Grinnell Mutual opens West Des Moines IT office

Grinnell Mutual opens West Des Moines IT office   Grinnell, Iowa — Grinnell Mutual has expanded its physical facilities to include an office in West Des Moines, Iowa. The 109-year-old property-casualty company is headquartered in Grinnell, Iowa, where the bulk of its 750 employees work. Grinnell Mutual also has a business continuity facility in Newton, Iowa. The West Des Moines …

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Middle Way Farm to hold second on-farm plant sale April 29th

Middle Way Farm to hold second on-farm plant sale  With the growing season kicking into gear, Middle Way Farm will be holding its second annual plant sale on Saturday, April 29th, from 9 am to noon. The plants sale will feature cool-season vegetable transplants including kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, Swiss chard, head lettuce, onions, leeks, parsley, and more, as …

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Easter Bunny Visits St. Francis Manor

Easter Bunny Visits St. Francis Manor The Easter Bunny hopped over to St. Francis Manor in Grinnell for its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15.  Over 60 children attended the annual event which is held for St. Francis and Seeland Park residents’ grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as staff members’ children and grandchildren.  Before the hunt began, the …

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First Food Fair Features Local Farm-raised Fare

First Food Fair Features Local Farm-raised Fare by Michael McAllister The northwest corner of McNally’s Foods at 1021 Main Street in Grinnell was given over to local food producers on the afternoon of Saturday, April 15, as a new tradition was served up:  the first annual Local Foods Fair. According to Grinnell’s Chamber of Commerce Community Calendar, Local Food Connection, …

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Baarda Named a 100 Great Iowa Nurse

Baarda Named a 100 Great Iowa Nurse Grinnell Regional Medical Center nurse Sheryl Baarda, RNC, obstetrics nurse manager, received the 100 Great Iowa Nurses award. This program, supported by the Iowa Nurses Foundation, recognizes 100 outstanding nurses every year in Iowa for their courage, competence, and commitment to patients and the nursing profession. The 100 nurses earn the recognition by …

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Joe Rosenfield and Grinnell College: The story of a man and how he rescued the College he loved.

In the final Bucket Course of this year, George Drake will present on “Joe Rosenfield and Grinnell College: The story of a man and how he rescued the College he loved.” In this 4-session course, Drake, former Grinnell College President and Professor Emeritus of History, will examine how long-time trustee Joe Rosenfeld helped to save Grinnell College from financial difficulties. …

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Vets Commission Marches Forward with Building Renewal, Artist Residency Plans

Vets Commission Marches Forward with Building Renewal, Artist Residency Plans   By Michael McAllister If all goes according to plans, the Veteran Memorial Building at the northwest corner of Central Park will one day look approximately like the picture above, a concept produced by John Bushong and Tom Lacina and presented by Lacina Monday evening, April 10, at the regular …

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New Primary Care Physician Joins Grinnell Family Care

New Primary Care Physician Joins Grinnell Family Care             Teresa Coon, MD, will begin seeing patients full-time at Grinnell Family Care on Thursday, June 1, joining the two primary care providers in the clinic, located at 217 Fourth Ave., West, Grinnell. Coon has been working at Grinnell Family Care two days per week since December of 2016. She is joining …

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Final Legislative Coffee Percolates Concerns, Questions, Comments

Final Legislative Coffee Percolates Concerns, Questions, Comments By Michael McAllister As March transitioned to April, attention focused on the Final Four, and, in Grinnell, on the Final Forum—the final legislative forum of the season, that is, held April 1 with Representative Dave Maxwell and Senator Tim Kapucian. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the 90-minute event took place at …

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100 + People Who Care – Grinnell – To Meet April 25

100 + People Who Care – Grinnell – To Meet April 25 The quarterly meeting of 100+ People Who Care – Grinnell will be held at the Drake Community Library on Tuesday, April 25.  The meeting will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s community room, and will last one hour.  This will be the first actual “voting” meeting …

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How a Bill (In Iowa) Becomes a Law (Really)

How a Bill (In Iowa) Becomes a Law (Really) By Michael McAllister “I’m just a bill…sitting up on Capitol Hill.”  Readers of a certain age—or with children of a certain age—will remember Schoolhouse Rock, ABC’s foray into educational Saturday-morning programming from the 1970s. The series prompted spin-offs such as America Rock, beginning in 1975, originally intended to focus on the …

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Grinnell Farmers Market accepting vendors for the 2017 season

Grinnell Farmers Market accepting vendors for the 2017 season GRINNELL – The Grinnell Farmers Market is currently accepting applications for vendors for their 2017 season, which begins May 11 and runs through October 14. The Grinnell Farmers Market will take place on Thursday afternoons from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to Noon. The Farmers Market …

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Peace Tree Handcrafted beer to Open Taproom in Grinnell

Knoxville-based Peace Tree Brewing plans to open a branch in downtown Grinnell at 923 Main Street. Delphina Baumann, owner of the property just north of the Strand Theatre bought it last spring with the intent to enhance downtown vitality by developing one of the empty storefronts on Main Street. She envisioned a retail space for local and global artisans as …

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Nor Any Drop to Drink

Nor Any Drop to Drink By Michael McAllister If a homily could be rewritten, no doubt Bill Stowe would offer a revision of the idea that the only two certainties in life are death and taxes.  He would remind us of the necessity for water, an inclusion that fits well since the delivery of safe drinking water to people costs …

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Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards $1,000 Donation to Central Iowa Christian School!

  Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards $1,000 Donation to Central Iowa Christian School!   GRINNELL, IA (March 22, 2017) – Wes Finch Auto Plaza has kicked off this year’s donation contest with a $1,000 donation to the Central Iowa Christian School! Voting took place February 1st through February 28th, and the winner was announced on March 1st. Central Iowa Christian …

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Grinnell Mutual reveals new brand identity

Grinnell Mutual reveals new brand identity Grinnell Mutual, which has provided property and casualty insurance and reinsurance to customers for more than 100 years, today is unveiling a new brand identity that more closely aligns with its continued growth and transformation.   “We’ve made extraordinary changes over the past few years to position ourselves for the future and to serve our …

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Grinnell Skatepark Rolls Closer to Reality

Grinnell Skatepark Rolls Closer to Reality By Michael McAllister The structure known as the former Delong’s Building on Grinnell’s 6th Avenue West came to life Saturday afternoon, March 11, with the help of Imagine Grinnell, the Office of Service and Social Innovation at Grinnell College, several area businesses and service organizations, a host of volunteers, and a diverse collection of …

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Re/Max Partners Realty named Business of the Year

Re/Max Partners Realty named Business of the Year GRINNELL, Iowa– The Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce recognized Re/Max Partners Realty as the 2017 Grinnell Business of the Year at its Annual Celebration, which took place March 15 at the Grinnell College Golf Course. “We are humbled with the recognition Re/Max Partners Realty received from the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce”, said …

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GPCF Announces 2017 Community Fund, Alliance Grant Recipients

GPCF Announces 2017 Community Fund, Alliance Grant Recipients   The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) and the Poweshiek County Alliance (PCA) have announced 2017 grant recipients for improvement projects throughout Poweshiek County. The funding priorities for the PCA and Community Fund grants include cultural, educational, historical, community/county development, and recreational projects, as well as projects that enhance the safety, beauty, …

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Scott Harris Named New Executive Director at Pilgrim Heights Camp and Retreat Center

Scott Harris has been named Executive Director at Pilgrim Heights Camp and Retreat Center, a 120 acre hidden treasure in Tama County. Harris brings over 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience to this position. He also is excited to implement his “Play to Win” strategies for the organization and see participation in summer camps, retreats, and events grow to unprecedented …

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Veterans Commission Deploys Plan A, Debates Plan B

Veterans Commission Deploys Plan A, Debates Plan B By Michael McAllister Three of the current four-member Veterans Memorial Commission met in regular session at 5:15 p.m. on Monday, March 13, at the Drake Community Library, and received an update on the proposal to establish a national artist residency focusing on veterans in Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Building.  The commission’s support for …

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Tiffany Criswell Promoted to Administrator of St. Francis Manor

 Tiffany Criswell Promoted to Administrator of St. Francis Manor (Grinnell, IA – March 10, 2017)  Tiffany Criswell has been promoted to Administrator/RN of St. Francis Manor after passing her National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) earlier this month.  Tiffany joins the administrative leadership team with Executive Administrator Dion Schrack who recently completed 35 years as Administrator of St. …

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927 Calls for Questions, Comments, Support

927 Calls for Questions, Comments, Support By Michael McAllister “To improve the social, cultural, and economic vitality of the downtown”—such was the aim of a task force set in motion late last year by Mayor Canfield.  Following a series of meetings, community representatives, interested parties, and just plain people drafted a set of basic considerations relating to those broad aims. …

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CARES VS. CAFOS: Factors of Factory Farms

CARES VS. CAFOS:  Factors of Factory Farms by Michael McAllister A portion of the March 2 meeting of the Poweshiek County Board of Supervisors, held in the Community Room of the Drake Library, was devoted to a dialogue between representatives of Poweshiek CARES (Community Action to Restore Environmental Stewardship) and two of three supervisors, Dana Dawley, above center, and Larry …

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GRMC Honored for Patriotic Support

GRMC Honored for Patriotic Support Grinnell Regional Medical Center and Todd Linden, president and CEO, have been honored with a Patriot Award. The award comes from Iowa Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office. The award was given in recognition of GRMC’s extraordinary support of its employees in the Guard and Reserve. “The …

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Courier staff receives seven Illinois College Press Association awards

Courier staff receives seven Illinois College Press Association awards   MONMOUTH, Ill. – Staff members of the Monmouth College student newspaper, The Courier, came home from last weekend’s 34th annual Illinois College Press Association conventionwith seven awards, including three first-place honors. Kallie DiTusa ’17 of Johnsburg, Ill., was part of all three top honors. In the non-dailies under 4,000 students category, DiTusa had …

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“Going Green” Theme for Imagine Grinnell Fundraiser March 17

“Going Green” Theme for Imagine Grinnell Fundraiser March 17 Imagine Grinnell’s annual fundraiser will go green this year, supporting the quality of life organization’s “green, playing and growing” programs, with auctions and entertainment scheduled for St. Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17. The open-to-the-public fundraiser, with a goal of $10,000, will be held at the Grinnell College Golf Clubhouse, 933 13th …

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GRMC Board Installs New Leadership

GRMC Board Installs New Leadership Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s governing board has elected Wendy Kadner as the board of trustees’ chair. She is the vice president for Team Resources, Recruiting and Human Capital Management at Divurgent, a healthcare information technology consulting firm based in Virginia, and owner of Grandma’s House, Grinnell. Chair elect is Bill Menner, Grinnell, and founder of …

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Revitalized Vets Commission Vets Proposal, Ventures Forward

Revitalized Vets Commission Vets Proposal, Ventures Forward   by Michael McAllister Two new members of Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission were welcomed to a regular monthly meeting of the commission at 5:15 p.m., Monday, February 13, at the community room of the Drake Community Library.  One resignation was acknowledged. The well-attended meeting—approximately 24 people were in the audience—represented a new beginning …

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The Heart Gallery—A Different Kind of Valentine

The Heart Gallery—A Different Kind of Valentine by Michael McAllister Valentine’s Day:  Hearts, flowers, chocolates, and romance.  But love, we know, takes many forms and fulfills many needs.  A display currently hosted by Grinnell’s Drake Community Library reminds us that those deserving of love do not always receive it, but there are steps people can take to help. Called the …

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St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park FISH FRY March 10

Coming soon – The St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park Fish Fry…Friday March 10th – ALL YOU CAN EAT – Fish, Fries and Cole Slaw. Serving from 5 – 7pm  at the St. Francis Manor Social Center. Tickets $8 if purchased by March 3rd – $10 after March 3rd or at the door on March 10th. Purchase advance tickets at …

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5 Ton Curved Beam For Central Park Performance Stage

5 Ton Curved Beam For Central Park Performance Stage A five ton, 80 feet long structural glued laminated timber curved beam arrived at Grinnell today. It was manufactured by Sentinel Structures, Inc. of Peshtigo, Wisconsin. This big beam along with others will be used in the roof construction of the new performance stage at Central Park. A stretch flatbed trailer was …

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Why So Many Crows?

Why So Many Crows? by Michael McAllister For several weeks now, Grinnell’s Central Park and its vicinity have been exceedingly well populated by nighttime visitors.  And they are not at all shy about making their presence known. They are crows—birds whose raucous calls and dark bearing, birds whose prominent beak, cold eyes, and ragged claws can obscure the sensitivity that …

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Be a Superhero Bowler on April 22

Be a Superhero Bowler on April 22 Grinnell’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake event will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Bowling sessions begin at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. at the Bowladrome located at 915 State Street in Grinnell. Bowlers and bowling teams are now being solicited to participate in the annual bowling …

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New Management at Grinnell Local Food Source

New Management at Grinnell Local Food Source Grinnell Local Food Source (GLFS) has a new owner/manager, Harriett Dickey-Chasins.  “Grinnell Local Food Source connects local farmers and food producers with customers who want to buy local foods,” explains Dickey-Chasins. Depending on the month, products available through Grinnell Local Food Source can include locally-raised meat, poultry, eggs, vegetables, and fruits, as well …

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A Look at Mental Health Services with Capstone

Take a look into the world of mental healthcare during Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Senior Education program on Monday, Feb. 13. Capstone Behavioral Healthcare staff Lori Schoh and Julie Smith will be highlighting the work of Capstone, which provides mental health therapy from both its locations in Grinnell and Newton. This presentation will focus on the treatment options available at …

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Manufacturing Feature | Grinnell’s ASI: Signs of the Times

Grinnell’s ASI:  Signs of the Times by Michael McAllister Even in the age of GPS and Google Maps, even with Siri and Cortana no more than a question away, we still need signs.  And a vibrant international company called ASI Signage Innovations is fulfilling that need, in part from Grinnell. ASI’s beginnings can be traced to two brothers, Hanley and …

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ARTS COUNCIL OPENS NEW DOWNTOWN CREATIVE SPACE

ARTS COUNCIL OPENS NEW DOWNTOWN CREATIVE SPACE The Grinnell Area Arts Council has rented 927 Broad Street as a creative space to support local artists and makers. It will provide studio and interactive space for artists and artisans to do solo and collaborative work, host pop-up shows, share demonstrations, and address downtown and community-wide issues together. This includes taking on …

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Grinnell’s New City Offices: Take a Quick Tour

Grinnell’s New City Offices:  Take a Quick Tour by Michael McAllister “The people’s house.”  That phrase has often been applied to various legislative buildings—the United States House of Representatives, for example—but, no matter the level, it is clear that any building or any suite of offices conducting business on behalf of the people could claim the title. In Grinnell, the …

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