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Grinnell Corridor Entrance Signs To Be Updated

New easier to read Sans Serif font style soon to be approved.

A note from City Manager Russ Behrens brings us up to date on the corridor high profile entrance signs, “Yes we are ‘experimenting’ with a font design that has more of an impact as intended. This (the current mock up) was the original design. Based on feedback on this design this will likely be the final version that is installed. ... Read More »

Christmas 2016: Grinnell Gears Up

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Christmas 2016:  Grinnell Gears Up By Michael McAllister As though to herald the holiday season, northwest winds howled and temperatures plunged in Grinnell on the afternoon of Friday, November 18.  While a gentle nudge from the blissful autumn days we had been enjoying would have been appropriate as mood setting for the Jingle Bell Holiday, there is such a thing ... Read More »

Lower Elementary Students In Need Benefit Before Winter Arrives

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  Lower Elementary Students In Need Benefit Before Winter Arrives Grinnell, IA, November 18th, 2016:  The annual proceeds from the Dr. Kevin W. Sterk Lower Elementary Student Needs Endowment were used to fulfill some basic necessities.  Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation staff gathered from the Fairview and Bailey Park Elementary principals a list of items they had observed as student needs. ... Read More »

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Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards $1,000 Donation to the Grinnell Skate/BMX Project!

Pictured from left to right at Bailey Pak (future site of the skate park); Tim Ellsworth, Skate Park committee member, Jeff Finch of Wes Finch Auto Plaza, Brycen Heng, BMX Rider, and Rich Dana, Director of Imagine Grinnell.

Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards $1,000 Donation to the Grinnell Skate/BMX Project! GRINNELL, IOWA (November 17, 2016) – Wes Finch Auto Plaza is kicking off the season of giving by donating $1,000 to the Grinnell Skate/BMX Project through their Facebook Charity Campaign! Voting took place October 1st through October 31st, and the winner was announced on November 1st. Grinnell Skate/BMX ... Read More »

GPCF’s Big GIVE Month Benefits Area Non-Profits

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GPCF’s Big GIVE Month Benefits Area Non-Profits The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation’s Big GIVE campaign during October harvested nearly $185,000 for area organizations.  Donors pledged and contributed $184,457 to 39 different funds administered by GPCF. The month-long fund drive, stimulated by art-themed matching challenges of $11,385, garnered $93,412 in direct gifts, $40,000 in new pledges, and $17,633 in pledge payments.  An ... Read More »

Breakfast with Santa at St. Francis Manor December 3

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Breakfast with Santa at St. Francis Manor St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park are inviting the public to enjoy “Breakfast with Santa” on Saturday, December 3rd.  All-you-can-eat pancakes (plain, blueberry, and chocolate chip) with butter and maple syrup, sausage links, orange juice, milk and coffee will be served between 8 and 10 AM in the St. Francis Manor Social Center ... Read More »

Grinnell Regional Medical Center Announces Plans for Unique Partnership with UnityPoint Health – Des Moines and University of Iowa Health Care

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Grinnell Regional Medical Center Announces Plans for Unique Partnership with UnityPoint Health – Des Moines and University of Iowa Health Care   Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC), UnityPoint Health – Des Moines and University of Iowa Health Care (UI Health Care) have begun exclusive negotiations about forming a new relationship. While details of the proposed relationship remain to be determined, ... Read More »

St. Francis Manor Hosts Veterans Program

Seated—Seeland Park resident Jane Thompson holding the flag in honor of her late husband and veteran, Don Thompson with her daughter, Claudia Brammer from Rosemount, Minnesota.
Standing L-R: Dorothy Peak, Don Thompson’s sister; Larry Ellis, Ron Davis, Ed Adkins, George Fowler, and Jane’s granddaughter, Danae (Carroll) Hewitt with her daughters, Sadie and Ruthie from Ankeny.

St. Francis Manor hosted a remembrance program for veterans on Thursday, November 10th.  We hope you will include the attached pictures and write-up below on ourgrinnell.com: A Veterans Remembrance Program was hosted by St. Francis Manor on Thursday, November 10, to honor local veterans.  Over 120 people attended the event including St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park residents as well as ... Read More »

Stepping up but stymied: One veteran seeks to serve again

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Stepping up but stymied:   One veteran seeks to serve again By Michael McAllister Service to country and community can take many forms.  Most of the time, we are more than willing to let those who wish to serve do so.  In Grinnell, however, in at least one instance, a request to serve seems to have been consigned to limbo. For ... Read More »

Jingle Bell Holiday Offers Family Fun, Shopping & Winter Farmers Market

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Jingle Bell Holiday offers family fun, shopping & winter farmers market Grinnell’s annual holiday shopping kick-off event, Jingle Bell Holiday, is Friday, November 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. Santa Claus will visit with children at Total Choice Shipping & Printing, with photos taken by Cory Hall Photography. Carriage rides will again be available downtown free of charge this year, ... Read More »

Campaign chaos? Not in Grinnell

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Campaign chaos?  Not in Grinnell By Michael McAllister While the election campaign may be confusing, frustrating, and even disheartening at the national level—fueled by both October and November surprises—the campaign is calm in Grinnell, at least if activity at either party headquarters and participation in early voting are to serve as barometers. But to characterize activity as calm is not ... Read More »

Hunger Awareness Groups Pack Meals, Have Impact

Hunger Awareness Groups Pack Meals, Have Impact   Local. Domestic. International. Hunger and food insecurity needs at each of these levels receive assistance and gain awareness from two partner organizations of the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF).   Local impact   At the local level, Tiger Packs helps to combat hunger in the Grinnell-Newburg School District by providing eligible K-8 ... Read More »

Ed Hatcher Earns Iowa Hospital Association’s Trustee of the Year Award

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Ed Hatcher Earns Iowa Hospital Association’s Trustee of the Year Award Edward Hatcher, a member of Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Board of Directors, was recently recognized by the Iowa Hospital Association as the top hospital trustee in the state. IHA’s Excellence in Governance Award is presented each year to an Iowa hospital trustee who is identified as a strategic thinker, ... Read More »

Central Park progress: Primarily on point

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Central Park progress:  Primarily on point During the last couple of weeks, some of the fences that have surrounded Grinnell’s Central Park this summer have come down intermittently, permitting a clearer look at the construction process. For example, when we last snapped a picture of the gazebo, on or about July 10, the structure was sitting on a flatbed truck.  ... Read More »

Take a Look into GRMC’s Crystal Ball

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Take a Look into GRMC’s Crystal Ball Healthcare is changing at unprecedented levels and Grinnell Regional Medical Center is changing to remain viable and relevant to the needs of the community. Todd C. Linden, GRMC president and CEO, will discuss plans for the future during the Monday, Oct. 31, Senior Education Program. This presentation will focus on the greatest challenges ... Read More »

Cyber Security Training Session at Drake Community Library

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Cyber Security Training Session at Drake Community Library Cyber attacks are becoming more common as more and more people rely on smart phones and computers for daily communication and financial transactions. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and “Cyber Security Awareness Training” is the topic for a presentation by Alison Radl, MPS, MS-InfAs, from the State of Iowa Information Security ... Read More »

Discussions underway to bring University of Iowa classes to Grinnell

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Discussions underway to bring University of Iowa classes to Grinnell If enrollment goals are met, classes could start as soon as January 2017 GRINNELL, Iowa – A group of local institutions is working closely with the University of Iowa, community leaders and employers to bring University of Iowa classes to Grinnell. The classes will be held at the Iowa Valley ... Read More »

Mayflower Boards Elect New Directors

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Mayflower Boards Elect New Directors  The boards of The Mayflower Community–Mayflower Homes, Inc. and Mayflower Homes Foundation–have elected new directors who began service at the boards’ annual meetings on October 18.  Each will serve a three-year term, which may be renewed for another three years. Jodie Ryan, Grinnell branch manager for Great Western Bank, will be moving from the presidency ... Read More »

New Physician at Manatt Family Urgent Care

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New Physician at Manatt Family Urgent Care Luke R. Perrin, MD, family medicine physician, will begin practicing at Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Manatt Family Urgent Care and GRMC’s occupational medicine department on Saturday, Oct. 15. Perrin joins Wendi Beck, PA-C, at Manatt Family Urgent Care. “The community’s use of our urgent care clinic continues to grow, which makes it supremely ... Read More »

Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company Receives the Greater Poweshiek County Community Foundation’s 2016 Business Partner of the Year Award

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Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company Receives the Greater Poweshiek County Community Foundation’s 2016 Business Partner of the Year Award Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company was awarded the Greater Poweshiek County Community Foundation’s (GPCF) 2016 Business Partner of the Year award at the Seventh Annual Spirit of Giving banquet held Oct. 8 at the Grinnell College Golf Course. The Business Partner of the Year ... Read More »

League of Women Voter forum features candidates for Iowa senate, house

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  By Michael McAllister For anyone who has grown tired of the contentiousness and rancor of the current presidential election campaign, the October 12 candidate forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters and held at the Drake Community Library in Grinnell, was a welcome respite. The well-organized event featured candidates for Iowa’s District 38 senate seat and District 76 ... Read More »

Flyers, Firefighters and Funds Grinnellians step up in support of service

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Flyers, Firefighters and Funds Grinnellians step up in support of service By Michael McAllister Breakfast opportunities were expanded in Grinnell this weekend, but—as inviting as the French toast, pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage were—there was a larger issue involved:  Service. Service of the kind provided by Grinnell Optimists to area youth and by Grinnell firefighters to the community. Saturday brought ... Read More »

Station Clubhouse to Hold Open House Celebrating 26 Years

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The Station Clubhouse will hold an Open House celebrating 26 years of support for people with mental health disabilities in Grinnell and Poweshiek County Tuesday October 18th from 4:00 to 6:00pm. Special recognition to celebrate recent upgrades will be part of the Open House. Refreshments will be served and tours conducted. Location is listed in the last paragraph in the chronological ... Read More »

Bucket Course Offers Insight to “Disability and Being Human”

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Disability is a condition most of us experience from time to time or permanently, but it is also a label we use to distinguish between abled and disabled people.  In a bucket course Disability and Being Human, Jean Ketter, Professor of Education at Grinnell College, will challenge the society’s understanding of disability by exploring the history, theories, and historical context ... Read More »

New Physician at GRMC Emergency Department

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New Physician at GRMC Emergency Department   Stephanie R. Koos, DO, family and emergency medicine physician, began practicing part time at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center emergency department on September 1, 2016. Koos joined Patrick Cogley, MD; Clayton Francis, MD; and Stephen Ellestad, MD. “Dr. Koos is a wealth of knowledge,” Francis says. “Her enthusiasm for excellence and the variety ... Read More »

Seeland Park “Fall Tour of Homes” Sunday, October 9, 1:30-4:30

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Seeland Park “Fall Tour of Homes” Sunday, October 9, 1:30-4:30 Enjoy refreshments and view an exhibit of hand-made quilts and teddy bears by Seeland Park residents in the Social Center located on the northwest side of St. Francis Manor. Several Seeland Park homes remain available for purchase in a variety of sizes and price ranges. Choose from homes with one ... Read More »

Grinnell Skatepark Fund Receives Grant From Tony Hawk

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Grinnell Skatepark Fund Receives Grant From Tony Hawk Tony Hawk has been the biggest name in professional skateboarding since he the late 1980s. Now, The Tony Hawk Foundation helps communities across the country build free, public skateparks. Grinnell is one of the latest recipients of Hawk’s generosity- a $5000 donation to help revitalize the Bailey Park skate area. Imagine Grinnell ... Read More »

Hardeman enters winning photos in Grinnell Mutual contest

Hardeman enters winning photos in Grinnell Mutual contest Katie Hardeman of Brooklyn took top honors in Grinnell Mutual’s Hometown Pride Photo Contest.  Her photo “Flag Barn” was chosen as the winner of the Farm category.  All of the winning photos are posted on Grinnell Mutual’s website at www.grinnellmutual.com. The Hometown Pride Photo Contest captures the spirit of people, places, and small ... Read More »

Grinnell College to show HD broadcast of 10 Met Operas during the 2016-17 year

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Grinnell College to show HD broadcast of 10 Met Operas during the 2016-17 year First opera to be shown is Wagner’s ‘Tristan und Isolde,’ on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Harris Center This academic year, Grinnell College will stream ten Metropolitan operas as part of the “Metropolitan Opera Live in HD” movie theater transmissions program. The first in the series, Wagner’s ... Read More »

Attorney Emily Kolbe Joins Ahlers & Cooney Law Firm

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Attorney Emily Kolbe Joins Ahlers & Cooney Law Firm Des Moines, Iowa (September 23, 2016)  Emily Kolbe has joined Ahlers & Cooney, P.C. as an Associate Attorney. She is a member of the firm’s Litigation, Higher Education, and Employment practice areas, representing clients in education, government and private business. She assists employers in defending various claims of retaliation, discrimination and ... Read More »

GO FLY A KITE!

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GO FLY A KITE! No, really, go fly a kite. By Michael McAllister What can sound like an insult in some contexts is excellent advice if spoken by a Rotarian recently in Grinnell.  A tradition, Kites Over Grinnell, was set aloft again on Saturday, September 24, at the Ahrens Park driving range amid summer-like temperatures, under cloud-cleared skies, on vibrant ... Read More »