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

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

Chicago's Aloft Circus Arts will combine circus artistry and aerial performance at Grinnell College's Summerfest on Saturday, 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 »

Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation Makes Matching Gift Pledge to the Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign

The picture includes Barb Baker, Advertising & Community Relations Director at Grinnell Mutual and St. Francis Manor Foundation Board Chair; Betty Hammond, St. Francis Manor Foundation Board Member; Larry Jansen, President and CEO of Grinnell Mutual; Mindy Van Dyke, St. Francis Manor Director of Development; and Rose Osland, Assistant VP-Payroll at Grinnell Mutual and St. Francis Manor Board Member.

Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation Makes Matching Gift Pledge to the                       Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign     (Grinnell, IA – May 16, 2016)  Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation recently made a $25,000 5-year pledge 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. ... Read More »

New Physician at Grinnell Regional Family Practice

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New Physician at Grinnell Regional Family Practice Robert Koller, DO, primary care physician, will begin practicing at Grinnell Regional Family Practice (GRFP) on July 18, 2016. Koller will accept all patients, including obstetrics and geriatrics. He joins Roy Doorenbos, MD; Michelle Rebelsky, MD; Jacob Boyer, PA; and Kristen Phelps, PA. Koller completed his residency at Mercy North Iowa Family Medicine ... Read More »

Two Seeland Park Residents Make Matching Gift Pledges to the Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign

Pictured l - r;  Dion Schrack, St. Francis Manor Executive Administrator; Ken Eggman, Seeland Park resident; Betty Hammond, St. Francis Manor Foundation Board Member; and Bob Terlouw, Seeland Park resident.

Two Seeland Park Residents Make Matching Gift Pledges to the                       Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign (Grinnell, IA – May 9, 2016)  Seeland Park resident Ken Eggman has made a $50,000 pledge to the Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign in memory of his wife, Verleen, who passed away in 2015.  Ken’s first donation toward his 5-year pledge ... Read More »

Grinnell Chamber E-Newsletter takes Publication of the Year Award

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Emily Counts, tourism director for the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce takes first place in the Mid-America Chamber Executives association “Publication of the Year” award. The award is granted for the Grinnell Chambers weekly “Get into Grinnell E-Newsletter” informing subscribers of local and area happenings with over 6,000 subscribers. Congratulations Emily ! Read More »

Capstone to Expand into Poweshiek County

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Capstone to Expand into Poweshiek County A collaboration among four Iowa organizations promises to improve access to mental health services in Poweshiek County. Beginning later this year, Capstone Behavioral Healthcare—a Newton-based service—will begin offering mental health services in the former Poweshiek County Mental Health Center offices on Fourth Avenue in Grinnell. The four partners working to make this arrangement possible ... Read More »

GRMC Auxiliary Scholarship Recipients Honored

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GRMC Auxiliary Scholarship Recipients Honored Grinnell Regional Medical Center Auxiliary recognized four area students pursuing healthcare careers at its annual gathering held in April. GRMC Auxiliary scholarships are awarded to 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 2016 ... Read More »

Claude Ahrens Charitable Trust Donates to Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign

The attached picture includes Dion Schrack, St. Francis Manor Executive Administrator; Susan Witt, representing the Claude W. Ahrens Charitable Trust; Betty Hammond, St. Francis Manor Foundation Board Member; Barb Baker, St. Francis Manor Foundation Board Chair; and Mindy Van Dyke, St. Francis Manor Director of Development.

    (Grinnell, IA – May 2, 2016)  Susan Witt representing the Claude W. Ahrens Charitable Trust has fulfilled her pledge and donated $25,000 to the Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign.  As this was a matching gift challenge, other donations were doubled making the value of this gift $50,000!  “We are extremely grateful to Susan and the many ... Read More »

Shane Hart begins work as Grinnell College Golf Course manager

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Shane Hart begins work as Grinnell College Golf Course manager He was a board member, interim manager of former Golf and Country Club   GRINNELL, Iowa – Shane Hart, a longtime Grinnell resident and member of the Grinnell College Golf Course community, started his new position as general manager of the Grinnell College Golf Course on Friday, April 29.   ... Read More »

GRMC Welcomes New Director of Surgery

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Grinnell Regional Medical Center announces the hiring of Paul Topliff, RN, CNOR, as the new director of surgical services. Topliff joins the surgical team in response to the retirement of Deb Reding, RN, who has been with GRMC for nearly 35 years. Topliff comes back to GRMC after working in Oskaloosa for six years, most recently as the director of ... Read More »

Local organizations eligible for Grinnell United Way grants

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Grinnell United Way invites local organizations that serve Grinnell residents to apply to receive funding. “Grinnell United Way advances the common good in Grinnell through our partner agencies, supported by our generous donors,” said board president Rachael Kinnick. “Together, we use the key building blocks of education, income, and health to improve these people’s lives by dealing with the underlying ... Read More »

Behrens to Share City Park Update at SEED April 25

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Behrens to Share City Park Update at SEED The roar of construction has begun in Grinnell. Join Russ Behrens, Grinnell city manager, at the Monday, April 25, Senior Education Program to learn about the city park update and other projects slated for the summer and fall. The SEED program is a weekly educational program of Grinnell Regional Medical Center. Behrens ... Read More »

GRMC Recognized Volunteers and Auxiliary

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  Grinnell Regional Medical Center hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner in conjunction with the Auxiliary Membership Meeting on Tuesday, April 12, as part of National Volunteer Week. This was the first time these events have merged into a dinner recognition reception. More than 75 guests attended the celebratory event, and enjoyed a photo booth, buffet-style dinner, a thank you video, ... Read More »

Jones and Lacey Named as 100 Great Iowa Nurses

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Grinnell Regional Medical Center nurses Kim Jones, RN, obstetrics, and Janet Lacey, RN, director of patient experience and quality, 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 ... Read More »

Medicaid Transition to Privatization Underway

Medicaid Transition to Privatization Underway Area healthcare and health service providers who care for Iowa’s low-income residents through Medicaid began the transition to privatized care effective April 1.  Traditional Iowa Medicaid patients will now be under the supervision of three state contracted health plans or Managed Care Organizations (MCOs): Amerigroup Iowa, Inc., AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa, Inc., and UnitedHealthcare Plan of ... Read More »

Kids Against Hunger – Feeding Families Around the World… and Around the Corner

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The mission of Grinnell Kids Against Hunger is to reduce hunger around the world through local volunteers working together to package food. At Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Senior Education program on Monday, April 18, KAH board president Heidi Ramaeker Pearson will present a program about how local volunteers help feed hungry children and families all over the world. Since the ... Read More »

Grinnell College appoints alumnus Andy Hamilton as athletic director

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GRINNELL, Iowa – After completing a national search, Grinnell College today announced that Andy Hamilton, a 1985 Grinnell graduate who serves as interim athletic director, will become the college’s next director of athletics and recreation, effective July 1.   Hamilton, who also serves as an associate professor physical education and head coach of both the men’s and women’s tennis teams, ... Read More »

Easter Bunny Visits St. Francis Manor

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The Easter Bunny hopped over to St. Francis Manor in Grinnell for its Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 26.  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.  Activity Director Abby Renbarger’s son, Aiden Vance, shows resident Mary Andes his basket full of ... Read More »

Bollywood Ball Supports CultureALL’S Work in Schools

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CultureALL’s Bollywood Ball on April 16 features the vibrant East-West fusion dance style of India’s globally acclaimed movie industry. Taking place in the beautiful World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, this fun-filled celebration brings together people of all cultures in Central Iowa. Guests will enjoy live classical sitar performances, an enchanting Indian market, the art of traditional mehndi hand adornment, ... Read More »

Grinnell Mutual named 2016 Business of the Year

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Grinnell Mutual named Business of the Year   GRINNELL, Iowa– The Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce at its Annual Celebration, which took place March 16 at Grinnell Mutual’s Bartelt Conference & Education Center, recognized Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company as the 2016 Grinnell Business of the Year.   “We were very pleased with the recognition Grinnell Mutual received from the Grinnell ... Read More »

Surgical Associates of Grinnell Announces the April 4 Arrival of Elizabeth Tigges, DO

Elizabeth Tigges, DO, will begin taking patients Monday, April 4.

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Elizabeth Tigges was interviewed three times and took seven months to make her decision to move to Grinnell as the new obstetrics and gynecology practitioner at Surgical Associates – not because she was hesitant about the existing practice or slower-paced, small-town life, but because she wanted this home to be permanent. “I wanted my next move ... Read More »

Montezuma Business Expo Tuesday March 8

February 11, 2016 – PRESS RELEASE The Montezuma Area Business Expo, a once-a-year indoor mall with a distinct Montezuma flavor, will be held on Tuesday, March 8, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in  the Montezuma High School Gym.The sponsoring Montezuma Community Boosters are still accepting vendor applications for the Expo. In the past, vendors have consisted of anywhere from 40 to more ... Read More »

Tigersharks Swim In GISL State Meet Saturday March 5

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42 swimmers from the Grinnell Tigersharks Swim Team have qualified for the 2016 Greater Iowa Swim League State Meet which will be held on Saturday, March 5th, 2016 at Grinnell College Bear Center Natatorium.  The Tigersharks season started in November of 2015 with over 80 swimmers practicing two to three times a week at the Grinnell College Pool.  The team ... Read More »