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Pictured front row L to R: Cole Blackford, Kinnick Johnson, Isaiah Seck, Carson Penyich, Ben Kelne. Back Row L to R: Manager Mike Blackford, Luke Thompson, Jaylen Eitel, Braxton Shaffer, Brady Coffman, Sam Bartlett, Jack Stephens, Coach Dave Shaffer. Grinnell will be representing the state of Iowa in regionals for Babe Ruth baseball. On Sunday, July 14th, the 14u team …

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LINK Grinnell to Develop an After-School Program

GRINNELL, IA – Community members and business leaders convened 20 months ago to address the childcare desert in Grinnell. A collaboration between the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, Pow-I80 and JMP Early Childhood Iowa yielded a feasibility study that confirmed the Grinnell area has a severe shortage of child care spaces to serve the community. Since the initial results were released in June …

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How Is John Doing on the 40,000 Piece Puzzle?

John Noer You may recall that Mayflower Community resident, John Noer, acquired a 40,000-piece puzzle last February.  The 6’ x 22’ Ravensburger stumper was delivered to the Mayflower Edwards building in a 3’ x 1’ box containing 10 pouches of puzzle pieces. Each pouch was the makings of one vivid Disney scene and characters. To date, John has finished two of the …

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Understanding the GRMC Chemotherapy and Infusion Suite

Learn more about the UnityPoint Health®– Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) Chemotherapy and Infusion Suite. Attend the Grinnell Regional Medical Center Foundation’s upcoming Senior Education Program on Monday, July 22. Sheryl Baarda, RN, chemotherapy manager, and Kristy Brown, RN, will share about the benefits of this quality care option, close to home.  The Chemotherapy and Infusion Suite at GRMC has …

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New Orthopedic Specialist in Grinnell

UnityPoint Health®– Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) welcomes Joseph Brunkhorst, DO, of Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons (DMOS) to our visiting specialty clinic. He will begin seeing patients at GRMC on July 24. Dr. Brunkhorst will be in Grinnell on the 2ndand 4thWednesday of the month seeing outpatients from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dr. Brunkhorst specializes in sports medicine with …

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Making Waves: The People & Places of Iowa Broadcasting…Featuring the Story of Duane Ellett & Floppy

Return to childhood memories of days gone by with Jeff Stein of Humanities Iowa at the upcoming UnityPoint Health®– Grinnell Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Senior Education Program on Monday, July 15. Stein returns with a presentation highlighting children’s television programming – celebrating the 60th birthday of Floppy, the iconic puppet brought to life on Channel 13 by master entertainer Duane …

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Author Visit and Book Signing at Drake Community Library

Henry S. Gurr, Professor of Physics Emeritus, University of South Carolina Henry S. Gurr, Professor of Physics Emeritus, University of South Carolina Aiken, will be at Drake Community Library from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, July 22 for an author visit. Gurr co-authored a biography of Sarah Jennings entitled A WOMAN OF QUALITY: Sarah Vinke, ‘The Divine Sarah’, and …

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What’s the Story on the 4th of July Mayflower Ship?

Taking a break after the champagne christening champagne of the ship is the Mayflower float committee. Front row, left to right: Kathy Herman, Carolyn Roudabush, Dick Vogel, Sis Vogel, Jo Bolton, Suzanne Schwengels, Nancy Agnew, Harriet Adelberg. Back row, left to right: Dan Agnew, Jeananne Schild, Lyle Roudabush, Bonnie Buntz, Greg Buntz, Debi Olson, Darwin Kinne, Don Schild, Gene Herman, …

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Smithsonian exhibition about the American workforce coming to Grinnell

Also, a local exhibition celebrating ‘Grinnell at Work’ will be developed to open in 2020 GRINNELL, Iowa — What would life be like without teachers, doctors or firefighters? Every day Americans are hard at work on farms, in factories, in homes or at desks to keep our communities thriving.  An exploration of America’s world of work will be on view from …

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LEAVE IT BETTER THAN YOU FOUND IT” Nominations Open

Nominations are open for the 2019 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” awards from the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation.  All Grinnell area nonprofit, social, civic, fraternal, and community groups making a difference in the local community are eligible to be nominated by the Aug. 1 deadline.   The 2019 “Leave It Better” winning organization will receive a $5,000 grant …

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Former Drake president to chair Grinnell College’s Board of Trustees

The board elected David Maxwell, a 1966 Grinnell graduate, to a two-year term GRINNELL, Iowa — The Grinnell College Board of Trustees recently elected former Drake University President David Maxwell to serve as board chair.  A 1966 Grinnell graduate, Maxwell was president and professor of literature at Drake University for 16 years until his retirement in 2015. He went on to become …

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100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE – GRINNELL TO MEET JULY 23

100 + People Who Care – Grinnell will meet Tuesday, July 23, at 5:30 p.m.  This hour-long, quarterly meeting will be held at the Parish Center of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1002 Broad Street, Grinnell. This will be a voting meeting for the organization, where a decision is made regarding support for a community organization in the greater Grinnell area.  With total membership …

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Sam Cox to Serve as Grand Marshal in Fourth of July Parade

GRINNELL, IA—The Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce received many entries naming individuals to be considered to serve as the Fourth of July Grand Marshal. Sam Cox, owner of Saint’s Rest Coffee House, will serve as this year’s Grand Marshal for the Fourth of July parade. “I feel grateful that fellow community members would consider me for this honour,” says Cox, owner …

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Faulconer Gallery becomes the Grinnell College Museum of Art

Engaged visitors at the Grinnell College Museum of Art. The museum features a growing collection, exhibitions and extensive programs GRINNELL, Iowa — The Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College is changing its name this summer to the Grinnell College Museum of Art. For some, a gallery means a smaller space or a space only for exhibitions. For others, it’s a commercial space to …

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Skate Park Update

Spohn Ranch has been constructing the new skate park located at Bailey Park for a few weeks and the project is progressing well. Current estimates indicate it is 25% complete and it will be ready for skaters and bikers by the end of August. The new skate park will be concrete and replaces wooden ramps that did not weather well …

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4thof July at Mayflower

Mayflower will be celebrating the 4thof July on Thursday, July 4th(coincidentally!) by enjoying the parade.  Starting at 5:00pm near the Mayflower campus, just to the southeast at Hamilton and High streets, the parade travels west three blocks to Broad Street and then turns north to the southwest corner of The Mayflower Community campus and on to downtown. To celebrate, a group …

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Jennifer Paisley, M.D. and Andrew Dunham Present Food Alternatives to Medicine

Andrew Dunham and Jennifer Paisley, MD In the third session of The Mayflower Community’s Wellness Month information sessions on Thursday, June 20th, two local specialists shared information about the medicinal value of food.  Dr. Jennifer Paisley, M.D. and organic-farmer Andrew Dunham described the impact of different food groups on the body and mind. Dr. Paisley has been prescribing food alternatives to …

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Imagine Grinnell hosts waste reduction events in July

Imagine Grinnell will show participants how to reduce their household waste with a series of free activities, demonstrations, and events scheduled to coincide with the discontinuation of curbside recycling in Grinnell at the end of June. This will include participation in Plastic Free July, a global challenge to refuse single-use plastics, as well as hosting talks by a variety of …

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Iowa Fraud fighters Pursue Scammers, Protect Seniors

Grinnell Presentation Set for June 25 By Michael McAllister They don’t wear capes or masks, and they don’t possess super powers.  But Iowa Fraud Fighters are superheroes to senior citizens by informing them of the tactics in scammers’ bags of tricks. And anyone can be a Fraud Fighter—no failed lab experiment is required.  In fact, Investigator Al Perales of the Iowa Attorney …

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Update Your Health – Intelligent Aging

Being the picture of health takes more than a yearly checkup with your primary care provider. With so many sources of stress and anxiety, it’s important to understand how the mind-body connection plays an important role on your overall health. Hear from Andy Nish, MD, medical director of the UnityPoint Health®– John Stoddard Cancer Center in Des Moines, about tuning …

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UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Public Health Named 2019 Immunization Champions

UnityPoint Health®– Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) is proud to celebrate Grinnell Regional Public Health as an Immunization Champion Award recipient. The Immunization Champion Award of Excellence is presented by the Iowa Department of Public Health. It recognizes individuals who go above and beyond to promote and foster immunizations in their communities. “We’re proud of this recognition for our public …

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G Welcomes New Executive Director

Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell (SEG) is announcing the appointment of its new Executive Director, Dan Volk.  Mr. Volk comes to his new role from a long career with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, and is filling the position held by Jenn Latham the past four years.  With the Latham’s move to Hawaii, SEG sought candidates to fill the leadership role, and was …

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Phase II of Ahrens Park Improvements Underway; Phase III to Follow Later This Summer

Twenty-five-year-old Ahrens/Paschall Memorial Park is getting a Phase II facelift, this time for the tennis and basketball courts.     In fall 2017, the Ahrens Park Foundation announced a $1 million multiphase, multiyear capital improvements project. Phase I, the largest of the projects, was completed in May 2018 with the installation of two new playgrounds considered “the biggest and best” made by …

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AmeriCorps Training at Mayflower

On Friday, June 7th, 45 new AmeriCorps volunteers received training over lunch in the Mayflower Community. Under the direction of Grinnell College’s Melissa Strovers and Elizabeth Hansen, the Grinnell AmeriCorps Partnership brings together community non-for-profits, area employers, the Grinnell-Newburg School District, and community volunteers to support kids and families in Grinnell. The partnership aims to 1)give students a strong start so …

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Grinnell Chamber Summons Super Summer

The Grinnell Chamber of Commerce Team, L. to R.; Kendra Tucker, Marketing and Events Coordinator – Rachael Kinnick, Chamber Director – Cassy Heitman, Intern – Mariah Hirsch, Member and Special Projects Coordinator. By Michael McAllister Grinnellians endured Iowa’s third-wettest winter in 124 years a few months ago, and that followed Iowa’s third-wettest autumn, according to NOAA, the National Oceanic and …

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Grinnell Mutual named a Forbes best employer

Grinnell, Iowa — Grinnell Mutual has been ranked the fifth best Iowa employer in Forbes’ inaugural “America’s Best Employers by State 2019” list. The list was released June 5 on forbes.com.According to Forbes, the company worked with Statista to select America’s Best-in-State Employers with an independent survey from a vast sample of more than 80,000 U.S. employees working for companies employing at least …

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Update Your Health – Intelligent Aging

Being the picture of health takes more than a yearly checkup with your primary care provider. With so many sources of stress and anxiety, it’s important to understand how the mind-body connection plays an important role on your overall health. Hear from Andy Nish, MD, medical director of the UnityPoint Health®– John Stoddard Cancer Center in Des Moines, about tuning …

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Protect Yourself from Financial Abuse | SE•ED Monday August 20

Protect Yourself from Financial Abuse With the ever-present changes in technology, scammers are coming up with more ways to take advantage of elderly populations. Learn more about the steps you can take to protect yourself or a loved one from elder financial abuse at the next UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center Senior Education program on Monday, Aug. 20. …

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Updates on the Zone of Confluence

  Working with the City of Grinnell and private investors, Grinnell College strives to bring economic and social vitality to downtown Grinnell. One initiative involves developing the Zone of Confluence – the neighborhood located between the Grinnell College campus and downtown Grinnell. Learn about this initiative with John Kalkbrenner, Grinnell College’s assistant vice president for Auxiliary Services and Economic Development, on …

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Applying the Goodness of Soy

Applying the Goodness of Soy Follow a non-GMO soybean on its journey through production in Iowa at the Monday, Sept. 18, Grinnell Regional Medical Center Senior Education Program. Dan Walker, Natural Products Operations Manager, will take the audience from the day the farmland was prepared to be planted, the growing season, the harvest and into the NPI processing plant; where …

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