GRMC Welcomes New Director of Surgery


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


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


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


  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


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


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


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


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


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

Pictured (left to right): Dan Agnew, retired CEO, Larry Jansen, President and CEO, Jeff Menary, Executive Vice President of Line Operations, Dave Wingert, Executive Director of Support Operations

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


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 »

Computing for Change


By Elise Hadden When most people think of computer science, they think of app designers, web geeks, and video gamers. With this image in mind, it can be hard to see what value computer science could have for making positive change in a small community. The Grinnell College computer science department is trying to change that. Students in the Team ... Read More »

Kids Against Hunger Surpasses 700,000 Meals Packed in 10 Years

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The 10-year-old Grinnell chapter of Kids Against Hunger (KAH) held a packing event on Sun., Feb. 7 that moved the organization past a milestone of 700,000 packaged meals. The Feb. packing event involved 12 teams of volunteers from local businesses, churches, schools, and other non-profit organizations packaging more than 19,600 meals. Since 2005, local KAH volunteers have packaged 718,024 meals ... Read More »

Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation Announces Staffing Changes

Delphina Baumann          Nicole Brua-Behrens

The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) board of directors has announced a change to its staffing structure in response to growth in foundation programs and changing internal needs.  These changes include the new role of executive director and a newly defined program manager position. In 2009, the GPCF board of directors hired Nicole Brua-Behrens, program coordinator, and Delphina Baumann, community ... Read More »

St. Francis/Seeland Park Go Red for Women Celebrated a Packed House


 Nearly 130 St. Francis Manor, Seeland Park and Grinnell community residents filled the St. Francis Manor Social Center on February 5th to celebrate National Wear Red Day.  Started by the American Heart Association in 2003, the women wore red to raise awareness of heart disease which is the No. 1 killer of women.  The event began with a red-inspired fashion show ... 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 »

Is a merger between Grinnell Regional Medical Center and Mercy Hospital in the immediate future?


No, said members of the GRMC board of directors on Wednesday night, Jan. 27.  The board had until Jan. 31 to decide whether to: – Maintaining the current “affiliate” agreement between the two; – Having GRMC become a Mercy-managed facility or; – Joining the Mercy Health Network. The two entities will maintain the status quo. “The board recognizes that GRMC ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

$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 »