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Be Good to Your Heart During February Heart Health Month


Be Good to Your Heart Grinnell Regional Medical Center wants you to take a moment during Heart Health Month to assess your heart. Heart disease remains the number one killer of adults in the United States. And, the American Heart Association estimates that half of all heart disease events could be prevented with healthy choices. “Preventing a heart event is ... Read More »



The Grinnell-Newburg School District will celebrate Attendance Awareness month in February and has pledged to raise awareness about the value of regular attendance and focus on reducing chronic absenteeism in the remaining months of the school year. The District recognizes that good attendance is essential to academic success.  But far too many students are at risk academically because they are ... Read More »

Grinnell College To Host Gabriel Espinosa Latin Jazz Sextet Feb. 19

Grinnell College to host Gabriel Espinosa Latin Jazz Sextet on Feb. 19 Guest stars will be clarinetist Anat Cohen, Grammy-winning drummer Antonio Sanchez  GRINNELL, Iowa – Grammy-winning drummer Antonio Sanchez and renowned clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen will perform a free, public concert with the Gabriel Espinosa Latin Jazz Sextet on Friday, Feb. 19, at Grinnell College. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. in Sebring Lewis Hall, Bucksbaum ... Read More »

Keith Brake Reports from a Grinnell Republican Caucus

The big snow that had been forecast was still hours away.But an avalanche – of humanity – was rolling toward the doors of Grinnell High School by 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 1. The school hosted caucus meetings for both major parties and the turnout was tremendous.Dan Bunnell, working in the lobby area of the old gym – the Republican side – ... Read More »

A Familiar Face Returns to Lead Imagine Grinnell; 2016 Membership Drive Underway

Rich Dana headshot

A Familiar Face Returns to Lead Imagine Grinnell; 2016 Membership Drive Underway Rich Dana, who coordinated Imagine Grinnell’s energy reduction program from 2006-08, has been hired as the quality-of-life organization’s new executive director. Since his earlier IG work, Dana has managed numerous renewable energy and historic remodeling projects through his own Plan B consulting business and taught sustainable living practices ... Read More »

Pinpointing the Problem: Acupuncturist Danielle Sadler Breathes New Life into an Ancient Therapy

Acupuncture needles are very fine, about 0.25 mm.  Photo by Sarah Breemer Pfennigs

  By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Hippocrates once said: “The greatest medicine of all is teaching people how not to need it.” Minnesota native Danielle Sadler, L.Ac.,Dipl. O.M (Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate of Oriental Medicine), believes that sentiment is a formidable part of what she does for a living. 13 years ago, Sadler decided it was time to pay more attention ... Read More »

St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park Announce a “National Wear Red Day” Fashion Show Open to the Public on February 5th


St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park Announce a “National Wear Red Day” Fashion Show Open to the Public on February 5th    (Grinnell, IA – January 15, 2016)  A Go Red for Women Fashion Show will be hosted by                 St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park on Friday, February 5 at 2 PM in recognition of National Wear Red Day.  This ... Read More »

Green Yard Makeover classes offered in February and March


The green yard makeover    GRINNELL – Want to improve your home landscaping while protecting the environment, creating habitat for native species, and producing fresh food? Get ready for the Green Yard Makeover, a series of three free Tuesday evening classes that will be held in Grinnell in February and March. The classes will introduce you to ecosystem landscape gardening, ... Read More »

Pizza Ranch Hosts Grinnell Veterans Commission for Fund Raiser Jan. 28

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Pizza Ranch Hosts Grinnell Veterans Commission for Fund Raiser Jan. 28 On Thursday, January 28 from 5:00-8:00 PM, several members of the Grinnell Veterans Commission, Grinnell Veterans Building Task Force, and supporters will be holding a fundraiser at the Grinnell Pizza Ranch located at 613 West Street South in Grinnell.  The purpose is to raise funds for the restoration of ... Read More »

Local Flavor, International Appeal: McNally’s Sets the Bar for Gourmet and Organic Offerings

Randy and Julie Smith have owned and operated McNally's since 1988.  Photo by Sarah Breemer Pfennigs

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Whether you’ve lived in Grinnell your entire life or have just been here for a year, McNally’s Foods is an instantly recognizable landmark, despite moving from its original location two-and-a-half years ago. Of course Randy Smith – who’s owned and operated McNally’s since 1988 – merely crossed the street to move Grinnell’s only downtown grocery store ... Read More »

HLV Students Bring Holiday Cheer to GRMC Patients

John Spake, Marengo, received a present from HLV sixth graders. Making the trip to GRMC on Christmas day to pay it forward were, from left, Emma Schafbuch, Chelle Thys, and Ben Thys, with Spake in the chair.

HLV Students Bring Holiday Cheer to GRMC Patients Teaching youth to pay it forward lead three HLVs sixth graders to bring Christmas presents to patients at Grinnell Regional Medical Center on Christmas day. “At the beginning of the school year, my students chose to have a ‘Pay it Forward’ theme for our room,” says Lynette Lender, HLV’s sixth grader teacher. ... Read More »

GPCF Wraps Up Active, Successful Year

GPCF group at our inaugural pie day (June 2, 2015) celebrating Tom Marshall’s birthday and work with GPCF and other nonprofits in the Poweshiek County area.

GPCF Wraps Up Active, Successful Year The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) is concluding its 26th year in operation, acting on the legacy left by GPCF founder Tom Marshall, who died in March of this year. “Tom built the foundation from the ground up, and has left a sizeable legacy for us to fulfill,” said GPCF program coordinator Nicole Brua-Behrens. ... Read More »

She’s The Boss: Debra Shearer is the New Owner of Bill’s Jewelry Shop

Bill Hammen and Debra Shearer

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Retirement usually presents a potpourri of emotions. Relief, apprehension, excitement, and touch of sadness can often permeate such a monumental event in one’s life, especially if it’s the secession from your beloved business – one you’ve been building for decades. In January, Bill Hammen will hand over the reins to his successful and well-respected jewelry store ... Read More »

$5,472 Raised During Breakfast With Santa

Santa poses with Gary and Jay Glandon’s grandchildren. L-R on floor:  Kinnick and Carver Holden, McKinzie Taylor and L-R 2nd row:  Amelia Holden, Wyatt Taylor, Isabelle Holden, Peyton Taylor

    Approximately 150 attendees of all ages enjoyed a pancake “Breakfast with Santa” in the St. Francis Manor Social Center on December 19.  Free-will donations totaling $5,472 were received for the Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign.  The donations will be matched by Seeland Park resident Ken Eggman’s Challenge Grant of $50,000.   For more information about how you ... Read More »

Sterk Fund Warms the Hearts and Soles of Elementary Students

Clothes purchased 12 2015

Sterk Fund Warms the Hearts and Soles of Elementary Students Before the winter break, several Bailey Park and Fairview students in need benefitted from the generosity of proceeds from the Dr. Kevin W. Sterk Elementary Student Needs Endowment Fund. The fund, administered by the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation, was created in 2011 by Glenn and Ginger Sterk of Grinnell in ... Read More »

Bill Lannom: “I’M NOT A WAR HERO”


By Teresa McCall “The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” – G.K. Chesterton The Vietnam War is perhaps the most misunderstood conflict involving US troops in the history of modern times. The word “Nam” evokes a variety of images and feelings depending on one’s age ... Read More »

Luther College presents 2015 Weston Noble Award to Roger Henderson

​Roger Henderson receiving the Weston Noble Award with Luther College President Paula Carlson (far left), Roger Henderson, Weston Noble, and current Nordic Choir Director Allen Hightower III. Luther College Nordic Choir in background. Photo by Megan Oliver '19.

Luther College presents 2015 Weston Noble Award to Roger Henderson          DECORAH, Iowa— Luther College has named Roger Henderson of Grinnell, Iowa, the 2015 recipient of the Weston Noble Choral Award for distinguished achievement in the fields of teaching and conducting. Henderson, Luther class of 1982, was recognized for his work as an outstanding educator and conductor. Named for Weston Noble, Luther ... Read More »

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – St. Francis Manor Social Center


      BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, Saturday December 19th, 8:30 – 10:30a, St. Francis Manor Social Center. Benefitting….Hammond Center for Assisted Living. Serving all-you-can-eat PANCAKES (plain, blueberry, chocolate chip) with butter and maple syrup, sausage links, orange juice, milk and coffee. Photo opportunities with Santa – photos can be emailed or take your own. Admission: Free – will donation for ... Read More »

Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards Another $1,000 Donation!


Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards Another $1,000 Donation!   Wes Finch Auto Plaza has awarded another $1,000 Donation to a deserving local charitable organization through their Facebook Donation Contest, bringing their total donations through this program in 2015 to $6,000! This is Wes Finch Auto Plaza’s second year running this donation contest, donating a total of $6,000 in 2014 as ... Read More »

Big GIVE Month Raises More Than $300,000 for Area Groups


Big GIVE Month Raises More Than $300,000 for Area Groups The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation’s Big GIVE campaign, Oct. 12-Nov. 12, yielded big results for area organizations. Donors pledged and contributed more than $307,500 to 36 different funds administered by GPCF. This was the first year for a month-long fund drive, which emphasized donor participation and was further stimulated by matching ... Read More »

Grinnell Gets a Look Inside Brownells, Inc.

A reception was held Nov. 19 in the 7,000-square-foot area that will be dedicated to retail.

By Keith Brake Brownells, Inc. wants its employees to be creative. In the distribution industry, that’s thinking outside of a conservative, traditional box. “We’re not about that. We’re progressive in that all ideas are welcome,” company CEO Pete Brownell told Iowa Architect magazine. “We want to flatten traditional company hierarchy, which should be embedded in the architecture.” Grinnell community city ... Read More »

PRESS RELEASE: John Clayton Announces Formation of a Campaign Committee: “Clayton for Third Ward”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11/23/2015 John Clayton on Monday announced formation of a campaign committee named “Clayton for Third Ward”. He asks for the chance to represent his neighbors in the Third Ward in the 2017 election. “I’m running for Ward 3 because I believe in advancing the interests of the people of the Third Ward. John said in a statement. ... Read More »