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

Nina Stemme as Isolde in Wagner's "Tristan and Isolde," to be broadcast at Grinnell College on Oct. 8.

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 »

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Poweshiek County Conservation Fund Gets a Boost

Frank Brownell and Mark Vavroch, County Conservation Director, walk along Stagecoach Trail at Diamond Lake. Mr. Brownell has helped fund many projects at Diamond Lake, including the trail, shelter, and new campground shown in the background.  Recently, he has continued his support to County Conservation by providing a large gift to the Poweshiek County Conservation Endowment Fund.

Poweshiek County Conservation Fund Gets a Boost The Poweshiek County Conservation Fund, one of more than 120 funds administered by the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation, has received a large gift from Frank Brownell of Montezuma. His gift will allow the “acorn” endowment fund to grow to a fully funded endowment. The endowed fund supports county conservation projects determined and overseen ... Read More »

Only Independent Undergraduate Labor Union in U.S. Wins Wage Increases

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Student Workers’ Union Reaches Tentative Agreement with Grinnell College Only Independent Undergraduate Labor Union in U.S. Wins Wage Increases GRINNELL, IOWA — The Union of Grinnell Student Dining Workers yesterday reached a tentative agreement with Grinnell College after nearly four months of bargaining over a first contract for students working in the college’s food services.  Administrators at the small liberal ... Read More »

Big GIVE Month Starts Oct. 1

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Big GIVE Month Starts Oct. 1 GPCF annual fundraiser motivated by art and matching challenges at Oct. 8 auction   The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation’s annual Big GIVE fundraising campaign, Oct. 1-31, will take an artful twist this year with matching challenges and an Oct. 8 kickoff and recognition event focused on “The Art of Growing Community.” Last year, donors ... Read More »

Time to Review Medicare Plan Options

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Time to Review Medicare Plan Options Only 13 percent of people with Medicare Part D plans change their drug plans each year (on average). Relatively few people on Medicare have used the annual open enrollment period from October 15 to December 7 to switch Part D prescription drug plans. Yet in Iowa, 50 percent of the people who received help ... Read More »

Print Still a Priority for College, Community

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Print Still a Priority for College, Community By Michael McAllister The Zone of Confluence bubbled a bit this past July 5 when the Grinnell College Bookstore combined with the Pioneer Bookshop at what had been Gosselink’s Hallmark Store at 933 Main Street.  Friday, September 16, that merger was marked with a grand opening celebration.   Over forty people were present ... Read More »

2016-2017 Seasonal Influenza Season – Vaccination Clinics Offered

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2016-2017 Seasonal Influenza Season Grinnell Regional Public Health will offer public vaccination clinics at locations throughout the county for the seasonal influenza vaccine. The upcoming season’s flu vaccine will protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. GRMC will offer a quadrivalent flu vaccine, designed to protect against four different flu viruses; two influenza A ... Read More »

Debbie Durham, Director of IEDA meets with local officials seeking community collaboration moving ahead on Veteran’s Memorial Building

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by Teresa McCall….Earlier today (September 14, 2016) at Grinnell College, Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority met with Teresa McCall, chair of the Grinnell Veterans Memorial Commission, Mike Olson, fundraising co-chair of the commission’s task force, and Grinnell City Manage, Russ Behrens, to discuss ways to facilitate cooperation among city leaders and the commission so that funding ... Read More »

Traveling exhibition of works by Alexander Archipenko opens Sept. 30 at Faulconer Gallery

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Traveling exhibition of works by Alexander Archipenko opens Sept. 30 at Faulconer Gallery Retrospective exhibition at Grinnell College includes more than 60 works by the cubist sculptor    GRINNELL, Iowa – The Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College will open the 2016-17 academic year with “Archipenko: A Modern Legacy,”a major traveling retrospective of more than 60 sculptures, mixed media reliefs and works on paper ... Read More »

American Innovations Celebrate AmeriCorps Achievements: Root beer, Dixieland, and learning

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American Innovations Celebrate AmeriCorps Achievements: Root beer, Dixieland, and learning By Michael McAllister “The library really knocked it out of the park this year.”  Those were the words of Monica Chavez-Silva, Assistant Vice President for Community Enhancement and Engagement at Grinnell College Thursday evening, September 8, on the terrace of Grinnell’s Drake Community Library.  The occasion was a reception designed to ... Read More »

St. Francis Manor Announces Three Free Lunch & Learn Programs

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  The Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor Announces Three Free Lunch & Learn Educational Programs (Grinnell, IA – September 7, 2016)  The Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor will offer three FREE educational Lunch & Learn programs to the public this fall on the important topics of Parkinson’s Disease, Fall Prevention, and Pain Management.  The public is invited to attend ... Read More »

City Council Gives Nod to Hotel Entrepreneurs

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by Michael McAllister, correspondent “Vibrancy” was a word heard frequently in Grinnell’s city council chambers Tuesday night, September 6, and the desire to secure as much of it as possible for the city was the driving force behind the council’s unanimous approval of Resolution 2016-165, “the proposal to enter a Purchase, Sale and Development Agreement with Grinnell Center, LLC, which ... Read More »

SPAULDING LOFTS ALREADY OVER HALF-LEASED

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SPAULDING LOFTS ALREADY OVER HALF-LEASED Already half-leased, Spaulding Lofts aims for construction to complete by years end.   GRINNELL, IOWA (September 6, 2016) – Spaulding Lofts, the $12.5 million project to renovate and develop 77 apartments in the heart of downtown, has nearly completed the lease-up of the first building and is already 20 percent leased in the second building. ... Read More »

St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park Invite the Public to an Entertaining and Educational Program on Wednesday, September 14

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St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park Invite the Public to an Entertaining and Educational Program on Wednesday, September 14    (Grinnell, IA – August 26, 2016)  In celebration of National Assisted Living Week (September 11-17), St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park invite the public to attend an entertaining and educational program—“Straight-laced Girls, Uptight Ladies, & Loose Women:  How Religion, Corsets ... Read More »

Respect for Ag—No Lag in Grinnell

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Respect for Ag—No Lag in Grinnell By Michael McAllister If appreciation could be harvested like corn or soybeans, Grinnell’s 2016 Ag Appreciation Day could be said to have yielded a bumper crop.  Occupying Broad Street from 4th to 5th, the annual event, sponsored by Grinnell Lions, featured vintage tractors, ag education, classic rock ‘n’ roll, farm-friendly food and a variety ... Read More »

Avoiding Norovirus

  Avoiding Norovirus With the onset of the new school year, Grinnell Regional Public Health advises taking precautionary steps of handwashing and avoiding school or work while ill to avoiding the spread of illnesses such as noroviruses. Norovirus has been identified in the community. The most common symptoms are nausea with vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps. People of all ages have ... Read More »

Blues Minus Booze

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Blues Minus Booze “I done throwed away that old gin bottle.”  –Lightnin’ Hopkins, “Gin Bottle Blues”   Bob Dorr and the Blue Band, a music endeavor in its 35th year, rocked Grinnell’s Ahrens Park Thursday evening, August 18, in the penultimate offering of 2016’s Music in the Park series.  The ensemble laid down a compelling mix of blues—of course—and classic ... Read More »

2016 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” Award to Grinnell Education Partnership

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The Grinnell Education Partnership, a collaboration of area institutions, employers and individuals committed to educational success, is the 2016 recipient of the “Leave It Better ThanYou Found It” award from the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation (CDAF). The “Leave It Better ThanYou Found It” award commemorates the August birthday of the late benefactor Claude W. Ahrens. In a 1993 ... Read More »

Despite Central Park renovation, Farmers Market holds steady

  by Michael McAllister, Our Grinnell contributor Grinnell’s summer of 2016 may become known as The Summer Without the Park, but the farmers market, according to six vendors, is in general yielding a strong crop of customers. As in the past, the market borders Central Park on its northwest corner, taking in sections of Broad Street on the west and ... Read More »

Corn, Cars, Stripes and Stars Support Grinnell’s Vets Building

by Michael McAllister, OurGrinnell contributor Residents of the greater Grinnell community came together Sunday afternoon, July 17, at one historic site to support another historic site—the former being Candyland Station at the corner of West and 4th and the latter being the Veterans Memorial Building of Grinnell’s Central Park. Spirits of participants and music from entertainers were upbeat as supporters ... Read More »

Poweshiek County Fair Queen and Runners-Up Announced

Queen & Runner Ups - Brooke Kuesel, left, the 2016 Poweshiek County Fair Queen, is show with runner ups, from left, Ashley Armstonrg, Montezuma, first runner up; Payton Robison, Hartwick, second runner up; and Rebecca Crawford, Grinnell, third runner up.

County Fair Queen — Brooke Kuesel, the 2016 Poweshiek County Fair Queen, was announced during a ceremony at the Poweshiek County Fairgrounds on Thursday, July 21. Eight young ladies vied for the queen crown. Brooke comes from a long-line of Poweshiek County Fair and Iowa State Fair attendees. She will be a senior at HLV High School this fall.   ... Read More »

Grinnell—“You Oughta Be In Pictures”

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By: Michael McAllister, freelance contributor to OurGrinnell.com Grinnell—“You Oughta Be In Pictures” Making a movie is a kind of alchemy.  People assemble various elements and strive for magic. It’s not a magic borne of mystery, however, but a magic ground out by artists and technicians in full expression, working together and separately, twisting knobs, looking through lenses, lugging equipment, sweating occasionally, ... Read More »

Gazebo Goes South

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Gazebo Goes South Work on Grinnell’s Central Park renovation project is in full swing—or, perhaps more accurately, full dig. In addition to removing playground equipment and trimming and removing trees, workers have gouged trenches in the northeast corner of the park for the new pavilion. Meanwhile, the park’s gazebo, a focal point since 1990, currently sits on a flatbed truck ... Read More »

Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards $1,000 Donation to IMPACT Community Action Partnership!

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Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards $1,000 Donation to IMPACT Community Action Partnership!  GRINNELL, IA (July 13, 2016) – Wes Finch Auto Plaza is continuing this year’s donation contest with a $1,000 donation to the IMPACT Community Action Partnership! This round of voting took place June 1st through June 30th, and the winner was announced on July 1st. The Impact Community ... Read More »

HISTORIC SPAULDING LOFTS NOW OPEN

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HISTORIC SPAULDING LOFTS NOW OPEN The East building is open and ready to lease, while the West building aims to open by years end.  GRINNELL, IOWA (July 7, 2016) – The former home of Spaulding Manufacturing Company is now the home to Hubbell Realty Company’s latest historic rehab, Spaulding Lofts. The $12.5 million project to renovate and develop 77 apartments ... Read More »

Grinnell’s Fourth Week-End (A Recap)

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by Michael McAllister, Our Grinnell contributing reporter Grinnell’s Fourth on the Fifth A recap of city events marking Grinnell’s birthday party for America Cooler-than-usual temperatures, clouds and a sprinkle of early-morning rain greeted Grinnellians as they set about celebrating America’s 240th birthday with parades, contests, hot dogs, fishing, swimming and of course fireworks. Clouds persisted until evening, but temperatures remained ... Read More »

Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation Presents Generous Gift to the Central Park Campaign

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Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation Presents Generous Gift to the Central Park Campaign  The Central Park Campaign is in full swing with more than $600,000 gifted or pledged to the project thanks to the work of the campaign committee and co-chairs Betty and Sandy Moffett and Dianne and Tom Latimer.  This week Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance President and CEO, Larry Jansen presented ... Read More »

McDonough Selected as Grand Marshal of Fourth of July Parade

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McDonough Selected as Grand Marshal of Fourth of July Parade  GRINNELL—Grinnell resident Howard McDonough will lead the Fourth of July parade as the 2016 grand marshal on Monday, July 4. The parade route will be altered due to road construction. Howard McDonough will lead the parade as this year’s grand marshal. A Grinnell High School graduate, he devotes his time ... Read More »

Contrasting sculpture exhibitions open July 1 at Faulconer Gallery in Grinnell

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Featured artists are Anders Krisár of Sweden, Tim Berg and Rebekah Myers of California  Grinnell College’s Faulconer Gallery reopens Friday, July 1, with a pair of contrasting sculpture exhibitions, each drawn, in its own way, from life. Both exhibitions are free and open to the public. “Anders Krisár” features a Swedish artist who first exhibited his work as a photographer in ... Read More »

Singing Brings A Lifetime Of Smiles

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Music is a language we all speak and for Shirley Arvidson, it’s a way to bring people together. Shirley’s love for singing started when she was a young child and it has continued to be her greatest source of joy. She remembers learning “Jesus Loves Me” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider” in church Sunday School.  At her father’s grocery store, the ... Read More »