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St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park Announce a “National Wear Red Day” Fashion Show Open to the Public on February 3rd

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St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park Announce a “National Wear Red Day” Fashion Show Open to the Public on February 3rd (Grinnell, IA – January 19, 2017)  A Go Red for Women Fashion Show will be hosted by                 St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park on Friday, February 3 at 2 PM in recognition of National Wear Red Day.  This fun-filled ... Read More »

ONE HOUR OF TIME CAN CHANGE LIVES

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ONE HOUR OF TIME CAN CHANGE LIVES DES MOINES, Iowa (January 18, 2017) – 90% of the population will experience a need for blood at some point during their lives. Whether it’s a trauma victim, surgery patient, cancer fighter, premature baby or mother in distress after delivery, someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds. Since there is ... Read More »

Veteran Memorial Building Proposal: Art, Vet Alliance

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Veteran Memorial Building Proposal:  Art, Vet Alliance by Michael McAllister Can Grinnell become the site of the only artist residency program designed for military veterans in the United States? Can such a project be a way of revitalizing and sustaining the city’s Veteran Memorial Building? According to Tom Lacina, pictured above, the answers are yes. And he is a man ... Read More »

Jewel Box Bank/Merchants National Bank Historic Tour - Grinnell, Iowa


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New Name for School Support Organization

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New Name for School Support Organization There’s a new name for a familiar local school support organization. The board of the Grinnell-Newburg Educational Excellence (GNEE) organization, which has raised funds for school projects large and small since 2006, has voted to change its name to Grinnell-Newburg School Foundation (GNSF). Although the name has changed, the foundation’s mission will remain the ... Read More »

$19,000,000 In USDA Rural Development to Grinnell & Poweshiek County Under Menners Tenure

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USDA Rural Development Invests Nearly $5 Billion in Rural Iowa Since 2009 Funding Created or Retained Nearly 10,000 Jobs, Assisted 20,000 Households with Home Purchases and Supported Community Improvements to Facilities, Services and Infrastructure. ——————————————– From 2009 to 2016 – during Grinnell’s own Bill Menner, the USDA Rural Development’s State Director in Iowa – here is a look at how his agency ... Read More »

Mayor Canfield Cites Gender Balance as Engendering Appointment Problems

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Mayor Canfield Cites Gender Balance as Engendering Appointment Problems by Michael McAllister In an unusually active inquiry session near the close of Grinnell’s city council meeting of January 9, Mayor Gordon Canfield provided some explanation as to why two current vacancies on the Veterans Memorial Commission have not been filled through appointments. Canfield’s remarks resulted from an ongoing inquiry from ... Read More »

New Year Promises Excitement: Hotel Grinnell to Debut

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New Year Promises Excitement:  Hotel Grinnell to Debut by Michael McAllister “Early summer.”  It will be early summer before we can begin enjoying the benefits of Hotel Grinnell, but considering what a hotel and events center can do for a city like Grinnell, the enterprise will be worth the wait. The prediction of an early summer opening comes from Angela ... Read More »

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GRMC Welcomes First Baby of 2017 The first baby of 2017 arrived at Grinnell Regional Medical Center at 3:02 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3. Yingrein and Heicey Alvarado welcomed a daughter, Greismy, to their family. She weighed 7 pounds, 0 ounces, and measured 19.5 inches long. Greismy was delivered by Michelle Rebelsky, MD, Family Medicine, and Elizabeth Tigges, DO, Surgical ... Read More »

Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation Becomes Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation’s First “Partner in Philanthropy”

L-R; Barb Baker-Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Advertising and Community Relations Director; Jessica Dillon-Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation Co-President; Larry Jansen-Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance President and CEO and Tim Douglas-Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation Co-President.

Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation Becomes Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation’s First “Partner in Philanthropy” Grinnell, IA, December 19, 2016: Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company President and CEO Larry Jansen and Advertising and Community Relations Director Barb Baker, presented the first installment of a three-part pledge to the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) Board of Directors at GPCF’s most recent board meeting.  The ... Read More »

Wanted: Seven taskforce coordinators for part-time AmeriCorps positions

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Wanted: Seven taskforce coordinators for part-time AmeriCorps positions Coordinators will work with volunteer groups supporting community education projects GRINNELL, Iowa — The Grinnell AmeriCorps Partnership is seeking individuals who love community and education to serve in seven part-time, short-term taskforce coordinator positions. Applications will be accepted through Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. “Building on the momentum of the successful projects initiated ... Read More »

Grinnell banker launches, pilots Apollo 11 commemorative

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Grinnell banker launches, pilots Apollo 11 commemorative   By Michael McAllister On Thursday, December 8, astronaut John Glenn died at the age of 95.  Tributes to Glenn—the first American to orbit the earth and, 36 years later, the oldest human to venture into space—reminded Americans of the significance of that 1962 orbital flight by Friendship 7 amidst Cold War uncertainty ... Read More »

Grinnell Mutual Grows Beards, Gets Wet for GRMC’s Community Care Clinic

Jeff Menary, Grinnell Mutual executive vice president of line operations, takes the long, cold walk to the Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance pond to uphold his part of the challenge to support GRMC’s Community Care Clinic.

Grinnell Mutual Grows Beards, Gets Wet for GRMC’s Community Care Clinic A group of Grinnell Mutual employees put away their razors and heels to support a great cause — Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Community Care Clinic. Jeff Menary, executive vice president of line operations, challenged staff to raise $3,000 to support the clinic, which provides medical care to area residents ... Read More »

SE•ED Holiday Program Gives Historical Perspective

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SEED Holiday Program Gives Historical Perspective This holiday season, step back 160 years in Poweshiek County and listen to “Voices from the Past: Lower Blue Point Church,” during the Senior Education Program’s annual holiday program. Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s SEED program season finale, December 12, will feature the Poweshiek County Heritage Park and an oral history of an early settlers’ ... Read More »

Year-End Giving Opportunities at GPCF

Year-End Giving Opportunities at GPCF It’s the annual season-of-giving, and the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation encourages community members to consider making a gift to one of the many nonprofits and causes in the county.  A gift to GPCF and its funds not only provides attractive tax benefits but makes a significant and lasting impact in Poweshiek County. GPCF has over ... Read More »

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 »

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 »