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Grinnell Mutual reclaims Corporate Cup honors

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Grinnell Mutual reclaims Corporate Cup honors   Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company was presented with a prestigious Live Healthy Iowa traveling trophy on Thursday, May 14. The award recognizes Grinnell Mutual as having the highest percentage of eligible employees who began and finished Live Healthy Iowa’s 10 Week Challenge among mid-sized businesses (251 – 1,000 employees). Iowa Sports Foundation CEO and ... Read More »

Look for Sarah’s feature on PALS…coming soon to Our Grinnell

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These adorable creatures from PALS showed up at the Grinnell Farmers Market today. Sweet and affectionate Booker, a 5-year-old an American bull terrier mix, adores his little red football and doesn’t like to leave home without it. He’d be a loyal and loving companion. Unbearably cute kitten Dorian Gray is ready to go home with a loving family, as well. A good ... Read More »

Freeman Has Sights Set On Olympic Games

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Former Hawkeye excels at the professional level As reported on the University of Iowa Athletic Department website, Editor’s Note: The following first appeared in the University of Iowa’s Hawk Talk Daily, an e-newsletter that offers a daily look at the Iowa Hawkeyes, delivered free each morning to thousands of fans of the Hawkeyes worldwide. To receive daily news from the Iowa Hawkeyes, ... Read More »

CHIEF DAN SICARD DISCUSSES HIS VOLUNTEERS AND THE FUTURE OF THE GRINNELL FIRE DEPARTMENT

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CHIEF DAN SICARD DISCUSSES HIS VOLUNTEERS AND THE FUTURE OF THE GRINNELL FIRE DEPARTMENT   By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs   “The funny thing about firemen is, night and day, they are always firemen.” ~ Gregory Widen, ‘Backdraft’ Every 4th of July, the people of Grinnell line the streets and joyously watch the annual holiday parade. Sirens, laughter from children, cheerful ... Read More »

HONORING THE FALLEN AND THE BRAVE: NATIONAL POLICE WEEK (MAY 10-15) AND NATIONAL PEACE OFFICERS’ MEMORIAL DAY (MAY 15)

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 By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs “Whereas, from the beginning of this Nation, law enforcement officers have played an important role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms which are guaranteed by the Constitution and in protecting the lives and property of our citizens; and Whereas, through constant application of new procedures and techniques, such officers are becoming more efficient in their enforcement ... Read More »

St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park Celebrate “National Senior Health & Fitness Day®” with Event Open to the Public on May 27th

St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park Celebrate “National Senior Health & Fitness Day®” with Event Open to the Public on May 27th Local Organization Part of National Event to Promote Healthy Lifestyles for Older Adults (Grinnell, IA – May 11, 2015) —On May 27, St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park will join more than 1,000 organizations nationally to celebrate the ... Read More »

GRMC Board Elects 2015 Officers

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Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s governing board elected the 2015 officers and committee chairs. Leading the board in 2015 is Todd Reding, Grinnell, chief operating officer/vice president for investments, Charrette Venture Group. The chair-elect is Wendy Kadner, owner of WSK Solutions, LLC, and Grandma’s House, Grinnell. Bill Menner, Grinnell, the Iowa state director for rural development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, shifts ... Read More »

Summer enrollment begins at Arts Center

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    Grinnell, Iowa – The Grinnell Area Arts Council is now accepting registrations for its Arts Academy classes being offered during the Summer 2015 term where a number of courses will have enrollment caps.   For parents with toddlers and preschool-aged children, two classes are available.  Instructor Jen Collins will be offering Petite Picasso July 7 and July 9, where children will ... Read More »

Freeman and Parratto take home 3-meter synchro silver at Puerto Rico Grand Prix

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Deidre Freeman (Grinnell, Iowa/Iowa City, Iowa) and Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.) won the silver medal in synchronized 3-meter to close out the FINA Puerto Rico Grand Prix on Sunday. The American pair finished with 272.40 points to take the silver medal behind China’s Wu Chunting and Qu Lin, who scored 305.40 points for gold. Puerto Rico’s Luisa ... Read More »

GRMC Auxiliary Healthcare Scholarship Recipients Honored

Sydney Meek, Toledo; Brittany Sleeuwenhoek, Hartwick; and Julia Groenenboom, Rose Hill, received their scholarships at the GRMC Auxiliary’s annual spring luncheon. Not shown: Allisyn Brandenburg.

Grinnell Regional Medical Center Auxiliary recognized four area students pursuing a healthcare career at its annual spring luncheon on April 29. Scholarships are for graduating high school seniors, current students, or adult students pursuing a healthcare career. These funds are also available to those currently working in healthcare and seeking advanced training. The 2015 GRMC Auxiliary scholarship recipients are: Allisyn ... Read More »

Grinnell Students Pledge to be Tobacco Free

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I-STEP (Iowa Students for Tobacco Education and Prevention) is Iowa’s youth-led tobacco prevention movement and is now at Grinnell Community High School. This past week, 118 Grinnell high school students signed the “I pledge to be Tobacco Free,” as a commitment to better health. The pledges are on display at the front of the high school. The Grinnell high school ... Read More »

CELEBRATE CINCO DE MAYO WITH A CULINARY DELIGHT (OR TWO!)

CELEBRATE CINCO DE MAYO WITH A CULINARY DELIGHT (OR TWO!) By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs On May 5, 1862, early on in the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867), the Mexican army declared victory over France at the Battle of Puebla. Cinco de Mayo, a holiday that commemorates that triumph, has become widely celebrated in the United States, especially areas with large Mexican-American populations. ... Read More »

Veterans honor emerging leaders at Grinnell Mutual

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Veterans honor emerging leaders at Grinnell Mutual In a reversal of roles, Grinnell Mutual’s Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) Class of 2015 was recognized by the veterans the class sought to honor. The Iowa Veterans Home (IVH) in Marshalltown presented ELP members with a Distinguished Service Award for initiating a fundraising campaign that raised more than $25,000 to build a World ... Read More »

Iowa Valley Grinnell PTK members “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes”

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  GRINNELL – Members of Iowa Valley Grinnell’s Beta Sigma Chi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa led the way last week in the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” activity held Friday, April 24, in downtown Grinnell. PTK members, Iowa Valley Grinnell faculty, and young men from the Grinnell High School soccer team disregarded the poor weather conditions and managed to ... Read More »

May Activities and Events At the Drake Community Library

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    New! Chilton Online Library DCL has added Chilton Online Library to our online database collection. Need to replace a rear light bulb or view a wiring diagram for your instrument panel? You will find everything you need with easy access from your home computer with your library card and pin number. Try it today! Power of Play for ... Read More »

SAM’S STORY: COURAGE IN THE FACE OF CANCER

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  By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs “…The story of cancer — isn’t the story of doctors who struggle and survive, moving from one institution to another. It is the story of patients who struggle and survive, moving from one embankment of illness to another. Resilience, inventiveness, and survivorship — qualities often ascribed to great physicians — are reflected qualities, emanating first ... Read More »

BE THE MATCH, SAVE A LIFE APRIL 22

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  By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Nichole Bushong is an example of how easy it is to save a life. The idea of being a bone marrow donor never crossed Bushong’s mind until a family member – her uncle’s brother – needed help. The family rallied and many of them joined the Be The Match registry ( www.bethematch.org ), which is ... Read More »

FROM KINNICK TO THE MASTERS: DR. DAVE SMITH GUARDS THE GREATS

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  by Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Dr. Dave Smith was flipping cheeseburgers at an Iowa/Michigan tailgate party in 2011 when something amazing happened. Little did he know that standing at the grill that day would result in a dream come true. Chatting about football with Jim Schlie, the brother of an old fraternity buddy, the conversation eventually turned to another sport ... Read More »

Todd Linden to Receive AHA Board of Trustees Award

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) announced that Todd Linden, president and CEO of Grinnell Medical Center, will be awarded its 2015 Board of Trustees Award. The award is presented to individuals or groups who have made substantial and noteworthy contributions to the work of the AHA. Linden will receive the award at a ceremony at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting ... Read More »

Loft Theatre to Host Central Iowa Premiere of Housebroken May 2

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Loft Theatre to Host Central Iowa Premiere of Housebroken   Grinnell, Iowa – The Grinnell Area Arts Council is excited to announce that the Loft Theatre located at the Grinnell Arts Center in historic downtown Grinnell will host the Central Iowa premiere of the play, Housebroken, for one night only on Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 pm.  A talkback with the artist will ... Read More »

Poweshiek County Alliance awards $100,274.46 to local organizations

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Poweshiek County Alliance awards $100,274.46 to local organizations April 16, 2015: The Poweshiek County Alliance (PCA) honored its 2015 grant recipients at a ceremony at the Foundation Offices on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Representatives from the 34 winning organizations received their checks and spoke about their projects. This year grants ranged from $500 to $10,000 for a total of $100,274.46. ... Read More »