Register today for the Camp High Hopes Rib Run to be held on May 3, 2014.

This 5K run/walk is family friendly and takes place along the banks of the Missouri River on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. (Chris Larsen Park Shelter).  The course is flat and accessible.  Water will be provided along the course as well as mile markers.Image

Post race snacks will be served at the Chris Larsen Park Shelter along the riverfront (Larsen Park Road).   Be sure to stick around after the race to experience the Cookies BBQ Rib Wagon near the race site from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  BBQ will be available for $8.00 and up.

Register early! Register at by April 24th to receive a race shirt. Adults are $25 and Children are $10.  Registrants after April 24th and day of race registrants will not receive a race shirt.

Free Fit Balance Class for Seniors

Join the Northern Hills Assisted Living free Fit Balance classes designed specifically for seniors.  Fit Balance is a series of gentle exercises for seniors taught by certified senior fitness instructor Meg Bishop, a member of the Northern Hills team.  This new and popular class combines the slow fluidity of Tai-Chi, the breathe technique and stretch of Yoga and the strength of light weight lifting.  These exercises can greatly enhance range of motion, flexibility, mobility, balance and muscular strength; which will assist seniors in all their activities of daily living.

The Fit Balance Series can also help with:

  1. Arthritis
  2. Inflammation
  3. Improve the Circulatory System
  4. Support Healthy Digestion
  5. Improve Breathing/Respiratory System
  6. Sleep
  7. Anxiety/Stress
  8. Uplift the Spirit
  9. Classes can be done seated or standing

Classes are held every Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Northern Hills Independent Living Community, 4002 Teton Trace, Sioux City, Iowa.  For more information call 712.239.9400.

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Siouxland Metro (IA-NE-SD) Ranks First for Economic Development in 2013

For the second consecutive year (2012 and 2013), the Siouxland metropolitan region ranks first in the nation for economic development, according to results announced today by Site Selection magazine. The region also earned this award in back-to-back years in 2007 and 2008.


Our regional economic development partners (Sioux City, Le Mars, North Sioux City, Woodbury County, South Sioux City, Dakota Dunes, Sergeant Bluff) posed with Adam Bruns, Site Selection Magazine after receiving the Top Metro award for 2013.

Adam Bruns, Managing Editor of Site Selection magazine based in suburban Atlanta, traveled to Sioux City to make the official announcement to a gathering of nearly 250 local business executives, elected officials, and regional economic development professionals at a noon luncheon at the Sioux City Convention Center. “We did the research and tallied the numbers, but it’s the community and company leaders who are doing the work,” Bruns said. “The fact that the Siouxland region has earned this first place honor four times in the past seven years speaks to their collective vision, and the kind of continuity that gives company decision-makers confidence. It also speaks to the region’s ability to turn territorial lines into assets rather than obstacles — a concept state officials have obviously caught onto.”

For more information regarding the award see the press release or visit or

Listen to Virginia…

Circle logo “For a business to continue to grow, you need to keep brushing up on your skills. Our company offers a lot of training for our agents, but we also need to focus on growing our employees. I was excited to hear the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce was sponsoring a local seminar on Customer Service. As COO for CENTURY 21 ProLink, I know customer service is very important to client retention, so I am sending my front-line employee to this seminar. We need more opportunities to have programing like this in our backyard, so support this seminar today and sign up your employees.”

Virginia Anderson
Century 21 ProLink

A Passion For Service Workshop
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Holiday Inn Downtown
701 Gordon Drive
Sioux City, IA  51101

Morning Workshop: 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Afternoon Workshop: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

For more information or to register for this Customer Service workshop, click here.

Happy New Year from J&L Staffing and Recruiting!


J&L wants to help you make this the best year ever!
219 W 7th, Sioux City

Participate in the Sioux City Explorers 1st Annual Spread the Warmth Drive

Spread_the_Warmth_DriveWith the Holiday and winter season approaching, cold weather is among us. The Sioux City Explorers want to help keep everyone warm this winter by hosting their first annual “Spread the Warmth Mitten and Hat Drive”.

All donation items received by the X’s will be provided to the Salvation Army of Siouxland and distributed in conjunction with their annual Coats for Kids campaign.

To help spread the warmth, please stop by the Explorers’ winter offices located at 600 Stevens Port Drive, Ste 105 in Dakota Dunes, SD (between Tyson Foods Corporate office and Oral Surgery Associates) and donate a pair of mittens or a stocking hat and receive a pair of complimentary tickets for any 2014 Sioux City Explorers home game during the month of May.

“We are so excited once again that the Sioux City Explorers have partnered with the Salvation Army of Siouxland to help boys and girls in need this Holiday Season. The Explorers glove and hat drive will be a home run in making Christmas bright for many children throughout Siouxland,” comments The Salvation Army Corps officer Capt. Von R. Vandiver.

Donations will be accepted through Wednesday, December 18th. Help the Sioux City Explorers Spread the Warmth this season and keep Siouxland children warm, while also receiving your opportunity to enjoy the warmth of the summer at Lewis & Clark Park.

Whistle Stop Consignment Shop Celebrates their 2nd Anniversary

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The Whistle Stop Consignment Shop is celebrating Whistlestop Consignment2
its 2nd anniversary, Saturday, December 14! We specialize in antiques, vintage jewelry, collectibles, and other vintage items. Our many customers and vendors have helped to make our store a great success! Come visit us downtown at our one-of-a-kind antique store. We are having huge sales and refreshments. Located at 506 Nebraska Street, the Whistle Stop is the place to be! You never know what you’ll find. Open 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday thru Saturday.

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Biz Tech Expo – Tomorrow’s Technology Confusion Unraveled

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You’re a business owner and when you talk to your IT guys, it’s like they speak a BizTech_Logo2foreign language, or you’re a business owner and you don’t have IT guys.  You need to attend the 3rd Annual Biz Tech and Small Business Expo, December 12th at Bev’s on the River from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  The event is sponsored by Fibercomm, Quality Telecommunications, NetSys+, Powell Broadcasting including special displays by Kingsbury Electronic Systems.  At the Biz Tech Expo you’ll find ways to enhance your bottom line, answers to those technical questions, and enjoy an exciting luncheon speaker, Hugh Weber, curator of OTA.  For more information go to or contact Craig at 712-239-2100.

Goosmann Law Firm Announces Boutique Estate Planning Department


The Goosmann Law Firm, PLC’s innovative law practice continues to grow. Jeana Goosmann, CEO of the Goosmann Law Firm, PLC, announces the formation of Goosmann Trust Law Counsel™, a boutique department specifically focused on comprehensive estate and business succession planning.

Factors like baby-boomers moving into retirement at a rate of 10,000 per day, the average life expectancy increasing to around age 79, as well as the U.S. Census Bureau reporting that in the year 2000 roughly 2.2 million older parents lived with their children with that increasing to 3.9 million in 2010 raises the urgency in having estate plans for this generation. According to the AARP, only 17% of Americans over the age of 50 have a current will and power of attorney.

“The growing complexity of estate planning documents and innovation in clients wanting to take more action to help manage their health care and long term care costs over their expected longer lifetimes and protect their beneficiaries is creating the need to have some attorneys who exclusively focus on estate planning,” states Goosmann.

That is one aspect of Goosmann Trust Law Counsel—dedicated staff to solely handle estate planning. Staff within this boutique department includes Christie Finnegan, Executive Director of Estate Planning; Breandan Donahue, Estate Planning Attorney, and Monica Colella, Paralegal. Jeana Goosmann is Managing Attorney and CEO.

“Dedicated estate planning attorneys and staff also allows for more sophisticated planning that is especially beneficial to business owners and those with larger estates, including farms,” Goosmann notes. “Estate and business succession planning are closely tied together and sometimes involves complex questions around law, tax, and business. Carefully integrating real estate, business ownership, and significant tax benefits into the estate plan is crucial. Sophisticated, well-crafted documents are necessary to ensure those goals are met.”

Another unique feature of Goosmann Trust Law Counsel is fixed fees which mean estate planning clients will have the opportunity to know their total cost up front before work even begins.

“My firm prides itself in great service for our clients,” Goosmann said. “Industry-wide, one frustration of clients was after they asked how much their estate plan would cost, they would get a wide range and in some cases, the final cost would be higher than the estimate. Our no-surprising billing through fixed fees for our estate planning services will enhance attorney-client communication because clients are not worried about asking questions due to being ‘on the clock’ with the lawyer.”

Goosmann feels the methods to estate planning found in Trust Law Counsel are cutting edge and fills a need for this region. “Estate planning is often one of the most overlooked areas of personal financial management, but yet is so important for people of all ages,” she says. “Our approach to estate planning breaks down barriers for people to get their plan in place. Goosmann Trust Law Counsel is dedicated to providing peace of mind for business owners, individuals and their families and we want to work with them and their other planning advisors in order to preserve their wealth and legacy.”

For more information on Goosmann Trust Law Counsel, visit or call 712.226.4000.

Volunteer Appreciation and Grand Re-Opening Celebration


Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

GiGi’s Playhouse
Volunteer Appreciation & Grand Re-Opening Celebration

Saturday, November 23, 2013
1551 Indian Hills Dr., Ste. 6 and Ste. 7
Sioux City, IA  51104
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Come check out our playhouse!  We have doubled our space so we can serve more children with Down syndrome and their families!

GiGi’s Playhouse-Sioux City has grown because of the support of Siouxland, the surrounding communities and the wonderful volunteers.  Please come join GiGi’s Playhouse families and friends as we celebrate YOU and all you do for children who have Down syndrome!  Snacks and beverages will be served.

Please RSVP by calling 712.226.PLAY (7529) or email