May 20, 2019

If I did an analysis of which town in Iowa had the most impressive ratio of people to interesting attractions, the winner very well might be Manning in Carroll County. In several previous posts, I highlighted Manning's beautiful Main Street, raved about their amazing I...

May 7, 2019

If you are driving down Highway 71 south of Carroll and you look off to the west, there's a good chance you'll see a beautiful church steeple sticking up over the rolling hills. 

That steeple belongs to the historic Holy Angels Catholic Church in Roselle. 

Carroll County...

April 18, 2019

After a Saturday morning of adventures, which included driving from West Des Moines to Auburn to check out The Little Green Truck Coffee Company, visiting Mount Carmel, and stopping at the amazing I O W A sculpture in Manning, I had worked up a bit of an appetite. A qu...

April 17, 2019

When someone at Deb's Corner Cafe in historic downtown Manning suggested I head across the street to check out "The Market Place", I expected to find a nice gift shop with a modest selection of items and a simple coffee bar.

Boy was I wrong.

When I walked in, I discovere...

April 15, 2019

Without looking it up, I wagered that Manning has a population of about 3000 to 4000 people.

In reality? They are just under 1500. Count me as surprised. The town has the amenities of a city with two or three times their actual population. That's a testament to the lead...

April 5, 2019

Our state is fortunate to have many beautiful and and extraordinary churches. Many of these ornate and remarkable houses of worship are more than 100 years old and are, in many respects, architectural marvels. It may sound cliche, but they certainly don't build churche...

April 4, 2019

These days, in our social media driven world, people are always on the look out for that cool "insta-worthy" spot. Luckily, Iowa is full of beautiful, interesting, and photogenic stops. However, there is one community that has quite literally made "I O W A" a place to...

April 2, 2019

When most Iowans hear the name "Merle Hay", they probably think of either the shopping mall or the major north/south road that runs from Des Moines through Johnston and even has its own exit off of I-80/35. However, before there was ever a road or a mall, there was the...

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