Celebrating 100 Years
Powerful women of Junior League
committed to promoting volunteerism,
developing the potential of women,
and improving the community.
Get on the Bus
with the United Way.
Mary J. Treglia Community House
continues empowering communities
by celebrating diversity.
Volume 3, Issue 6
WELCOMING (L TO R)
Aaron Althaus, MD
Joanie Columbia, MD
Raymond Kuwahara, MD
Kevin Liudahl, MD
Joseph Morris, MD
Phinit Phisitkul, MD
Bill Samuelson, MD
We are pleased to announce that effective January 3, 2022,
the physicians of Tri-State Specialists will join CNOS.
Together, we’ll expand quality patient care through
enhanced collaboration and the addition of new specialties.
605-217-2667 • CNOS.NET
Welcome to Siouxland Magazine
It’s in these pages we educate and inspire. Even more importantly, we
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 appreciation for the power of connection
through meaningful conversations, it only made sense to name the
b u s i n e s s Empowering Conversations.
Siouxland Magazine | Legacy / 3
Stacie Anderson, Owner
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 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.
E m p o w e r i n g
Junior League of Sioux City............................................................................................8
Celebrating 100 Years of Cultural Diversity..............................10
More than Community Chest - United Way
Beloved Matriarch with a Big Heart..................................................14
DEI Self-Reflection for the Individual..................................................19
The Past and Progress.................................................................................................20
Sioux City Scoop.....................................................................................................21
Downtown for the Holidays...............................................................................30
Siouxland Chamber Annual Dinner.......................................................31
Sioux City Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau.......33
Introducing Leadership Siouxland Class
Sioux City Growth Organization is now Siouxland GO...35
The Test of Time......................................................................................................................37
Leading For Longevity: What’s the Secred?............................39
Playing the Long Game..................................................................................................40
Ask the Therapist........................................................................................................................42
Ask the Doctor................................................................................................................................44
The Ancient Medicine of Qigong Stimulates Longevity
of the Whole Human..........................................................................................................46
“Strive to leave a legacy beyond your limitations and far beyond the expectations of others.”
– Stewart Stafford
“In the end, our legacy will not be based on rank or sales but by those who
cherish our stories and the impact of our words.”
- Nathaniel Connors
An Artist’s Work, A Legacy of Truth.....................................................22
Kalins Celebrates 100 Years of Service
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 your audience. If
you are interested in learning more about how to
advertise with us, download the media kit on our
website at siouxlandmagazine.com. Always feel free
to reach out to us via phone, email, or Facebook.
We’re creating a magazine you won’t want to put
down. We promise not to disappoint
Want to be included in our
Contact us soon!
Deadline to reserve space is
Media Kit at siouxlandmagazine.com
The Return of Holiday!......................................................................................................48
Turning a Clawfoot Vintage Tub into a Work of Art............51
Developing Leaders for Future Generations
You won’t want to miss...
Siouxland Magazine’s Facebook
Monday @ 7:30 pm,
Small Business Spotlight
Wednesday @ 7:30 pm,
ON THE COVER
The Junior League of Sioux City during their
Photo Credit Britton Hacke Photography.
Siouxland Magazine writers
Portraits of the
Dr. Cyndi Hanson,
Executive Director for
Fully Licensed Office
Professional in Keith
Bales Office of Thrivent.
Show Host with
Dr. Meghan Nelson,
Licensed Physical Therapist,
Professional Yoga Therapist &
Co-owner of Lumin Therapy.
Sioux City Growth
Sioux City Council.
Social Worker &
Co-founder of Soul
Creek Nature Therapy.
Dr. Nesrin Abu Ata,
Psychiatrist & Yoga
Writer & Editor.
Up From the
Therapist & Private
Nebraska – Lincoln
How do we leave a legacy?
How do we leave our mark on the world? Even if we are not
conscious of it, we all want to live a life of significance. We want
to know that our life mattered and that we contributed in our own
We want to contribute. We want to be valued.
We want to be remembered.
Our character, integrity, and contribution all fold into the legacy
we create in the hearts and minds of those we leave behind. Living
a life of significance goes hand in hand with living a life of service.
It’s about recognizing we are part of a bigger picture, that we are
It’s also an ongoing process and a commitment to the long game.
It’s planting a tree whose shade you’ll never enjoy. But how
satisfying it is to plant that seedling.
This issue celebrates a few nonprofits and a business that all hit
their centennial this year.
Day by day, committed to service, they have stood the test of time.
It’s notable to point out that as you read their stories, how they
have not only served but also how they’ve collaborated - another
testament to our strength and capabilities when we work together.
In the end, legacy is grandiose, but the path is often unremarkable
or even unrecognized. There isn’t anything overly sexy about it.
It isn’t necessarily about big moments. It is the commitment to
showing up every day and giving your best. Just one day at a time.
Commitment and consistency. Over and over and over
What are you committed to doing? What drives you to show
up, day after day, and give your best? How do you want to be
I implore you to live a life of legacy, to live with integrity and
commitment to service.
It is a life lived with intention that will be remembered.
Siouxland Magazine | LEGACY / 7
Owner of Empowering Conversations LLC & Siouxland Magazine
Certified John Maxwell Speaker, Trainer & Coach
Passionate about Leadership & Communication
Siouxland Magazine is owned and published by Empowering Conversations, LLC. All materials contained in this magazine (including text, content, and photographs)
are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published, broadcast or modified in any
way without the prior written consent of Empowering Conversations, LLC or in the case of third party materials, the owner of that content. You may not alter or
remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of this content.
Junior League of Sioux City
By, Dr. Cyndi Hanson
In April 1921, a group of ten young ladies
described by the Sioux City Journal as “the
younger social set” chartered the Junior
League of Sioux City. Their interest was creating
an organization for volunteer services. The local
Junior League has been associated with the national
organization since its founding, both of which predate
the Association of Junior Leagues International.
The Junior League is an educational, nonprofit
organization dedicated to providing
trained volunteers to the community.
Empowering women is the platform of the
The organization has grown and today has 55 active
members. In addition, more than 200 sustaining
members provide financial support to projects and
provide a historical perspective on the board of the
organization. This year, Nadine Meis is the Junior
League of Sioux City’s president. “I hadn’t really heard
about Junior League until I went golfing with some
co-workers. It turns out that event was a Junior League
fundraiser. I learned about the organization, liked that
it wasn’t associated with one specific non-profit, and
decided to join.”
As Nadine notes, the Junior League’s focus for
community involvement changes with an active
participation process of membership determining
the projects and activities each year. Each year, nonprofit
organizations have an opportunity to submit
applications for the Junior League projects. The
Junior League’s community council reviews the
applications for cultural contribution components,
alignment with overall League focus, how it will
improve the community, etc. Selected non-profits are
then invited to make a presentation to the committee
and the information is disseminated to full League
membership during the March meetings. In April, the
general membership determines which project, if any,
will be the focus of the group.
“There are so many projects the Junior League has done
in our community that most people don’t associate
with Junior League,” said Meis. “The first project focus
of Junior League in 1921 was the creation of a Baby
Well Clinic.” The Sioux City Journal archives detail the
achievement of this goal in 1929, when a clinic was
opened in City Hall. In 1937, the clinic moved to the
Community House (now Mary J. Treglia Community
House). The Junior League sustained the project until
it was turned over to the Woodbury County Health
Unit in the 1940s; however, their volunteers continued
to staff the clinic until 1954.
may remember the
Gateway Arches, a
series of three arches
surrounded by a pond
and green space along
Interstate 29 near the
downtown exit. “The
arches were a Junior
League project,” Meis
noted. “Some of our
projects are social
impact, some are
beautification or cultural.
It really depends on what
the membership wants
to focus on at the time.”
Other notable projects in the community were the
purchase of the Pierce Mansion in the 1950s and the
Fairview Heritage School in the 1970s. “Pierce Mansion
is leased to the city for $1 per year,” Meis explained. “It
is to be used for educational and historical purposes.”
The Fairview School was purchased, moved, renovated,
and staffed by Junior League volunteers serving as
“School mamas” until 1988 when it was gifted to the
Sioux City Community School District.
The Junior League’s support of The Launch Pad Children’s
Museum is fairly well-known in the community. “We also
built a bus stop shelter and renovated the ‘Hands On!’
gallery at the Art Center,” Meis added. “You might be
surprised how many entities we’ve helped with over the
years. We try to stay connected with them in some way.
Maybe it’s through volunteer service, holding meetings
there, or just sharing awareness.”
Funding for projects comes from the operation of their
Discovery Shop on West 7th Street as well as an annual
golf outing. The fund development committee may also
seek grants or other funds to supplement as needed.
In addition to contributing to the community in many
ways, participation in the Junior League also provides
an opportunity to develop the potential of women in
non-profit leadership. “We are trained volunteers,” Meis
noted. “We can attend Organizational Development
Institutes organized by the Association of Junior
Leagues International. They provide training in specific
areas such as fundraising, marketing, networking, etc.
Within the organization, we learn how boards work,
serve on committees, and develop confidence; which
helps us become stronger leaders at work and home.
Our March meetings are usually smaller groups of
women meeting in homes of our sustaining members. It
is a great way to really get to know each other.”
“Recently, we decided to align our projects for a few
years under the theme of Women Empowerment. The
goal is with an underlying theme, we can have an even
greater impact,” Meis explained. The Junior League of
Sioux City has already done work in this area, including
providing educational outreach to hotel and motel
operators about the signs of human trafficking and how
to respond. Projects related to women and children are
of great interest. Looking back over the projects through
the years, many have supported the empowerment of
women and investment in children.
And while the large-scale projects are important
impacts of the Junior League of Sioux City, so too is
the hands-on volunteer work done in shorter time
increments. “Done in a Day,” is a program of Junior
League volunteers coming together to accomplish a
task for a non-profit in one day. By coming together as a
group they can get a lot done quickly. “Some examples
of Done in A Day include packing backpacks at the
Foodbank and seasonal clean-up at the Dorothy Pecaut
Nature Center,” noted Meis. “It is a lot of fun to work
together with women you might otherwise not have
connected with outside of the organization.”
This is what the Junior League ultimately hopes to
foster in Siouxland, a like-mindedness for volunteering.
With groups giving together, the impact grows and our
connections as a community grow, too.
Sioux City Art Center Hands on Gallery
Dr. Cyndi Hanson, Executive Director for Northeast Community
College’s Extended Campus.
Photos Contributed by the Junior League of Sioux City.
Siouxland Magazine | LEGACY / 10
Mary J. Treglia Community House
Celebrating 100 Years of Cultural Diversity
By, Michelle Lessmann
Immigrants arriving in the Siouxland community
is nothing new. Neither is the place that they turn to for
help when they arrive. Since 1921 when the Sioux City
Community House was established, immigrants have
had a place where they are welcomed and celebrated
when they arrive in the Siouxland community.
What began as the Sioux City Community House
in April 1921, was renamed the Mary J. Treglia
Community House in November 1956 to honor the
woman who had spent so much of her life dedicated
to helping immigrants feel welcome in the community.
Mary J. Treglia made it her life’s work to help foreignborn
people become familiar with our language and
customs. Her passion for helping immigrants lives
on through Executive Director, Becky Carlson, and
her staff. They continue her mission by welcoming,
educating, empowering, and advocating for all new
According to Becky Carlson, the Siouxland Community
has a large population of minorities, which creates a
wonderful and broad diversity. Carlson said, “we believe
cultural diversity strengthens our community,” and that
“we strive to identify and respond to the needs of the
immigrant population in Siouxland through education,
services, advocacy, and celebration of diversity.” Many
Mary J. Treglia
immigrants and refugees come from environments
that are unsafe, which causes them to have a difficult
time asking for help when they arrive. Everyone at the
Mary J. Treglia Community House strives to make the
immigrants and refugees feel comfortable coming
there, asking for help, and to feel welcome in the
The Mary J. Treglia Community House offers a wide
range of services to those who seek help there.
Services range from preschool, ESL classes for adults,
Citizenship and Legal Immigration services for those
seeking citizenship, and permanent residency or work
permits in the U.S. Their Family Services Program
includes a broad range of services to assist with
completing applications for employment, housing,
DHS, and medical services. Through these efforts, the
Mary J. Treglia Community House makes possible selfsufficiency
and empowerment of the individual.
The preschool currently has students from 10 different
countries, speaking a variety of primary languages,
and all learning English while at school. ESL classes
are offered to adults Monday through Thursday each
week, and Friday’s classes are devoted to citizenship.
The citizenship classes help prepare the candidates
for their interview, which consist of more than 100
questions they must be able to answer in order to
become citizens, also while demonstrating they can
Legal Services also include naturalization clinics at various
times each year, where attorneys work with immigrants
to complete necessary forms and help them through
the naturalization process. A recent Oath Ceremony was
held where 26 people became U.S. Citizens through the
individual’s efforts in conjunction with the Mary J. Treglia
Another feature that the organization has added is
offered in partnership with Western Iowa Tech Community
College on their radio station, KWIT, where the local news
is translated into five languages. This is shared through
social media and can also be found on the Mary J. Treglia
Community House website and the KWIT website (www.
kwit.org). A community garden has recently been added,
along with cooking and healthy eating classes to help
immigrants become accustomed to available local foods
that may be new to them.
A partnership with the United Way of Siouxland, which is also
celebrating its 100 Year Anniversary, helps provide part of
the funding for the Mary J. Treglia Community House along
with donations from individuals, other businesses, and
organizations, as well as local churches. They collaborate
with many of the Siouxland area organizations to provide
services, programs and assistance, including Siouxland
District Health, the American Red Cross Northwest Iowa
and Northeast Nebraska Chapters, the South Sioux City
Public Library, and Sunnybrook Community Church.
Donations can be mailed to the Mary J. Treglia Community
House, 900 Jennings Street, Sioux City, IA 51105, or made
securely through a link on their website, www.marytreglia.
org. They are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, so your
donation may be tax-deductible.
Siouxland Magazine | LEGACY / 11
Michelle Lessmann, a fully licensed Office Professional in Keith
Bales office of Thrivent. She can be contacted at mrlessmann@
Photos Contributed by Mary J. Treglia Community House.
In addition to the services that have been offered since
they were first established 100 years ago, the Mary J.
Treglia Community House has added programs to
help those new to the area as the organization has
evolved. They became a remote settlement agency
in 2017, through the United States Conference of
Catholic Bishops, creating a partnership to assist in
helping locally sponsored refugees settle in Siouxland.
They provide services for the refugees for their first 90
days in order to help them with proper housing, food,
and weather-appropriate clothing, as well as finding
employment and signing up for ESL courses. They
continue to provide services after the initial 90 days as
they are needed.
Siouxland Magazine | LEGACY / 12
Winners in the annual school poster contest sponsored by the Sioux City Community Fund and War Chest Campaign
pictured with their winning posters. The winners, left to right Sharon Baizer, Mary C. Zink, Mary Louise Boetje.
More than Community Chest – United Way of Siouxland
By, Dr. Cyndi Hanson
Situated between Baltic Avenue and
Mediterranean Avenue on the traditional
Monopoly board you will find the Community
Chest. You’ve probably never thought twice about
it, never imagined that it was more than a landing
space of chance in a board game. However, in 1921,
the organization now known as The United Way of
Siouxland was founded under the name Community
Chest. Its mission was to bring organizations together
to help identify community needs, provide services to
the poor, and raise funds to support their work. One
hundred years later, with a new name and broader
impact, the organization’s activity is remarkably similar.
“Today, the United Way of Siouxland works with local
agencies, businesses, government organizations
and volunteers to focus resources on achieving
community impact in health education, and financial
stability around specific goals. Last year alone, 64
agencies received funding and other partners worked
in conjunction with the United Way to reduce the
achievement gap in our schools, eliminate violence
and improve access to health services” said Heather
Hennings, president of The United Way of Siouxland.
“Our focus is a little more tailored,” she continued, “we
are solution focused. We are partnering with agencies
to identify the root cause of systemic issues keeping
people in poverty, impacting school achievement, and
limiting self-sufficiency, then addressing those root
issues for generational change.”
Hennings is specifically referring to two things. One,
their partnership with Source for Siouxland, which
utilizes data and focus group teams to dive deeper
into issues and search for solutions that impact the root
cause, not simply a symptom. The recommendations
of this group can lead to new ideas to move the needle
United Way Facts:
• One in Three Siouxlanders will utilize
United Way services in their lifetime.
• 34,000 services were provided in 2020.
• More than $132,000,000 has been invested
in our community through United Way in the
last 100 years.
• First Campaign Chair in 1921 was D.P. Mahoney.
• First chair of the Board of Directors in 1921
was F.A. McCornack.
These boys are marching to help raise funds for the
annual Community Fund drive (today United Way).
YMCA was one of the many agencies in Sioux City
that receives funds every year from this charity drive.
Second, The United Way of Siouxland is focused on
funding agencies and programs that can demonstrate
impact. There is an expectation that agencies provide
data, reports, and stories that show the work they
do results in improved grades, better attendance
rates in school, families moving from poverty to selfsufficiency
and even senior citizens who maintain their
independence for years longer than they might have
without amazing programs.
The United Way of Siouxland’s current mission statement
demonstrates the nuanced change in philosophy over
the last 100 years, “To improve lives by uniting the
caring power of our community.” The United Way of
Siouxland is often a convener of groups and individuals.
The organization is a consistent presence in community
meetings focused on reducing juvenile justice
involvement, increasing access to quality childcare,
increasing mental health services, and responding to
disasters in Siouxland.
“In 2010, United Way of Siouxland partnered with
local emergency professionals to launch the Siouxland
Recovery Fund which helps coordinate resources for
local disasters,” Hennings explained. “The fund first
became activated in 2011 with the Missouri River flood
and was activated again for flooding in both 2018
and 2019. In 2020, the fund helped organizations and
individuals weather the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.
Our role is to bring people, organizations, and funding
together – we are uniting the power of caring in our
This power of collaboration is reflected in other changes
that have occurred in the organization’s 100-year history.
“In the 1960’s, Community Chest organizations around
the country formed an alliance to better serve their
communities and grow the fundraising campaigns in the
workplace. This alliance became known as the United
Fund and the Community Chest of Sioux City became
the United Fund of Siouxland. A total of 16 agencies were
members of the United Fund of Siouxland,” Hennings
shared. “It did make a difference. In a few years we had
grown to involve 22 agencies and set our first goal to
raise $1,000,000 in the annual campaign in 1979. That’s
quite a difference from the $165,000 goal of the very
first campaign in 1921.”
And while data and dollars are important to decisionmaking
at the United Way, the impact on individuals is
never far from mind. “We want people to know the impact
even one dollar can make,” said Hennings, “and the best
way to do that is to share stories of success. Our website,
our quarterly posters, and our workplace campaigns
always feature an agency or a recipient sharing a story of
how a life has been positively impacted. We do what we
do so every person in Siouxland can have an opportunity
to know they are cared for and cared about. Many of us
take this for granted, but for others it is life-changing, it
United Way kicking off 100 year celebration.
Over the last 100 years, United Way of Siouxland has
raised $132,038,989 and has served thousands upon
thousands of individuals. One in three Siouxlanders will
utilize support and services of United Way of Siouxland in
their lifetime. Last year alone more than 34,000 services
were provided by agencies receiving United Way funds.
This year’s campaign slogan of “Get On The Bus” is an
invitation to every person in Siouxland to become part of
the impact. “People can get involved in so many ways,”
Hennings added, “of course monetary donations are
important, but we also need volunteers in our community.
We need people to serve on boards, dive into data, serve
as mentors, and more. Whatever your skill set or gift,
there is a place for you to be part of the caring power of
our community. Join us and ‘Get On The Bus’ as we drive
forward into the future.”
Dr. Cyndi Hanson, Executive Director for Northeast
Community College’s Extended Campus.
Photos Contributed by United Way of Siouxland.
Siouxland Magazine | LEGACY / 13
Siouxland Magazine | Converse / 14
Beloved Matriarch with a Big Heart
By, Jetske Wauran
Verona Trosper has spent the majority of
her life caring for more than 50 children in
foster care. Over the decades, she took in foster
children ranging from newborns to teenagers, all
while working a full-time job.
“I had them from right out of the hospital up to
Verona has given them a home, regardless of
their age, race, or gender. She welcomed them
with open arms and raised them just like her own.
“How you raise a child is how they’re going to
end up being.”
She was first inspired to help foster children
in 1952, when her husband’s parents passed
away, leaving behind their two children and
their grandson. “So, I took them to live with my
husband and me.” She didn’t stop there.
Verona continued opening her home to children
in need. In fact, many of these kids have grown
into adults and still keep in touch with her,
through handwritten letters, visits, and phone
“I just talked to Collin on the phone yesterday, he
wants me to send him more scriptures to read,”
Verona said, about one of her former foster
children, now 29-years-old.
She recalls another recent connection with one
of her fosters:
“I got a letter from one of the foster kid’s wives,
thanking for raising him in the church and
instilling in him what a man is supposed to be.
She said he is a good husband and a good
father. It was Jose, I had him for two years.
He’s the one who visits with his wife and kids,”
Verona has a loving and compassionate heart,
a nurturing personality. She embodies qualities
that come in a remarkable mother, ensuring all
the needs of the children are met, giving them
valuable experiences that have stayed with
them for a lifetime.
Siouxland Magazine | Converse / 15
Verona, who also goes by the nickname
“Cookie” or “Sister Trospee” was born on
January 31, 1934, in Waterloo, Iowa. “In my
grandma’s big bedroom, my dad delivered
She moved to Sioux City’s Westside in 1966
with her husband. Together, they had one
daughter, now 70-years-old. Verona also
adopted a young girl in 2000, who is now 28
She has served as a church secretary at Mt. Zion
Church for nearly three decades. Last October,
Verona received very special recognition for
her years of service and dedication to the local
Photo Credit Jetske Wauran
Hello, I’m Jetske Wauran-Castro and I am thrilled to team up with
Siouxland Magazine! This team effort serves as an avenue to share my
passion project, “People of Siouxland - Portraits of the Extraordinary.”
I launched this in September 2020, in hopes of inspiring and uplifting
others in the most trying of times. As a visual storyteller, my mission
is to highlight the hidden gems and underrepresented individuals
that have enriched the lives of others, shown ongoing leadership,
and have become outstanding role models in our community.
Jetske Wauran-Castro is a community activist, professional
photographer, and Emmy award-winning journalist. She and her
husband, Rueben, live in Sioux City.
Siouxland Magazine | Converse / 16
My name is Xiaomei Liu. An international marriage
brought me to the US in 2015.
What challenges have you experienced in
Being an immigrant in my middle age, I have had a
handful of challenges in this new country. The language
barrier has been on the top of the list. It puts a wall
everywhere in my life here. From ordering food to
doing homework, the language barrier can cause a
little bit of delay in getting things done. I still remember
those embarrassing language mistakes I made before;
remember how many times I thought of giving up the
school when I felt so many difficulties listening to the
lecture and doing homework; remember the fear that I
could not survive here.
How has Siouxland been welcoming?
I can survive here because WITCC is full of kind, generous,
and supportive people and programs. TRIO program
is the biggest one of them. In the hardest time of
times, the TRIO program provided scholarships to me
so that I could stay in school and continue to pursue and
achieve my academic goals. The TRIO program also
provided me with lots of social support resources. In
addition, Women Aware of Siouxland has helped me
get through some dark times.
I am still trying to acclimate with the Siouxland
community even as I learn to write and speak better
English. But I do not fear the future anymore.
What do you want the people of Siouxland to know?
I want the people of Siouxland to know that many
newcomers like me are working hard to adapt to the new
life here. Despite the challenges that we are facing, we also
are trying to service the community and give back to the
society that we are living in.
Inclusive Peek – En Espanol
Mi nombre es Xiaomei Liu. Un matrimonio
internacional me trajo a Estados Unidos en 2015.
¿Qué desafíos ha experimentado en Siouxland?
¿Qué desafíos ha experimentado en Siouxland?
Siendo un inmigrante en mi mediana edad, he tenido
algunos desafíos en este nuevo país. La barrera del
idioma ha estado en la parte superior de la lista. Pone
un muro en todas partes de mi vida aquí. Desde pedir
comida hasta hacer la tarea, la barrera del idioma puede
causar un poco de retraso en hacer las cosas. Todavía
recuerdo esos vergonzosos errores de lenguaje que
cometí antes; recuerda cuántas veces pensé en dejar la
escuela cuando sentí tantas dificultades para escuchar
la conferencia y hacer los deberes; recuerda el miedo
de no poder sobrevivir aquí.
¿Cómo ha sido la bienvenida Siouxland?
La principal razón por la que puedo sobrevivir aquí
es que WITCC está lleno de personas y programas
amables, generosas y comprensivas. El programa TRIO
es el más grande de ellos. En los momentos más difíciles,
el programa TRIO me otorgó becas para que pudiera
permanecer en la escuela y continuar persiguiendo
y logrando mis metas académicas. El programa TRIO
también me proporcionó muchos recursos de apoyo social.
Además, Women Aware of Siouxland me ha ayudado a
superar tiempos difíciles.
Todavía estoy tratando y aprendiendo a aclimatarme con
la comunidad de Siouxland incluso mientras aprendo a
escribir y hablar mejor en inglés. Pero ya no le temo al
¿Qué quieres que sepa la gente de Siouxland?
Quiero que la gente de Siouxland sepa que muchos
recién llegados como yo estamos trabajando duro para
adaptarse a la nueva vida aquí. A pesar de los desafíos
que enfrentamos, también estamos tratando de servir a
la comunidad y retribuir a la sociedad en la que vivimos.
Photo Credit Jetske Wauran.
Siouxland Magazine | Converse / 17
Siouxland’s locally owned delivery
service delivering your local favorites
DEI Self-Reflection for the Individual
By, Semehar Ghebrekidan, M.S.
In the last article, we learned about ourselves
as individuals through intersectionality
mapping. In case you missed it, intersectionality
mapping helps you identify the different dimensions
of your identity. This allows you to better understand
your lens, aka how you see the world daily and
what influences that. In this article, we will continue
learning about ourselves as an individual through
different available assessment tools. Please read
below to see a list of my favorite assessments you
can do today! I believe self-reflection regarding
diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is vital to creating
positive and effective change within yourself.
Project Implicit - Free
Project Implicit provides Implicit Association Test
(IAT). The IAT measures attitudes and beliefs that
people may be unwilling or unable to report. It does
this by using subconscious associations between
mental representations of concepts in memory.
Project Implicit has a variety of tests that can help
indicate whether you have a preference about a
certain group. The IAT may be especially interesting
if it shows that you have an implicit attitude that
you didn’t know about before. This test encourages
people to focus on strategies that deny implicit
biases the chance to operate by recognizing them.
Cultural Competence Self-Assessment
Checklist - Free
This self-assessment tool brought to you by AVMA
is designed to help you explore your individual
cultural competence. Its purpose is to help you
consider your own skills, knowledge, and awareness
in your interactions with others, and recognize what
you can do to become more effective working and
living in diverse environments.
an individual level. The IDI can help you reflect on your
experiences around cultural differences and similarities.
The results indicate a position along an intercultural
development continuum indicating a target for the next
stage of growth. The IDI provides feedback in the form
of actionable steps that you can take to help develop
better intercultural competency skills. Your IDI Profile
results can help you proactively address these and
other concerns, as well as increase your own cultural
self-awareness of your own unique experiences around
cultural differences and commonalities.
“People who have had little self-reflection
live life in a huge reality blind-spot.”
– Bryant McGill
Semehar Ghebrekidan is
the Community Inclusion
Liaison for the City of
Sioux City. She is charged
with Inclusion efforts to
help connect the City and
the community. Semehar
has her master’s degree
from South Dakota State
University in Sociology
and her bachelors in
Global Studies with
minors in Spanish and
Leadership & Nonprofit
she is not working, you can catch her cooking,
reorganizing her home, and hanging out with her
family and friends.
Siouxland Magazine | Converse / 19
Clifton Strengths Finder - $20
The Clifton Strengths Finder assessment is a useful
tool in understanding what are your strengths.
Knowing these strengths is important when it
comes to cultural competency because it helps
people become known for what they do best,
as well as their demographics. This can also be
useful when communicating with others. Knowing
the strengths of the people around you can help
you communicate better with individuals, identify
similarities, uplift differences, and create a sense of
Intercultural Development Inventory - $30+
The IDI is an online, theory-based assessment of
intercultural competence that can provide results at
a Hyundai for the holidays.
Experience the Eide Effect.
4601 SINGING HILLS BLVD
SIOUX CITY, IA 51106
Siouxland Magazine | Converse / 20
The Past and Progress
By, Tony Michaels
It really pays to listen to my lovely wife.
For the last few years, she has insisted I watch Yellowstone
on Paramount TV. She convincingly said you work in
country radio, and Kevin Costner is in most of your
favorite movies of all time, so let’s watch together. As
always, she was right on the money! It has become my
second favorite new show behind only,“Ted Lasso”. Not
to spoil anything for ya, but one of the conflicts on the
show is revering the past yet also how progress affects
traditional businesses like ranching.
I love the theme of this issue because it highlights
businesses that have a rich history but have at the same
time evolved with their industry. When you mention
“Siouxland”, you can’t help but think of those corporate
names that help define the area. For me, Palmer Candy,
Jolly Time Popcorn, and Sneaky’s Chicken hit home
because…. Well, I love to eat. I’m all for commerce when
it comes to satisfying my hunger. Civic pride one pound
at a time!
The real story behind businesses with a century of
service to the area is the dedication they show to the
betterment of this community. I was delighted to see the
warm-hearted folks of Kalin’s making that big $100,000
donation to the United Way. There are so many generous
efforts just like that, which made the tri-state area a better
place to live and grow.
In my industry, a lot of people ask me about the future
of radio stations. It would be silly to say a radio station
today operates the same way as one did in 1980. It’s a
different time. We have evolved and try our very best
to make sure the frequencies you dial in and the radio
stations apps you consume are representing your life,
your concerns, and you!
I keep thinking about the news-talk station KSCJ.
Forever just an AM station, now streaming online at kscj.
com and can be heard in the city metro area at 94.9 FM.
Launched April 4, 1927, it’s not quite in the century club
yet. When there’s a big story in town, you can call up
and continue the conversation during the early morning
show with Justin Barker and Jeff Heyer starting at 5:30
a.m. Have something bothering you about something
local? “Open Line host,” Charlie Stone will field your call
and give you a radio platform. Mark Hahn hosts a daily
Drive Time Live show from 5-6 p.m., and there’s nothing
like hearing a Sioux City X’s ballgame on the radio with
play-by-play broadcaster Connor Ryan.
Although the way you listen may have changed since
1927, I bet the topics that really stir up emotions remain
the same…how do we make this area the very best place
That’s the same mission so many businesses with long
histories in Siouxland have in common.
Next time you drive by the KSCJ transmitter on Highway
75, just know that’s where history and progress meet.
Jon Dutton will tell you that’s a fight worth fighting!
Tony “Michaels” Michalski is a morning show
host on KSUX 105.7 and author.
Photos Contributed by Tony Michaels.
mind. body. spirit.
TheE xpansionC enter Coming to Historic 4th
Reflecting on the Past and Looking Forward to the Future
By, Alex Watters
As we take a moment to
look back and reflect on the
and individuals that have
made such a lasting impact
on this community, I can’t
help but think of the efforts
that are being pursued now
that I hope will stand the
test of time as well.
Siouxland Magazine | Converse / 21
Recently, our Parks and
Alex Watters Recreation team has brought
a number of proposals to the
City Council for their feedback. These projects alter our
landscape, establish our identity, and I believe, will be the
key to our growth in the future.
The return on these investments is already being felt.
Cone Park, for example, is gearing up for its 5th season,
serving more than 25,000 people annually and creating
a tremendous economic impact locally. The City staff is
currently looking at how we can transform this facility into
a year-round tubing hill that will make it even more of a
top attraction in Iowa! The new Siouxland Expo Center is
another example of a facility that has produced an instant
positive impact on the community. During the Siouxland
Showdown Volleyball Tournament, more than 100 teams
gathered from around the country right here in Sioux City.
Organized by the staff at the Tyson Events Center, the
Expo Center was transformed into a volleyball complex
overnight! You couldn’t find a hotel room in town, and
businesses from Burger King to our local restaurants on 4th
Street saw a surge in the number of visitors.
Trail ribbon cutting and investment by MRHD.
However, there is more to come. Due to the aggressive
pursuit of grants and the generosity of our community,
local organizations have made not only these recent
developments possible, but future growth as well.
The Chesterman Company is donating $1 million to a
complete transformation of the landscape near Cone
Park to include more than eight miles of mountain
biking trails. This regional attraction is being designed
by an international agency and will attract cyclists from
all over the United States to Sioux City. With more
people exploring Sioux City, the city and local partners
have invested in the transformation of our Riverfront,
connected a number of trails throughout our region,
and see the need to make our community not only a
great place to raise a family, but a recreation destination
worth exploring. So many of these projects have been
made possible by gracious donations from MRHD,
Empirical Foods, State Steel, the Gilchrist Foundation,
Tyson Foods, Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, and
many more. Because of the overwhelming support
and generosity of Siouxland, people passing through
on the interstate and those attending a conference or
concert won’t be able to deny the revitalization we are
As I take time to look back on the past, I can’t help
but get excited about the future. Investment in these
kinds of quality-of-life projects will not only positively
affect the residents of Siouxland but have huge
economic benefits for our businesses. We can’t thank
our community partners enough for making this level
of development possible, and I can’t wait for you to
continue to experience the new things coming to
Alex Watters, City Council of Sioux City
Volleyball tourney at Expo Center.
Photo Credit City of Sioux City.
Lessons learned from stories in our community.
The Roth Fountain : The fountain was designed and built by Steve Blenderman and his best friend and business partner,
Kirk Hoefling. They utilized the original terracotta sculptures from the 1915 Livestock Exchange Building and created a
landmark that pays tribute to Sioux City’s unique history. It is located on the Promenade in downtown Sioux City, and was
paid for by the Roth Family, who own Beef Products, Inc.
An Artist’s Work, A Legacy of Truth
By, Amy Buster
When you hear Sioux City artist Steve
Blenderman’s name, you may instantly think of
the beautiful Roth Fountain on the Promenade
in Sioux City. Steve has a passion for history and
architecture; however, his passion and knowledge for
the arts goes much deeper. He also draws and paints.
“I’ve been very lucky in my life, and always been a fairly
prolific artist,” said Blenderman.
He attributes that fact to a number of things.
“I have always had an innate understanding since
childhood that I was an artist. I was very lucky. Not only
did my parents love me, but they also believed in me
as an artist despite the odds that success in that career
would remain elusive. There was also a nun who believed
in me as an artist. When I was about 10 years old, she
gave me private art lessons after school, and taught me
how to paint. She had become a life-long friend, and her
belief in me was essential for me to believe in myself,”
Another life changing moment took place after
Blenderman’s senior year of high school. It was 1969; he
studied abroad in Germany for 14 months.
Voltaire’s Candid: The man in the painting is a young
man named Najib. Steve met Najib when he was visiting
Amsterdam. Najib is originally from Morocco. He, Najib,
was in search of ‘The Truth.’
“At that time, Europe was just a better place for a career
as an artist,” explained Blenderman.
He left college and returned to Europe to pursue a career
as an artist.
“When I was in my early 20’s, I was in Europe. It was
during more of a pop art, abstract period, but I never
fully embraced that. I wanted as many people as possible
to have immediate access to my art. I wanted them to
be able to view my work, and not have to go through
any intellectual explanations or learning processes,”
Sturm and Drang: This is a landscape painting by Steve.
It is symbolic of the Sky God’s in cloud formation, fighting
over the Earth Goddesses.
“I finished high school and went to Germany with the
YFU Exchange Program. If I hadn’t had that experience
to live and study in Europe, I wouldn’t be who I am today.
That was the most important, crucial experience of my
life!” Blenderman stated.
From 1973-76, Blenderman lived and worked as an artist
in Berlin, from ’76-’78 he lived and worked in London,
and from ’78 to ’83 he lived and worked in Paris.
“When I lived in West Berlin, I realized that I had to make
a decision as to what style of art I should pursue. My true
desire was to reach as many people as possible in the
easiest way. Therefore, I knew that the figurative form
(portraits) was the most accessible to anyone. My works
have multiple levels of content which can be understood
Returning to the US, he worked as a courier at St. Luke’s
hospital. He had met a woman in Germany and fallen
in love with her. His goal was to earn enough money in
order to purchase a ticket and return to Germany and
marry her. After a year of working at St. Luke’s, he had
the money he needed. His father gave him some sage
advice when he left.
“My father had told me that if things didn’t work out, I
could return to the US, and he would pay for me to go
to any school I wanted for college. I had already been
accepted at the University of Iowa,” said Blenderman.
Unfortunately, things did not work out with the young
woman in Germany. That, however, did allow him to
travel extensively in Europe with his friends and visit
many well-known art pieces. But he knew he needed to
return to the US to go to college.
“I went to the University of Iowa when I was 20, which was
1971. I had so much experience seeing the world the
two times I was in Europe that nobody else had. That was
a great advantage there. You get a more realistic grip on
life as well,” said Blenderman.
He majored in print making, and went to classes for two
whole years, summers included. Although he loved his
time at Iowa, he longed for life back in Europe.
Steve likes to build his own frames, housings as he refers to
them, for his paintings if at all possible. It allows him to use his
passion for architecture with his artworks. Left, The Queen of
Sheba: The Queen of Sheba is the first figure mentioned in
the Hebrew Bible. In the original story, she brings a caravan
of valuable gifts for the Israelite King Solomon. Right, Joseph
and His Coat of Many Colors:. This is based on the Biblical
story of Joseph, and how he was betrayed and abandoned
by his brothers due to their jealousy of him being his father’s
Siouxland Magazine | INSPIRE / 24
Le Danse Fatale: Le Danse Fatale is a seductive woman who lures men into dangerous or compromising situations. In this
painting, she is dancing across the stage.
through knowledge of the subject, or simply for its visible
reality. I always felt a responsibility for my talent and
have perceived it as a gift which should be nurtured and
passed on. In a sense it means for me to have usefulness
as opposed to an elitist’s privilege,” stated Blenderman.
“Michelle, the woman posing for the painting Calypso,
made an unforgettable comment to me. She said, ‘If I
should someday be an old lady, I will be able to say that
when I was young, I posed for an artist as a goddess.’ She
He has very fond memories of his years in Paris, especially.
“When I was living in Paris, I lived in the middle of
downtown. It was just a studio, but a lot of people came
and went in that apartment. I couldn’t complain,” said
In that studio, he drew a couple of portraits, and one
in particular that stands out in his mind. The man in the
drawing, soon to be turned into a painting, is a young
man named Najib. Steve met Najib in Amsterdam,
although he was originally from Morocco. Later he was
painted, full figure, as Voltaire’s Candid.
“I asked him if he would let me draw him, and he said yes.
I asked him what he was doing. He answered, ‘I’m looking
for the truth. I’m in search of the truth,’ I thought I have to
draw this guy. I just drew his head, later I drew him full
figure,” shared Blenderman.
Another painting that holds a special place in
Blenderman’s heart is simply titled, Calypso.
Persephone: Persephone was the daughter of Zeus and
Demeter, and the wife of Hades. She was the goddess of
fertility, and the Queen of the Underworld.
I found and did not interpret them as I had with the
portraits. I presented them truthfully as I saw them,”
When asked what legacy he wants to leave people with
his artwork, Blenderman responded,
Siouxland Magazine | INSPIRE / 25
Medea: Medea in Greek
mythology was an
enchantress who helped
Jason, the leader of the
Argonauts, to obtain the
Golden Fleece from her
father, King of Accretes
of Colchis. She was of
divine descent and had
the gift of prophecy. She
married Jason and used
her magic powers and
advice to help him.
was stunning, and that was the first time I painted her. One
thing I will keep saying is the immense important feeling of
gratitude I have for the people I’ve met who’ve modeled
for me and have become friends. That never goes away.
That will always be Michelle. That was the first time she
posed for me. That was the painting that came out of it.
There is a depth and a story to it,” stated Blenderman.
Another favorite drawing of Blenderman is Medea, which
had been inspired by a young student he met while
at Morningside College, where he returned as a nontraditional
student in 1989.
However, Blenderman’s drawings and paintings are not
limited to portraits. When he lived in Europe, he only
lived in cities. Once he returned to Iowa, it gave him the
opportunity to study the land he loved so well.
“When I started doing landscapes, I created the scenes
exactly as I saw them. I witnessed the landscapes that
Calypso: Calypso was the goddess-nymph of the
mythical island of Ogygia, and the daughter of the Titan,
Atlas. She detained the hero, Odysseus, for many years in
the course of his wanderings after the fall of Troy but was
eventually commanded by Zeus to release him. She can
control the air and sing people back to health through
her songs of enchantment.
“To me life isn’t worth living if you’re not an individual,
and to achieve as much as you can, and never give up
on that. And never compromise. That’s perhaps why
I never knew much commercial success. I refused to
compromise myself with the things that I did and what
I created. Be honest, be truthful, always seek the truth,
and deal with it, handle it, don’t lie to yourself. Don’t lie
to anyone. No matter what it costs you. Don’t be a fool
either. The truth is the hardest thing to deal with, but in
the end, you have the sense of integrity of yourself for
that. You’re a better person if you’re honest.”
Amy Buster has been working as a writer/editor for the past
25 years. The majority of her work has been writing and
editing for small-town newspapers in both the Kansas City
Metro area and the Siouxland Community
Photo Credit Britton Hacke Photography
Siouxland Magazine | INSPIRE / 26
Original exterior of Kalins, located at 1715 4th Street, where the business is still located today.
Kalins Celebrates 100 Years of Service in Siouxland
By, Amy Buster
Kalins Indoor Comfort
celebrated 100 years of
service in the Siouxland
area this year. It was a
celebration that was heartfelt
and spread throughout
the year with not only
the company owner and
employees, but the entire
Bruce Kalin is the owner of
the company today, and the third generation in his
family to carry on the tradition. Bruce officially joined
the company in 1976. He worked with his father,
Sid, closely on all aspects of the business, including
marketing, throughout the years. This included the
Kalins TV commercials with Dave Lennox and the
“Atta Boy Sid,” campaign. Another Kalins commercial
people fondly remember are the swimming pool
“I can still remember shooting the commercials. I
pushed dad into the pool, and when he came up, he
had lost his glasses, which was the best part of the
commercial,” shared Bruce.
In his late teens, Bruce worked for the company that
would have him taking out the old Norfolk cast iron
Kalins swimming pool commercial.
furnaces with huge ducts, resembling arms, referred to as
the ‘octopus furnaces’ and replacing them with the modern
air forced gas furnaces.
“If I’m on a sales call and replacing a unit with today’s highefficiency
systems, I almost have to chuckle. With some of
those units, I can recall installing them,” stated Bruce.
Kalins Historical Timeline
1921, Jacob Kalin founds the
Norfolk Furnace Company in
1947, Sid Kalin, Jacob’s son,
starts working at the company
called Kalins Heating and Air
Conditioning, located at 1715 4th
Street, in Sioux City.
1954, Sid Kalin appears on
‘Live TV’ as a heating and
air conditioning expert in
commercials. He continued to
appear on TV throughout his
career, in time with his son, Bruce.
1976, The third generation,
Bruce Kalin, Sid’s son, joined
the company. The business
remains the longest, continuously
held operating heating and air
conditioning firm in Sioux City.
1983, Bruce opens the Kalins
Indoor Comfort store in
2001, Sid Kalin retires. Bruce takes the helm of the
2017, Bruce expanded with a new branch in Yankton,
2021, Kalins Indoor Comfort celebrated 100 years in
However, some sales calls may also bring with them a bit
of a more sentimental tone.
“If I’m replacing a furnace, and the owner shares with
me that this was her grandmother’s furnace and that my
father had installed it, that gives you those warm, fuzzy
feelings. Those furnaces worked well for 40 years because
they were a quality product. It allowed us to take care of
generations of families,” commented Bruce.
However, it isn’t simply quality products that helped make
the Kalins company a lasting cornerstone in the Siouxland
community. It was also how they treated their customers.
“Honesty and integrity, always,” stressed Bruce, when
he spoke of working with his customers. “I like to think
that we do things right, and we do it right the first time.
If we don’t, we make it right. We want things to be done
correctly, and honestly, being ethical and always in the
best interest of our customers,” said Bruce.
Accomplishing that he attributes to the team members
they’ve had as employees during the past 100 years.
“We’ve always made sure our employees were up-to-date
with the latest training. My grandfather, Jacob, worked with
IPS when he first started out. He was a pioneer in getting
gas heating for furnaces instead of coal. He believed in
taking care of his customers. That’s a tradition and a belief
we carry on today,” said Bruce.
Community commitment and involvement is something
else that the Kalins business and family takes to heart.
At the luncheon on Friday, September 24, with area
businesses and organizations celebrating Kalin’s 100th
year Anniversary, the Kalin’s company donated $100,000
to the Siouxland United Way.
“We wanted to donate $1,000 for every year we’ve been
able to service the Siouxland community. My father instilled
in me at a very young age, as I’m sure his father did to him,
that it is so important to give back to the community that
supports you,” shared Bruce.
His wife, Linda, whom Bruce emphatically states has always
been extremely supportive of the business, shared this.
“Both Bruce and I are deeply invested in our business/
organizations, and both of us work a lot. But we’re a team
and not only help support each other, but we are also
focused on giving back to this community that we love.
There is a lot of need in Siouxland and we hope this gift
can provide some support to those who need a little help
towards a better future for themselves and their children,”
Linda herself came from a family that ran a family-owned
business in the Twin Cities. Linda met Bruce when they
were both undergrads at UC-Boulder.
“Bruce has a group of extremely loyal and talented
employees, some of which worked for my father-in-law,
Sid, ‘Dad’ to me. Their growth and success in celebrating
100 years is because of everyone at Kalins through the
generations,” said Linda.
Bruce shared his wife’s opinion, “Our team members are
an integral part of our success because without them, we
wouldn’t be here today.”
An ardent supporter of Siouxland, Linda is the Executive
Director of the Iowa Poison Control Center and past
Chairwoman of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors. Bruce and Linda have been blessed
with four children, now grown and living on their own.
“I am so honored to be celebrating 100 years in business
and being able to support small businesses and the trades.
I am looking forward to what the future brings,” said Bruce.
Amy Buster has been working as a writer/editor for the past 25
years. The majority of her work has been writing and editing for
small-town newspapers in both the Kansas City Metro area and
the Siouxland Community.
Photos Contributed by Kalins Indoor Comfort.
Siouxland Magazine | INSPIRE / 27
Don’t fear failure. Embrace it. It’s where the learning happens.
Dustin and Kayden with the Switch Hitter in action at The Miracle League of Sioux City.
Iowa’s West Coast Initiative Feature
Ability Tech is an innovative company that invents and
manufactures adaptive technology to be used for universal
abilities. Ability Tech’s focus is custom builds, like the
Switch Hitter. All of our builds come from ideas that we
have personal experience with our son or from families
and individuals from around the world. We also offer other
services such as our CharitAbility project, toy modifications,
Blessing Bags, and an EagleEye representative.
What has been your greatest reward?
There has been no greater reward than being able to create
what seems like a small change to most people but can be
world-altering for our customers. It’s the reactions from the
individuals and their families that we have helped. There are no
words that express how it feels when an individual finds out that
these devices are made just for them, personalized just for them,
that excitement that it’s all just for them.
What motivated you to start your business?
It all started with the Switch Hitter. Our son, Kayden,
absolutely loves baseball, but because of his limitations and
using a wheelchair, he cannot play without physical help
from someone else. We headed to the drawing board and
came up with the Switch Hitter. Since then, Ability Tech has
become so much more. This is not just about Ability Tech or
our son, Kayden. It is the story of many others that might feel
powerless in their situations.
What’s unique about your business?
Due to our son, Kayden, and his high medical needs, we,
as a family and business, not only directly understand the
struggle families and individuals go through to receive
equipment or supplies but also when it comes to feeling left
out in everyday activities. Therefore, Ability Tech advocates
for inclusion. We do not charge for labor on any of our
products or turn away any individual or family because of
their financial stability. All our products and services are
individualized and customized to everyone. Ability Tech
uses its funds to reinvest back into the company and the
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve had to
overcome as you’ve grown your business?
The overall biggest challenge that we’ve faced, and continue
to overcome, is getting Ability Tech’s name out there with
How have you benefited from the start up community
in Sioux City & the region? What resources did you use?
The startup community has welcomed Ability Tech. We have used
a few resources such as The Siouxland Chamber of Commerce,
Iowa’s West Coast Initiative, and many influential leaders
and entrepreneurs within the community that have guided
Ability Tech in many ways. It is an amazing feeling when these
other organizations or individuals that have businesses or work
for businesses within the community treat you as a partner and
help with your growth without making it about competition or
agenda. They want to see you succeed just as much as you do.
Are there any experiences that were particularly
influential in that regard?
The impact of startups on our local economy is powerful, and it
is important for the community to support these businesses. A
successful startup company is more likely to remain in its home
community and care for its community if it receives support
through the difficult initial years. A community that supports
entrepreneurs will encourage more entrepreneurs, which will
help produce a more stable local economy.
Why is it important for the community to support
startups and small businesses? What more can be
done to help them?
It is extremely important to support and promote new and unique
businesses that bring innovative ideas into our community. This
will give the businesses access to more experts, coaching, waivers for first or
second-year businesses in larger business events.
What is one thing you know now that you wish you knew when
starting your business?
That we are not on our own. We have great community support beyond what
we ever expected.
What advice would you
give to someone looking
to start a business?
Starting a business is never
a matter of financial gains
alone. It’s a matter of the
impact that business will
have on the consumers and
community at large. Set
goals and achieve them,
make mistakes, and learn
from them. Most importantly
stay true to yourself and
the reason you started or
wanted to start, no matter
what temptations are trying
to change that.
How can the community
continue to help your
Due to being such a unique,
small business, with a Rhoades family photo. Top left, Emmalyn, Dustin,
small startup budget, it can Shann, Kayden. Bottom Left, Tynlie, Landyn.
often be difficult to afford to
advertise or bring attention to our mission. We rely heavily on word of mouth,
referrals, and the generosity of our community to support and share our
story. The more our community shares, likes, or follows our social media the
more individuals we can reach; but more importantly, the more lives we can
What are some future goals for your company?
We have our standard goals of expanding to an actual office/shop that individuals
can visit, advocate more in the community, offer employment or internship
opportunities, and to keep learning new skills to better our craft. Our main goal
is to keep changing the lives of the individuals we serve. As long as we meet that
goal, then we are doing what we started out to do.
Iowa’s West Coast Initiative (IWCI) is a collaboration between the economic
development organizations in Plymouth, Monona, and Woodbury counties,
and includes the following organizations: City of Sioux City, Siouxland Interstate
Metropolitan Planning Council, Siouxland Economic Development Corporation,
The Siouxland Initiative, Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation, Woodbury County,
and Monona County. Learn more about IWCI at www.IAWestCoast.com.
Photos Contributed by the Rhoades family.
IAWESTCOAST.COM I 866.537.6052
Entrepreneurs and small business owners now have
access to an information specialist who can assist you
in finding solutions to your most pressing questions
by facilitating connections to the right people, data,
IASOURCELINK.COM I 866.537.6052
IASourceLink is the premiere business resource in
Iowa for entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Free business webinars, expert advice, and a
searchable directory of organizations that assist
Iowa businesses can all be found on IASourceLink.
IOWASBDC.ORG I 712.274.6454
Do you need free, confidential and customized
business counseling? Contact SBDC for advice on
developing a successful business plan.
SIOUXLANDEDC.COM I 712.279.6430
Siouxland Economic Development Corporation
offers financial assistance programs and services to
assist small and medium sized businesses in getting
started or expanding.
Springboard Coworking offers shared office
space in downtown Sioux City for entrepreneurs
that combines the best elements of cafe culture
with a productive, functional, and affordable work
ISUSTARTUPFACTORY.ORG I 515.294.7444
ISU Startup Factory is designed to help businesses
bring new products to the market and work with
companies to make them attractive to outside
VENTURENETIOWA.COM I 515.471.1300
VentureNet Iowa connects ideas to resources,
management, and investors, to create jobs and build
businesses in Iowa. If you have a business idea in
the areas of Biosciences, Advanced Manufacturing,
Value-Added Ag, or Information Technology, you
may qualify for assistance through VentureNet Iowa.
Did you use one of these great resources? We
want to share your story! Visit our website at
siouxlandmagazine.com, fill out the form and
connect with us today!
Siouxland Magazine | Grow/30
Downtown for the Holidays
By, Grace Nordquist
Downtown Partners invites you to celebrate the
holidays with us in Downtown Sioux City! Kick-off
the season on Monday, November 22, at the Downtown
Holiday Lighted Parade, sponsored by IBEW. The parade
will begin at 6:15 p.m. and travel on 4th Street from Iowa
Street to Nebraska Street, where we’ll anticipate Santa’s
arrival Downtown to help us light the tree at the Sioux
City Public Museum. You can register for the parade
online at www.downtownsiouxcity.com.
There are several events that evening to help kick off
downtown for the Holidays. The Festival of Trees will
begin its tree display at the Ho-Chunk Centre at 6 p.m.
Stop by to scout out your favorite tree and come back
for the auction on Sunday, December 2, at 6:30 p.m. All
proceeds from this year’s auction will go to the Sioux
City Railroad Museum.
Have your kids burn off some energy before the parade
at LaunchPad Children’s Museum, where they are
offering FREE admission on Monday from 3–5 p.m.,
with a donation of hand warmers, socks, or travel-sized
toiletries for the warming shelter or soup kitchen. They
will have a hands-on activity for kids starting at 4 p.m. On
your way down to the parade, warm up at Evolve Yoga
and Wellness with FREE hot chocolate from 5–6 p.m.
will pop up in vacant spaces Downtown on Saturdays
from November 27 - December 18. A list of participating
businesses and their location can be found on our
website and through Iowa’s West Coast Initiative at www.
New for 2021…
Holiday Storefront Decorating competition: Downtown
businesses and community non-profit organizations are
invited to register to decorate a storefront in downtown. All
proceeds will be donated to the winning storefront’s nonprofit
organization of choice. Voting for the competition
will open the night of the parade and will run throughout
the holiday season. To register for the storefront
decorating competition, visit our website or email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org. A map of participating
storefronts and voting can be found on our website and
social media beginning Monday, November 22.
Also kicking off on Monday evening is Santa’s House,
located on the corner of 4th and Pierce Streets (501 4th
Street) from 6–8 p.m. Kids are invited to take a picture
with Santa, make crafts, drink hot chocolate, and more!
Santa’s House is put on by UnityPoint Health St. Luke’s
Partners and will be open through the holidays. Please
check online for this season’s schedule.
Support our local businesses by shopping in Downtown
Sioux City this holiday season. Not only do you support
our economy, but you could be entered to win prizes
through our Small Business Saturday(s) BINGO! The
game will kick off on Small Business Saturday, November
27, and run each Saturday through December 18. Make
a purchase at a business listed on the BINGO card,
have them sign their space, get a BINGO and drop off
your card before Sunday, December 19, at 418 Pierce
Street. Each completed BINGO card will be entered for
a chance to win prizes from the businesses in Downtown
Sioux City! Our elves will be handing out Small Business
Saturday(s) BINGO cards at the parade on Monday,
November 22. You can also print off your BINGO card
at home from www.downtownsiouxcity.com, or pick one
up at retail businesses Downtown.
Do you have a business that needs a storefront this
season? Iowa’s West Coast Initiative will be joining us
again this year to host the Small Business Marketplace.
Surrounding small businesses and startups in Siouxland
The 12 Days of Giveaways: The season of giving doesn’t
stop with Small Business BINGO. This year Downtown
Partners will also be offering prizes during our 12 days
of giveaways. Visit our website and be sure to follow us
on social media to win prizes daily from December 1
- 12. Keep your eye out for a special guest stopping by
our small businesses and revealing the daily prizes. More
information is coming soon!
Downtown Partners is excited to spend the holidays with
you in Downtown Sioux City. We want to thank you for
supporting downtown events and shopping small this
holiday season. For more information about Downtown
Partners, visit our website at downtownsiouxcity.com and
follow us on social media.
Downtown Partners is a non-profit organization that
works with downtown stakeholders to create a vibrant,
expanding downtown. To learn more about Downtown
Partners and to stay up-to-date on downtown projects and
events, visit www.downtownsiouxcity.com.
Contributed by Downtown Partners, a non-profit
organization that works with downtown stakeholders to
create a vibrant, expanding downtown. To learn more about
Downtown Partners and to stay up to date on downtown
projects and events, visit www.downtownsiouxcity.com.
By, Heidi Reinking
The Siouxland Chamber
of Commerce is proud to
introduce our newest team
member, Angela Rogers. Ms.
Rogers joined the organization
in August and will serve as
the Manager of Membership
Retention. In this role, her primary
responsibility will be to build
strong, effective, and positive
working relationships with
Chamber members to maximize
their experience, leading to
effective and timely retention.
Angela is originally from the Twin Cities. After finishing high
school in Minnesota, she attended Drake University in Des
Moines, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Journalism in
Broadcast News and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Angela’s
professional career began behind the tv camera, working
her way up to Morning Producer, Multimedia Journalist,
Senior Reporter, and then Assistant News Director. She also
worked for a public relations firm, creating marketing plans
to engage and interact with clients. Angela is excited to
continue to build her professional career in Siouxland and
we are delighted to have her on our team.
When asked what attracted her to the role at the Chamber,
Angela said, “Being new to Siouxland, I thought this role
would be the perfect way to learn about the businesses in
our area. My role is to learn about the nearly 1400 businesses
who are Chamber members, help them utilize the tools
available to them through membership, and to promote
supporting local businesses to everyone.”
Promoting buying local is one way that the Chamber
supports local businesses. When you buy items and services
locally, it helps local businesses employ local people. You
are helping to keep your friends and neighbors employed.
Buying local keeps your money in your community. Buying
local invests in your community – socially & economically.
Supporting local businesses is easier than you think and
with the upcoming holidays, the Siouxland Chamber of
Commerce can help. Before you visit an online retailer,
visit www.siouxlandchamber.com and search our
directory. With nearly 1400 members in the tri-state area,
nearly everything you need on your shopping list can be
purchased at a locally owned Siouxland business. You
can search by categories (boutiques, auto supplies), by
company name, or by keywords. Get creative! Instead
of one gift…how about 12 gift cards from 12 Siouxland
Chamber members, and have dinner once a month
together at a locally owned restaurant. Or how about
season passes for one of our local sports teams or local
museums? How about searching for a non-profit that you
and your family could volunteer with or donate to with
your unwanted goods? Our locally owned businesses are
what make Siouxland what it is. Let’s show them how much
they mean to us this holiday season.
Heidi Reinking, Director of Investor Relations, Siouxland
Chamber of Commerce
Siouxland Magazine | Grow/31
Siouxland Magazine | Grow/32
turn up the flavor
Main + Abbey is Sioux City’s place to catch up with friends over a pint and a
great meal. Savor the flavor of a delicious selection of new menu items including
Ahi Tuna Sliders, Double Cut Pork Chop, St. Louis Ribs, and more!
111 3RD STREET | SIOUX CIT Y, IA 51101 | hardrockcasinosiouxcity.com
Must be 21 or older to gamble. If you or someone you know needs gambling treatment, call 800.BETS.OFF.
Sioux City Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau
By, Kristi Franz
What is a Convention and Visitors Bureau?
Destination marketing organizations have many names –
convention and visitors bureaus, travel bureaus, visitors
bureaus, welcome centers, tourism bureaus, travel
and tourism bureaus, information centers, and more.
Regardless of the name, these institutions offer many
great services to area residents, conference and meeting
planners, group tour planners, journalists and writers,
sport tournament planners, and the traveling public.
A convention and visitors bureau is a “destination
marketing” organization. In Iowa, and nationally, most
convention and visitors bureaus are not-for-profit
organizations that work independently under the
auspices of a board of directors. The fundamental
mission of a convention and visitors bureau is the
promotion of business, conference, convention, leisure,
and sports travel, which generates overnight lodging
for a destination. They are directly responsible for travel
and tourism “product awareness”. Millions of direct and
indirect revenues, and taxes are generated into the
state and local economy due to the marketing efforts of
convention and visitor bureaus.
How is a Convention and Visitors Bureau Funded?
The primary funding source is usually derived from
hotel/motel tax that a hotel guest pays on lodging in
the community of the convention and visitors bureau. In
some communities, the convention and visitors bureau
also offer a membership program to enhance its revenue.
The Sioux City Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau
(d.b.a. Explore Sioux City) is funded by the support of
the surrounding communities and a separate surcharge
with local lodging partners. Because bureau funding is
directly linked to how many hotel rooms there are in a
community, budget sizes vary greatly. The underlying
mission, however, remains the same - destination
How Does a Convention and Visitors Bureau
A convention and visitors bureau’s marketing initiatives
typically are achieved through some or all the following:
advertising, attending trade association marketplaces,
distribution of promotional and collateral material, direct
sales, hosting familiarization tours, sponsorship of events
and other hospitality functions. The target decision maker
of the marketing initiative is not typically a resident in the
community. Most often, if the visitor is going to spend
the night in a hotel, they are from at least 50 miles away.
Therefore, the marketing activity usually takes place or
is directed outside the convention and visitors bureau’s
community, however some marketing activity is directed
to the local community.
What does the Sioux City Regional Convention &
Visitors Bureau/Explore Sioux City do?
We promote Siouxland – we attend trade association
marketplaces, we advertise, we distribute promotion and
collateral material, we host familiarization tours, we share
the stories of Siouxland on our social media channels, we
sponsor events that bring visitors to the community.
We work with Event/Group/Sports Planners - our team
actively sells the Siouxland region to event planners and
provides a “one-stop-shop” experience. We do this by
connecting the planner with the appropriate hospitality
partners. We don’t stop there; we work with those
planners to ensure that their attendees have a great
time in Siouxland by recommending local attractions,
entertainment venues, and restaurants that fit their group’s
We work for our Partners - we are an extension of their
sales and marketing efforts. We market Siouxland as a
complete destination and connect them with planners
they might not have the time or budget to connect with at
We support our residents - start by checking out our
website; www.exploresiouxcity.org. There you will find
a wealth of information, from what events are coming up,
to where to explore, eat, and stay. You can find things to
do for arts & cultural experiences, fall and winter activities,
sports and recreation events, area attractions, event
facilities, and so much more. You didn’t even know what
you were missing out on in Siouxland.
We ARE Siouxland!
Kristi has lived all over the
country, but jumped at the
opportunity to come back
home to Sioux City. Excited to
combine her experience in the
tourism industry with her love
of Siouxland, she encourages
everyone to get out and
Explore Sioux City, residents
and visitors alike!
Siouxland Magazine | | Grow/33 / 39
Siouxland Magazine | Grow/34
Introducing Leadership Siouxland Class of 2021 - 2022
By, Peggy Smith
As Executive Director of Leadership, I am
honored to announce our 2021 – 2022 class!
We are excited to have 42 participants in our 37th year
of existence, the largest class yet. Here is the class and
their sponsoring employer:
Maribel Araque, Goodwill of the Great Plains
Robert Armentrout, Wells Enterprises Inc.
Aleisha Barclay, Ho Chunk Inc.
Kodi Benson, Premier Bankcard
Allison Berg, Wells Enterprises, Inc.
Drew Bickford, Wells Enterprises, Inc.
Josh Breugem, Wells Enterprises, Inc.
Phil Dahlhauser, Great West Casualty Company
Tessa Dinsdale, Security National Bank
Tracy Erlandson, Epik Destinations
Alejandra Flores, WITCC
Monica Gileta, Tyson Fresh Meats
Will Hale, Goosmann Law Firm
Jennifer Hart, Heartland Counseling
Candace Jauer, Wells Enterprises, Inc.
Crystal Jauer, Bollmeyer Inc.
Casey Johnson, MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center
Samantha Kavanaugh, Sky Ranch Behavioral
Services – SHIP
Rebekah Kennelly, D2 Worldwide
Mary DeBolt, Great West Casualty Company
Duane Kraayenback, Goodwill of the Great Plains
Jessica La Fleur Malm, Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa
Jeff Lamoreux, Trinity Electric
Anne Lofgren, Chesterman’s
Ron Lorenzen, 185th Air Refueling Wing
Jerod Lytton, Red’s All Natural
Sandy Marin-Romero, Brows Beauty and Lashes
Sydney McManamy, United Real Estate Solutions
Terri Lee Medina, Ho Chunk, Inc.
Troy Nelson, IA Division of Criminal Investigation
Tracy Pomerson, Holcomb Appraisal
Lance Roberts, FEH Design
Kasey Sandman, Security National Bank
Jon Schoenfelder, Wells Enterprises, inc.
Buffy Shrauner, Wells Enterprises, Inc.
Bryan Shusterman, Heidman Law Firm
Chase Vondrak, Wells Enterprises, Inc.
Jetske Wauran-Castro, Big Brothers Big Sisters
TJ Wilcke, L & L Builders
Tonja Winekauf, 185th Air Refueling Wing
Kevin Woockman, WITCC
Anne Yoder, Wells Enterprises, Inc.
These 42 individuals will be participating In our ninemonth
program that prepares them for leadership
positions and community involvement in the future.
The mission of Leadership Siouxland is “Leadership
Rex Mueller presenting during Leadership Siouxland meeting.
Siouxland develops diverse, informed leaders who
positively shape our community for today and tomorrow.”
The curriculum focuses on providing participants with
a working knowledge of the history of Siouxland as a
foundation. Participants complete the Gallup Strength
Finder and then learn to turn their innate talents into
strengths in their personal and professional lives. Our
October session was devoted to understanding how our
community works to keep the public safe and secure and
how leadership and leadership styles matter regardless of
what job you do.
In future months, our curriculum will include a session on
IDEA: Inclusiveness, Diversity, Equity, Access/Accessibility.
Time will be spent exploring how to have meaningful
conversations that go beyond the superficial. Change
Cycle Training and how to lead through adversity is
another session topic: self-care for leaders. Later in the
program year, participants will be exposed to the missiondriven
organizations within Siouxland and learn about
board governance and how to get involved. Economic
Development in Siouxland is another topic, as well as
government within our tri-state area.
This class is a dynamic class of people who are excited
to learn and then give back to their communities. If you
are intrigued by the opportunities that participation in
Leadership Siouxland provides, please reach out to the
Executive Director at email@example.com.
Leadership Siouxland is an organization dedicated to
developing diverse, informed leaders who shape our
community for today and tomorrow.
Peggy Smith, Executive Director for Leadership Siouxland.
Sioux City Growth Organization is now Siouxland GO
By, Emily Vondrak
Founded in 2002, the Sioux City Growth
Organization has been working to attract
and retain young professionals to Siouxland
for nearly 20 years, and we’ve grown a lot
since then. Over the past two decades, we’ve
developed Sculpt Siouxland and other community
artwork, pioneered Innovation Market, engaged in
local politics, volunteered for countless nonprofit
efforts, supported local businesses, mentored
college students, and so, so much more. As we
approached this milestone of 20 years, we sought
to focus on the next 20 years to come.
Siouxland Magazine | | Grow/35 / 39
We are excited to announce that we are officially
changing our name to Siouxland Growth
Organization to better align with the tristate
community that we call home! Our members live
and work in all three states and various towns in
our community, and we want them and everyone
else to know we are here for all of Siouxland. Young
professionals have a positive impact on this area in
its entirety, not just one specific town.
Sioux City to Siouxland may seem like a small
change - just four letters. But, the difference of
those four letters represents almost twice as
many people, thousands of more square miles,
and hundreds of additional businesses, college
students, and of course, young professionals. We
recognized that this seemingly small difference
represented a big change as we seek to grow our
community through young professionals.
One of the questions I am most often asked about
Siouxland Growth Organization is, “How do I get
involved?” and there is no shortage of opportunities!
First and foremost-become a member! There are no age
limits or restrictions on who can join, and we welcome
all ideas and individuals. Second - donate. Whether it is
a financial contribution or event sponsorship, supplying
space or supplies for an event, or your time in helping
out, we are always in need of resources. Third - bring
ideas! How do you want to see Siouxland grow? Change?
Improve? Let’s continue to work together to attract and
retain young professionals to Siouxland!
Sioux City Growth Organization welcomes progressive
and innovative ideas. As a group, we work to put these
ideas into action and build the momentum to take Sioux
City into the future.
Emily Vondrak, President for Sioux City Growth Organization.
Whoever you are,
Whatever you do, We guarantee
SERVICE THAT SUITS YOU!
Heating and Cooling
Commercial Plumbing 712-252-3007
Chart Your Own Course
INDEPENDENT LIVING . RESIDENTIAL CARE
Your lifestyle is up to you - if you need ideas, we have plenty!
Life at Northpark Place is an ongoing partnership between
residents, families and our team. We embrace and advance
independence, celebrate opportunities, and empower residents
to experience life as they define it!
2562 Pierce Street
Sioux City, IA 51104
. Activities and Enrichment Programs
. Basic Utilities
. Beauty / Barber Shop
. Cable TV
. Concierge Services
. Community Kitchen
. Computer / Internet Access
. Emergency Call System
. General Maintenance
. Landscaped Grounds
. Laundry Service
. On-site Care Staff
. Private Dining Room
. Scheduled Transportation Services
Being a part of our family also means being
inspired by a supportive culture built upon
reliability, loyalty, pride, experience and
mutual respect. It means providing seniors
with exceptional services and amenities, along
with the vibrant lifestyle they so richly deserve.
SCHEDULE AN IN-PERSON
OR VIRTUAL TOUR TODAY!
The Test of Time
By, Todd Rausch
Here we are in 2021, and we are looking
forward to when we can get back to normal
or is this the new normal? Will our businesses
make it through 2022? How should we plan for the
next three, five or ten years? Our nation is 247 years
old from July 4, 1776, to present day. Our nation
has gone through a huge amount of change. What
if I told you before I became a college business
instructor in 2009, I had worked for a corporation
that was older than our nation? What if I told you
that the parent company of the corporation I worked
for was started in 1759?
Longevity is all about perception. Many of us think
of our businesses as being taken over by our kids or
grandkids. I don’t know a single person who thinks
of their business as going on for another 263 years
from now. Yet, there I was one of more than 40,000
employees in 139 countries.
This was a British company that had grown and
survived multiple economic disasters and multiple
changes of political winds. They had stayed focused
on who they were and what their purpose was. They
had changed products and even industries over
time, acquiring and selling businesses as they went.
Their focus, however, never left out who they were.
Their values as a business did not change very often.
The pandemic has shown a lot of us the importance
of what we think, say, and do. Speaking positive
words to ourselves today as a habit lays a foundation
for how we are going to respond to circumstances in
the future. This is true of all aspects of life, especially
in business. Start today to speak to yourself in ways that
build you up. Start surrounding yourself with people who
build you up. Your future will take care of itself if you take
care of it today.
How you respond to circumstances is what defines who you
are, not the circumstances. The words you have been telling
yourself about your business determine what that response
will be. Do you see yourself as a victim or a victor over
circumstances? This past year and a half have proven the
truth of that as many owners have thrown in the towel and
said it just isn’t worth it. Many others have said I didn’t build
this to throw it away just because times are tough.
There isn’t a right or wrong answer; there is only how you
think, talk to yourself, and respond to any circumstances in a
way that supports who you are and who you want to be.Some
businesses have a short life-span, some last a lifetime, and
some last a couple of generations. Then there are those rare
few that last for more than 12 generations. The difference
is how you as the owner envision your business. It is your
business and your dream.
Remember that we here at the SBDC are here to help you.
We want to be some of the people you surround yourself
with, we only exist to help you succeed. Don’t hesitate to
contact us and make us part of your team.
Todd Rausch, Regional Director for the Small Business
Development Center at Western Iowa Tech Community College.
| 712-274-6454 | Todd.firstname.lastname@example.org
Siouxland Magazine | Grow/37
Siouxland Magazine | Grow/38
Christmas Eve Worship
8 locations – one near you!
Candlelight. Communion for all. All are welcome!
Augustana Lutheran ELCA (Downtown)
www.augustanasc.org | 255-7694
Riverside Lutheran ELCA (Riverside)
www.nhcc.me | 233-1491
Trinity Lutheran ELCA (Downtown)
www.trinitylutheranchurchsc.org | 258-0519
St John Lutheran ELCA (Northside)
www.stjohnlutheransiouxcity.org | 277-3945
First Lutheran ELCA (Northside)
www.firstlutheransc.org | 239-3942
St Luke Lutheran ELCA (Morningside)
www.stlukechurchsc.org | 276-3346
St Mark Lutheran ELCA (Morningside)
www.scstmark.com | 276-2418
Immanuel/New Life Lutheran ELCA
Leading For Longevity: What’s the Secret?
By, Linda K. Krei (ActionCOACH ExcelEDGE)
What does it take? Let’s begin with a recognition that
EVERYTHING influences, so being mindful that your
thinking, your ‘being’ and ‘doing’, greatly impact your
leadership. It is an important reflective place to start. Then,
with intentional commitment and persistent practice, it is
possible to strengthen your ability to influence and make
an exponentially more positive difference in your life, the
lives of others, your organization, and the world. So, what do
effective leaders do?
Lead by Valuing Others – Take an Interest in
Great leaders are intentional to effectively inspire and
influence their people by showing authenticity and genuine
interest. Inspiration means understanding and connecting
with your people. People need to know that their leaders are
interested in more than just their output. Great leaders want
their people to be at their best and are willing to help them
get there. In turn, people will engage and work harder for
those who show genuine interest in personal development
and building connections with their employees.
Great leaders do not treat employees as dispensable.
Unfortunately, there are organizations that constantly
have a revolving door with burnout through crazy hours,
(unintentionally) causing them to become disillusioned,
sometimes taking advantage of their passion for the mission
of the organization without appropriate recognition. In these
organizations, there is not a long line of others waiting to
jump on board, and the norm often evolves into an unhealthy
culture of exhaustion, stress, and burnout.
Open yourself up to develop effective relationships, including
feedback, allowing more flexibility and trust. This might
imply that productivity goes down. The results are quite the
opposite. This attitude and awareness of the importance to
value others will create a positive team culture and mindset
that harness intrinsic motivation. An individual’s core need
to achieve unleashes their potential and ability to contribute
and connect. Being Intentional with such things will increase
your retention rate, increase employee satisfaction, and
increase results exponentially.
Lead by Example of Your Expectations:
Character and Competency
In his book, Developing the Leader Within You, John Maxwell
stated leadership traits may not be difficult to understand,
but they have proven to be challenging for many leaders
to master. All leadership is rooted in the leader’s character.
Character is the combination of a person’s values, beliefs,
and actions. Simply put, the character is walking the walk
and talking the talk. Competent leadership means being
well qualified or fit for the role with continual learning and
Competence is earned through:
• Experience, which means showing up every day to do
what’s required of you
• Growth, which means working to improve yourself
• Pursue excellence, which means never settling for average
• Exceeding expectations, which means surprising people
by going the extra mile
Lead for a Long Time - Consistency with
At the end of the day, consistency is a must for leading a long
time. People depend on leaders to show up to ‘be’, to simply
be present. They depend on leaders to ‘do’, to follow through
on promises made, deadlines assigned, and standards of
excellence. Consistency is achieved daily. It’s not a leadership
trait acquired overnight. Consistency combines character and
competence into the kind of performance that helps a leader
make a long-term impact. Consistency is steadiness, firmness,
orderliness, steadfastness, constancy, endurance, and creates
loyalty, engagement to get results. Consistency is measured
by your leadership behaviors and the example you set.
Yes, the secret to sustaining an effective leadership journey
takes a lot of intentional work and constant effort, with an
investment of life-long learning and adjustment along the
way. Invest in your people. Invest in yourself. Learn more
about partnering with the ActionCOACH ExcelEDGE Team to
guide your leadership journey to livelihood and longevity.
Take Action Today.
Contact Coach Krei for your Complimentary
Strategy Session to get you started.
As an award winning, globally recognized,
Certified Executive Business Coach and
Facilitator, Linda would love to help you take
your leadership to the next level.
Linda Krei, ActionCOACH Excel Edge
Siouxland Magazine | Grow/39
Inside and out.
Playing The Long Game
By, Dr. Meghan Nelson
It’s important to consult your physician or physical therapist
before beginning any new physical activity or exercises,
and always listen to your body and respect the warnings
Breathe in. Breathe out.
Nothing in our scope of practice is more profound. The
presence of breath defines life. Its absence, death. In
between, a lot of racing to catch a breath, a lot of running
out of breath. Denial. Deprivation. In those times in life
when time seems the shortest, it’s the breath we need
to hold the most precious. We need to chill. We need to
in our yoga practice. We can’t breathe for one another.
When we breathe for ourselves, though, we are breathing
life into the whole of creation. We are connecting to the
universal design from which we all spring forth.
Breathe in. Breathe out.
In order to find longevity in our life span, we must find
longevity in our breath. The following exercises consist
of lengthening the side-body and stretching and
strengthening the intercostal muscles, which help us to
find more controlled and extended breath.
It’s tough, though, right?
How can we promote length and expansion when there
are so many forces shrinking us down and shriveling
us up from all sides—political unrest, social upheaval,
economic uncertainty, a global pandemic? It can all be
too much to bear. Even within the dynamics of our most
Breathe in. Breathe out.
I think about the times with my husband over these
close to twenty years—the times we were the closest, the
moments too when we were light-years apart. The key to
our longevity, I think, is so deeply rooted in our wedding
vows and in the words that inspired them from Kahlil
Gibran’s, The Prophet, that we’ve tried so desperately
(at times) to embody—the awareness that we were “born
together” and “together […] shall be forevermore.”
With this faith, there’s nothing to fear.
Gibran encourages a love that leaves “spaces in your
togetherness” and to “stand together yet not too near
together: for the pillars of the temple stand apart, and
the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s
shadow.” Our sacred vow was rooted in the notion that
our longevity would come if we would simply give each
other some space. To be a bit more blunt, we are the
healthiest when we are the most selfish in our self-care;
when we take care of ourselves. When we tend to our
own stream before we go off and muddy someone else’s.
This has been true in our marriage, in our business, and
Meghan supports Megan Focht in an extended side body
stretch from hero pose.
Extended side-body stretch from hero pose starts in
a low-kneeling position with feet positioned to the
outsides of hips, toes point to the back of the mat. You
should not feel any strain in your hips, knees, or ankles.
Bolsters may be positioned under your hips to allow for
comfort in your knees.
Come down onto your elbow, finding a rounding along
the side-body. Top arm lengthens to the sky or overhead.
Breathe slowly into this pose and notice the expansion in
your ribcage and trunk, as well as the breath.
Breathe in. Breathe out.
in the mind. Through this
experience of breath regulation,
staying present and focused
with the count, we engage
the parasympathetic nervous
system, our tensions unravel,
and anxieties and worries drift
away as the mind focuses on
counting each cycle of the
Sawyer in seated wide legged side body stretch.
Seated wide-legged, side-body stretch begins with your
legs spread to a wide position without strain. Extend your
knees and pull your toes towards your hips to support
lengthened legs. One hand comes to the same side-leg,
ankle, or foot as the top arm reaches up overhead. Find
space and length through your trunk while your legs
stay evenly rooted to the mat.
Breathe in. Breathe out.
Find a comfortable seated
position with a tall, neutral spine.
Inhale through nose, deep into
belly for a count of four. Hold
breath gently (without strain) for a count of seven, (or shorter if
needed). Exhale fully through pursed lips for a count of eight.
Liam in seated meditation
for 4 7 8 Breath.
Inhale four, hold seven, exhale eight. Repeat 4-8 repetitions.
Notice the effects.
When I asked my husband, Ryan, if he knew a quote from a
master I could use on longevity, he smiled at me that way he
does and replied, “The master is within. Breathe. You’ll meet
her there.” I must’ve looked confused because he then said,
“Breathe long, live slow: it’s okay if you don’t break through
all at once.” Aries Spears said that, “to sustain longevity, you
have to evolve.” We’re all changing. Learning. Growing.
Each moment, an opportunity to expand the quality of our
lives through the quality of our breath.
I study my next lesson within: lengthen the body, expand
the mind, deepen the breath. The long game is the only
one we can truly win. The joy is in the playing.
Grace in Gate Pose.
Gate Pose begins in a high kneeling position. One hand
comes down to ground and the opposite leg extends and
lengthens to the side while the opposite arm reaches up
overhead. Keep your shoulders stacked, arms reaching
to help keep your trunk lifted.
Breathe in. Breathe out.
And finally, to manage chronic stress and anxiety, try
this simple breath exercise, which extends the exhale
in order to calm the nervous system and ease tension
Breathe in. Breathe out.
Dr. Meghan Nelson, a licensed physical therapist and
professional yoga therapist with a passion for using
yoga as medicine for optimal health, injury prevention,
and overall health and wellness. Meghan is co-owner of
Lumin Therapy, which provides integrative healing of the
mind, body, and spirit through the practice of physical
therapy, medical therapeutic yoga, and mindfulness.
Photo Credit left page Britton Hacke Photography. Wide
legged side body stretch Photo Britton Hacke Photography.
Gate Pose Photo Credit Meghan Nelson. Seated Meditation
Photo Credit Ryan Allen.
Siouxland Magazine | Balance /42
Ask The Therapist
By, Gladys Smith
Question: Although I used to enjoy this time of
year, I find myself struggling with what feels like
depression. I’ve noticed that these feelings seem
to lift when the days start to get longer and there’s
more sunlight. Is this really considered depression?
Response: It sounds like you’re describing Seasonal
Affective Disorder (SAD), commonly referred to as the
winter blues. SAD is a major depressive disorder that has
a recurring seasonal pattern, lasting approximately 4-5
months. A less common form of SAD occurs in spring or
early summer and lasts until fall. The distinction between
major depressive disorder and SAD is the element of time.
In order to be diagnosed with major depressive disorder,
one must have experienced symptoms for at least two
weeks. SAD requires that one experiences symptoms over
the course of two fall/winter seasons. Seasonal Affective
Disorder, by and large, effects those that live furthest from
the equator, as they experience shorter days and less
sunlight during the fall and winter seasons.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health
(NIMH) 2014, research suggests that SAD results from
“reduced activity of the brain chemical serotonin, which
helps regulate mood.” Sunlight plays a part in maintaining
normal serotonin levels, but in people with SAD, the
process that regulates serotonin does not function
It is estimated that 10 million Americans are effected by
SAD, with women being four times more likely than men
to be diagnosed with this condition. The age of onset is
usually between 18 and 30 years old. SAD is more common
in those with a major depressive disorder, or Bipolar, due
to the recurrent depressive symptoms. Some individuals
dealing with SAD have symptoms severe enough to
impact their quality of life and require hospitalization.
The common symptoms associated with fall/winter SAD
• Feelings of hopelessness and sadness
• Thoughts of suicide
• Hyper-somnia or oversleeping
• Change in appetite, cravings for sweet or starchy foods
• Weight gain
• Legs and arms feeling heavy
• Low energy level
• Decrease in physical activity
• Difficulty concentrating
• Increased sensitivity to social situations
• Avoiding social situations
It’s important to note that symptoms will vary among
those with SAD; however, disruptions in sleep are
present with both fall/winter and summer SAD. Having
a good sleep regimen contributes to one’s overall
health, helping to balance one’s mood and emotions.
This is something that I often talk with clients about
in my practice, as one of my incredibly wise mentors
once told me, “sleep is restorative.”
In an article entitled, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
in College Students: More than the Winter Blues, 2021,
Jan Hall shared how this disorder can impact college
students. With the shift from having a regular routine
in high school and getting up early, to staying up late
to study and socialize, this schedule can contribute to
sleeping in and not getting enough Vitamin D from
sunlight. Hall goes on to state that it’s important to
maintain a regular bedtime, ensure balance and
routine with daily activities and responsibilities, attend
to one’s emotional and physical health, consider light
therapy, and visit on-campus healthcare facilities if
In her article entitled, Lifestyle Methods to Cope with
Seasonal Affective Disorder, 2014, Lauren MacDonald
shared several tips to cope with SAD. She suggested
regular exercise to help improve mood, enhance
positive feelings and increase energy level, making
social plans to stay connected with friends and family,
let sunlight into your home whenever possible, avoid
overloading on carbohydrates,and make time for selfcare.
If symptoms persist and become concerning, it may
be necessary to consult with a healthcare professional.
Treatment for SAD can include a combination of
light therapy, vitamin D nutritional supplements,
antidepressants, and counseling. With fall/winter SAD
being associated with a lack of sunlight, broad-band
light therapy, which imitates outdoor light, is often
used as a treatment option. Those with SAD tend
to have a Vitamin D deficiency, so the use of Vitamin
D supplements may help improve their symptoms.
Due to the change in serotonin activity associated
with SAD, antidepressant medications (selective
serotonin reuptake inhibitors) may also be used to
Vail Health Foundation, 2020, recommends getting
exposure to sunlight by spending time in your backyard
or going for short walks in your neighborhood, using
Zoom or social media to stay connected to friends
and family, and practicing mindful meditation to treat
In closing, I would like to leave you with the following
quote by Rachel Carson, “There is something infinitely
healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance
that dawn comes after night and spring after winter.”
Siouxland Magazine | Balance /43
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of talk
therapy aimed at helping people learn how to cope
with difficult situations; CBT also has been adapted
for people with SAD (CBT-SAD)”, NIMH, 2014. The
focus of CBT-SAD is on replacing negative thoughts
associated with winter with positive thoughts. In
addition, individuals are encouraged to “identify and
schedule pleasant, engaging indoor and outdoor
activities to combat the loss of interests they typically
experience in the winter,” NIMH, 2014.
Symptoms of SAD may be exacerbated during the
COVID pandemic as limited opportunities to socialize
during the holiday season, and people spending
more time indoors cuts down on one’s exposure
to sunlight. Those who have not experienced SAD
may be vulnerable to it during the pandemic. The
You can send your questions for “Ask the Therapist”
to email@example.com. Please put
“Ask the Therapist” in the subject line.
Gladys Smith, a Licensed Independent Social Worker
with Mental Health Associates, who has over 35
years of clinical experience in inpatient, outpatient,
and residential settings. Although she provides
therapy to adults and families, she specializes in
working with adolescents who are struggling with
mental health, behavioral and substance disorders.
Gladys is a co-founder of Soul Creek Nature Therapy
that focuses on offering peace and healing through
a connection with nature.
MORE THAN INSURANCE.
INDEPENDENT. CUSTOMIZED. LEADING-EDGE.
412 Water Street, Sioux City, IA
Siouxland Magazine | Balance /44
Ask the Doctor
By, Dr. Nesrin Abu Ata
Question: I tried non-pharmacological approaches
to help my mood, including therapy and lifestyle
changes, without feeling much better. Then my
therapist suggested that I go on medication for my
anxiety and depression. I am nervous about taking
medication because I feel like something is really
wrong with me. By agreeing to take a medication,
am I admitting that something is wrong with me? Am
I broken and would have to stay on this medicine for
the rest of my life?
Response: Great job on being proactive about your
mental well-being and making the choice to invest in your
mental health with lifestyle changes and seeking therapy.
You are not alone in feeling apprehensive about taking
medication. Actually, between 30% to 50% of people do
not adhere to prescribed medications. There are many
reasons why people do not want to take medications. One
of them is pharmacophobia (Yes, everything has a fancy
term in medicine), which refers to the fear of medication
and a less than the optimal attitude towards medications.
Why is pharmacophobia (fear of taking pills) a problem?
Untreated mental illness can grow into incapacitating
hurdles in a person’s life. The illness usually starts as one
small problem. If not addressed early on or adequately, it
transforms into a gigantic issue that affects their quality of
life, relationships, work, and sense of who they are.
Let’s Explore Some Potential Root Causes of Fear
Possible Traumatic Experience with Medications:
Explore your experience with medications. Ask yourself
if you watched someone in your life have an adverse
reaction when they took medication. What happened
to them, and how did that effect you? Or, you may have
had a negative experience from taking medications from
when you were a child. Were you feeling sick and not well
and didn’t like swallowing pills? Did you argue with your
parents about taking medication?
A Perceived Lack of Control:
Not being in control of the mind or body can be a
frightening experience and result in someone not feeling
safe in their mind or body. Being in control gives us a
sense of safety. It is easy to see why someone would
fear medications due to fear of becoming addicted and
feeling like they lose control. Another reason for fear of
losing control is the fear of side effects that can potentially
come with medications.
What is the antidote to fear of loss of control? Remind
yourself that you are the one in control of how you want
your healthcare to be. Taking medication is a choice
that you make, not something that just “happens to
you.” By choosing to direct your healthcare in a manner
consistent with your goals, taking medication becomes
a choice you make and that you can always change.
Remember to make decisions because of your goals
and sense of worth, not because of fear.
Social Stigma and Misinformation Can Lead to Shame:
You may also want to reflect if you have had an
experience where you felt judged or shamed for taking
a medication. What did others say to you, or was it the
way they looked at you? How old were you, and how did
you cope with it? Maybe you heard others talk negatively
about someone else being on medication.
Reframe Your Thoughts About Taking Medications:
If someone has a sinus infection, they take medication to
help them get better and suffer less. Taking medication
for mental health is no different. The goal is to improve
someone’s quality of life and optimize relationships. If,
after you tried therapy and lifestyle changes and feel like
you haven’t made much progress or felt any alleviation
of symptoms, evaluate how you are meeting your goal of
wellness, and is it time to consider being on medication?
What is your intention behind taking a medication?
If feelings of shame come up, can you reframe your
thoughts so that you are not taking medicine because
something is wrong with you? Instead, you choose to
take medication because you matter and care about
your wellness, and this medicine can help you with that.
Can you reframe your thoughts so that you look at taking
medicine as a self-care tool, no different than going to
the gym, having a yearly dental checkup, and taking care
of your body?
Seek A Reliable Information Source and Avoid
Your mind or other people might tell you, “That you will
be on these medications forever.” However, this is not
true. Making a decision based on misinformation, or fear,
may likely cause you harm in the long run. Seek a reliable
and trusted source of information to help guide you to
make the most informed decisions aligned with your
wellness and recovery goals.
weigh the risks and benefits of being on medications.
Remember that there is no right or wrong answer. The
right answer is what meets your needs and goals that
you can only decide.
Remember, the ball is in your court of how you want
your healthcare to be and fit your goals and needs.
You can send your questions for “Ask the Doctor”
to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Ask the
Doctor” in the subject line.
Siouxland Magazine | Balance /45
Build Your Wellness Dream Team and Find a Provider that
is Your Ally:
I can’t stress this enough. It is important that you feel
heard and supported when working with your mental
health provider. When you meet with your mental health
provider, pay attention if they answer your concerns and
not dismiss them. Do they ask you questions and listen
to your answers till the end? You may want to create your
own checklist of what you are looking for in a mental
health provider. Ask yourself if this mental health provider
is there to support you and answer your questions as you
Dr. Abu Ata is a 0board-certified psychiatrist and
family medicine physician in private practice,
providing holistic care for the mind, body, and spirit
in the context of personal growth and relationships.
Offers a mindfully cultivated practice of presence
and expertise. Her healing practice draws on her
mindfulness, yoga, family medicine, and integrative
psychiatry training to weave a unique tapestry
supporting your YOU-nique journey. Connect at www.
nesrinabuatamd.com or email@example.com.
IV Nutritional Therapy
Sioux City, IA
MultiDrps are nutritional IV infusions that fuel your
body with vitamins, minerals and amino acids
delievered directly into your bloodstream for a
replenished, rehydrated and revitalized lifestyle.
• Boost your immune system
• Recharge energy levels
• Feel revitalized in minutes
• Rehydrate your brain
3930 Stadium drive | Sioux City, ia 51106 | (712) 276-4325
Siouxland Magazine | Balance /46
After gathering Qi from the earth practitioners extend the arms skyward basking in heavenly energy.
The Ancient Medicine of Qigong Stimulates Longevity
of the Whole Human
By, Emily Larson
These days, there seems to be different types
of medical technology developed every day.
Our investigation of alternative ways to heal and come
home to ourselves continues as we explore the notion
of sound as therapy. In order to do so, we must start with
a side exploration of the brain and its different states of
With this ever-changing landscape of medicines, only a
handful have withstood the test of time. Qigong is one
of them, dating back more than 4,500 years. This unique
blend of martial arts, philosophy, meditation, breath, and
movement works to integrate mind, body, and spirit. This
integrative quality makes qigong one of many highly
accessible tools for longevity as it helps both restore and
maintain the flow of qi.
Qi (pronounced “chee”) refers to life force or vital energy
of every living being. Chinese medicine recognizes that
the physical body is a manifestation of qi and that there
are twelve main paired channels, called meridians, that
circulate this life force energy throughout the body.
I like to think of this as a body system much like the
cardiovascular or digestive system. The energy body is
a bit more subtle and more difficult to see or measure,
but each meridian corresponds to a specific organ,
which has an associated element, set of emotions, and
earthly season. For example, the kidney meridian runs from
the bottom of the foot, all the way up the leg and through
the center of the body where it ends near the collarbone.
The kidneys, along with the urinary bladder, represent the
water element in the body and are associated with fear when
imbalanced and peace when in harmony and balance.
*I went more in depth on these relationships in the January
issue on Passion. Still available online at SiouxlandMagazine.
Gong loosely translated means “cultivation.” Thus, Qigong is
an exercise in cultivating or restoring circulation to the life
force energy (Qi), namely through dedicated practice.
You may be asking yourself, How in the world are my organs
related to my emotions? And the seasons? This is a natural
line of questioning for those of us accustomed to more
modern styles of medicine. As an ancient form of medicine,
developers of qigong had to find ways to describe and heal
the body without being able to observe it on the minute
levels we can today and without our advanced medical
technology. Thus, these humans were in much deeper touch
with what they could feel. They observed how connected
we are with our natural surroundings, including, yes, our
emotional tendencies during certain seasons. Perhaps the
creators and original practitioners of Qigong could not
observe, for instance, a red blood cell under a microscope,
but they could see a deep connection between the heat
associated with our bodies’ circulatory system and the
heat of the Earthly summer. From these deep connections
found between the human body and the Earth, Qigong
developers made a medicinal movement practice that can
create harmony and balance on all levels of the human
form - mind, body, and spirit.
Qigong involves simple but prescriptive movements paired
with intentional breathing, which helps release blockages
in meridian channels and stimulate the flow of Qi. One
such example is a standing exercise where the practitioner
keeps the legs and feet planted while twisting the torso left
and right. The arms are allowed to remain somewhat slack
at the sides so that as the twist completes on one side, the
arms wrap around the body and one hand gently strikes
the chest on the opposite side, and the other hand strikes
the kidney area in the lower back. Intuitively, the strikes
stimulate the Qi, flow of Qi in the kidneys and lungs, as
well as their respective meridians. This flow of energy is
apparent with the invigorating buzzing at the kidney area,
lungs, and through the center of the body upon practicing
Another example is also a standing exercise in which the
practitioner folds the torso over the legs (as much as is
accessible and bending the knees as needed) and collects
Earth Qi with the hands. The practitioner then comes back
to standing and pulls the Earth Qi in toward the center of
the body. The arms then extend overhead, embodying a
balance between the Earth and sky; giving and receiving.
This exercise has many benefits, including opening the
meridians in the back of the body and connecting with our
Each of these exercises can be done repetitively and in
series with other movements to create a flow with specific
benefits. For example, Qigong flows can work with opening
meridians, invigorating the body for morning, addressing
blockages in a single specific meridian, and always for
creating harmony of mind, body, and spirit.
This therapeutic movement style of Qigong works well with
a class of herbs called adaptogens, which are commonly
used medicinally alongside Qigong in Traditional Chinese
Medicine practices. These herbs support longevity during
the inevitable shifts in life such as changing jobs, seasons,
Green Tea, especially of potent and integrous sourcing, is
known as one of the strongest natural antioxidants. This
means it can neutralize oxidizers from toxic substances
like cigarette smoke, over-consumption of alcohol, and
other pollutants that are common in day-to-day life. When
oxidation occurs on a cellular level it can lead to intense
dis-ease states like skin, lung, and stomach cancer or even
more mild dis-ease states like chronic inflammation and
high blood pressure. Green tea helps our bodies build antioxidation
protectors so we can have stronger cardiovascular
abilities and even reduce pain and inflammation.
Free radical fighting green tea is very high in antioxidants
which have many benefits.
Reishi Mushrooms have strong adaptogenic properties
as it helps regulate the body’s hormone levels during
stress. These days, many of us experience an extensive
gamut of stressors in our day-to-day lives. By monitoring
hormone secretions from what is known as the stress axis
(pituitary gland, hypothalamus, and adrenal glands}, Reishi
helps defend the body against excessive stress and its
consequential forms of dis-ease like low immune function,
fatigue, or chronic pain.
Red Chinese Ginseng is known to increase energy and
vitality while also supporting the immune system by
increasing the release of ACTH from the pituitary gland.
This a hormone that helps the body adapt to stress and
avoid burnout, as excessive stress can deplete energy
stores and immune function. This warming and stimulating
quality of red ginseng can help lift depression associated
with low energy levels (not necessarily low serotonin levels
or uptake), offering access to more passion and enjoyment
So, even with the many different medical advancements
available today, some of the most potent have been with
us for thousands of years, growing upon the ground which
we stand; or, as in the case of Qigong, the medicine is in our
Emily Larson, Licensed Massage Therapist, Private Yoga
Instructor, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology & Human
Performance, Co-Teacher of Anatomy for massage
therapy students at the Bio Chi Institute, mother to Noah.
Photo Credit (left page) Dylan Freeman.
Photo Credit (right page) Emily Larson.
Siouxland Magazine | Balance /47
Enjoy Your Life. Adventurous
The Return of Holiday!
By, Erika Hansen
Ahhh, 2020. Remember the quarantining, the isolation,
the sudden elimination of family & friends from your
And yet – I must admit – I have a fondness for 2020. I think
many of us do. It gave this Universe a gigantic reset in so
many ways, and wherever we were on our own personal
journeys – I don’t know one person who didn’t need it.
But maybe all that ‘quiet time’ made 2021’s re-entrance
to civilization even sweeter. And now, the holidays are
upon us! And what better time to celebrate all that’s
been, and all that’s to come.
If you’re anything like me, you’re already checking
your calendar, and making loads of plans to see family
and friends, excited to celebrate the simple act of
And I couldn’t let all that joy descend upon us without
some great fashion tips for your holiday festivities! Who
doesn’t want to look amazing for their first round of
holiday parties since 2019?
I recently made a stop at my favorite Sioux City
destination, Rooted Boutique, to do some pre-holiday
shopping. So many treasures there (with new arrivals
coming in weekly), I hardly knew where to begin. But
here are a few of my favorites.
I love a really feminine look for gatherings with friends,
and this pleated blue silk skirt from Look 1, paired with
a tres-chic padded-shoulder sleeveless t, gives me
all the girly feels I’m craving! The best part about this
ensemble? It’s comfortable! The elastic-waist skirt will
give you shape, without cutting off your circulation. I also
love the color pairing. The steel blue with a silvery sheen
says “holiday,” without relying on traditional shades. A
strappy velvet sandal in taupe to polish things off? Yes
please! By the way – Rooted features amazing, oneof-a-kind
jewelry pieces to complement anything and
everything. Check out the necklace featured with this
outfit. To die for!
Look 2 is for a party. It’s a silky, flirty, ivory dress that’s
so fun to wear. The layers of gathering at the waist are
uber-flattering. The length isn’t too revealing; but it’s
short enough to get a second glance (or third). This
Rooted Boutique holiday style in soft blues.
dress comes in other colors, but I love the off-white. It’s
unexpected for winter, and yet totally perfect at the same
time. The snowy vibe looks especially edgy with a pair of
black heeled booties (bonus: you can literally wear these
shoes with everything else you own). A million different
ways to accessorize this look. Gold and glam, a leather
cuff, a pair of statement earrings? The options are endless!
Look 3 makes me think of gift-giving and family and
candlelight and a big meal with lots of people around the
table. The color palette is a bit more traditional, but who
doesn’t love a splash of red this time of year? The tie-neck
top is sophisticated and elegant. And check out these black
pants! Nothing basic about the front kick pleat! That’s an
addition that makes the whole look special, daring, and
wholly unique. And speaking of daring – those heels! This
strappy black pump features a clear/black combo to amp
up the sex appeal. And again, a pair of shoes that are so
versatile, you’ll be able to wear them with all sorts of other
outfits – even jeans!
Rooted Boutique has a
variety of holiday styles from
pants to dresses.
The theme this holiday? Wear what brings you joy. The overall
mood in fashion right now is one of celebration. We’ve all been
through a lot. Let’s only wear pieces that make us feel happy
and optimistic and hopeful for our collective future. Fashion
can influence your mood – so let it be a positive influence that
brings more light and life to your holiday season – and everyone
Erika Hansen is a lifelong Siouxland resident, mom, model,
podcast host, live entertainment professional, and small
business owner. Curious about exploring the connection
between outward appearances and inner power, Erika is
passionate about making fashion fun, and fostering a spirit of
inclusion with no limits based on age or body type. You can
find out more about Erika’s love of style & design, her modeling
journey, and info about her podcast, “Ages 9 to Adult”, on
Photo Credit Britton Hacke Photography.
Siouxland Magazine | EXPLORE /50
Experience quality dental treatment
in a relaxed, friendly environment.
New patients are welcome.
Call us today!
2918 Hamilton Blvd.
Stop in to any Sweetwater Cafe or Pony
Express location to register to win a
special gift box from SweetGrass Trading
Company.* At Pony Express, simply use
your Pony Rewards Card to be entered. At
Sweetwater Cafe, fill out an entry form.
It’s our way of thanking you for your loyal
business this year! We appreciate it!
*Winners will be drawn 11-22-21.
Emerson • Rosalie • Sloan
South Sioux City
Walthill • Winnebago
Sioux City • Ho-Chunk Centre
South Sioux • Flatwater Crossing
Winnebago • Ho-Chunk Village
Siouxland Magazine | EXPLORE / 51
Nan Wilson has turned this old tub into a garden focal point.
Turning a Clawfoot Vintage Tub into a Work of Art
By, Sandy Sabel
The vintage clawfoot tub had its origin in the
mid 18th century in Europe. The ball foot design
was initially created in Holland and then spread to
England, followed by the States. The epitome of the
historic bathroom tub is the clawfoot tub. The clawfoot
tub reached its popularity in the late 19th century. As
a child in Sioux City, I bathed in a porcelain tub with
claw feet. People who buy a home with a clawfoot tub
now want to restore it or get rid of it.
In 1973, a few months after my husband and I moved
into our new home, I received a call from an uncle,
who had purchased a Morningside home to fix up and
resell. It had an old porcelain tub with a claw foot. He
called and asked if I wanted this old tub as he knew I
liked old things. I told him I would love to have it, so
he brought it in the back of a pickup truck and put it
under our deck. I painted it red and planted flowers
in it. The last several years it has stood empty, as it sat
under our deck where we couldn’t enjoy it.
I wanted to refurbish it, so I called Nan Wilson, an
Art instructor at Briar Cliff University. Thankfully, she
accepted the challenge. I told her she could develop
any design and use any colors. It was truly a ‘labor of
love.’ The tub has the same design on both sides and
different designs on each end. She painted the inside
of the tub white. We then had it sprayed by Gordon
Body Shop to protect the finish and keep it from fading
in the sun.
It now has a special place in one of our flower beds,
which we can enjoy from any room in the back of
our home. Paul Sundquist, our gardener, suggested
I not plant directly in the tub but rather, use two big
plastic planters painted white. The flowers he planted
compliment beautifully the colors and the design of
the tub. It certainly is the focal point in our yard!
Sandy Sabel not only inspires us to reconnect with
treasures from the past in creative ways but also to
connect with those we appreciate in our present in
Up From The Earth exists to connect extra produce from
home gardens to people in need.
Photo Credit Sandy Sabel.
Siouxland Magazine | EXPLORE /52
Developing Leaders for Future Generations Through 4-H
By, Angela Abts
The nation’s largest youth development
organization, 4-H, celebrated more than 100
years of positive accomplishments for youth,
families, volunteers, alumni, and donors during
National 4-H Week (October 3rd-9th). In the
United States, 4-H programs empower six million
young people through 110 land-grant universities
and Cooperative Extensions in more than 3,000 local
offices, serving every county and parish in the country.
The 4-H program offers many benefits for youth,
volunteers, and communities, such as building life
skills through hands-on learning resulting in increased
confidence, resilience, leadership, and compassion
while adults provide a positive environment.
Nebraska 4-H is committed to supporting the youth in
our state with hands-on learning. Whether in a school
classroom, a cafeteria, a gym, a living room, an outside
space, or online, learning can happen anywhere.
One program in Dakota County that has a strong
collaboration with the South Sioux City Schools is First
Lego League (FLL) Robotics. It has been available for
the past ten years. Each year, approximately 40 students
compete in the experience learning valuable life skills
with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math while
building, programming, and testing robots with more
than 15 coaches and mentors.
Youth leadership development is essential to help teens
learn about giving back to their community. These young
people will be leading our country in the near future. Yes,
sooner than everyone realizes! As community members,
the responsibility falls on everyone to ensure these
youth leaders are being provided every opportunity
they deserve. “Organizations and communities need
to consider youth-adult partnerships (see Ladder of
Youth Participation) as they work with youth audiences,”
according to Roger Hart.
How can you tell if youth are positively engaged with
caring adults? Here are few ideas to consider from
the Community Network for Youth Development:
• Young people have opportunities to participate
• Young people have opportunities to develop and
• Young people experience a sense of belonging.
• Young people and adults are working together,
with both groups sharing equally in the decisionmaking.
Brianna at Ag Festival.
Youth leaders come in a variety of ages, backgrounds,
and personalities. While it is a natural instinct to view
the most extroverted and boisterous youth as the
most influential leaders, that is not always the case.
Not all youth have that same personality. Just as with
any effective team, it takes a variety of personalities
and strengths to make it a success. That is why, when
seeking out potential youth leaders, it is important to
tap into a variety of personality styles. There is a need
for youth leaders that enjoy the behind-the-scenes work
just as much as there is for the ones who love to present
the ideas. When working with youth, remember to have
each stretch their comfort limit. If youth do not feel as
comfortable with the planning, make sure they still get
the practice. Just be sure to offer more guidance during
Just as important is tapping into a variety of youth
leader personalities, it is equally vital to offer a variety
of leadership opportunities. Within 4-H, depending
on the county, youth have a vast array of experiences
awaiting them. Creating a variety of leadership roles will
help to ensure each youth feels they have something
that might fit them and their family. Youth leaders are
extremely effective when there is youth representation
on a board. For example, a 4-H Council might have
six youth members and six adult members. This allows
the youth leaders to feel as though they have an equal
say. Teen Leaders or Youth Ambassador Programs in
4-H are unique opportunities for the youth leaders to
experience different leadership roles through the 4-H
program. Youth can plan their events, elect their own
officers, and represent 4-H members in their county.
For those youth who are extremely busy, episodic
leadership opportunities tend to work better. Youth can
serve as Jr. Superintendents during the county fair by
assisting the superintendents and helping with the event
programming. This requires less time commitment, while
still allowing them an opportunity to show leadership.
Siouxland Magazine | EXPLORE / 53
Nebraska 4-H in Dakota
County has established a 4-H
Ambassador program for
teens to demonstrate their
leadership and citizenship
skills. The current Dakota
County 4-H Ambassador
is Brianna Bousquet. She
has been a member of the
Hubbard Jr. Feeders 4-H Club
for the past 11 years. She is
an example of a young leader
in her club, community, and
school. The first year of the
4-H Afterschool program in Emerson, Brianna was
there helping younger youth complete their projects.
She continues to serve as a teen volunteer and positive
role model for younger youth at the monthly events.
As a 4-H Ambassador in Dakota County, she started
her experience when COVID hit. That didn’t stop
Brianna’s passion for becoming a 4-H Ambassador.
She has been able to practice her communication skills
through making videos about Nebraska agriculture
and 4-H promotions. She represents her club on the
Dakota County 4-H Council and serves as an officer in
her Hubbard Jr. Feeders 4-H Club and the council. Her
involvement as the first Dakota County 4-H Ambassador
has allowed her to promote a positive 4-H message to
youth, families, and stakeholders in the community.
Youth leaders are a cornerstone to the success of every
community. There is a sense of commitment and pride
to their community when youth have helped shape its
future. When moving forward to help grow the youth
leaders in the community, remember to take it slow and
grow it effectively. The 4-H program is the nation’s largest
positive youth development and youth mentoring
organization, empowering six million young people in
the U.S. (4-h.org). Nebraska 4-H grows communities.
Nebraska 4-H grows leaders. For more information
about the 4-H and Youth Development and leadership
opportunities, please contact the University of Nebraska
Lincoln Extension Office in your local county or visit the
website at http://4h.unl.edu/.
Ladder of Youth Participation
Angela Abts, a 4-H and Youth Development Extension
Educator with Nebraska Extension for the past 13 years,
and eight years with K-State Research & Extension. She
focuses her extension programming on working with
youth audiences through school enrichment, afterschool,
First Lego League teams, and traditional 4-H clubs in
Dakota County and statewide.
Photos Contributed by Nebraska Extension.
PRESENTED BY CARLSON GROUP @ RE/MAX
RE/MAX Launches Preferred Siouxland Home Search App
Experience real estate through Siouxland’s
new and preferred real estate search app
brought to you exclusively by RE/MAX
Preferred and LeadCity CRM. This app is
the game-changer for real estate from Sioux
City to Sergeant Bluff. Dakota Dunes, SD, to
South Sioux City, NE, and throughout Northwest
Iowa. The focus is purely on the consumer, and
Siouxland’s Preferred Real Estate App
combines Zillow, Realtor.com, RE/MAX.com,
and PreferredSiouxland.com. It combines
the best features from each of those apps
into one power-packed app.
Preferred Home Search App!
Scan the above QR code to download the
app or search RE/MAX Preferred Home
Search in the App Store or Google Play.
Create an account and make your real
estate dreams a reality!
In a fast-changing market, you need access now!
Accuracy and speed – The app provides access to
all listings on the MLS. Users will be able to pull
information in real-time. This app includes updates
on active, contingent, and pending properties.
In today’s market, it’s important to have accurate
information quickly and at your fingertips.
Create your profile.
Easily access MAP NAVIGATION while
driving around looking at homes, view nearby
amenities and schools, lookup assessor and
tax info, easily send listings to friends, use
mortgage calculator, and so much more. But
the greatest benefits come if you signup
and create a free account.
Easily keep track of all your favorites, recent
searches, and edit your profile.
The feature that sets this app apart is the access
to all your transaction info. Let’s take your real
estate buying or selling EXPERIENCE to
another level. This app will literally organize your
transaction and eliminate wasted time. Whether
you are a seller or buyer that uses an agent from
RE/MAX Preferred all your documents and view
all necessary transaction data in real-time. The
app can keep you organized and literally add
time back in your day.
If you are looking to buy or sell in Sioux City
and throughout Siouxland…and you don’t
have this app… you are simply missing out.
The app provides access to ALL listings on the
MLS. You deserve the highest-level experience.
Let RE/MAX show you the Preferred way to buy
and sell real estate in Siouxland.
You will have access to
all MLS listings.
Use the map navigation
to find your home search
Begin your home search by
neighborhood or subdivision
Contact an Agent by phone,
text, or email.