Grinnell News

Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation Celebrating 30 Years of Giving and Growing

Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation marks 30 years of serving the county in 2019 At the March meeting of the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF)board of directors, the business agenda ended with the pop of a champagne cork.  The board members were toasting the 30thanniversary of the inception of the community foundation and looking forward to many more years of growth and …

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Five Stars. Five Stars! Five Stars!!

As of the most recent rating period, February 28, 2109, the Mayflower Health Center is rated by the Federal government as a Five Star healthcare facility, the highest rating available.  The U.S. Depart of Health and Human Services’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) instituted the Five Star rating system to assist the public in getting a quality perspective of …

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Waste Management Forum Stresses Reduction Over Recycling

Waste Management Forum Stresses Reduction Over Recycling By Michael McAllister Grinnellians concerned about waste and recycling gained insights and received answers at a forum organized by the League of Women Voters Tuesday night at the Drake Community Library. The presentation, originally scheduled in February, was postponed due to weather. Terese Grant, President of Grinnell’s LWV, moderated the event.  Participants were Duane …

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The Middle Way Farm Deal

On Monday, March 18th, in the Mayflower Community Kiesel Theatre, Jordan Scheibel, owner of Grinnell’s Middle Way Farm, presented information about his Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.  During the 2019 growing season—June through October—Jordan will deliver food boxes of fresh vegetables to a pick-up site every Wednesday at 4:00pm.  Grinnell residents are welcome to participate in the program with vegetable receipt on …

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Grinnell Regional Medical Center is offering a CPR

UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center is offering a CPR course on Wednesday, April 3 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The cost is $30 and all are welcome. Please register by March 20. To register please call the PWA Fitness Center at 641-236-2999 or by e-mail to heather.coffman@unitypoint.org.

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Veterans Commission Member Hotchkin Details Prairie Star Progress

Randall Hotchkin, 26-year Air Force Veteran, speaks to the audience at a flag-raising ceremony at the Grinnell Veteran Memorial Building on July 4, 2018. By Michael McAllister “We are moving in the right direction with the right team and assets.”   That is the assessment of Randall Hotchkin, member of Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission, following the regular monthly commission meeting on Monday, …

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Pagliai’s named Grinnell Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year

Pagliai’s, Grinnell Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year (from left: Wade Stoaks, Paisley Pagliai, Haylee Pagliai holding Greyson, Joey Pagliai holding Camden and Tim Willis GRINNELL, Iowa – The Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce recognized Pagliai’s as the 2019 Grinnell Business ofthe Year at its Annual Celebration, which took place March 13 at Hotel Grinnell. “We are thrilled to have …

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Bucket Course “‘Kids These Days!’: Deviance and Youth Subcultures”

Ross Haenfler, Bucket Course presenter Ross Haenfler, Professor of Sociology at Grinnell College, will offer a Bucket Course entitled “‘Kids These Days!’: Deviance and Youth Subcultures.” The course will meet for three consecutive Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Drake Community Library beginning March 27. Tuition is $10 payable at the first class. Advance registration is now open …

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Grinnell College’s Monessa Cummins wins national teaching award

Monessa Cummins, Associate Professor of Classics, and Jiayun Chen í19, a Classics and Art History double major, examine a marble Roman portrait head, believed to be from 1st century, in the print study room of the Burling Library Oct. 9, 2018. (Photo by Justin Hayworth/Grinnell College) She exemplifies Grinnell’s commitment to faculty as experts, advisers and mentors GRINNELL, Iowa — Monessa …

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Hammond Center Open House Scheduled for April 14 from 2 to 4 PM

(Grinnell, IA – March 14, 2019) The public is invited to see Grinnell’s newest assisted living healthcare option during an open house on Sunday, April 14, between 2 and 4 PM.  Visitors will be able to view several sizes of assisted living apartments as well as the new amenities located in the lower level of the Hammond Center which include a walking …

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Grinnell Native Runs With A Purpose

The photos: Red bib is Boston 2018, Blue is Des Moines 2018, Yellow is Little Rock Marathon 2019             Alban Crook, GHS class of 2008, is preparing himself for all three of the 2019 US World Marathon Majors. He has already completed registration for two of them; Boston and New York. For the third one, Chicago, …

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Hammond Center for Assisted Living Opens!

Hammond Center for Assisted Living Ribbon Cutting (Grinnell, IA – March 8, 2019)  After much anticipation, the new Hammond Center for Assisted Living, named in honor of Montie and Betty Hammond, opened on March 4 when its first tenant, Leila Maring, was welcomed to her new home. Leila then helped to welcome fellow tenants Janyce Heishman and Margaret VanDerKamp, who moved …

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Bates Flowers by DZyne to Celebrated Grand Re-Opening

L to R; Ben Latimer, Jim White, Stephanie Connor Bates Flowers by DZyne owners Stephanie Connor and Ben Latimer, along with staff Jim White, Sandy Conn and Kim Kolars, hosted a grand re-opening/open house Friday March 8 from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM at their 813 4thAve location in Grinnell. The celebration commemorates several milestones in the shop’s history, including …

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New Mayflower Community Trustee

Theresa Pagliai has been elected to the Board of Trustees of Grinnell’s Mayflower Community.  She will serve a three-year term with the opportunity to serve a second three-year term upon completion of the first. Steve Langerud, Mayflower Executive Director, says, “Theresa Pagliai adds depth to the Mayflower Board of Trustees.  She understands what it takes to build and sustain a landmark business, …

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Legislators Tackle Questions about Land Use, Money, and More Hosted By The Grinnell League of Women Voters and the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce.

By Michael McAllister As the Iowa State Legislature closed out week seven and moved toward funnel week, Grinnell area residents had the opportunity to funnel questions to Poweshiek County legislators, Representative Dave Maxwell and Senator Tim Kapucian, Saturday morning, March 2, at the second 2019 legislative coffee.  Hosted by Grinnell’s League of Women Voters and the Grinnell Area Chamber of …

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American Cancer Society Seeks Participation in Relay For Life of Poweshiek County and Help Attack Cancer From Every Angle

American Cancer Society is calling on all community members to participate in the annual Relay For Life of Poweshiek County in conjunction with Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce’s Friday Night Live on July 5th at Grinnell Central Park.Be part of the fight, and together we can beat our biggest rival. American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers to form teams and stand shoulder to …

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Old-time string band to perform at Grinnell College on March 8-9

Euphor will play at a Contra Dance March 8, present a workshop and concert March 9 GRINNELL, Iowa – Euphor, an old-time string band, will play at a Contra Dance on Friday, March 8, and present a workshop and concert on Saturday, March 9, at Grinnell College. All of the events are free and open to the public, and no …

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40,000-Piece Puzzle—Is He Really Working on It?

Last month, Mayflower Community resident, John Noer, sent for and received a 40,000-piece puzzle.  It is a mosaic of 10 Disney-character sub-puzzles.  Originally, John stated that his goal was to finish the puzzle within three years.  After some good-natured goading by Mayflower residents, John set the completion goal as Christmas, 2019.  Realistic? We’ll see. Now, about a month later, John is on his way to …

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Open Dining About to Become a Reality in The Mayflower Community

The Mayflower Community (Grinnell, Iowa) is in the process of a $500,000 remodeling project to convert kitchens into fully-functioning preparation and serving facilities in the Health Center and in the independent living Buckley Dining Room.  The Beebe Assisted Living kitchen will be converted at a later date.  Currently, all hot and cold meals are prepared in the Buckley building kitchen and transported …

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Grinnell College named one of the top producers of Fulbright U.S. Students

Excellent academics and a tradition of activism prepare students to make a difference GRINNELL, Iowa – Grinnell College is listed among 46 bachelor’s degree institutions as top producers of 2018-19 Fulbright U.S. Students. Grinnell has been named to this list every year since it was first issued in 2004. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs compiled …

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Grinnell College to stream Met Opera’s ‘La Fille du Régiment’ on March 2

Donizetti’s masterpiece features tenor Javier Camarena singing an aria with 9 High C notes GRINNELL, Iowa – On Saturday, March 2, Grinnell College will stream live the Metropolitan Opera’s performance of Gaetano Donizetti’s classic “La Fille du Régiment” as part of the Met’s Live in HD Series. WHAT:This opera tells the story of Marie, the adopted daughter of the 21st Regiment …

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GRINNELL CONNECTED PTO RECEIVES FUNDING FROM 100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE

Members of 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell voted at their February 18 meeting to fund Grinnell Connected PTO’s project to send this year’s 4thGrade students to the Y-Camp, near Boone, for a three-day, two-night camping experience with their classmates, teachers and chaperones.  At the meeting, which had been postponed twice because of weather, members heard three presentations of significant …

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Grinnell Regional Medical Center Elects New Officers, New Members

UnityPoint Health®– Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) Board of Trustees announces its 2019-2020 officers and new members.  Elected officers include Bill Menner, Chair, The Bill Menner Group; David Stoakes, EdD, Chair Elect, retired superintendent Cedar Falls School District; Sally Lang, Treasurer, retired from John Deere Company; Al Maly, Secretary, retired from AT&T/Bell Laboratories; and Wendy Kadner, Past Chair, Divurgent. Trustee …

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40,000 Piece Puzzle…Sure. Sure!

40,000 Piece Puzzle…Sure.  Sure! He’s doing it again!  After recently completing a 9,000-piece jigsaw puzzle, Mayflower Community (Grinnell, Iowa) resident, John Noer, just acquired a 40,000-piece puzzle.  Having nothing to do for the next couple of years, he may be able to come up with the 22-foot long creation.  Standing six feet tall, the puzzle depicts vivid Disney® characters and scenes. Buoyed by his …

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Grinnell to host Smithsonian exhibition celebrating sports in our communities

 ‘Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America’ will open in local library on Friday, Feb. 15    GRINNELL, Iowa — Baseball. Soccer. Hockey. Bowling. Kickball. Surfing. People around the country are drawn to compete in these sports and many others. Still more gather on the sidelines to cheer for their favorite athletes and teams. Nowhere do Americans more intimately connect to sports …

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Grinnell College opens new Humanities and Social Studies Center

Students, faculty adapt to new facility in first week of spring semester classes GRINNELL, Iowa — Grinnell College’s spring semester classes in humanities and social studies began this week in the newly constructed portion of the new Humanities and Social Studies Center (HSSC). The $112 million HSSC brings non-fine arts humanities and social studies departments together in one building to creative …

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New York Neo-Futurists to perform at Grinnell College on Feb. 1

Performance artists will stage a barrage of 30 plays in random order in 1 hour Founding Ensemble Member Rob Neill, center, joins other members of New York Neo-Futurists in performing “The Infinite Wrench.” GRINNELL, Iowa — The New York Neo-Futurists, a diverse collection of performance artists, will present their ever-changing show, “The Infinite Wrench,” on Thursday, Feb. 1, at Grinnell College.  WHEN:The …

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The Grinnell Volunteer Fire Association selected to host the 2020 and 2021 Iowa Firefighter’s Association Annual State Convention

The Grinnell Volunteer Fire Association has been selected to host the 2020 and 2021 Iowa Firefighter’s Association annual State Convention.  The 5-day convention takes place in September following Labor Day weekend.  It has been an annual event in Iowa since 1878.  Grinnell hosted in 2014 and 1964.  The IFA Convention will bring numerous activities to the community for the attendees, including a golf tournament, …

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The Dinner Went Swimmingly

On Wednesday, January 16th, The Mayflower Community (Grinnell, Iowa) hosted the Grinnell College men’s and women’s swimming teams for a nutritious pasta supper in the Buckley Dining Room. The student-athletes were living in their college dorm rooms while most the Grinnell College student body was gone for winter break. Head Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Coach, Erin Hurley brought her …

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Grinnell College to stream Met Opera’s ‘Carmen’ on Feb. 2

Bizet’s masterpiece is one of the most frequently staged operas in the world Clémentine Margaine in the title role of Bizet’s “Carmen.” Photo: Marty Sohl / Met GRINNELL, Iowa — Georges Bizet’s “Carmen,” which tells the story of a gypsy seductress who lives by her own rules, will be streamed live at Grinnell College on Saturday, Feb. 2, as part of the Metropolitan …

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