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HUD Promises Disaster Deterrent Dollars: $96.9 Million

HUD Promises Disaster Deterrent Dollars:  $96.9 Million By Michael McAllister Suppose you could improve something that would benefit not only you and your children and grandchildren but neighbors and friends and people you do not even know, not just now but well into the future. And suppose someone was willing to pay 75% of the cost. That opportunity, described in …

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Behind the Scenes at the Iowa State Fair

Behind the Scenes at the Iowa State Fair Nothing compares to the Iowa State Fair. Mike Pearson, host at Iowa Public Television, will be providing an overview on the 2017 Iowa State Fair at the Senior Education Program on Monday, Aug. 21. Photos, behind the scenes information, and details on unique exhibits will all make their way in to this …

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Grinnell Farmers Market introduces Grinnell Market Fresh Meal Service

Grinnell Farmers Market introduces Grinnell Market Fresh Meal Service GRINNELL – National Farmers Market Week is being celebrated this week (August 6 – 12) all across the nation. The annual event, sponsored by USDA, highlights the important role farmers markets play in our nation’s food system. Farmers markets serve as a lifeline for many producers whether they’re beginning farmers looking …

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Poweshiek Community Action to Restore Environmental Stewardship (Poweshiek CARES) to hear Watershed Coordinator Tuesday August 15th.

Poweshiek Community Action to Restore Environmental Stewardship (Poweshiek CARES) to hear Watershed Coordinator Tuesday August 15th. The general public is invited to attend. Are YOU concerned about Iowa’s waterways? Find out what is happening and steps that can improve water quality. Tuesday, August 15th, Jody Bailey, Watershed Coordinator, will explain and answer questions at 7 PM in Grinnell’s Drake Library community room. …

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Central Park Do-Over Almost Over

Central Park Do-Over Almost Over By Michael McAllister “Project is expected to be wrapped up by Labor Day.”  The statement, referring to Grinnell’s Central Park renovation, comes as part of the official July 10 meeting minutes of Grinnell’s Parks and Recreation Board. And the news is welcome indeed. In fact, since the fences around the park have recently come down, …

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Arts Council to Hold Yard Sale Fundraiser

Arts Council to Hold Yard Sale Fundraiser On Saturday, August 26, the Grinnell Area Arts Council will hold a Yard Sale and Fundraiser on their front lawn. The sale is an inspired effort with twofold benefits for the Council: clean out their facilities, and generate funds for their fall programs such as Studio 6. Furthermore, the sale is a fun …

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Arts Council to Host Folk Concert at the Stew

Arts Council to Host Folk Concert at the Stew On Saturday, September 2, the Arts Council will host a pair of folk music groups at the Stew. The show will begin with p. morrow, a Grinnell College band comprised of Justin Leuba ‘17 (guitar, vocals), Sylvie Bindas ‘18 (vocals), Jacob Getzoff ‘18 (percussion) and Ian Donaldson ‘20 (keyboard); followed by …

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100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE – GRINNELL TO FUND S.E.G.

100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE – GRINNELL TO FUND S.E.G.   The July 25 meeting of 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell resulted in the decision to fund the Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell (S.E.G.) with the proceeds from this quarter’s selection process.  By pooling their contributions of $ 100 per member, the result will be more than $ 6,500 …

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National Night Out Draws People In

National Night Out Draws People In By Michael McAllister As the first day of 2017’s August came to a close, with the summer buzz of cicadas in the background, Grinnellians marked National Night Out at three of the city’s parks—Merrill, Bailey, and Arbor Lake. Sponsored by Grinnell’s Optimists, the event ties to a movement begun in 1984 as a way …

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DRAKE COMMUNITY LIBRARY HOSTS GREAT AMERICAN ECLIPSE VIEWING

DRAKE COMMUNITY LIBRARY HOSTS GREAT AMERICAN ECLIPSE VIEWING On Monday, August 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. the public is invited to Drake Community Library, 930 Park Street, to witness the Great American Eclipse.  Drake Community Library is one of 1,500 libraries across the nation that has been awarded a grant from the Space Science Institute to facilitate eclipse viewing.  …

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Grinnell Hosts First Iowa Young RYLA Event

Grinnell Hosts First Iowa Young RYLA Event By Michael McAllister Sometimes referred to as RYLA Lite, Young RYLA—that’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards for middle schoolers—set up shop on the Grinnell College campus during the week of July 24 The event was the first in Iowa and in fact is one of only four such programs in the world. While Iowa’s …

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50th Anniversary Celebration

50th Anniversary Celebration Grinnell Regional Medical Center will host a large 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. Throw on your blue jeans and prepare to dance the night away at the fourth GRMC Blue Jean Ball. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Poweshiek County Fairgrounds, 425 East St., Grinnell. The Blue Jean Ball moves to …

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Veterans Commission Marks Time Following Official Building Restoration Launch

Veterans Commission Marks Time Following Official Building Restoration Launch By Michael McAllister On July 17, Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission held its first regular session since the official announcement earlier this month of a fundraising and informational drive to establish an artist residency in a renovated Veterans Memorial Building. Conducted by Vice Chair Gwen Rieck (center above) in the absence of …

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GRMC Golf Outing Lands Big Funds for Equipment

GRMC Golf Outing Lands Big Funds for Equipment Great weather, fun contests, and raising $24,000 recap the highlights in the 2017 Grinnell Regional Medical Center Golf Outing. GRMC welcomed 136 golfers on 34 teams to the Oakland Acres Golf Course on Friday, July 14, for the annual fundraiser and friend raiser to support GRMC. “Each year brings new golfers, new …

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Grin City Artists Tackle Tough Questions with Social Crossings Toolkit

Grin City Artists Tackle Tough Questions with Social Crossings Toolkit By Michael McAllister Is it the duty of art to disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed?  Some people say so, employing an assertion that exists in a variety of forms, attributed to people as diverse as 19th century journalist Finley Peter Dunne and modern-day graffiti artist Banksy. Regardless of …

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St. Francis Manor Celebrates 40 Years of Service with Groundbreaking for the Hammond Center for Assisted Living

St. Francis Manor Celebrates 40 Years of Service with Groundbreaking for the Hammond Center for Assisted Living   —————————————————————————-  (Grinnell, IA – July 10, 2017)  After threats of storms for the afternoon of June 29, it turned out to be sunny and hot as roughly 60 people gathered for a ceremonial groundbreaking on the site of the future Hammond Center for …

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A Notable Change in Venue: Music in the Park to GAAC

A Notable Change in Venue:  Music in the Park to GAAC By Michael McAllister Grinnell’s Music in the Park series moved from the Grinnell College campus to the steps of the Stewart Art Gallery and Grinnell Area Arts Council at 926 Broad on Thursday, July 6.  The event will remain in that location through the current season, which ends on …

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Grinnell Launches Campaign to Renovate Veterans Building

Grinnell Launches Campaign to Renovate Veterans Building  GRINNELL — The Grinnell Veterans Memorial Commission celebrated the Independence Day holiday with the announcement of a $1.8 million fundraising campaign to renovate the Veterans Memorial Building. The project seeks to visually match local prairie style architecture and create an anchor structure in Grinnell’s Central Park. The keystone feature of the renovated building will …

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Grinnell’s Fourth of July Parade: A Pictorial

Grinnell’s Fourth of July Parade:  A Pictorial By Michael McAllister “I love a parade!” sang Frank Luther in 1931—lyrics by Harold Arlen, music by Ted Koehler—and surely most people felt likewise then and do so today.  And for those people, Grinnell’s Fourth of July Parade 2017 did not disappoint. Perhaps it even converted a few parade curmudgeons. Arlen’s lyrics, however, …

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LOCAL ARTIST MARKET HELD AT STEW ART STUDIOS July 7 & 8

LOCAL ARTIST MARKET HELD AT STEW ART STUDIOS On July 7 and 8, Stew Art Studios (“the Stew”) will host a Local Artist Market. The market will feature boutique, handmade goods from local and regional artists, including paintings, hand-knitted items, pottery, and modern quilts. The Arts Council, with event-organizer Lee Smith, will oversee the summer market. Smith, a community volunteer, …

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100 + People Who Care – Grinnell to Meet July 25

100 + People Who Care – Grinnell to Meet July 25                  The quarterly meeting of 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell will be Tuesday, July 25.  The 5:30 p.m. meeting will be held in the community room at the Drake Public Library.  This will be the third meeting of 100 + …

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Rural Forward Attendees Select Education as Priority

Rural Forward Attendees Select Education as Priority By Michael McAllister Two former United States Department of Agriculture Officials—Bill Menner and John Whitaker (above, from left)—welcomed approximately 70 Grinnellians to the first meeting of Iowa’s chapter of Rural Forward at the Drake Community Library on the evening of Tuesday, June 20.  The organization’s press release describes it as a group of …

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Learning Environment Sessions Seek to Facilitate Facilities Planning

Learning Environment Sessions Seek to Facilitate Facilities Planning By Michael McAllister More people in the world have access to a mobile phone than to a clean toilet. Twitter broadcasts 100 million tweets per day. Eighty-seven percent of teenagers text, each teen sending an average of 3,339 texts per month. The amount of digital information in the world will increase 44 …

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Hubbell Restores Historic Spaulding Manufacturing Company, Holds Ribbon Cutting for Urban-Style Lofts

Hubbell Restores Historic Spaulding Manufacturing Company, Holds Ribbon Cutting for Urban-Style Lofts Grinnell, Iowa (June 15, 2017)- Hubbell Realty Company celebrated the grand opening of the Spaulding Lofts, located in the former Spaulding Manufacturing Company. This $12.5 million restoration project is the first historic renovation for Hubbell outside of Des Moines. With collaboration from the city of Grinnell, the 1870’s …

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Grin City Collective Honors Obsolete, Releases Community Resource Guide

Grin City Collective Honors Obsolete, Releases Community Resource Guide Next event:  June 30 By Michael McAllister For anyone who likes history mixed with whimsy (or whimsy mixed with history); for anyone curious about how people managed to do things well before the digital age; for anyone to whom the phrase “two longs and a short” makes perfect sense as a …

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OurGrinnell.com Roving Correspondent Talks With Superintendent Stutz

Dr. Stutz: “It’s Been a Great Year!” District superintendent looks forward to a creative summer, looks back on a productive year By Michael McAllister Dr. Janet Stutz, having completed her first academic year as superintendent of Grinnell-Newburg CSD, promoted summer programs and assessed initial accomplishments in an interview with Our Grinnell on Friday, June 9. Calling her transition to Grinnell …

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Veterans Commission Receives Donation, Building Program Advances

Veterans Commission Receives Donation, Building Program Advances By Michael McAllister Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission met in regular monthly session at 5:15 p.m., Monday, June 12, at the Drake Community Library.  Members Gwen Rieck, George Fowler, and Leo Lease were present. Following routine business such as approval of the meeting agenda and previous meeting minutes, the commission received a fund update …

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Families invited to jumpstart their summer at Grinnell Games June 16-18

Families invited to jumpstart their summer at Grinnell Games June 16-18 GRINNELL – Iowa’s family sports festival is less than two weeks away, with a full weekend of activities ranging from competitive races to a free kids run, from free family field day activities to a pancake breakfast, and from superheroes to face painting. This year’s Grinnell Games, presented by …

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HUD Promises Disaster Deterrent Dollars: $96.9 Million

HUD Promises Disaster Deterrent Dollars:  $96.9 Million By Michael McAllister Suppose you could improve something that would benefit not only you and your children and grandchildren but neighbors and friends and people you do not even know, not just now but well into the future. And suppose someone was willing to pay 75% of the cost. That opportunity, described in …

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Behind the Scenes at the Iowa State Fair

Behind the Scenes at the Iowa State Fair Nothing compares to the Iowa State Fair. Mike Pearson, host at Iowa Public Television, will be providing an overview on the 2017 Iowa State Fair at the Senior Education Program on Monday, Aug. 21. Photos, behind the scenes information, and details on unique exhibits will all make their way in to this …

Read More »

Grinnell Farmers Market introduces Grinnell Market Fresh Meal Service

Grinnell Farmers Market introduces Grinnell Market Fresh Meal Service GRINNELL – National Farmers Market Week is being celebrated this week (August 6 – 12) all across the nation. The annual event, sponsored by USDA, highlights the important role farmers markets play in our nation’s food system. Farmers markets serve as a lifeline for many producers whether they’re beginning farmers looking …

Read More »

Poweshiek Community Action to Restore Environmental Stewardship (Poweshiek CARES) to hear Watershed Coordinator Tuesday August 15th.

Poweshiek Community Action to Restore Environmental Stewardship (Poweshiek CARES) to hear Watershed Coordinator Tuesday August 15th. The general public is invited to attend. Are YOU concerned about Iowa’s waterways? Find out what is happening and steps that can improve water quality. Tuesday, August 15th, Jody Bailey, Watershed Coordinator, will explain and answer questions at 7 PM in Grinnell’s Drake Library community room. …

Read More »

Central Park Do-Over Almost Over

Central Park Do-Over Almost Over By Michael McAllister “Project is expected to be wrapped up by Labor Day.”  The statement, referring to Grinnell’s Central Park renovation, comes as part of the official July 10 meeting minutes of Grinnell’s Parks and Recreation Board. And the news is welcome indeed. In fact, since the fences around the park have recently come down, …

Read More »

Arts Council to Hold Yard Sale Fundraiser

Arts Council to Hold Yard Sale Fundraiser On Saturday, August 26, the Grinnell Area Arts Council will hold a Yard Sale and Fundraiser on their front lawn. The sale is an inspired effort with twofold benefits for the Council: clean out their facilities, and generate funds for their fall programs such as Studio 6. Furthermore, the sale is a fun …

Read More »

Arts Council to Host Folk Concert at the Stew

Arts Council to Host Folk Concert at the Stew On Saturday, September 2, the Arts Council will host a pair of folk music groups at the Stew. The show will begin with p. morrow, a Grinnell College band comprised of Justin Leuba ‘17 (guitar, vocals), Sylvie Bindas ‘18 (vocals), Jacob Getzoff ‘18 (percussion) and Ian Donaldson ‘20 (keyboard); followed by …

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100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE – GRINNELL TO FUND S.E.G.

100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE – GRINNELL TO FUND S.E.G.   The July 25 meeting of 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell resulted in the decision to fund the Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell (S.E.G.) with the proceeds from this quarter’s selection process.  By pooling their contributions of $ 100 per member, the result will be more than $ 6,500 …

Read More »

National Night Out Draws People In

National Night Out Draws People In By Michael McAllister As the first day of 2017’s August came to a close, with the summer buzz of cicadas in the background, Grinnellians marked National Night Out at three of the city’s parks—Merrill, Bailey, and Arbor Lake. Sponsored by Grinnell’s Optimists, the event ties to a movement begun in 1984 as a way …

Read More »

DRAKE COMMUNITY LIBRARY HOSTS GREAT AMERICAN ECLIPSE VIEWING

DRAKE COMMUNITY LIBRARY HOSTS GREAT AMERICAN ECLIPSE VIEWING On Monday, August 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. the public is invited to Drake Community Library, 930 Park Street, to witness the Great American Eclipse.  Drake Community Library is one of 1,500 libraries across the nation that has been awarded a grant from the Space Science Institute to facilitate eclipse viewing.  …

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Grinnell Hosts First Iowa Young RYLA Event

Grinnell Hosts First Iowa Young RYLA Event By Michael McAllister Sometimes referred to as RYLA Lite, Young RYLA—that’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards for middle schoolers—set up shop on the Grinnell College campus during the week of July 24 The event was the first in Iowa and in fact is one of only four such programs in the world. While Iowa’s …

Read More »

50th Anniversary Celebration

50th Anniversary Celebration Grinnell Regional Medical Center will host a large 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. Throw on your blue jeans and prepare to dance the night away at the fourth GRMC Blue Jean Ball. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Poweshiek County Fairgrounds, 425 East St., Grinnell. The Blue Jean Ball moves to …

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Veterans Commission Marks Time Following Official Building Restoration Launch

Veterans Commission Marks Time Following Official Building Restoration Launch By Michael McAllister On July 17, Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission held its first regular session since the official announcement earlier this month of a fundraising and informational drive to establish an artist residency in a renovated Veterans Memorial Building. Conducted by Vice Chair Gwen Rieck (center above) in the absence of …

Read More »

GRMC Golf Outing Lands Big Funds for Equipment

GRMC Golf Outing Lands Big Funds for Equipment Great weather, fun contests, and raising $24,000 recap the highlights in the 2017 Grinnell Regional Medical Center Golf Outing. GRMC welcomed 136 golfers on 34 teams to the Oakland Acres Golf Course on Friday, July 14, for the annual fundraiser and friend raiser to support GRMC. “Each year brings new golfers, new …

Read More »

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