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Corn, Cars, Stripes and Stars Support Grinnell’s Vets Building

by Michael McAllister, OurGrinnell contributor Residents of the greater Grinnell community came together Sunday afternoon, July 17, at one historic site to support another historic site—the former being Candyland Station at the corner of West and 4th and the latter being the Veterans Memorial Building of Grinnell’s Central Park. Spirits of participants and music from entertainers were upbeat as supporters ... Read More »

Poweshiek County Fair Queen and Runners-Up Announced

Queen & Runner Ups - Brooke Kuesel, left, the 2016 Poweshiek County Fair Queen, is show with runner ups, from left, Ashley Armstonrg, Montezuma, first runner up; Payton Robison, Hartwick, second runner up; and Rebecca Crawford, Grinnell, third runner up.

County Fair Queen — Brooke Kuesel, the 2016 Poweshiek County Fair Queen, was announced during a ceremony at the Poweshiek County Fairgrounds on Thursday, July 21. Eight young ladies vied for the queen crown. Brooke comes from a long-line of Poweshiek County Fair and Iowa State Fair attendees. She will be a senior at HLV High School this fall.   ... Read More »

Grinnell—“You Oughta Be In Pictures”

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By: Michael McAllister, freelance contributor to OurGrinnell.com Grinnell—“You Oughta Be In Pictures” Making a movie is a kind of alchemy.  People assemble various elements and strive for magic. It’s not a magic borne of mystery, however, but a magic ground out by artists and technicians in full expression, working together and separately, twisting knobs, looking through lenses, lugging equipment, sweating occasionally, ... Read More »

Gazebo Goes South

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Gazebo Goes South Work on Grinnell’s Central Park renovation project is in full swing—or, perhaps more accurately, full dig. In addition to removing playground equipment and trimming and removing trees, workers have gouged trenches in the northeast corner of the park for the new pavilion. Meanwhile, the park’s gazebo, a focal point since 1990, currently sits on a flatbed truck ... Read More »

Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards $1,000 Donation to IMPACT Community Action Partnership!

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Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards $1,000 Donation to IMPACT Community Action Partnership!  GRINNELL, IA (July 13, 2016) – Wes Finch Auto Plaza is continuing this year’s donation contest with a $1,000 donation to the IMPACT Community Action Partnership! This round of voting took place June 1st through June 30th, and the winner was announced on July 1st. The Impact Community ... Read More »

HISTORIC SPAULDING LOFTS NOW OPEN

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HISTORIC SPAULDING LOFTS NOW OPEN The East building is open and ready to lease, while the West building aims to open by years end.  GRINNELL, IOWA (July 7, 2016) – The former home of Spaulding Manufacturing Company is now the home to Hubbell Realty Company’s latest historic rehab, Spaulding Lofts. The $12.5 million project to renovate and develop 77 apartments ... Read More »

Grinnell’s Fourth Week-End (A Recap)

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by Michael McAllister, Our Grinnell contributing reporter Grinnell’s Fourth on the Fifth A recap of city events marking Grinnell’s birthday party for America Cooler-than-usual temperatures, clouds and a sprinkle of early-morning rain greeted Grinnellians as they set about celebrating America’s 240th birthday with parades, contests, hot dogs, fishing, swimming and of course fireworks. Clouds persisted until evening, but temperatures remained ... Read More »

Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation Presents Generous Gift to the Central Park Campaign

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Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation Presents Generous Gift to the Central Park Campaign  The Central Park Campaign is in full swing with more than $600,000 gifted or pledged to the project thanks to the work of the campaign committee and co-chairs Betty and Sandy Moffett and Dianne and Tom Latimer.  This week Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance President and CEO, Larry Jansen presented ... Read More »

McDonough Selected as Grand Marshal of Fourth of July Parade

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McDonough Selected as Grand Marshal of Fourth of July Parade  GRINNELL—Grinnell resident Howard McDonough will lead the Fourth of July parade as the 2016 grand marshal on Monday, July 4. The parade route will be altered due to road construction. Howard McDonough will lead the parade as this year’s grand marshal. A Grinnell High School graduate, he devotes his time ... Read More »

Contrasting sculpture exhibitions open July 1 at Faulconer Gallery in Grinnell

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Featured artists are Anders Krisár of Sweden, Tim Berg and Rebekah Myers of California  Grinnell College’s Faulconer Gallery reopens Friday, July 1, with a pair of contrasting sculpture exhibitions, each drawn, in its own way, from life. Both exhibitions are free and open to the public. “Anders Krisár” features a Swedish artist who first exhibited his work as a photographer in ... Read More »

Singing Brings A Lifetime Of Smiles

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Music is a language we all speak and for Shirley Arvidson, it’s a way to bring people together. Shirley’s love for singing started when she was a young child and it has continued to be her greatest source of joy. She remembers learning “Jesus Loves Me” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider” in church Sunday School.  At her father’s grocery store, the ... Read More »

GRMC Golf Outing Breaks Record with $25,000 for ER Renovations

Team S&F Underground supported GRMC’s golf outing. Shown from left: Kyle Kriegel, Aaron Wiegand, Jack Schmidt, and Jim Schmidt

  GRMC Golf Outing Breaks Record with $25,000 for ER Renovations GRMC’s emergency department renovations received a power drive as golfers from around the area raised $25,000 during the 2016 Grinnell Regional Medical Center Golf Outing. The sponsorships, contests, and golf registrations raised a record-breaking amount from the one-day event with morning and afternoon tee times. GRMC welcomed 140 golfers ... Read More »

2016 Faulconer Gallery Summer Outreach Programs

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2016 Faulconer Gallery Summer Outreach Programs All programs at the Faulconer Gallery are provided free of charge, no registration necessary.  Grinnell College does not assume responsibility for the care and safety of children who attend these events. The College makes this program open to the public with the understanding that for children who attend, a parent, legal guardian, or other ... Read More »

GRMC wins Company Challenge, several Grinnellians take home awards from the Grinnell Games

Grinnell Regional Medical Center was awarded the Grinnell Games Company Challenge traveling trophy last weekend. Members of their team accepted the trophy at the conclusion of the games. Those pictured include (front row, l-r) Sherry Baker, Danielle Messico, Megan Jensen, Robert Groves, Chad Nath, Andrew Cogley, Jessica Kite; (back row, l-r) Jarrod Diehm, Dennis Lowry, Jamie McClenathan, Cody Jensen, Seth Signs, Dr. Patrick Cogley, Grace Diehm.

GRMC wins Company Challenge, several Grinnellians take home awards from the Grinnell Games GRINNELL, Iowa– Several Grinnellians earned awards during the 2016 Grinnell Games, which took place June 11 and 12 in Grinnell. The family sports festival, presented by Grinnell State Bank, included competitive races and tournaments as well as non-competitive events. Below are the results for this year’s competitive ... Read More »

“Keeping Tiger Pride Alive” All-Class Reunion June 30-July 4

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“Keeping Tiger Pride Alive” All-Class Reunion June 30-July 4 The Grinnell High School Alumni Association (GHSAA) will host its fifth All-Class Reunion, June 30-July 4, with scheduled activities ranging from sports events to a talent show, building tours, and awards and recognition ceremony. GHSAA President and event organizer Ben Latimer, GHS 1993, said that the “Keeping Tiger Pride Alive” All-Class ... Read More »

A huge step forward…Hotel Grinnell development moves forward

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A huge step forward… Monday night the Grinnell City Council voted unanimously to begin the process of approving the purchase and development agreement needed to convert the underutilized city office building into a downtown hotel and event center. Upon final approval in just a few weeks the agreements will allow the Hotel Grinnell development/investment team to move forward with financing ... Read More »

Locked Out, Fenced Out but not Knocked Out

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Locked Out, Fenced Out but not Knocked Out. Petition presented to City of Grinnell for Veterans Memorial Building issue. “Boots on the Ground”, a local veterans activist group supporting renovation of the Grinnell Veterans Memorial Building presented a petition with 503 signatures to the City of Grinnell on Tuesday June 6th. Kay Cmelik, city clerk/financial director who signed for and ... Read More »

GPCF Founder’s Day Celebrates Leadership, Vision and Generosity

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  GPCF Founder’s Day Celebrates Leadership, Vision and Generosity The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) celebrated its second annual Founder’s Day on June 2, the birthday of GPCF founder Tom Marshall who passed away in 2015. Marshall, who started the community foundation in 1989, was remembered for his “leadership, vision and generous spirit” in building GPCF to its current strength ... Read More »

Anonymous Donors Keep Mayflower Residents on the Move

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Anonymous Donors Keep Mayflower Residents on the Move Generous friends of Mayflower Community have provided gifts of nearly $130,000 to purchase two vehicles that literally keep Mayflower residents on the go. The gifts by anonymous donors allowed Mayflower to purchase “Lester,” a 15-passenger bus, and “Daisy,” a conversion van that accommodates two wheelchairs. The new bus transports active residents on ... Read More »

CENTRAL PARK CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE – THANKING DONORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT

CENTRAL PARK CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE – THANKING DONORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT   The Central Park Campaign is in full swing with more than $500,000 gifted or pledged to the project.  Because of the overwhelming community support for the project, the Committee wanted to take time to publicly thank those donors who have supported the campaign.  With the project beginning in just ... Read More »

Opioid Pain Control Epidemic Examined at SE•ED June 6

         Opioid Pain Control Epidemic Examined More people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than in any year on record. The majority of drug overdose deaths (more than six out of ten) involve opioids, which are prescription pain medications. Healthcare providers play a critical role in changing this epidemic. Jennifer Paisley, MD, Grinnell Regional Internal Medicine, will present at the ... Read More »

New Primary Care Physician Joins Grinnell Family Care

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New Primary Care Physician Joins Grinnell Family Care Marjorie M. Renfrow, MD, began seeing patients at Grinnell Family Care on Tuesday, May 24, joining the primary care providers in the clinic, located at 217 Fourth Ave., West, Grinnell. Renfrow comes to Grinnell from a geriatric clinic in Bella Vista, Ark., where she provided care for individuals in the mature years ... Read More »

CSS Reaches 10th Anniversary of Serving Those Who Serve Others

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May 31, 2016 CSS Reaches 10th Anniversary of Serving Those Who Serve Others The Community Support Services (CSS) program of the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation (CDAF) has reached its 10-year anniversary, and according to CDAF President and CEO Julie Gosselink, the program has “exceeded all expectations.” CSS has also become a model for other foundations, and in 2010, ... Read More »

Hammond Center For Assisted Living Awarded $3.5 Million Loan By USDA For Rural Development

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USDA Rural Development Awards $3.5 Million Loan to Help Construct New Assisted Living Complex in Grinnell Hammond Center for Assisted Living will Add 20 Assisted Living Units to Expand Patient Services at St. Francis Manor Campus DES MOINES, Iowa – May 26, 2016 – A $3.5 million loan from U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development was awarded today ... Read More »

Three Local Grinnell Residents Donate $25,000 or more to the Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign

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  (Grinnell, IA – May 23, 2016)  Isadore Berman, Betty Hammond and Jewel Kintzinger have each donated $25,000 or more to the St. Francis Manor Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, to construct the Hammond Center for Assisted Living community on the St. Francis Manor campus. “We are very grateful to these three individuals who have continued to support our vision ... Read More »

Toaster kicks off Friday Fest series June 3

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Toaster kicks off Friday Fest series June 3   GRINNELL, Iowa– Toaster, a rock and roll cover band, will perform a free concert at Friday Fest on Friday, June 3, in downtown Grinnell.   Toaster will perform on stage from 7 to 10 p.m.  Toaster is a cover band that performs covers of songs from a wide range of artists ... Read More »

Grinnell Games weekend to feature new UV Splash nighttime run

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Grinnell Games weekend to feature new UV Splash nighttime run   GRINNELL– Online registration is open for the Grinnell Games, which will take place June 11 and 12. Those wishing to participate in events may sign up at www.grinnellgames.com. The Grinnell Games, Iowa’s Family Sports Festival, is presented by Grinnell State Bank.   Saturday, June 11, will be filled with ... Read More »

Grinnell College announces Summerfest will take place June 11

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Grinnell College announces Summerfest will take place June 11 Free celebration offers performances, workshops, family-friendly activities   GRINNELL, Iowa – Grinnell College’s Summerfest on Saturday, June 11, offers a daylong celebration of learning, discovery and entertainment for curious minds of all ages, topped by an evening performance by Chicago’s Aloft Circus Arts.   Summerfest, which is free and open to ... Read More »