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The Trip of a Lifetime

The Trip of a Lifetime Hear about a life-changing journey across the open roads of America at the UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center Senior Education Program on Monday, Nov. 12. Will Freeman, associate professor of physical education at Grinnell College, covered over 16,000 miles this past summer driving through the 48 contiguous states. Driving the two-lane highways in …

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2019 Apollo 11 coin designs take flight four years after program proposed

2019 Apollo 11 coin designs take flight four years after program proposed October 15, 2018 By Louis Golino | reprinted from news.coinupdate.com Michael Olson at the Apollo 11 design unveiling event. On October 11 at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, the designs of the 2019 Apollo 11 50th anniversary commemorative coins were unveiled with …

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Grinnell College Professor Susan Ferguson receives national award

Grinnell College Professor Susan Ferguson receives national award The award recognizes her contributions to the teaching and learning of sociology GRINNELL, Iowa — Susan J. Ferguson, professor and chair of sociology at Grinnell College, recently received the American Sociological Association’s 2018 Hans O. Mauksch Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Sociology. Ferguson was recognized at the annual meeting of the …

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Kintzinger Family Spearheads Matching Funds of $60,000 for Hammond Center for Assisted Living

Kintzinger Family Spearheads Matching Funds of $60,000 for Hammond Center for Assisted Living   (Grinnell, IA – September 27, 2018)  The family of the late Jewel W. Kintzinger (1933 – 2017) has announced a matching fundraising effort of $60,000 to support completion of the Hammond Center for Assisted Living in Grinnell. This match will apply to new donations made to the …

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Grinnell College to award 2018 Grinnell Prize to Mélanie Marcel on Oct. 2

Grinnell College to award 2018 Grinnell Prize to Mélanie Marcel on Oct. 2 Grinnell Prize Week events to explore issues of science, innovation and social impact  GRINNELL, Iowa — On Tuesday, Oct. 3, Grinnell College President Raynard S. Kington will award the $100,000 Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize of to Mélanie Marcel, founder and CEO of SoScience. Based in …

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Kites Over Grinnell to be held Saturday, Sept. 29)

  Grinnell, IA– The always colorful and enjoyable fall event, Kites over Grinnell, will be held Sat., Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ahrens Park, sponsored by the Grinnell Rotary Club. This year’s event will honor three generations of Rotary leaders from the Urfer family: the late Samuel J. Urfer, who served as president from 1955-56; his …

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Sunrise Bakery In Transition

“With bittersweet gratitude, we would like to announce that Sunrise Bakery will soon be undergoing a time of transition. Chef Taylor has been offered a position out of town that will suit her family well as they prepare for their first baby, and Owner Melissa Vine will focus her energy on her growing music booking agency (Vine Chromatic) and public …

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Mollie’s body found, murder charge filed

  By Keith Brake   MONTEZUMA – Hope turned to grief in an instant in the Mollie Tibbetts disappearance case. The body of the 20-year-old from Brooklyn was found Tuesday morning, Aug. 21, in a farm field near Guernsey, about 12 miles southeast of Brooklyn. By late that afternoon, a first-degree murder charge had been filed against Cristhian Bahena Rivera, …

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Officials detail charges against Rivera

By Keith Brake   MONTEZUMA – Below is the complaint and affadavit which provides details of the allegations against Cristhian Rivera in the Mollie Tibbetts disappearance case. It was released Tuesday, Aug. 21, by the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office. “On 7/19/2018 Mollie Tibbetts (DOB 5/8/98) was reported as a missing person to the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office. Shortly after Tibbetts …

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Fly Iowa 2018 – Jewel of the Sky, the Billy Robinson Air Show

 Fly Iowa 2018 – Jewel of the Sky, the Billy Robinson Air Show Join us Saturday, August 18th for Fly Iowa 2018! Fly Iowa is a community and IAPG (Iowa Aviation and Promotion Group) sponsored event featuring the Grinnell Optimist annual fly-in breakfast along with a airshow featuring some of the best arial acrobats in the area! Schedule of Events: …

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Home Health Nurse Manager Presented with Honor

Home Health Nurse Manager Presented with Honor GRINNELL, Iowa— Carla Doane, home health nurse manager at UnityPoint Health® – Grinnell Regional Home Care, Hospice & Public Health, has received an Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA) Foundation scholarship for her continued dedication to providing quality long-term services and supports to the patients she serves. Doane has an Associate’s Degree in Nursing …

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Join Us For FREE Pie & Coffee

and find out how you can enjoy an safe and yet independent life at the new Hammond Center for Assisted Living opening soon in Grinnell. Only 8 apartments remain available so it is time seize the moment and join us at one of the upcoming informational event: MONTEZUMA – August 1 at 1:30 pm – Daily Grind BROOKLYN – August …

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100 + People Who Care to Meet July 24

100 + People Who Care to Meet July 24 People Who Care – Grinnell + People Who Care – Grinnell will be Tuesday, July 24.  The hour-long meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m., and will be held in the Caulkins Community Room at the Drake Library.  This will be a voting meeting for the organization, where a decision is made …

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Grinnell Historical Museum Looks to Yesterday and Tomorrow

Grinnell Historical Museum Looks to Yesterday and Tomorrow By Michael McAllister In keeping with its Victorian beginnings, the Grinnell Historical Museum at 1125 Broad Street is dignified, restrained, and confident but polite.  However, plans call for broadening the museum’s scope to capture more of Grinnell’s past and, if possible, expansion to a second location to house large items such as …

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Hotel Grinnell: From Classrooms to Class

Hotel Grinnell:  From Classrooms to Class By Michael McAllister Because Hotel Grinnell occupies a former middle school building, pictured above in a photo from Digital Grinnell, and because the school theme is creatively carried out within the boutique establishment, it is appropriate to say the that the hotel, which opened in September of 2017, has successfully completed two semesters and …

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“LEAVE IT BETTER THAN YOU FOUND IT” Nominations Open

“LEAVE IT BETTER THAN YOU FOUND IT” Nominations Open Nominations are open for the 2018 “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 2018 …

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Developers update City Council on plans for Grinnell Promenade project Updates include pedestrian-friendly features such as sidewalk patios

Developers update City Council on plans for Grinnell Promenade project Updates include pedestrian-friendly features such as sidewalk patios GRINNELL, Iowa — Principals of Grinnell Promenade LLC gave an updated presentation about the corporation’s proposed mixed-use development for the old McNally’s site during the Grinnell City Council meeting Monday night. Grinnell Promenade is Grinnell College’s selected development partner for the former …

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Imagine Grinnell’s Gravel Tour and Annual Giving Gardens Family Ride July 7

Imagine Grinnell’s Gravel Tour and Annual Giving Gardens Family Ride July 7 On Saturday, July 7, Imagine Grinnell (IG) will combine its third annual Giving Gardens bike tour with a new offering—the first annual Grinnell Gravel Tour, a cycling option that is growing in popularity nationwide and within the community. The bike tour is being coordinated this year by IG …

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Veterans Memorial Commission Selects RDG Architects

Veterans Memorial Commission Selects RDG Architects By Michael McAllister The city of Grinnell, in 2013, enlisted the service of RDG Planning and Design, an architectural firm with offices throughout the Midwest, as part of the plan to improve the city’s downtown business district and Central Park. That association led to the façade rehabilitation project, the Central Park renovation, and the …

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Saints Rest (the movie) Celebrates Family, Music, and Grinnell (Movie Review)

Saints Rest Celebrates Family, Music, and Grinnell By Michael McAllister Writer and director Noga Ashkenazi paid tribute to Grinnell in two ways on Saturday evening, June 9, when her film, Saints Rest, premiered in Iowa at the Harris Cinema to a near-capacity crowd on the Grinnell College campus. First, she thanked all involved in the filming of the movie, which …

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Grinnell College’s Summerfest on June 9 to celebrate discovery, fun, learning

Grinnell College’s Summerfest on June 9 to celebrate discovery, fun, learning Free festivities for all ages include a performance by a Congolese dance and drum company  GRINNELL, Iowa — Grinnell College’s Summerfest — a free, daylong celebration of discovery and global learning for all ages — will take place on campus from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 9. …

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Obituary…Robert (Bob) James Mayo, 73

Obituary…Robert (Bob) James Mayo, 73 Robert was born June 15,1944 in Grinnell, Iowa to Charles and Bernice (Haynes) Mayo. Robert passed away on May 26th, 2018 with his loving wife Eva and daughter, Dawn, by his side. Bob had 3 brothers; Paul, Don and Roger and one sister Delores. Bob attended high school in Grinnell, Iowa and was an Iowa …

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Rotary Chicken Eggspands on the Value of Rotary June 7 Barbecue

Rotary Chicken Eggspands on the Value of Rotary June 7 Barbecue By Michael McAllister   One year ago, Our Grinnell snagged an eggsclusive interview with Ishmael, Grinnell’s Rotary Chicken, prior to the annual Rotary Chicken Barbecue. This year is no eggception. Although a busy bird, Ishmael recently took time out of a demanding schedule to remind Our Grinnell readers of the …

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Grinnell Second Graders Award Ahrens Park Playground Equipment A+

By Michael McAllister In a brief but enthusiastic and altogether delightful presentation, the new playground equipment at Ahrens Park achieved official dedication Friday afternoon by those most served by it—the children of Grinnell, represented by all the second graders in the city. Such an event is never without its grown-ups, and of course adults were instrumental in the fund drive …

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Grinnell Premier of Saints Rest Set for June 9-10

Grinnell Premier of Saints Rest Set for June 9-10 By Michael McAllister Saints Rest, a film produced by Devin Landin, directed by Noga Ashkenazi, co-written by Ashkenazi and Tyson Stock, and filmed in Grinnell during the summer of 2016, is featured as part of Grinnell College Summerfest on Saturday, June 9, and is scheduled for a second showing at the Strand …

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Mayor Dan Agnew—Four Months In

Mayor Dan Agnew—Four Months In   By Michael McAllister “Have you got a job yet?” “No.” “Do you want mine?” That, Mayor Dan Agnew recalls, is the exchange that led to his first job offer.  It came from Dudley Norris, the man who had coached him in football in Grinnell, then a teacher at Newton High School where Agnew, in …

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Two Cyclists from the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor Cross the State of Iowa in 2.5 Days for a Great Cause

Two Cyclists from the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor Cross the  State of Iowa in 2.5 Days for a Great Cause  (Grinnell, IA – May 15, 2018)Two Grinnell cyclists, Physical Therapist Assistant Tim Stahl and Physical Therapist Jon Duke, recently completed their LiteGait Fundraiser ride across Iowa in just two and a half days! In addition to accomplishing their …

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Vets Commission Makes Plans to Vet Architectural Offerings in May Meeting

Vets Commission Makes Plans to Vet Architectural Offerings By Michael McAllister At their regular monthly meeting on May 14, the five members of Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission moved to set a plan in motion to yield two sets of architectural plans for the Veterans Memorial Building that will become—if the full campaign is successful—the Prairie Star Artist Residency in the …

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Central Park Grand Opening on a “Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Central Park Grand Opening on a “Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood By Michael McAllister Recalling Fred Rodgers, the host of the popular PBS children’s program Mr. Rodgers’ Neighborhood,Grinnell’s Mayor Dan Agnew kicked off Central Park’s official grand opening with a quotation:  “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.” And if the weather could not quite qualify as beautiful, the crowd …

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Bikes to Art Set to Roll May 19

Bikes to Art Set to Roll May 19 By Michael McAllister The Drake Community Library houses a variety of items, and among the most unusual are two recent temporary acquisitions—bicycles designed to call attention to the second annual Bikes to Art festival set to start at the library on Saturday, May 19. “Bring your bike and your imagination,” reads the …

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