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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 »

PLP 13th Annual Golf Outing Friday May 1

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The Poweshiek Leadership Program is sponsoring it’s 13th Annual Golf Outing Friday May 1st at the Oakland Acres Golf Club. Format is 18 hole best ball with 12:00 registration and 1:00 tee off. Entry fee is $240 – 4 person team with a meal to follow. Chance to win a FREE car on #12 and $2,000 on hole #2.  Outside ... Read More »

DR. KARLA ERICKSON NAMED ASSOCIATE DEAN AT GRINNELL COLLEGE

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DR. KARLA ERICKSON NAMED ASSOCIATE DEAN AT GRINNELL COLLEGE, ANNOUNCED APRIL 7   By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs   “The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning.” ~ Michel Foucault Dr. Karla Erickson, associate professor of Sociology and chair of the Social Studies Division at Grinnell College, was named Associate ... Read More »

11th Annual Hoofing’ It 5K Fun Run/Walk April 25

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11th Annual Hoofing’ It 5K Fun Run/Walk Saturday April 25, 2015 is just around the corner. It starts at 9:00a a at the Grinnell College Bear Recreation and Athletic Center, 1201 10th Avenue in Grinnell. Registration race day is from 7:30 to 8:30 in the lobby of Bear. All participants get a t-shirt and there will be awards for the ... Read More »

The Power of Positive Psychology Topic at SE*ED April 20

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The Power of Positive Psychology Upcoming Topic at SE*ED April 20 What is positive psychology and why is it gaining mainstream attention? A definition from Psychology Today defines it as the psychology of happiness. Positive psychology is a relatively new field of study as psychology has typically focused on diagnosing and treating mental illness. Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s SE*ED program ... Read More »

Local donors help Grinnell United Way achieve $130,000 fundraising goal

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Local donors help Grinnell United Way achieve $130,000 fundraising goal   Grinnell United Way succeeded in meeting its fundraising goal of $130,000. “On behalf of the Grinnell United Way board and our 14 local partner agencies, we thank our local donors for their generous support,” said Grinnell United Way board president Bill Vosburg. “Their financial contributions help us in fulfilling ... Read More »

Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Joins Our Grinnell As Features Writer/Assistant Editor

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Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Joins Our Grinnell As Features Writer/Assistant Editor  Sarah Breemer Pfennigs has been named as a Features Writer/Assistant Editor for Our Grinnell (OG) and the Grinnell Business Journal. A native of Grinnell, Pfennigs graduated from high school locally and went on to study studio art at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA. Although she lived in the Grinnell ... Read More »

COMMUNITY REACTS TO BOND REFERENDUM FAILURE

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COMMUNITY REACTS TO BOND REFERENDUM FAILURE  Sarah Breemer Pfennigs The outcome of a hotly contested and eagerly anticipated community issue has been announced. The April 7 vote resulted in failure for the Grinnell-Newburg school system’s 23-year, $28 million bond referendum. The bond would have been employed to construct, furnish, and equip both elementary (PK-5) and middle school (6-8) facilities. The ... Read More »

Easter Bunny Visits St. Francis Manor

From left:  grandmother Joy Cummings, 8-month-old Rowyn Michalek, mother Courtney Michalek and great-grandmother/St. Francis Manor resident Isabel Waterbeck

The Easter Bunny hopped over to St. Francis Manor in Grinnell for its Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 4.  Over 50 children attended the annual event which is held for St. Francis residents’ grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as staff members’ children and grandchildren.  The Easter Bunny posed with four generations of the Waterbeck family, shown above.  Many of ... Read More »

St. Francis Manor/Seeland Park and Grinnell College Announce Senior Fitness Testing on April 21st

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St. Francis Manor/Seeland Park and Grinnell College Announce  Senior Fitness Testing on April 21st (Grinnell, IA – April 3, 2015) Free senior fitness testingfor adults aged 60 and older will be offered on Tuesday, April 21, from 5:30 to 7 PM at the St. Francis Manor Social Center located off St. Francis Drive north of Fourth Avenue. St. Francis Manor’s Fitness ... Read More »

Award to Grinnell Golf & CC Head Superintendent Alex Olson

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Grinnell Golf & Country Club’s Alex Olson receives award from Iowa Golf Association Alex Olson of the Grinnell Golf and Country Club won the prestigious “2014 9-Hole Golf Course Superintendent of the Year” award sponsored by the Iowa Golf Association. The nomination was submitted by Shane Hart, President of the Grinnell  Golf & Country Club for Alex’s superior work ethic, ... Read More »

Poweshiek Iowa Development’s Annual Meeting

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Poweshiek Iowa Development’s Annual Meeting Poweshiek Iowa Development held its 11th Annual Meeting Dinner on Tuesday, March 24th at the Michael J. Manatt Community Center in Brooklyn. Around 80 guests welcomed Larry Jansen, President and CEO of Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance and Debi Durham, Director of Iowa Economic Development Authority. Larry Boesenberg, Chair of Poweshiek Iowa Development, welcomed guests and introduced ... Read More »

Couch to 5K in Nine Weeks

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 Couch to 5K in Nine Weeks Grinnell Regional Medical Center will offer a free training program to help area residents build the stamina to complete a 5K walk or run. The Couch to 5K program kicks off on Monday, April 13, and will run for nine weeks. The program will successfully prepare participants to complete the 5K at the Grinnell ... Read More »

Grinnell Games Registration Is Open

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  Grinnell Games Registration Is Open  GRINNELL– Online registration is now open for the Grinnell Games, which will take place June 12 through 14. Those wishing to participate in events can sign up at www.grinnellgames.com. The Grinnell Games, Iowa’s Family Sports Festival, is presented by Grinnell State Bank. This year’s event schedule includes a 10K trail run at Jacob Krumm Nature ... Read More »

Drake Community Library April Activities and Events

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April Activities and Events Bucket Courses for April On April 1, Jerry Lalonde will finish a series called Writing: The History of a Technology. On April 8, Sarah Purcell will speak about Lincoln for the final Open Wednesday. There is no registration or tuition required for Open Wednesday classes. On April 15, Dan Kaiser will begin a 4-part series on ... Read More »

Grinnell FFA Receives a $1,000 Donation

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Grinnell FFA Receives a $1,000 Donation In an effort to give back and show appreciation for the support they receive from their local community, Wes Finch Auto Plaza is dedicated to donating to local charity organizations. Instead of choosing these organizations on their own, Wes Finch Auto Plaza allowed the community to choose which organizations should receive the donations. This ... Read More »

Last Bucket Course of 2014-2015

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   Last Bucket Course of 2014-2015      Dan Kaiser, professor of history emeritus at Grinnell College, will present the final class in this year’s Bucket Courses sponsored by the Community Education Council.   The four-session course titled “Grinnell a Century Ago” will look at life in Grinnell between roughly 1910 and 1920. The course will be offered on four consecutive Wednesdays starting ... Read More »

GRMC Receives Statewide Award for Patient Safety Achievements

GRMC staff were honored during the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative’s Patient Safety Awards ceremony in Des Moines on March 12. From left, Tom Evans, president and CEO of the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative presented the award to Doris Rindels, GRMC vice president, and Sheryl Baarda, nurse manager at the Kintzinger Women’s Health Center.

GRMC Receives Statewide Award for Patient Safety Achievements Mar 26, 2015 Outstanding work in reducing early elective infant deliveries at Grinnell RegionalMedical Center has garnered the medical center the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative’s (IHC) patient safety award for reducing hospital acquired conditions. The 2015 IHC Patient Safety Awards were featured at the statewide Patient Safety Conference on March 12 at The ... Read More »

Grinnell Schools Hosts Public Forum for April 7th Bond Referendum

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Grinnell Schools Hosts Public Forum for April 7th Bond Referendum A public forum was held March 24th in the Voertman Theater to inform citizens living in the Grinnell-Newburg School district about the upcoming school bond referendum. The proposed bond referendum is to build a new preschool through 5th grade elementary school at the current middle school site on East St., and ... Read More »