find it easy

to control what the future is, I knew I needed to plan a

wedding at my childhood home, so that Mom could be

there. Both families canceled their trip to Jamaica, and we

began planning a backyard wedding for August 25, 2007.

When finalizing everything one summer evening at the

house with my mom, she said, “Sam, I don’t think I will

make it to the wedding.”

It was so close, I didn’t fathom Mom to be right in her

speculation for the future. I responded, “Well, I don’t even

want to talk about that, as it won’t happen that way.” I think

about this still to this day and wish I had the conversation

with Mom. I wasn’t ready to allow sadness to take from

the euphoria I felt in the moments of wedding planning,

and the thought of Mom not being around was much

to devastating. During this time, I was an independent

hairstylist and could set my own schedule. This allowed me

the ability to be with Mom during her treatments if Dad was

working overnight. Mom was a very independent person,

so she never asked for help.

August 3rd, 2007, my mom took her last breath with all

of us surrounding her. Several doctors gave Mom 1-3

months to live and Mom survived two years. She not only

survived, but she LIVED. She graduated with her master’s in

social work, continued a full caseload as a guardian ad-litem,

was a school counselor for a local school, and let’s not forget

fighting cancer. At one of the many hospitals stays with mom,

my older sister asked my mom how she does it all; “One

minute at a time. You can do anything for just one minute.”

In another conversation, mom with me, mom talked about

marriage and me marrying Jason. She said, “Sam, if I can

give you any advice, it would be to not let life change the

way you feel right now.” Mom and dad struggled with

Me and Mom at our family vacation in Duck, NC.

things in their marriage and in true fashion didn’t allow

us kids to see how to fight properly as a married couple.

Most of the time was spent with mom being cold to dad

for reasons we never knew why. She continued, “I have

spent so much time being mad at your dad, that I realize

now how much we missed out on with each other, and

now it’s too late.”

Jason and I married August 25th as planned. I understand

now that mom wasn’t going to make it to my wedding in

the way she had hoped, but she was there. That summer

was extremely dry, and everything was brown from the

lack of rain and extreme heat. For five days straight it

rained after mom died. We had the greenest, most

perfect weather for our wedding day!

They say you should never do big life changes during

loss or tragedy. I understand what they mean by that.

Mourning the loss of mom was stunted with feelings of

excitement to a wedding. It confuses the brain, and then

that trauma and sadness stays with you. Even after the

wedding, mourning mom was put on hold with another


September 2nd, 2007, one week after our wedding,

Jason and I were having a conversation about how

we would be in Jamaica right now had we kept our

original wedding plans. We agreed that our wedding

was beautiful and worth the switch, even if mom wasn’t

physically there. The morning of September 3rd, 2007, I

was feeling sad, but happy it was a holiday weekend and

could veg on the couch, or so I thought.

Exactly one month after Mom died and

one week after our wedding, we were

now getting the devastating news that

our sister died.

We received a random phone call, that my older sister

died in an ATV accident.

The whole day was a blur, yet the most vivid day I can

remember. It started when Jason got a call from a friend

of his that heard Nikki died. I immediately called the

police to find out, but of course they couldn’t tell me,

so they sent an officer. After an hour an officer showed

up and told me and Jason that Nikki was indeed in an

ATV accident and had died. When I asked if someone

has told my dad, the answer we got was, “We were told

he wouldn’t be home.” I then told my remaining family

members that their sister/daughter was dead. I didn’t

even say the words to dad before he was on his knees

begging God for this not to be true, he had just buried

his wife. I told my older brother, over the phone, while

he was at an air show with his wife. I asked him to call

me when he was home, but of course, he could tell it

couldn’t wait. I remember telling my younger sister, who

had just gone back to her home in the cities, since she

picked up an extra shift at work.

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Mom, Jackie, Me; Christmas time at my apartment in Washington, D.C.

Stacy Rathje (Keith’s wife), Jackie Paulson, Nikki Rathje, Me. Back row:

Keith, Dad, Mom, Christmas 2004

I consumed myself with the need

for answers. Why did this happen?

Sometimes the knowing is harder than

not knowing.

Nikki’s death being so close to mom’s took away from

grieving mom before getting hit with grief all over again


Nikki was in an accident with another person who walked

away with a minor concussion. How does this happen?

How does life decide that one dies and the other walks

away? How does life decide that the family that lost a

mother will now bury a sister? How does the person

who was in the accident with my sister try to cover up the

accident, voiding my sister the chance to get the help she


When this person was sentenced for not getting the

appropriate help for my sister and then getting into an

additional accident with my sister while trying to hide

the accident, his “friends” filled the courtroom during the

impact statements. Finding peace in the loss of Nikki has

been a hard one. It may be that I feel the one person that

could have changed the course of her life walked away

with a few months in jail, and made a huge circus out of

my chance to say how his actions changed the course

of my life, but I spend a lot of time thinking about how I

would change the way I spoke that day. Instead of what

I said, I would say,

“______, I am grateful that this courtroom is filled with

all of these people with banners of support for you.

This courtroom is filled by so much support for you that

Nikki’s family didn’t have a place to sit, but I am grateful.

Nikki needed just ONE person to call her help, when she

couldn’t, and that one person was you. Even though this

day was for Nikki’s family to gain some peace from the

decisions you both made, I am grateful you will never

have to feel the loneliness in a desperate time, as my

sister did the day you made the choices you did.”

My future became more and more blurry as the month’s

past. I didn’t know how to plan for a future, without my

mom and sister in it. I continued to listen to what my

mother said, “One minute at a time.” Honestly, the next

few years were a blur.

(Chapter 2 coming in the August issue.)

Samantha Geurts, born and raised in SW Minnesota

has grown to be a wife and mother along with being

a licensed hairstylist, yoga instructor and a full-time

paraprofessional for the local schools.

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Worth The Wait: The Story of Marto Brewing

By Erik Martin

When one decides to open a small business, the assumption

that the road ahead is a challenging yet worthy path to go

down is likely noted. Most people who make this type of

decision out of passion, loving what they do and wanting to

share it with the world. They’ve probably weighed out the

costs and rewards before deciding to take the initial plunge.

So, it came as no surprise to Marto Brewing owner, Erik

Martin, that even though he knew his passion for brewing

great beer would create a successful business, the road to

get there would force him to learn a lot about business in the

most unlikely of ways, keep him honest when it would have

been easy to just walk away, and the practice of patience to

cross the finish line.

SM: Tell our readers a little bit about Marto Brewing.

Marto Brewing Company is a brewery with a brewpub

attached. We will seat about 100 people inside and over 40

people in our outdoor patio. Our beer will be brewed on

a 10 bbl(barrel)/310 gallon brewing system. We have the

capacity to brew over 1,000 barrels of beer per year. We

will also have an open kitchen concept featuring a Marra

Forni wood fired oven. Customers will be able to watch our

staff craft their food and beer! We will also sell select guest

beers from other breweries, a variety of wines, Stone Bru

Nitro Coffee, Hardline french press coffee and soda.

SM: Becoming a business owner is not for everyone. Tell us

about why you took the leap.

I first decided to write a business plan after my wife said,

“You are spending all this time brewing and spending money

on equipment, you should start a brewery.” It then grew

from there. I became obsessed with making good beer and

trying to perfect recipes. I taught myself by reading brewing

textbooks, magazines, listening to brewing podcasts all the

time (2-6 hours per day) and a lot of trial and error.

SM: What unique strengths do you bring into your business?

I think I have a pretty creative mind and I’m not afraid to take

a risk that may produce something unique and push the

envelope. I believe I know the customers well and we treat

them like friends, because they are.

SM: How did you decide who would be good business

partners, or who wouldn’t?

My wife was my first partner and supporter. She is always

helping with events, marketing and has helped with any odds

and ends throughout the years. The others just happened

naturally. I became good friends with Jack Ehrich and Rod

Wellman at a beer tasting event. We went from friends to

business partners to great friends. They are very supportive

and we complement each other well.

SM: How did you raise capital dollars? Walk us through that


It was very hard to raise capital in the beginning. Each investor

is different and has their own thoughts on a direction. I think

the key is to be honest with them from the beginning and tell

them about your vision. I ended up meeting my now investors

by networking with people in the area. You can meet a lot new

people just by becoming friends with one new person. I also learned that’s how you

will find the right people to invest and also, you will lose others that aren’t a good

match. That’s ok. We could have been open a year or so earlier if I would have gave

into a partnership that wouldn’t have been a good match. Having patience to wait

for the right people is also a lesson I had to learn throughout this process.

SM: What experiences have you had that have made you a better business owner?

We have had many ups and downs. Many lessons learned. Things don’t always

work like you plan. You adjust and do what you need to make it work. That has

helped me learn a lot and made me more persistent. I remember making a few

beers that ended up very bad. I was so discouraged that I wanted to quit brewing

sometimes. But I kept working to figure out what caused the bad outcome and I

changed my process to improve.

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SM: It’s easy to lose motivation, especially when it became a hurry up and wait

game or when things were moving forward sooo slowly. How do you get yourself

back on track?

Having a good team and supporters helped a lot. To just visualize the end goal and

to keep doing the things that will get you there was all we had some days. We could

see it. We just had to push to make that happen. Being obsessed with your product

or business helps you have the passion to not quit.

SM: Can you share a time when you just wanted to quit and give up? Share how

you moved past this point.

We had many ups and downs trying to find a location while trying to raise money. It

was a balancing act of, “Can I raise money without a building and a clear end goal...

or can I find a spot without investors.” Not finding investors for a long time was very

discouraging. I knew we had a great product and vision. But I needed to meet the

right people.

SM: Is there any advice that you have received over the years that you think is

worth passing along to others?

Let the haters be your motivation. Surround yourself with people that are good at

things you are not the best at. Treat your customers like people. Be yourself. Early

on, I was obsessed with being the best and learning more. When I wasn’t working

my day job, I was learning more. Listening to other brewers talk, reading articles,

listening to podcasts, and experimenting. I still do it today, I have just expanded

beyond brewing. Topics like general business, marketing, restaurants and creating

a great working culture are in my daily listening line-up.

SM: How has being a business owner changed you?

It has made me admire other business owners a lot more. It takes a lot of work to

make a business operate. Big business owners often get bashed in the media and

by the general public... but 99% of them have worked their butt off to get there.

It has also made me realize that it is impossible to make a business run without a

good team and other support.

One of my major drives is not

wanting to live with regret. I would

hate to look back and know I could

have done it, but did not. I also

know we have a good product

and a concept that will be a unique

experience for the area.

SM: Tell us how you feel when you walk through the restaurant. Is it what you

pictured in your head all these years?

Everything has happened in stages and it has been a slow progression, so I don’t

think it has quite hit me yet. It has been exciting to see the property transform from

a dirt floor to an awesome restaurant and brewery. Both the brewery and taproom

have been thought out thoroughly. The decor is a bit more modern than I originally

thought, but I love what it has transformed into. I don’t see it being a place to just

eat and drink, but it’s an overall experience. World class craft beer, high quality

wood fired food, an interactive open kitchen and great customer service.

Erik Martin, partner and creator at Marto Brewing.

Photo credit Becca Feauto.


Don’t fear failure. Embrace it. It’s where the learning happens.

An Interview with an Artist

By Ashely Prince

As a young child, Ashley Prince has had a passion for

art, so you could say she was destined to find a creative

career path. For her previous careers she had been

involved in design, advertising and creative production

but painting classes began as an additional way to make

some extra cash. She recalls feeling joy and as if time

had never flown so fast after the first class wrapped. She

was hooked and knew there was more to explore from

just this one little class.

What’s unique about your business?

Our studio is one of the few local recreational outlets I

can think of that allows you to sit down with your family

or friends, put the cell phones aside and truly connect.

We are always introducing new art mediums and

continuing to evolve to keep our customers engaged.

There is something for everyone in the family!

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve had to

overcome as you’ve grown your business?

Balance. Having a young family and managing a growing

business has been the toughest. It is easy to become

hyper-focused on your business in the beginning

however, family comes first. I will admit it was hard to

fulfill my motherly duties in that first year. As we have

grown, so has our team and I have learned to be able

to trust in them and allow myself to step away when I’m

needed by my family

What has been your greatest reward?

Getting to know so many families, seeing new faces and

hearing their stories as to why they visit the studio. It may

be a creative outting or needed alone-time to destress.

I really enjoy seeing children explore art with their

families by their side, encouraging them. I once had a

young (and skeptical) boy finish painting and overheard

him tell his mom the studio was more fun than the pizza

place with the big mouse. Knowing I am able to facilitate

that connection goes beyond words. Most importantly

though, seeing my young children grow up in and

around the studio and understanding the hard work it

takes to run a successful business.

How have you benefited from the startup

community in Sioux City and the region? What

resources did you use?

I sought out the advice from the Small Business

Development Center Regional Director, Todd Rausch,

who was a huge influence and encouraged me to push

my dream to fruition. Todd also encouraged me to

submit an application to Swimming With The Sharks

pitch competition. I was humbled to be awarded

the grant which ultimately allowed us to expand by

purchasing equipment to add clay to our repertoire of

creative mediums.

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What is one thing you know now that you wish

you knew when starting your business?

Not every day is going to be a red letter day. Burnout is

a real thing. Be ready for the ups and downs of business.

Save the fantastic email from that new customer or

screenshot the Facebook review that made you cry

happy tears. You will need them when you are having

that tough day and you ask yourself, “Why?”. Every

business is susceptible and you need a plan to battle

burnout and get motivated once again.

What advice would you give to someone looking

to start a business?

I’d advise them to do a lot of soul-searching beforehand.

Ask yourself, are you versatile? Are you ready to wear not

just one, but ALL of the hats? Do you have the tolerance

and passion that it takes? When you can answer “Yes”,

don’t be afraid to make the leap. Most importantly be

sure to surround yourself with real people that will have

honest and unfiltered conversations about the ups and

downs of business.

Ashley Prince founded Pickled Palette in 2017. She is a

painter, designer, creator, teacher and mother of three

beautiful children. Photos courtesy of Ashely Prince.


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small and medium sized businesses in getting started or



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Downtown is Where It’s At

Contributed by Downtown Partners

With every city, there is a downtown. And within

that downtown there is one or more individuals

that work together to keep that area vibrant and

successful. This is exactly what Downtown Partners

strives to accomplish for Sioux City every day!

Did you know our beautiful downtown is made up of

120 blocks, over 400+ businesses and 366 residential

living units?

Did you know those numbers will continue to grow

after the $90 million in new investments are completed

within the next 5 years.

Did you know on average there 25 different events

happening within our downtown each week?

Downtown Partners is a non-profit organization made up

of stakeholders that all have one common goal, to create

a vibrant and expanding downtown. Serving as a

communication hub, we collaborate with businesses that

have similar needs and interests, represent downtown

businesses through city processes, facilitate and

coordinate revitalization efforts, encourages economic

development and to promote Downtown Sioux City.

Have you seen the 13 new garbage and recycling units that

were installed around downtown? What about those murals

that popped up last fall on Historic 4th and on Douglas

Street? Beautification and streetscape is only one of the

many initiatives Downtown Partners takes on. We recently

launched a Storefront & Start-Ups Grant Program to help

fund façade improvement projects for businesses within

our downtown district. A total of $15,000 was allocated

to businesses such as Midtown Furniture, Brightside Café,

Jackson Street Brewery, Hardline Coffee Co. and others, to

help receive new signage, awnings and doorways.

This fall we are looking to have round two of the Storefronts &

Start-Ups Grant, bring in more murals throughout Siouxland

and will soon be connecting entertainment destinations

through wayfinding and lighting enhancements.

To learn more about What’s Happening in

Downtown Sioux City, follow us on Facebook

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Sioux City Scoop

By Alex Watters

Warmer weather has arrived

in Siouxland! Everything is

turning green, birds are chirping,

the flowers are blooming and

people are unhappy. You may

be surprised, but I have found

that springtime is when I receive

the most complaints from

constituents. Any guesses as to

why? Potholes and litter. When

the temperature shifts and the

snow melts away what is left are

holes in our streets and trash… everywhere. And while

it can be frustrating, even for me, there are people that

are working hard to address both of those springtime


Since January 1, the

Sioux City streets crew

has dedicated over

4,621 hours to repair

10,042 potholes, and

they’re not done. In 2018,

these crews repaired

a staggering 34,100

potholes, each with a

price tag of roughly


The City Council has tried to play our part by making

sure we have adequate funding not only to fill these

potholes, but fix our streets. One of the strategies to

extend the lives of our streets is resurfacing them.

Taking this issue seriously, the City Council worked to

reallocate additional funding resulting in 5X the amount

of resurfacing projects to be completed this year

compared to last year.

In addition to our streets, our litter problem is always

more apparent in the spring time once the snow has

melted. Trust me, no one gets more worked up about

seeing trash throughout our city than I do. Just ask my

girlfriend. I recently informed her that when we go on

walks I would like to start bringing a garbage bag so we

can do our part and clean up our neighborhood. And I

know I’m not the only one.

The citywide Litter Dash event held on Friday, April 26th

drew 1,050 volunteers and collected 1.92 tons of litter.

That’s more litter than a 2009 Ford Taurus - collected

in one day. This event, put on by City Environmental

Services, Parks and Recreation and Downtown Partners,

isn’t the only attempt to address litter.

Downtown Partners recognized the need for a more

sustainable litter campaign and partnered with

downtown business owners on a new initiative called

“Quick Pick-ups“ that began in May. Employers dedicate

a few minutes every other Friday to pick up trash in a 1–2

block radius around their business. This effort will include

team captains and contests to incentivize participation.

These efforts underscore the importance of everyone

coming together to make a difference. If we all do our

part, that difference will be noticeable. So, I ask you to

please take a second and recognize how hard our road

crews are working and report potholes to help them out.

If we all step up to address the litter problem, we can

start appreciating springtime.

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We need your help. The city not only relies

on our street department to recognize where

the potholes are and what city streets are in

disrepair, but by calling 279-6886 or going

online at you can help

draw their attention to areas in need.

Alex Watters, City Council of Sioux City

Heart-shaped pothole and Sioux City maintenance fill

potholes photos courtesy of Anne Westra.

LItter Dash clean up photo courtesy of Liberty Elementery


“Because of Toastmasters,

I now have opportunities

to present and speak in

places I never thought


– Larry Hoing

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The Gift of the Power to Choose

By Todd Rausch

In the past few months the SBDC celebrated

National Small Business Week, Armed Forces

Day and Memorial Day. The SBDC celebrates small

businesses who are the backbone of the local economy.

Armed Forces Day is a day to honor the volunteers who

currently serve. Memorial Day is traditionally a day to

honor those who have fallen while serving.

As Americans, we have been given the gift of so many

freedoms. Perhaps the greatest of these is the power

to choose. We as free people can choose to be and do

whatever we want in this, the greatest country on earth.

In America, it doesn’t matter your race, your gender,

your creed, your religion; here you have a right to make

choices. Here, you are free.

I made my choice to serve in 1981. Others made their

choice in the years before and since. I never regretted

choosing to serve and the vast majority of Veterans have

not either. We are not all heroes. Most of us just want to

be considered for what we are; men and women who

valued the freedoms of our country and thought it was

worth defending.

Veteran owned business owners are starting to let people

know that their businesses are operated by Veterans. This

is not to get sympathy or customers out of gratitude, it’s

to let everyone know we are proud Americans who have

done our duty and we continue to choose to volunteer to

make our community a better place.

If you see a Veteran owned business or know a Veteran

who owns a business; please consider supporting them.

Not for what they have done, but for who they are; men and

women who value freedom, free enterprise and America.

Everyone uses their power to choose every day. I pray that

we all choose to do good every day. I also pray that you,

the reader, would use your power to choose to support

your local Veteran owned businesses.

God bless each of you and a special thanks to all who have

served to keep our nation free.


Todd Rausch, Regional Director


Todd Raush is the Regional Director of America’s SBDC Iowa at

Western Iowa Tech Community College.

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Creating Better Versions of Ourselves

By Peggy Smith

Do you ever wish you could just wave a magic

wand and be someone different? Perhaps more

organized, more outgoing, more involved? Or

maybe more patient, less critical, less judging but

rather more thoughtful, kind and caring? I think we’ve

all felt this way, and then quickly became frustrated because

changing ourselves is so much work and it’s certainly not a

fast process. Not to mention, we are impatient – we want to

be a different person RIGHT NOW!

The key to creating a new you is to

concentrate on being a slightly (1%) better

version of yourself every single day.

The thirty-seven recent graduates of Leadership Siouxland

learned the skills needed to make positive, incremental

changes. The trick is to take one tiny step at a time and

practice LB/NT (Liked Best/Next Time). At the end of each

day, our graduates focus on one thing they did that day

that was a positive change. Perhaps it was engaging in a

conversation with the cashier at the coffee shop instead of

simply handing over the debit card while on the phone with

a client, but instead took the time to interact and have an

actual conversation. Perhaps it was choosing to not make a

sarcastic remark or critical comment about a co-worker. It’s

the little things that help build our character and prepare us

for big things.

Then, our graduates focus for a few minutes on NT’s –

what will they do differently next time? Perhaps there

was an opportunity for them to volunteer their time with

an organization, but they didn’t because they felt too

overwhelmed with daily duties. In retrospect, they realize

they missed an opportunity to make a difference so vow to

themselves that next time they will be the one volunteering.

Leadership Siouxland is also designed to help foster

teamwork and creativity. Part of the 9-month curriculum is

to divide the class into various teams to work together to

create a team name and a sustainable project in conjunction

with a local agency or non-profit organization.

Leadership Siouxland is proud of the thirty-seven graduates

and their sponsoring companies. Each participant ended

the program as a better version of themselves and are now

leaders committed to making a difference in the Siouxland


To learn more and to see the list this year’s graduates visit

Exploring Leaders: Collaborated with Friendship

House, a social gathering place for adults with

mental illness, to create a sign so the agency is no

longer unnoticed. Their team name was based on

Merewether Louis and William Clark, leaders who

showed their ability to handle the unknowns of their


Trailblazers: Worked with the Women Aware agency,

refurbishing the entry area to be more welcoming

and efficient. They created a logo wall and hung

brochure racks, making the small space more usable.

Their motto, “If Trailblazing was easy, the path would

be paved.”

Siouxland’s Light: Teamed up with the Council on

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, CSADV, to

create two “bright rooms” – a children’s room and play

area and a family room. Their goal was to bring light

into the darkness the families are feeling by making

an inviting space of warmth and light.

Peeps with a Passion: Showed their passion and

creativity by designing a welcome sign in the various

languages of the people served by the Mary J Treglia

Community house, to promote awareness and

welcome people to the agency.

DIIP – Desire to Inspire, Impact and Propel:

Worked with Noah’s Hope, an organization that helps

abandoned pets find new homes. DIIP created care

packages with educational materials and resources

for new pet owners, to improve the pet adoption

experience and retention.

Mission Possible: Renovated the space used by

the non-profit Support Siouxland Soldiers for their

“Waffles for Warriors” events. Their motto, “Combining

strengths as a team makes all things possible.”

Peggy Smith is the current Executive Director for Leadership

Siouxland, a role she assumed in 2017. Photo courtesy of

Leadership Siouxland.

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From l to r: Korey Kletschke, Karissa Meyerhoff, Tyler Zellmer, Sarah Keely, and Kalynn Sortino (SCGO 2019 Board Members).

Putting a New Swing on Corporate Connections

By Sonia Wilson

As young professionals we understand how easy

it is to get entrenched in the day-to-day activities

of life between work, family, bills, friends and did

we say work? Siouxland is changing everyday, new

businesses are opening, corporations are expanding and

the population is growing. As the city grows and attracts

new people to Siouxland it is important to focus on our

roots and go back to basics. The basics of relationship


One of the most valuable pieces of advice

we can give a young professional is to make

connections and build relationships.

Sioux City Growth Organization’s mission is to attract,

develop, and retain young professionals in Siouxland by

providing insight and opportunities to help shape the

future of our community. It is important to remember

that getting involved in your community, sharing your

voice and providing a helping hand is a key ingredient

to growth, both for you personally and for Sioux City.

You might ask yourself, “How do I get involved?” “What

can I do?” or think, “I’m not sure I’m qualified”. But don’t

worry, we’re here to help! You can join a community

organization, volunteer your time and help in a big way.

No matter how large or small your contribution, it will

make a lasting impact. As Mahatma Gandhi stated, “You

may never know what results come of your actions, but

if you do nothing, there will be no results.” Sioux City

was built by community leaders that spoke up; they saw

a vision for our city and got involved. Sioux City is not

done growing and we need young leaders to share their

voice and vision for the future.

Have you ever encountered a problem where you

wondered if you only had a friend who was a lawyer,

doctor, business owner, marketer, entrepreneur,

contractor, electrician, politician and the list goes on and

on. Fostering strong relationships expands your network.

It’s not what you know, but who you know! When you

expand your network, you expand the impact you can


Getting involved, attending community events,

volunteering and networking can help you build an

impressive rolodex at a young age. You never know where

one conversation at a networking event might lead you.

These connections and relationships are the framework

for Sioux City’s future and Sioux City Go is honored to

help foster these relationships and provide a catalyst for

young professionals.

Sioux City has a bright future! Just remember, it only

takes one conversation, one moment, one action to make

a difference. What action will you take today to better

yourself and your community?

Sonia Wilson is currently serving on the Board and also the

Marketing Chair for Sioux City Go. Photo credit Sonia Wilson.

Looking for a fun way to get started? Sioux City

Go’s First Ever Corporate Classic Golf Tournament,

on August 5, is a great way to meet young

professionals and community leaders.


Inside and out.

Cultivating Your Life: From Darkness to Light

By Jackie Paulson

Do you really feel alive in your life right now?

Perhaps, you’ve asked this question before or at least

have in some way or another through some level of

exploration. Questions like these are not always easy to

enter into. They can bring up a host of further internal

conflicts, confusion and what I like to call “shadows” or

subconscious motivators to our choices that have led

us to where we are today and oftentimes create havoc

in our relationships with ourselves and with others.

These “shadows” are often feelings and aspects of the

self that have been cast deep into some dark place of

rejection. They hold an immense amount of power but

without holding them in some light, are projected out in

unhealthy ways.

As a therapist, I hear of people suffering in some

situation in their life and yet do not seek the support

and guidance that could liberate the tension that holds

them. I have been reflecting on what really stops us

from peering into the shadows of our own pain and

discomfort, especially with someone else alongside

of us that can be a witness and a guide to our journey.

We just “keep going” amongst the daily business of our

lives, hoping we will forget that there is something deep

inside us yearning to be heard, felt and seen. It’s always

there whispering in some form or screaming in some

behavior. Either way, there is a power in there, that if

uncovered can be incredibly liberating, albeit requires a

sense of responsibility and attention.

Warmer weather is upon us. It’s hard not to be inspired

by that feeling of fresh life after a long winter. Hopefully, it

has motivated you to begin the yard work that comes with

it. There is raking up the dead stuff in the surface, pulling

out the roots that no longer produce life, and further

cultivating the space for the raw new buds to rise up.

Just like the dark cold of winter, the shadow aspect of

the self, our pain and our grief are often uninviting and

uncomfortable. Going into it deeper and pulling up and

out the “rot” inside, doesn’t sound very pleasant. Who

would willingly enter into that kind of work? And yet, we

do, every year when spring emerges from the dark winter

months, in our gardens and in our homes. We trust that

nature has something beautiful waiting for us underneath

the dirt and so we dive in with excitement. Despite the

time, effort and getting dirty, we willingly make it happen

knowing the fruit of our labor will be enjoyed in just a

short time.

It’s important to remember within that excitement, the

importance of time. We are patient with nature, knowing

that the small seeds and dainty flowers will soon bud into

a cornucopia of nourishing and refreshing life to imbibe






on. The process of healing, then too, needs space and the open

presence of the sun to grow.

Every year, we move through this cyclical process of winter and spring.

Why then, when it comes to our own bodies, our own minds, our own

pain do we think we would just arrive once and not expect to have to do

the work again or even at all? Why do we shame ourselves for having

“muck” to work through and perhaps, not trusting that underneath

that is something incredible? Don’t we all have the varied seasons of

dark and light that just naturally produce compost and nourishment?

It’s natural. So where is the motivation and perhaps even excitement

to get in there and work with it?

When we notice a sense of dis-ease or pain in our bodies, our minds,

our relationships - instead of bypassing it as something unacceptable

or wrong; let’s enter into it with some level of anticipation. There is

an opportunity that is waiting to be tended and then further growth

within ourselves and our relationships with others to be experienced.

Our lives are just another form of the nature around us. It’s not always

easy to face what winter has left over within our bodies, minds and

hearts. To get down into the depths of it only in hopes that something

meaningful will arise often feels like a risk we are not willing to take

when it comes to our own well being. So perhaps, we enlist help;

someone who can guide us in the inner realms of our hearts. A

“master gardener” so to say, perhaps a teacher or a therapist, who will

undoubtedly hold us in their unconditional positive regard even when

we do not always trust the process or even ourselves.

We enter into this work and although uncomfortable and a little

overwhelming - the time, effort and patience you put into the nature

of your own being, will undoubtedly bear the most nourishing fruit

in the end. I can assure you that each time I have, both personally

and professionally, been willing to face what seems heavy and painful

with patience and space, I have always come out of it feeling more

embodied, empowered and alive.

We just “keep going” amongst

the daily business of our lives,

hoping we will forget that there is

something deep inside us yearning

to be heard, felt and seen.

– Jackie

I invite you to notice where you have been avoiding “the work” of

your own internal spring. Perhaps even being willing to ask for some

support in finding a way to the fresh life underneath going at it alone

can feel daunting. We were meant to hold each other on our journeys

and cultivate a collective opportunity to feel more life through it. I

am curious what might be waiting to spring up in your own life if you

were to see the power in embracing the pain and mulching it into the

beauty that it always has been? And maybe you are curious too.

Jackie Paulson is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and owner of {be}

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The Gut-Brain Connection

By Nesrin Abu Ata

“I have a chemical imbalance and that’s why I am

seeing you to find the right medication to get

chemicals balanced in my brain.” I often hear this

statement from patients who are seeking a consultation

with me for their mental health. My patients often come

to see me asking for help for their depression with

the assumption they have a “chemical imbalance” that

can be addressed mainly with antidepressants. While

this is partially true, it is not the entire story, given the

complexity of the brain and its connections to the gut.

In the 1960s, psychiatry researchers developed the

catecholamine or biogenic amino hypothesis of mood

disorder, which led to the concept that an imbalance

in neurotransmitters resulted in abnormal moods. This

has become how media portrays mental health and

treatment. Our bodies have different micro-organisms,

good and bad bacteria, virus or fungi, that live on

different surfaces, also known as the microbiome.

While there is still a role for neurotransmitters, their role

is to be understood in the context of the entire brain

metabolism. The microbiome and inflammation, among

other things like oxidative stress and mitochrondrial

function, all relate to understanding the brain

metabolism mechanics.

Microbiome helps the body to perform life sustaining

measures. The organisms that are located in the gut are

known as the gut flora. Our gut flora is fundamental to

the breakdown and absorption of nutrients. Without it,

our body would not be able to digest food and extract

essential nutrients needed to function such as vitamins

and minerals. These vitamins and nutrients are important

for the brain chemistry where serotonin is involved.

The microbiome starts at birth after passing through the

birth canal, and is shaped by breast milk first and then diet,

environment and human contact throughout our lives.

This is why I often ask my patients if they were delivered

by cesarean section and if they were breastfed or bottle

fed. This is why it is also important to know if a patient had

a gastric bypass as their microbiome has been changed

following the surgery.

A majority of the immune system is located in the gut. The

immune system decides which bacteria and foods are

“safe and good”, and which ones need to be defended

against by producing certain chemicals that cause

inflammatory signals. These signals travel to the brain

which can eventually lead to depression and other mental

health problems.

Chronic inflammation does not give the body time to heal

which results in continued damage to the internal lining

of the intestines. As a result, inflammatory signals and

bacteria move to other parts of the body and negatively

impact it. All this disturbs the microbiome, also known as

gut dysbiosis, which in turn impacts the brain. This is why


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Eat to Beat Disease, William Li, MD

Gardner and Bolles. 2005. “Beyond the

Serotonin Hypothesis.”

G Clarke et Al. “Minireview: gut microbiota:

the neglected endocrine organ.” Molecular

endrocrnlogy 28, no. 8 (2014):1221-1238.

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IS-10506 Activates intestinal Stem Cells in a

Rodent Model,” Beneficial Microbes (May 4,


I ask patients what kind of food they eat, how they find

they feel after eating certain foods and whether they

tried to eliminate certain foods from their diet.

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Other causes for gut dysbiosis are broad spectrum

antibiotic use, chronic stress, a poor diet and the

modern environment being too clean.

So, I often think of myself as the gut whisperer, because

in addition to asking patients about the symptoms

of depression, such as having low energy and low

motivation, I ask about what they eat, how much and

their bowel habits. What I want to find out about is how

their connection with food could be impacting their

mood. I tell my patients there is an increased amount

of evidence that what we eat affects how we feel, and

that every choice we make relative to our diet matters.

Keeping a diet journal is a good start to gut and brain

health recovery.

Nesrin Abu Ata is a psychiatrist and a family physician

who trained at the University of Iowa Hospitals and

Clinics. I have an interest in integrative psychiatry.

Nesrin Abu Ata is a psychiatrist and a family physician

who trained at the University of Iowa Hospitals and

Clinics. I have an interest in integrative psychiatry.

Photo credit Becca Feauto.

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Amber’s Top 5 favorite Fruits

By Amber Sherman

Fruit. This food has been used for decades to

describe great things. The big apple. The fruits

of our labor. The apple of my eye. Living a fruitful

life. So, why don’t we use vegetables to describe

these things? I am not sure of the answer, but

maybe it’s because ‘The Big Broccoli’ doesn’t

quite have the same ring to it.

Fruits are very special foods, and in my opinion, should

be eaten every single day! Health experts recommend

at least two servings per day, which is a great start. Not

only is fruit delicious, but it is jam packed with health

benefits. Fruit, nature’s sweet treat, provides vital

nutrients for health and maintenance of the body. Most

are naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories and are

completely void of cholesterol. If you are looking for

more energy, look no further than your favorite fruit!

The body and the brain runs on glucose, so eating a diet

with adequate amounts of fruit will ensure that you are

giving the body the fuel it needs to function optimally.

These sweet gems truly nourish you inside and out.

From better hair to glowing skin, these foods know how

to work their magic!

Although all fruit is amazing, there are a few that rise to

the top for me. I would like to share with you my top five

FAVORITE fruits.

1) APPLES – Apples top the charts for me. Have you

ever heard the expression ‘an apple a day keeps the

Doctor away’? This phrase was coined in 1866. Over

150 years later, we are still praising the apple, and today,

we know more about why it is considered the health

food it is. Apples contain high amounts of fiber, trace

minerals, vitamin C, potassium and vitamin K. They are

also extremely hydrating to the body. According to the

Medical Medium, they are powerful protectors because

of their high pectin levels, which starve out bacteria,

yeast, mold, and viruses from the intestinal tract and the

liver. Go ahead and eat an apple a day, your body will

thank you!

2) AVOCADOS – What would life be like without

guacamole? I am not sure, but I know it wouldn’t be as

fun. Not only are avocados DELICIOUS, they are chock

full of healthiness. The fruit’s creamy green meat offers

approximately 20 vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants,

including vitamins K, C, E, B, potassium and lutein.

Avocados are great for digestion as they help to restore

stomach and intestinal linings. Because of the high

omega-6 fatty acid content, they are also beneficial to

the brain and central nervous system. So, whichever

way you enjoy your avocado, whether it be on toast, on

a chip, or just straight up, know that you’ll be reaping

some awesome health benefits when you include them

in your diet.

3) BANANAS – How do you take your banana?

Green, yellow, or brown? For me, only super ripe with

lots of those little brown dots will do. No matter how

you take them, just make sure you do, because this fruit

is a nutrient powerhouse. The entire banana is edible,

including the peel (although I’ve never been brave

enough to try this). Bananas are rich in potassium,

vitamin B6, vitamin C, magnesium, copper and

manganese. They are powerful anti-viral foods and are

extremely soothing digestive aids. Next time you are

looking for an a-PEEL-ing snack, reach for a banana.

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4) DATES – Natures gooey sweet treat. Lucky for us, this

yummy snack is 100% guilt free! Dates are amazing for

the digestive system. As one of the most anti-parasitic

foods on Earth, dates have the ability to bind onto

and destroy not only parasites, but yeast, mold and

other funguses as well! How cool is that? According

to Anthony William, this rock star of the fruit kingdom

is rich in nearly 70 bioactive minerals, including

potassium, magnesium, copper and manganese. With

all of these sweet benefits, I say, make every night a

DATE night.

5) MANGOES – Originally from South Asia, mangoes

made their way across the tropics and into America in

1880. Today mangoes are the most commonly eaten

fruit in the world. These juicy delights are not only

very delicious, they also pack a big nutritional punch.

One mango provides you with 76% of vitamin C, 25%

of vitamin A, 11% of vitamin B6 and 9% of vitamin E.

Mangoes are wonderful sleep aides, they are great for

stress assistance and viral protection and because of

the high beta-carotene content, they help to strengthen

and support the skin. So, reach for a mango and make

your day mangonificent.

Eating fruits regularly benefit the body as they are

natural sources of vitamins and minerals, which are

essential for proper functioning of the body. I invite

you to add more fruits to your life and see for yourself

their transformational powers.

Honorable mentions: Lemons and melons.

Amber Sherman is a raw food enthusiast. Level I ISOD

(International School of Detoxification)

Apples with ‘caramel’ dip


1 Large Apple, sliced

6 Dates, pitted

¼ Teaspoon Cinnamon


Arrange the apple slices on a plate. Blend

the dates and the cinnamon with a splash

of water until combined (it may be helpful

to soak dates in water for 1-2 hours prior).

Spoon the mixture into a serving cup

alongside the apple slices.


William, Anthony. Life Changing Foods. Hay House

Publishers. 2016.

William, Anthony. Liver Rescue. Hay House Publishers.


Elliot, Brianna. ‘The 20 healthiest fruits on the planet’; www.

Photo credit (left page) Becca Feauto.

Photo credit (right page) Amber Sherman.

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Seasonal Summer Sweets!

By Peggy La


This is a miracle fruit.

It is so sweet and

tasty when it’s ripe.

It can be eaten as

is or in many Asian

desserts. Young

jackfruit and a white

colored meat can be

used as a vegetarian

dish for pulled pork.

The flesh isn’t the

only part of the

enormous jackfruit

that is edible -- you

can also eat the seeds. These are roasted, turned into

flour or boiled. We also carry this canned and in brine.

Everything but the skin is edible. When they’re ripe, you

can cut and eat the loose pieces!

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Peggy La is the owner of Hong Kong Supermarket.

Photos courtesy of Hong Kong Supermarket.

Hong Kong Supermarket is proud to provide some of

the best summer sweet treats! The store carries a variety

of Asian foods, fresh to frozen, from all over in Asia, such

as Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia,

and China. Check out some of our fan favorites for

summer below:

Ataulfo mangoes

This mango is smaller than traditional mangoes and has

an oblong shape, as well as a slightly dark yellow color.

This fruit is full of vitamin C and are quite delicate. They

are best eaten when they are at peak ripeness. Slice

them and eat it as is or this sweet fruit can be served with

coconut milk over a bed of sticky rice. You can definitely

put them in your smoothies, no sugar needed!

Young Thai Coconuts

Coconut water or juice is refreshing and full of electrolytes

and potassium. Coconut meat tastes soft and can be

eaten as is or shredded and mixed with the juice for

extra texture. To open, some like to punch a hole in the

coconut, drinking the juice with a straw or pouring it out

into a container. A lid can also be created by making a

large circular cut and lifting away the top of the coconut,

or the coconut can be cracked in half with a cleaver over

the bowl to catch the juice and make the tender meat of

the Thai coconut more accessible.

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Herbal Medicine for All Seasons

By Kathy Jensen

Herbs have been used as a medicine since the

dawn of time with a written history of more than

5,000 years. Medicinally, an herb is any plant or part of

a plant used for its therapeutic value. Herbal medicine is

the art and science of using herbs for promoting health

and preventing and treating illness.

The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic from the 3rd century

BC shows China had the earliest known written record of

a medical system. This system included herbs, animals

and minerals as medicine.

The Native Americans also had extensive knowledge

of many plants for treating disease. They shared this

knowledge with the early pioneers.

American housewives were acquainted with the

medicinal properties of herbs. Young girls assisted their

mothers in the fields to gather plants and use them


Modern medicine has come a long way as has the

acceptance and resurgence of tradition herbalism.

The philosophical difference between herbalists and

conventional physicians has profound significance.

Western acute emergency medicine is absolutely the

best in the world, but in regards to stress related illnesses,

healing from unhealthy lifestyles, and living in an increased

toxic world, these healings belong to the trained herbalist

and natural healers.

Pharmaceuticals can have many side effects, some worse

than the illness. Most herbs sold as dietary supplements

are very safe. When used appropriately, the majority of

herbs used by practitioners have no adverse side effects.

According to Norman Farnsworth, “Based on published

reports, side effects or toxic reactions associated with

herbal medicines in any form are rare. In fact, of all classes

of substances reported to cause toxicities of sufficient

magnitude to be reported in the United States, plants are

the least problematic.”

According to the oldest practicing medical system,

Traditional Chinese Medicine, plants adapt to the different

growing seasons, just like our bodies adapt to seasonal

changes. Home gardens, farmers’ markets, open fields

and wooded areas organically grown, untouched by toxic

chemicals, offer the body the perfect food and medicine

for each season associated with an organ system. Seasonal

cleanses are important in herbal medicine to assist the

body to function more efficiently. You may lose weight

during an herbal cleanse, but the body doesn’t care

how you look in a bikini, it just wants to stay alive. We

are fortunate in the Midwest to have an abundance of

native medicinal herbs naturally growing within our


Spring represents the wood element,

corresponding to liver and gallbladder function.

All the green and bitter plants growing now are ready

to support the cleansing of the liver from winter

stagnation. Springtime is perfect for gathering these

powerful herbs, and best of all, bioregional herbs,

the most beneficial for our body, are free. We have

dandelions, garlic, motherwort, burdock, rhubarb,

cleavers, violets, nettles, mushrooms and cottonwoods,

just to name a few. All of these plants have tremendous

healing properties for the heart, liver, kidneys and

lymphatic system.

The magic of summer is associated with the fire

element. Hot and dry conditions relate to the heart,

pericardium and small intestine. The summer plants

offer our body cooling, moisturizing and digestive

support. They help to build a stronger immune system

by increasing minerals and foods high in antioxidants.

Some plants of the summer include garden vegetables,

mint, fruits, berries, beets, flowers, red clover, milkweed,

yarrow, daylilies and all culinary herbs.

Late summer is represented by the earth

element which governs the stomach and

spleen digestion and assimilation.The earth has

produced, harvest has begun, and pantries are being

filled with the summer harvest. This is the time of year

we gather begin to process most of the herbs and plants

for fall and winter. The herbs for this season are more

tonifying and adaptogenic herbs like Sweet Cicely

(sweet root), licorice hyssops, ginseng, goldenrod and

hen of the woods. If you look around at all the colors

of this season you will notice the orange and yellow

colors. This is the time to eat yellow squash, orange

pumpkins including their seeds and red sumac berries.

The element of metal represents the cool days of fall,

relating to lungs and large intestines. The lungs breath

in the fresh crisp air of autumn and the colon eliminates

what is no longer needed. The fall season brings back

the tender greens of nettles, docks, chickweed and

dandelions. Nuts are everywhere. Locally, we have

an abundance of black walnuts and acorns. The last

of the summer’s herbs, vegetables and flowers can

be collected before the frost. Apples, pears, plums,

prickly pear, rosehips and hawthorn fruit are ready

as are grains, plantain, wood sorrel, horsetail stems,

Solomon’s seal, chaga, and many roots, twigs and


Midwest winters, the water element, can be challenging for

herbalists due to the cold and snowfall but certain plants

specific for water imbalances (kidney and bladder) in the

body are readily available such as rosehips, cranberries,

chaga, field garlic, white pine needles, sugar maple syrup

and wintergreen leaves.

Winter is also the continual processing of herbs

gathered in previous seasons to make herbal

remedies. The fresh herbs, leaves and roots are

extracted for tinctures (a liquid process for extracting the

medicinal botanicals of the plant), chopped, ground and

frozen for poultices, essential oils, smoothies, or heated

and preserved for cough syrups. Dried herbs, leaves, and

roots are processed for herbal teas, incense, infused oils,

capsules, salves and ointments.

Kathy Jensen practices and teaches healing arts locally, at

Mind & Body Connection/Bio-Chi Institute

Photos courtesy of Sudio 712.

Kathy in field foraging.

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Stronger Teens, Body and Mind: Pass it On

By Peggy Higman

“Pass it on.” That’s the motto and the mojo at Big

Iron Gym in Sioux City, where trainer Luke Dreier

says is where next level athletes are challenged

and born. That philosophy was passed to B.I.G. owner,

Shawn Frankl from his mentor Rick Hussey, a hard nose

powerlifting trainer from Omaha who mentored young

Frankl to become one of the best powerlifters in the

world. Now Frankl owns and trains at his own gym

where he sets the pace and credo. Luke Dreier is a living

example of how that fire is lit, and then unleashed into

something that benefits and serves a community.

This towering man is for sure no joke in the gym, but

it’s his passion for sharing those lessons of strength

gained, and confidence won, that makes him such a

unique trainer to area youth. He and Shawn wanted

to engage kids in the power and presence that comes

from strength training. That’s why in 2017 they launched

a summer program specifically for teens to learn the

techniques of powerlifting to make them stronger for

their particular sport of choice, and for LIFE.

Since Luke is a second grade teacher in the South

Sioux City Community School District, he saw this as a

great opportunity to share his love of teaching with his

passion for powerlifting. He came to the sport about

three years ago after joining Big Iron. He had worked

out in other gyms in town but found the energy and the

opportunity to learn from Shawn Frankl himself a perfect

fit. At the time he was looking for a change in direction. He

had lost a few very important people in his life and was at

a bit of a crossroads both personally and professionally.

He remembers the atmosphere at Big Iron was exactly

what he needed. “It was a no judgment, let’s get to it, and

let’s learn attitude that hooked him immediately”. He says

that everyone in the gym was always ready to assist and

guide him in both knowledge and technique. “You just

don’t find that kind of attitude and welcoming nature at

a lot of gyms he says”. “People and especially guys, can

get pretty competitive”. He credits Shawn with being

that guiding force. Shawn is often heard assisting and

encouraging lifters with his loud and intense voice, yet

always with a dose of comedy and intensity that makes

you want to dig even deeper within yourself to push a bit


Luke has skyrocketed in his strength and overall

knowledge in just a few years. He has qualified and

competed at the Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio for the

last two years. To be invited to compete is an honor and an

experience Luke says like no other. He’s been competing

in Powerlifting meets in the Midwest for a few years now,

and coaches other athletes in multiple competitions and

sees the sport growing by leaps and bounds.

Luke knew he wanted to develop a plan to help young

teens, however their bodies are constantly changing so

creating a lifting plan takes some flexibility and certainly

some knowledge. Trainers know from various studies that

strength training done properly over a longer period of

time can have excellent results and prevent injuries. If you

have a good foundation and concrete knowledge, the

athlete will benefit from a strength training program.

Times, however have changed over the past few decades.

We have a more de-conditioned and less active society

these days due to lifestyle, eating habits, and, no doubt,

gaming and social media. So, trainers believe getting kids

active is more important than ever.

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Teens can use these skills over the course of their lifetime

and continue to see progress. It translates to the bigger

picture in life of putting in the hard work to achieve

The most important aspect is proper and

safe training while still being kids. We want

them to have fun while learning the basics.

– Luke

something, never giving up and always having a goal in

mind, then setting another one. “If you can push through in

the gym, you can push through in a test at school, on the

field, or you can push through tough times in life, I constantly

tell them. I also tell them a really strong dumb guy doesn’t

get very far, so you need to give 100% in every aspect of

your life.”

Having a trainer there to help with the mechanics of each

lift, and to encourage and support is what brings these

young kids in the door, but what they find when they get

to Big Iron is something they never imagined. Luke says,

“They become like a family. These young athletes go from

not knowing each other at all, to shouting encouragement

as they get under that barbell. They bond over the shared

experience and it leads to friendships outside the gym. It’s

a brotherhood of sorts. These young men and women gain

so much confidence in themselves by sharing in the journey

and being there for each other. It may not be a traditional

team sport, but there is an undeniable energy present when

they push and encourage each other.”

For more info on Big Iron Gym’s

Summer Teen Training call

(712) 899-8164

“It’s a Badge of Honor for these kids to grow and perform

the way they do,” He says, “I know that when I am out there at

a competition and see some of these kids cheering me on,

I will not quit, I want to be an example that I am not failing

them. That is what good teachers do, they inspire and are

inspired right back. That circle of giving is present each and

every training day with Luke Dreier.”

Peggy Higman, ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Yoga Instructor.

Photo credit (left page) Mario Red Legs Photography. Photo credit

(top right page) Caitlin Marsh.

Photo credit (bottom two photos right page) Peggy Higman.



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In the last couple of issues, we’ve discussed where Stem Cells come from and how they work so effectively. Now

we’ll describe the different treatment processes using stem cells that are available to you. For both options, to

ensure proper placement, the procedure is performed using image guidance by way of diagnostic ultrasound

and/or real time motion x-rays called fluoroscopy in a completely sterile environment within Multicare’s surgical

suite designed with you in mind.

Procedure using Donated Biologics with Stem Cells

The donated biologics (typically derived from donated umbilical cords) are shipped to our Multicare location

and stored in a cryogenic freezer. Ten minutes before use, the biologic is thawed and then introduced by way

of an injection by our highly trained medical staff directly to the area of need. As this is often considered the

most effective, simple, and painless process, 99% of patients inquiring about Stem Cells, are requesting to use

these donated tissue products.

Procedure Harvesting your own Stem Cells

This option is only considered at Multicare if someone is under the age of 50. On the morning of your stemcell

procedure, you will lie on your stomach where a local anesthetic will be applied. We will then draw bone

marrow from the back of your iliac crest (hip bone) using precise image guidance. The procedure produces a

product known as a bone marrow aspirate. This draw takes 30-60 minutes.

While your cells are being processed in the lab, you will have some downtime to relax. The re-injection of stem

cells into the site of the injury will take place between three and eight hours after your bone marrow aspiration.

Patients may be asked to stay in the clinic 45 minutes after re-injection. This procedure takes approximately an

hour and a half.

After your Procedure

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for you. Patients are asked to avoid NSAIDs for a week prior and a week after. The goal is to allow the stem

cells to attach and then to protect them while they differentiate into various tissues. Typically, you won’t need

an alternate driver after your procedure; however you will be encouraged to take it easy for the first 48 hours.

Most patients report a modest improvement in the first month. You will notice that as time goes on your pain will

become less severe and frequent. Most patients are able to resume light activities after 3 days. Usually at 6 to

8 weeks patients begin to resume a more vigorous exercise schedule. Improvements will continue throughout

this time period. Results may be seen in a couple of days, weeks or months, but most patients notice continued

healing over many months. Results vary by patient and depend on the condition of the area treated, age, and

general health.

Follow-up appointments are offered monthly at no additional cost for you to ask us any questions you may have,

and for us to ask you about your improvement.

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Let Yourself Go Wild with Native Plants

By Carrie Radloff

How can you save time, money, and hassle, while

improving air and water quality and helping

birds, bees, butterflies and insects, too? Plant


Our landscaping choices have a huge impact on other

living beings, on our air and water, on our own quality

of life, and on our economic health. Landscaping with

native plants makes sense whether you have just a few

square feet for a butterfly garden or dozens of acres for


Native Americans lived on what was here already, using

what the land provided. But settlers moved in and began

to drastically alter the landscape. Less than 1/10th of

one percent of Iowa’s native prairies remain; the rest is

covered by agriculture, concrete, buildings and lawns.

Biodiversity, according to a recent U.N. report, is gravely

at risk. Reducing use of non-native plants is a primary

solution. Not only do natives provide shelter, but nuts,

seeds, and fruits of native plants, shrubs and trees sustain

wildlife throughout the year. Wildflowers provide nectar

for pollinators like hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, moths

and bats. Butterflies and other insects evolved with the

plants in which they lay their eggs, and many caterpillars

can eat only certain plants, like monarchs with milkweeds.

square foot of native habitat

is vital to the collective effort to

nurture and sustain those who have

lived here for centuries.

fresh air

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It’s more important than ever to create habitat “islands”

and corridors. Conservation areas are simply too small and

far apart to support the species we need to sustain our

ecosystem. Planting home landscapes with native species

is the only way to recreate the natural ecosystems that have

been disrupted by human development.

Plants native to our area are adapted to our soils, climate,

and moisture, so, once established, they thrive without

additional water, time or fertilizers.

Native plants improve water in other ways, too. Wetlands

natives slow storm water flow and allow it to percolate

back into the soil rather than allowing it to run off, taking

pollutants like nitrogen and phosphorus along with it. These

“nutrients” affect recreational opportunities and drinking

water downstream and created a 5,500 square mile dead

hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

Native plants even combat climate change. They remove

carbon from the air and store it in their massive root systems

more effectively than almost any other plant type. They also

hold onto soil far better than other plants and trees. Iowa

loses tons of soil every year from wind and rain erosion; the

NRCS estimates Iowa has lost an average of seven inches of

topsoil statewide since 1850.


Why care about pollinators?

Audubon native plant database: Enter your zip code,

then filter by plant type, benefits to wildlife, or

what birds you want to attract.

Plant Grow Fly:

create-your-garden/. Links to lists of host plants,

nectar plants, trees and shrubs, and

shade-tolerant plants.

The Prairie Nursery plant finder:

Prairie Moon:

Benjamin Vogt’s “How” and “Why” articles and

plant profiles:

Loess Hills Wild Ones:

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Are you convinced native plants make a lot of

sense? Here’s what to do next.

Take a Look Around

Go outside, stand in your yard, and look around. Do

you have a problem area (one that’s too wet, too dry,

has poor soil)? Do you have a corner of lawn you really

hate to mow? Do you want a neatly kept garden or one

that’s a little more wild? Does the space get full sun, or

is it a bit shady? Answering these questions will guide

you in choosing what species are suitable and whether

you want to start from seed or with plants.

Do some research

• Visit the sites listed in the “Resources” section.

• Follow the Loess Hills Wild Ones and other prairie or

native plant groups on Facebook.

• Attend programs hosted by the Wild Ones and other

local environmental organizations.

• Ask questions!

Think Local

Though seeds and plants are available online, start

locally. Some organizations and landowners collect

and share seeds; the collected seed is often donated

to restore other area prairies. Loess Hills Wild Ones

hosts a seed exchanges and a class on how to start

seeds in early winter.

The Loess Hills Wild Ones sells native plants carefully

selected for the Siouxland area every spring; details will

be available next March. You can also purchase plants

from native plant nurseries such as The Prairie Flower

(1760 290th St, Spencer, Iowa) or online from Prairie

Moon or The Prairie Nursery.

Tips to Get You Started on Natives

• Start small – you can add more over the years.

• Clear the space of plants and grass, but don’t till.

• Follow plant spacing directions. They may look

sparse the first year or two as the plants build their

root systems, but will fill out in time.

• Mulch will help retain moisture, keep weeds at

bay and make weeds easier to identify and pull.

• Plan to water your new plants during dry spells for

the first year, but they will need little additional

moisture after that.

• Wildlife will munch on some plants. Plan to protect

seedlings, or look for species that are resistant.

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Best Trees & Shrubs for Birds & Insects

American Plum (Prunus americana)

Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)

Burr Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)

Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra)

American Basswood (Tilia Americana)

Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)

Leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus)

(From Based on the number of insect species and

birds they support.)

Prairie Park

Prairie Park officially opened in fall of 2018 and incorporates

native plants and stormwater management on a comparatively

larger scale. The 32-acre park, southeast of the Wastewater

Treatment Plant, contains about 110 species of native flowers

and grasses. Notable species include butterfly milkweed,

smooth blue aster, wild bergamot, pale coneflower, prairie

blazing star, and goldenrod. The pond collects, stores, cools,

infiltrates, and filters stormwater runoff from the retail district.

The City of Sioux City Parks and Recreation

Department has adopted a policy to use native

grasses in future trail construction projects.


If you like birds and want them to nest in

your yard, you have to understand what

they need to eat. When birds are breeding,

they need insect larva to feed to their


Doug Tallamy (Entomology and Wildlife

Ecology professor at the University of

Delaware) observed that one nest of

Chickadees needs about 7,000 caterpillars

during their three-week nesting period.

The problem is that non-natives do not

support the insect life required for birds to

thrive. Researchers found that yards need

to have at least 70 percent native plants to

support chickadee populations.

Chickadees are just one example. About 96

percent of our terrestrial birds need insects

to feed their young.

Carrie Radloff chairs the Northwest Iowa Group of Sierra Club

and serves on the Sioux City Environmental Advisory Board.

Photo credit Carrie Radloff and Cecilia Michel Lopez.

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Hook, Line, and Sinker. “REEL” in Great Family Fun with These 7 Tips

By Olivia Parks

From week long fishing vacations at your

favorite lake to a few hours of fishing in your tiny

backyard creek, fishing is something that anyone

can enjoy. Fishing with families is a great opportunity

for future anglers to watch over your shoulder trying to

build up their skills. Many young anglers may not be

interested in a weeklong fishing vacation. However, if

you are lucky to focus a couple of hours of their attention

on fishing, you could make lifelong memories.

There are many tips on the best fishing practices and the

dos and don’ts of fishing for big rewards but, with family

fishing it’s not all about being perfect. Many times with

family fishing it’s about getting through the day with

smiles and not tears. By staying active, and making the

trip more about kids having a positive experience rather

than your catch of the day, you will have a successful

fishing trip.

Here are our top 7 tips:

1. Before handing them a reel, show them how to

tie fun fishing knots and have them practice with

shoelaces. By doing this you are teaching a useful skill

and allowing some time for you to get everyone’s rods

ready for fishing.

2. Remind them of their casting skills by removing

the bobber and putting a cork on their hooks.

Have them cast in the grass first. This will allow them to

practice their cast and prevent them from breaking the

bobber and hooking the ground or anything else. Step it

up by laying out a hula hoop and have them cast the cork

into the hoop to practice their aim. By having them do

this, you also will be able to identify any issues they are

having with casting and if there are any issues with the

fishing line.

3. After some practice, prepare their line by returning

the bobber and replacing the cork with bait. While

you are doing this, encourage them to handle and pick

out the bait they will be using. The different baits will

spark a conversation and some interest in what different

types of fish eat. If they really found their passion through

fishing, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

has a First Fish certification program and Master Angler

program where you are able to submit photos and

information about your fishing experience online. Positive

activities and conversations with your family should lead to

a few happy hours of fishing.

4. With young ones, safety is always a huge priority and

without rules, you may go quickly from those happy smiles

to tears. Whenever outside, it is always good to ensure

you have good protection from the elements with

sunglasses, sunscreen and dressing for the weather


5. For the safety of very young children around water, it’s a

good idea to have them wear properly fitting PFD’s

and have a float and line to toss in case they get too

far out in the water.

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6. Having a kid-friendly tackle and correct sized

rods will make it easier for the young anglers to cast

their lines. Be sure to have extra materials for when their

line needs repair. To prevent some tears, barbless hooks

will make it simple to unhook fish and other things that the

hooks might catch.

7. Finally, the most important part of fishing, make sure

everyone has access to drinks and snacks to prevent

hungry tummies and dehydration.

Here in Siouxland, we have a great variety of lakes, ponds,

and rivers to explore and find your favorite fishing spot.

Seek county, city or state park areas that have public access,

or ask permission on private land. Check out the Iowa DNR

website for public fishing spots. You can sign up to receive

the current Iowa fishing reports and learn what fish are

biting in different locations around the state.

Ready to get started on your fishing adventure? In order

to be able to fish a person, age 16 and over, must possess

a Fishing License for the state you are fishing in, such as

Iowa, South Dakota, or Nebraska. Many gas stations or

federal offices will have them for sale for their state, and

licenses are often available online. Each state does have

a free fishing weekend where you are able to fish without

a license. Check with each State’s Department of Natural

Resources for specific dates. Fees from fishing licenses help

conserve the local fish habitat, diversity and waterways for

future use so it is a great investment for your family and the

future of fishing.

Learn More:

Make plans for a family-fishing getaway. It will create an

experience of a lifetime for those young anglers around

you. Someday those young ones may be the one who take

you on the weeklong adventure. It’s not always about the

number of fish you catch, it is about the positive experiences

that become lifelong memories.

Olivia Parks, AmeriCorps 4-H Environmental Education

Naturalist, Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center.

Photos courtesy of Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center.

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PlantgGrowgShare: A Single Row Can Make a Difference

By Brenda Sale

Last year, UP From the Earth was responsible for putting

over 29,000 pounds of produce back into the food

system for families in need and has surpassed 100,000

pounds (300,000 servings) since 2014. Will you add a

single row to your garden this year?

What started as a simple idea has grown into a community

based program that serves Siouxland families in need.

UP From the Earth started with a mission to connect

existing resources, gardeners, with an existing need,

families who were food insecure. The program works

to establish a network of volunteers and local church

organizations to deliver fresh produce to families. Dr.

Randy Burnight and his team of volunteers are gearing

up for 2019, which will be their 6th season of collecting

fresh produce and sharing it with local families.

Working to Meet a Need

Fresh foods are often not readily available to families on

a limited budget. Many families rely on the food pantry

system to meet their food needs for the month. While

the Food Bank of Siouxland provides many of these

pantries with shelf stable foods, fresh foods are harder

to handle and process through the food network. That’s

why UP From the Earth stepped in to bring fresh produce

from the gardener to the family. Randy noted, “I never

met a gardener that didn’t like to share his harvest.” This

system connects the gardener who’s willing to share,

with a family that may not have enough.

Plant g Grow g Share

Whether you are a long time gardener, or just getting

started, helping to feed a family is as simple as adding

one extra row to your existing garden, or starting a

container garden. When you get ready to garden this

season, consider planting one extra row of one or two

kinds of produce, or add an extra container and designate

it for donation. Once produce is ready, visit our website

to locate one of the 27 collection sites in Sioux City or

South Sioux City, and drop off produce. Our awesome

volunteers will do the rest! A single row can go a long way

to making a difference. One pound of produce is roughly

three servings of fresh produce for a family.

Nebraska Program Joined Up From the Earth

Voices for Food joined forces with UP From the Earth in

2015 to add a community garden collection in an effort

to address food insecurity. The Voices for Food program

coordinated by Nebraska Extension Educator Brenda

Sale, is a local community council that has connected

human service agencies, started an evening food

pantry, created a delivery system and provides produce

education to families thought its outreach. In 2015, it

began collecting and distributing produce to families.

The produce program is under the direction of Master

Gardener Marion Cain. The Nebraska based program has

contributed over 29,000 pounds of produce to the UP

From the Earth during the past 4 years.

Container Garden Tips

If you have never planted a garden or do not have the space,

a FUN & EASY way to start is a simple container garden.

Here is How

Take a 5 gallon bucket – cut holes in the bottom and side.

Place a couple of inches of loose stones in the bottom. This

is necessary for drainage. Fill bucket, three inches from the

top, with high quality potting soil, purchased at your local

garden store. Consider choosing dwarf varieties like bush

determinate variety tomatoes they are perfect fro containers.

Vegetables best grown in containers:

Tomatoes – water reguarly – fertilize and stake

Cucumbers – plant seeds – trellis

Zucchini and Cucumbers

Beans – 12 inch deep pot, and trellis

Peppers adn chilies 12 inch pot

Radishes 8-10 inch pot allow 3 inches between plants

Your local garden variety store can help you get started with

all your supplies and questions.

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Up From the Earth


Facebook Up From the Earth

Iowa produce information: 712-251-4955,

Randy Burnight

Get Involved

There are over 13,000 people in Siouxland who are food

insecure, so there is always a need for more donations and

volunteers. Up From the Earth and the Voices for Food

programs are made up entirely of community volunteers

working to serve others.

You can make a difference by: growing and

extra row of produce this summer, serving with

the Up From the Earth team or meeting with

the Nebraska based food council.

You can also share your talents by growing, harvesting,

delivering, hosting a collection site, raising funds,

marketing or by joining UP From the Earth. Many youth

groups and service groups have participated in helping

provide food for families. For more information, contact

Up From the Earth at 712-251-4955.

Voices for Food

Website: (Voices for Food Tab)

Facebook Dakota County Voices for Food

Nebraska produce information: 402-987-2140,

Brenda Sale

Produce Information

Foods to consider donating

Canning, Freezing and Drying

Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs and Container Gardening

Brenda Sale, University of Nebraska – Extension (19 years)

Project Coordinator in Nebraska for the Voices for Food


Photos courtesy of Up From the Earth.

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Siouxland Cyclists Take to the Trails

By Angie Schniderman

Warmer weather is here, which means more

cyclists hitting the trails.

Siouxland Cyclists is a local non-profit organization that

promotes enjoyable and safe cycling in the region,

across a wide variety of types of cycling. Members

include new, beginning and intermediate riders, strong

racers and endurance cyclists, community activists,

families and many others who enjoy cycling as either

recreation or transportation. In addition to road biking,

the club has activities for mountain bikers, bicycle racers,

gravel riders, and children and families.

Club members work to promote safety for all

levels of cyclists. Several club members give safety

demonstrations at elementary schools and work with

city officials to promote safe cycling. The use of helmets

is strongly encouraged among riders of all ages and

abilities. Similarly, members encourage cyclists to keep

visibility on the road in mind when dressing for rides,

encouraging the use of reflective or high-vis materials,

and appropriate lighting to warn motorists that cyclists

are present.

Recurrent training rides are a highlight for members

as they train for the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride

Across Iowa, more commonly known as “RAGBRAI”.

Rides regularly take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and

Thursday evenings, as well as on weekends. These rides

are “No Drop Rides,” meaning no new or inexperienced

riders get left behind, ensuring anyone having any

problems, like a flat tire, is helped out and slower

riders are able to complete their ride without being left

alone. Siouxland Cyclists can be found on Facebook,

and information about rides can be found on their page,

as well as specific ride pages like the “Tuesday Taco Ride,”

the “Wednesday Warrior Ride,” and the “Thursday Club

Siouxland Cyclist Ride”.

Training for RAGBRAI isn’t the only reason members ride.

The Club prides itself in helping other local organizations

and initiatives as well. “Bike to Work” day emphasizes the

accessibility by bike in Sioux City for those wishing to use local

roads and trails to commute to work. The Club supports the

Food Bank of Siouxland with an annual “Cranksgiving” ride

in November, and by providing support for the Food Bank’s

annual “Leader of the Pack: Hunger Games”. Flood victims

in Hornick, Iowa were recently the recipient of assistance

funds from a club ride between Sergeant Bluff and Hornick.

Children receive special attention at the Club’s Bike Rodeo,

where they learn about the importance of helmets, skills

and bike safety rules. The Club also works with a program

called “Siouxland Bikes for Kids” that takes donated bikes,

repairs them, and provides them to children who do not

have access to a bike on their own.

President Kati Bak had this to say about the Club: “Siouxland

Cyclists has something to offer bike riders of every age and

ability, whether you want to race with our Sioux City Velo

group or enjoy a casual trail ride with your children. Our

members are passionate about riding, and mentoring other

riders and the community about bicycle riding.”

Angie Schneiderman is an avid bicyclist and member of

Siouxland Cyclists, and Partner at Moore Heffernan Law



You only live once.

Shahi Palace: A Royal Experience

By Kolby DeWitt

If you’re looking to be treated as royalty for an

evening out or for a filling lunch, Shahi Palace

might just be the place.

Shahi Palace has humble beginnings as a small

restaurant in Sioux Falls, SD in 2011. Since early on

they had regulars coming up from Sioux City, so they

decided to expand to meet the demand. “I love serving

the customers, and I love Sioux City. They are great

people: We know them, and they know us,” says Sukh,

who has served as General Manager for the past 4 1⁄2

years. The Sioux City location opened in 2014, and is

located in a strip mall next to Monterrey near Walmart

in Singing Hills. Furthermore, they have also recently

opened a location in Old Market in Omaha, in an effort

to comprehensively serve the entire region.

Sukh takes great pride in the authentic Indian food

served at Shahi Palace. First, I was served the Tikka

Masala, which boasted thick chunks of white chicken

breast. Sauteed in spices and sauce (tomato base),

it is roasted in a clay oven called a “tandoor.” “This is

our best seller,” says Sukh, rightfully proud of his dish.

This sauce was pleasant and light, a good contrast and

complement for the dishes that were to come.

Next up was the Lamb Krahi, which consisted of fresh

onion, tomato and bell pepper, all added into your meat

of choice in this instance, lamb. This peppery dish was

also cooked in curry and ginger. I should add that the

portion size was enough to take home for a second meal

that was also comfortably filling!

The third and final entrée was the Madras. “This is a South

Indian dish,” says Sukh. This piquant dish has boneless

meat, cooked into spicy coconut curry with red chili

peppers, which of course assured it to be my favorite

dish. They add in mustard seeds and herbs to finish the

preparation. The menu lists this a “super-hot dish.”

For those unfamiliar with Indian food, as I was before

this experience, don’t agonize over choosing one dish,

“Most customers will come in with friends, and mix and

match the meats,” says Sukh. “It makes for great familystyle

dining.” As Becca and I were talking with Sukh and

photographing the cuisines, another first-time customer

had come in with her friends and had done exactly that: “I

loved the Tikka Masala!” she exclaimed.

This delicious feast was adorned with Basmati (white)

rice and Garlic Naan, which is unleavened bread, freshly

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baked to order. It paired wonderfully with the meats, and was

reminiscent of a delectable pizza crust. “Our menu is almost

entirely gluten-free, and we have a wide variety of vegan

options,” says Sukh, adding, “We can substitute for coconut milk

to make great options for vegans.”

No meal is complete without a good drink, and Sukh prepared

Mango Lassi for us. This thick yet refreshing drink was mango

mixed with yogurt, and was a bright and attractive in color. For

those looking for spirits, Shahi Palace has a comprehensive bar,

with a wide-array for wine enthusiasts. Completing the ambiance

is regal décor, with dark hues and browns, low lighting and

traditional Indian music. There was even Indian Premier League

Cricket playing on the television!

Shahi Palace allows for carryout (which grants customers a 10%

discount), and also has delivery services such as BiteSquad, Uber

Eats, Food Dudes and Doordash at their disposal. Additionally,

Shahi Palace caters. “We’ve done events for up to 400 people,”

says Sukh.

Shahi Palace

Open Tuesday through Sunday

11:00am-2:30pm, and

dinner 5:00pm-9:30pm.

3146 Singing Hills Blvd, Sioux City

“I want to thank the Sioux City people,” says Sukh, “I know you

have lots of choices, so it means a lot that so many chose to eat

lunch and supper with us.”

Kolby Dewitt has enjoyed writing (primarily about food) for Siouxland

Magazine since 2010.

Photo credit Becca Feauto.

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New Stage Players: Penguin Project in South Sioux City

By Christine Wolf

Once a year, a magical and touching celebration

of the human spirit unfolds at numerous theaters

across the country. This year will mark the first year

that New Stage Players will be a part of the project. The

New Stage Players Penguin Project is a program in which

a group of children from all over the greater Siouxland

area take to the stage to perform a modified version of

a well-known Broadway musical.

This production is unique because ALL of the

roles are filled by children with special needs:

cognitive, learning, motor, hearing, and visual

impairments, genetic disorders, and neurological

disorders. They are joined on the stage by their peer

mentors who have volunteered to work with them

side-by-side and guide them through four months of

rehearsals and eventually the final production.

The mentors are responsible for knowing all of the lines,

songs, and blocking of their partners but appear “in

the background” to provide direct assistance only as

needed. Involvement in the program enhances social

interaction, strengthens communication skills and boosts

self-confidence. It also provides an opportunity to create

lasting friendships

and to be a part of

the performing arts


The Penguin Project

was founded by Dr.

Andrew Morgan,

a developmental

pediatrician and the former Head of the Division

of Child Development at the University of Illinois in

Peoria. He created The Penguin Project recognizing

that theatre not only provides children with a valuable

recreational experience and an opportunity to display

their creative talents, but also enhances social interaction,

communication skills, assertiveness and self-esteem. The

Penguin Project strives to demonstrate that individuals

with special needs are fully capable of participating

in community activities with the same dedication and

enthusiasm as others, if given opportunity and support.

The Penguin Project Foundation was created to replicate

Dr. Morgan’s vision in community theatres across

the country. There are currently 31 Penguin Projects

nationwide, including The New Stage Players Penguin

Project in South Sioux City.

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On June 15 and 16, 2019, the New Stage Players Penguin

Project’s premiere production of Annie Jr., will be

performed with a “pioneer” cast of 50 artists and mentors.

“We’re so excited to bring this program to the area,” said

Kristy Tremayne, President of New Stage Players. “We have

a fabulous group put together for this project.” Tremayne

was encouraged to bring the Penguin Project to the South

Sioux City area after attending a Penguin Project show in

Lincoln and being moved to tears. “I’ve been in theater

so long and I thought I’d seen it all,” she said. “But

that touched my heart and I cried through the


New Stage Players is a 501(c)(3) organization and is the first

amateur theatrical troupe to call South Sioux City, Nebraska

home. Located at the New Stage Players Performing Arts

Center 3201 Dakota Ave, South Sioux City, Nebraska.


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Production, Special Events and Penguin Project Committees.

Photo credit Christine Wolf.

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Yard of the Month

By Jim Jung

Community pride is a feeling that contributes to

the success of a city and consists of many facets

that require the involvement of residents. To feel

pride for your community is important. The tone set by

city leaders is vital, but the residents must be engaged

in the process as well. Pride needs to rise from the grass

roots and the Sioux City Yard of the Month program is a

chance for gardeners to show their pride in their talents

and their city.

With these ideas in mind and the fact that I had been

a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce

Community Enhancement committee for several years,

I was encouraged to explore different ways to bolster

city pride. It was often a topic of discussion at meetings

I attended, in addition, being a Master Gardener, I

was looking for ideas that would capture the energy,

enthusiasm and pride of gardeners throughout the city.

Thus was born the idea of the Sioux City Yard of the

Month Program.

The program thrives in its simplicity. It’s a collaboration

with the City of Sioux City, Sioux City Neighborhood

Network and the Sioux City Journal. The written objective

is to promote community pride through recognition of

beautiful residential properties in all areas of Sioux City.

The five member team consists of Jim Jung and Laurie

Taylor, citizens, Jean Hansen, staff Sioux City Journal,

Cheryl Reynolds and Jessica Johnson, city staff.

Members use ten criteria for judging the yards and

encourage owner created yards.

The award is a big thank you to owners who have planted,

weeded and nourished their creations. In addition, it

encourages maintenance, upkeep and even a little

friendly neighborhood competition.

Yard of the Month is awarded June through September

and in October one of these yards is chosen for Yard of

the Year. Several honors are bestowed for the winner. A

Letter of Commendation is read by the Mayor, with the

owner present, at a Sioux City Council meeting. A cash

award of $25 for Yard of the Month and $50 for Yard of

the Year is provided by the Sioux City Neighborhood

Network. A sign is placed in the yard and the Sioux City

Journal provides a full page story about the yard and the


Nominations may be submitted by application from

the owner, neighbor, relative or someone that notices the

yard to the City of Sioux City website at

or Jessica Johnson may be notified at 712-279-6102.

The Yard of the Month Program continues because

maintenance is easy, citizens like it and it captures the

pride of gardeners across the city. It supports itself and

requires no tax dollars. Most of all, it supports the

idea of citywide pride.

July 19, 1989: A Day of Miracles

By Pam Mickelson

It’s been 30 years, but for many it was yesterday.

Some believe it was when we became known as

Siouxland, while others believe July 19, 1989 was one of

those days that Siouxland was at her very best. Most will

remember it as a day of miracles. Captain Al Haynes and

his crew believed no other place could have responded

as Siouxlanders did for his crippled United Airlines

Flight 232.

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Souls on board? Captain Haynes explained to the air

traffic controller he carried 296 souls aboard the DC10.

A major hydraulic system had failed over Northwest

Iowa on his flight from Denver to Chicago at 30,000

feet. It was a miracle the crew (including one flying as

a passenger) could manage to get the DC10 to descend

in a circle pattern to find the Sioux Gateway Airfield. It

was another miracle the airfield was a military base

with long runways that were suitable for a DC10 with

gated parameters and military first responders. Yet,

another miracle just two years prior, emergency

management crews in the Siouxland area drilled for a

major catastrophe – an airline crash at Sioux Gateway

Airport. And finally, a miracle that 184 survived.

July 19, 2019 marks the 30th year since that day. Some

may want to take time to ask some Siouxlanders what

they remember from 1989. If so, you don’t have to go

very far to find a nurse, a doctor, a dentist, a Red Cross

volunteer, a blood donor, a college administrator, a ham

operator, a volunteer EMS crew or fire fighter from all

three states and 20 some counties who can all recount

those events. One estimate was that 1,000 individuals

came to the call to help that day. Yeah, we’ve got a pretty

amazing community.

Families, crew members, survivors, pilots, first responders

are among those who come to the air museum each

week to see the exhibit dedicated during the 25th

anniversary of the crash of Flight 232. The exhibit tells

the story, honors the souls lost that day, the 184 saved

and those who fought to save them. Two other places

in Sioux City pay tribute to the crash as well. A beautiful

bronze statue of a first responder carrying a young boy is

in a garden on the riverfront next to the Anderson Dance

Pavilion and an exhibit at the public museum has a video

on disaster and recovery.

Larry Finley, Executive Director of the air museum said “The

exhibit is the only display of the crash and the response.

It continues to have interest. At least one visitor a week

representing families of the survivors and those deceased

stops in to see the display.”

On the weekend of July 19, the museum is open 10 – 4

on Friday and Saturday, and 12 – 4 on Sunday. Admission

to the museum will be specially priced for the weekend

visitors. The air museum is located on the northeast corner

of the airfield, just off Harbor Drive at 2600 Exhibition Ct.

Sioux City.

The 232 exhibits and the point of impact on Runway 22

gives all of us pause, and a reason to remember one hot

July afternoon 30 years ago.

Pam Mickelson serves as president of the board of directors

for the air museum. She retired as professor and chair of

business at Morningside College.

Photos courtesy of Pam Mickelson.

4625 Singing Hills Blvd

Sioux City, IA

(712) 274-6622

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Sioux City Public Museum


Celebrating 100 Years of

Municipal Bands

Through July 28

The 2019 summer concert series of the

Sioux City Municipal Band marks the

organization’s 100th year. Uniforms,

equipment, instruments, and awards

will be displayed in the exhibit along

with photographs of the Monahan

Post and Municipal Band and earlier


Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints:

Popular Art of the Northeast of

Brazil Exhibition

May 25 - August 11

A traveling exhibit exploring how the

ancient cultures of Africa blended with

indigenous and colonial Portuguese

traditions to form the vibrant and

complex cultural mosaic of modern


Sioux City Public Museum


Sioux City’s Sex-Crime

Panic Revisited

Thursday, June 6 • 12:05 p.m.

A lecture and discussion from

historian Neil Miller, a nationallyrecognized

speaker and author

of Sex-Crime Panic. The book is an

investigative account of the round-up

and incarceration of 20 gay men in

Sioux City, Iowa, during the McCarthy

period. Presented in partnership with

the Sioux City Public Library and Pride


From Sioux City to Stonewall – A

Conversation with Neil Miller

Thursday, June 6 • 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

A reception with historian Neil Miller,

a nationally-recognized speaker and

author of Sex-Crime Panic.

Miller has written several books and

articles detailing LGBT history in the

United States. His most acclaimed

book, In Search of Gay America,

published in 1989, was the first

book to examine gay and lesbian life

outside the large metropolitan areas.

The book won a Lambda Literary

Award in 1991 and was honored by

the American Library Association.

History at High Noon: Charles N.

Taylor Photographs

Thursday, June 20 • 12:05 p.m.

Presenter Tom Munson, Archives

Manager, will showcase early

1890s images of houses, churches,

commercial buildings, street

scenes, and much more. Itinerant

photographer Charles N. Taylor’s

photographs are among the best

documentation of Sioux City’s Boom


Peirce Mansion Open House

and Jackson St. Walking Tour

Tuesday, June 18• 6:00 - 8:15 p.m.

Open House followed by a 75-minute

walking tour led by Tom Munson at 7

p.m. The Peirce Mansion was part of

his extensive real estate development

on Sioux City’s northside. Walking

tours will proceed at a leisurely pace

along the half-mile area as Tom

discusses the streets’ history, people,

and architecture.

Summit Street Walking Tour

Tuesday, July 9 • 7:00 p.m.

Starting at Call’s Triangle, the small

traffic island at 21st and Summit St.

A 75-minute walking tour led by Tom

Munson of the northern stretch of

Summit Street (between 18th and

24th Streets). The neighborhood is an

interesting collection of single family

homes, some built by prominent

businessmen like Dr. A. A. Ashby and

August Williges, and large apartment

buildings. There is also architectural

diversity, from Prairie to Queen Anne

Victorian, and from Beaux Arts to


Bill Diamond Antique & Classic

Car Show

Sunday, July 14 • 11:00 am - 3:00 p.m.

On the grounds of the Sergeant Floyd

River Museum & Welcome Center

A variety of antique and classic

vehicles will be on display at the

Sioux City Museum and Historical

Association’s annual car show. This is

a Show and Shine event; free and no

registration required.

History at High Noon: Flight 232

Thursday, July 18• 12:05 p.m

Presenter Matt Anderson will take

a look back at July 19, 1989 United

Airlines Flight 232, a McDonnell

Douglas DC-10 airliner carrying 296

passengers and crew, crash-landed at

the Sioux Gateway Airport.

A visit with IPTV’s Dan Wardell

and an IPTV character

Tuesday, August 6 • 11:00 am or

1:30 pm

Story time and adventure. An

opportunity for photographs will be

available at the end of each session.

History at High Noon: KKK in Iowa

Thursday, August 15 • 12:05 p.m.

Presenter Bob Neymeyer, will discuss

the history of local Ku Klux Klan activities

during the KKK’s short, but highly

visible presence in Iowa between 1922

and 1926.

Sergeant Floyd Memorial


Saturday, August 17 • 10:00 am

- 4:00 pm & Sunday, August 18 •

10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

On the grounds of the Sergeant Floyd

River Museum & Welcome Center.

Explore an 1804 living-history camp

replicating the Lewis and Clark

expedition’s stay in present-day Sioux

City. Children’s activities 10-1 on

Saturday. For more information, call


Sgt. Floyd Burial Ceremony

Saturday, August 17 • 6:00 pm

Re-enactors in full-dress uniform will recreate

the burial of the only member of

the expedition to die during the Lewis

and Clark Expedition. Attendees are

encouraged to bring their lawn chairs.

Mid America Museum of

Aviation and Transportation

30 Year Anniversary of Flight 232

July 19 & 20 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

July 21 • 12:00 - 4:00 pm

Sioux City Railroad Museum

Reading by the Rails

June 8, July 13 & Aug 10 @ 10:30 am

The ability to read greatly improves

lives so our goal is to help children

retain and enhance their reading skills.

In this fun monthly reading program, we

will use railroad theme books to foster

a love of reading. At the end of each

program, children have the opportunity

to participate in a creative activity that

relates to the theme of that month.

Gilchrist Theater Movie Matinee

June 8, July 13 & Aug 10 @ 12:00 pm

Each month we will feature a movie

that is either set or features the

railroad! Bring a snack or enjoy some

popcorn on us for this one of a kind

matinee. This event is free with the cost

of museum admission.

Rail Yard Talks

June 8, July 13 & Aug 10 @ 2:00 pm

Join railroaders, historians and

storytellers for Rail Yard Talks. These

educational presentations are

perfect for anyone interested in the

development of the railroad industry

and history topics relevant to Sioux


Sioux City Art Center

Sioux City Art Center Selects

Thru June 23

A regional juried exhibition with each

artist contributing a cohesive group of

artworks that give visitors a glimpse on

what they are currently thinking about.

turtles, snakes and birds of prey up

close and personal. Free

Nature Tales

July 9 • 10:00 am

Preschoolers join us with an adult for

this special story time, Going on a Bear

Hunt, at the Nature Playscape. Please

pre-register: 712-258-0838 or tkruid@

Live Animal Lunchtime

July 11 • 4:30 pm

Come and watch our live animals eat.

Learn about their habitat needs and

adaptations. Free! Open until 7pm on

Thursdays in June and July.

Loess Hills Wild Ones

Prairie Walk at Mount Talbot State


June 30 • 2:00 pm

We’ll carpool from the equestrian

parking lot just south of Stone Park’s

east entrance. LoessHillsWildOnes@

Gallery 103

Saturdays • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Nights during Downtown Live •

5:30 - 8:30 pm

1st Floor Ho-Chunk Centre

Downtown Live

June 14, 21 & 28 / July 12, 19 & 26

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Located on the lawn of the Sioux City

Food Truck Fridays

June 7, 14, 21 & 28

July 5, 12, 19 & 26

August 2, 9, 16 & 23

11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Located at Pearl Street Park

(620 Pearl St)

Farmer’s Market

June, July & August • 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Located at Tyson Events Center Suite

Parking (Pearl St & Tri-View Ave)

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The Briar Cliff Review Exhibition

Thru July 21

This annual, collaborative project with

Briar Cliff University includes a wide

variety of artworks by more than thirty

artists from across the region.

Sierra Club

4th Tues. of every month • 5:30 pm

Located @ 2508 Jackson Street

Nature presentations and discussion.


Le Mars Sesquicentennial


June 12-16 (Wednesday – Sunday)

New Stage Players

Annie, Jr

June 15 & 16

Despite a next-to-nothing start in

Depression-era New York City, Annie

is determined to find parents who

abandoned her years ago. More info at

Siouxland Artists

1st Tues. of every month • 5:30 pm

Located @ St. Mark’s Church (5200

Glen Ave.)

Learn & Create. Visit a meeting &

consider joining local art club.

Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center

Nature Tales

June 11 • 10:00 am

Preschoolers join us with an adult for

this special story time about butterflies.

We’ll hike too, weather permitting.

Please pre-register: 712-258-0838


Meet the Animals

July 2 • 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Stop in to meet our feathered and

scaled live animals. This will give you an

opportunity to view the salamanders,

2nd Annual Art Affair

August 10 • 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

4th Street (in front of the Ho-Chunk


Local artists will line the street to

display and sell their artwork in a

festival-like atmosphere. Browse and

purchase local art, have lunch with

food vendors and listen to strolling

musicians. There will also be face

painters and art contests for you and

your family to participate in. Free.

Saturday in the Park

July 6, 2019

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Explorer’s baseball is much more than just

a game of America’s favorite past time. It’s

a family friendly entertainment experience!

There is something for everyone here at Mercy

One Field. We offer inflatables and on field

promotions for kids to take part in. We also

offer awesome weekly specials like $1 hot

dogs on Wednesday’s and buy one get one

beer or soda on Thirsty Thursdays, plus many

more! Come enjoy the Sioux City Explorers

baseball experience with us, we can’t wait to

see you there! To reserve your tickets today

call (712)-277-9467.


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