Grinnell News

Grinnell Mutual named Top Workplace for the eighth consecutive year

Grinnell Mutual named Top Workplace for the eighth consecutive year  Grinnell, Iowa — Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company was named to the Des Moines Register’s Top Workplaces for 2017, the eighth straight year the company has earned a spot on the list. The honor was announced in the Sept. 16 issue of the Des Moines Sunday Register. The Register, in partnership with Energage®, ranked Grinnell Mutual the ninth-best large company …

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Team Spirit Gives Back

Team Spirit Gives Back UnityPoint Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center employees had the opportunity to make a “touchdown donation” and sport their team colors in excitement for the September 8 Cy-Hawk football game. After the donations were tallied, GRMC was determined as a Hawkeye hospital this fall. Total monies raised came to $335 that will be donated back to …

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Preservation Iowa Presents Awards for Excellence in Preservation

Preservation Iowa Presents Awards for Excellence in Preservation This PRESTIGIOUS Iowa Recognition Goes To HOTEL GRINNELL  Waterloo, IA – August 28, 2018 – Preservation Iowa announced their annual “Preservation at Its Best Awards” at the Historic Elks Lodge in Waterloo, Iowa. Preservation Iowa gave 11 awards in ninecategories. Each year Preservation Iowa seeks to honor historic preservation successes. In doing …

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Relish and local farms to collaborate on harvest dinner in Central Park Sunday, September 23rd

Local restaurant Relish and nearby vegetable farms Olson Garden Market and Middle Way Farm are teaming up to put together a local foods harvest dinner on Sunday, September 23rd in the band shell at Central Park. The dinner will be a fundraiser for two local non-profit organizations directly involved in addressing hunger locally, Imagine Grinnell and Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA). …

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Janna Stoker Visits GHS-AFS Sister From 1967-68 in Scotland

Photo above is of Carol Wilson Cameron (GHS AFS student 1967-68 from Scotland), and Janna Lang Stoker (her host sister during that school year).  We were in Mimi’s Bakehouse, Edinburgh, Scotland for afternoon tea, with sandwiches, cakes, biscuits, clotted creme spread, and jam.  All delicious.      Janna had taken a Grinnell paper with her on this trip, but left it …

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Grinnell Historical Museum to Conduct Two Hazelwood Cemetery Walks

The Grinnell Historical Museum has exciting event coming up that we think readers will want to know about. We’re planning a cemetery walk for September 29th from 2-5 pm at Hazelwood Cemetery. The cemetery walk will focus on two groups of Grinnellians buried in Hazelwood. The first group focuses upon the graves of a half-dozen Grinnell veterans. The second group …

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Grinnell College Rosenfield Symposium to explore sports off the field

Grinnell College Rosenfield Symposium to explore sports off the field  Speakers will examine the intersection of sports and politics, economics and society   GRINNELL, Iowa — Grinnell College will explore the inextricable relationship of sports and politics, economics and society by hosting an Off the Field Symposium in September. Sports are increasingly enmeshed in issues that push the traditional boundaries between …

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Jones Finishes HOA Triathlon Series 2nd Overall | Qualifies For Championship

Thirty-three winners of the 2018 Heart of America (HOA) Championship series have the opportunity to race for the Championship crown Sunday, Sept. 23 at Cyman Triathlon, Lake Petocka Park, Bondurant, IA. Throughout the season, all athletes who participate in an HOA race get points for each race they do. At the end of the season, we recognize the top three …

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UnityPoint Health® Wins Award for Tackling Tough Health Care Challenges

UnityPoint Health® Wins Award for Tackling Tough Health Care Challenges West Des Moines, August 27, 2018— UnityPoint Health is standing out as an organization boldly committed to tackling the biggest challenges in health care. Leading information and technology service firm, Optum, awarded UnityPoint Health with the 2018 Inspiration in Health Care Award, specifically in health care delivery. “UnityPoint Health is …

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Tag, You’re It!

Tag, You’re It! The UnityPoint Health®– Grinnell Regional Medical Center Auxiliary seeks your support of its Tag, You’re Itcampaign to further the Auxiliary’s mission of providing volunteer and philanthropic support to GRMC. The Auxiliary provides funds for patient care items and services, as well as scholarships for students pursuing a health care career. Tag Day began in the 1920’s and …

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Bill Menner to Address First BUCKET COURSE Series of 2018/19

While it is home to an esteemed liberal arts college, a nationally recognized reinsurance company, major manufacturers and other key institutions, Grinnell remains a community deeply influenced by agriculture. That rural status brings with it challenges and opportunities.  It also allows community members to access federal programs specifically created to support small towns and rural places. At the first Bucket …

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GRMC to Host Super Hero Run October 7

Put on your favorite super hero costume and join other caped crusaders at a unique and family-friendly event for serious runners, families and everyone in between. UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) will host its second GRMC Super Hero Run on Sunday, Oct. 7.  Registration for the 5K race begins at 7 a.m. The race will start at 8 …

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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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Grinnell Connected Receives 2018 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” Award

Grinnell Connected Receives 2018 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” Award Grinnell Connected is the 2018 recipient of the “Leave It Better ThanYou Found It” award from the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation (CDAF).  Grinnell Connected is the volunteer-run, combined school booster group for elementary and middle schools formerly known as PTO. The nonprofit organization encourages engagement among …

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GRMC Welcomes Orthopedic Specialists

         GRMC Welcomes Orthopedic Specialists Individuals with joint health issues have a new option to address orthopedic care needs. To better meet the needs of area residents, UnityPoint Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) has negotiated an agreement for Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons (DMOS) to bring two providers to the visiting specialty clinic. Mark Isaacson, DO, and Andrew J. …

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Amperage Marketing & Fundraising Hands Vets Commission Positive but Qualified Report

Amperage Hands Vets Commission Positive but Qualified Report By Michael McAllister Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission met Friday, August 10, to receive a report from Amperage Marketing & Fundraising concerning fundraising possibilities for the Prairie Star Artist Residency program. The commission’s normally scheduled meeting date was August 13, the second Monday of the month, but that date posed conflicts with a …

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Iowa Small Business Makes Big Moves in Golf Car Industry | Streetrod Golf Cars Expands into New Grinnell Facility

Iowa Small Business Makes Big Moves in Golf Car Industry Streetrod Golf Cars Expands into New Grinnell Facility  Montezuma, IA  (Aug. 9, 2018)  –  For over twenty years, Streetrod Golf Cars has been designing and building the world’s finest golf cars. Earlier this year, a revolutionary new product took the stage: The LUX. This modern golf car has earned Streetrod …

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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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The Astronauts Memorial Foundation Appoints Lt. Col (Ret.) Michael Olson to its Board of Directors

The Astronauts Memorial Foundation Appoints Lt. Col (Ret.) Michael Olson to its Board of Directors Kennedy Space Center, Florida -The Astronauts Memorial Foundation has appointed Lt. Col (Ret.) Michael Olson as a member of the board of directors. Olson is a career banker, currently serving as a vice president at Lincoln Savings Bank in Grinnell, Iowa. He is a Congressional …

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Grinnell honored by Campaign for Grade-Level Reading | Grinnell Education Partnership recognized for supporting students’ success in school

Grinnell honored by Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Grinnell Education Partnership recognized for supporting students’ success in school GRINNELL, Iowa — The national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR) recognized the Grinnell Education Partnership with several honors at the GLR Week national conference in Philadelphia July 23–27. The program received a Pacesetter designation, Grinnell was recognized as a GLR Bright Spot and …

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Freeman to Complete 48 States, 78 Days, 18,000 Mile Trip August 8

Freeman to Complete 48 States, 78 Days, 18,000 Mile Trip August 8 – With Central Park Rally Join in the WELCOME HOME GALA – Central Park – Wednesday August 8 at 1:00p. Will Freeman and Morgan 3 Wheeler, dubbed the “Spirit of Grinnell”, will have completed his 48 state, 78 day journey on two lane roads, eating at ma and …

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Family Memorializes Infant Daughter By Supporting and Promoting the Tiger Packs Program

Family Memorializes Infant Daughter By Supporting and Promoting the Tiger Packs Program July 23, 2018: The Tiger Packs program, established to combat hunger in the Grinnell-Newburg School District, recently was gifted more than $2,830 from a family mourning the loss of their infant daughter.  This collective gift will provide approximately 800 Tiger Packs packages to Grinnell-Newburg students in the 2018-19 …

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St. Francis Manor Announces A Free Lunch & Learn Educational Program

St. Francis Manor Announces A Free Lunch & Learn Educational Program  (Grinnell, IA – August 3, 2018)  St. Francis Manor will offer a free educational Lunch & Learn program to the public on the important topic of Medicaid Eligibility & Spousal Impoverishment. This program will discuss: (1) Medicaid eligibility requirements for a single person running out of financial resources to pay …

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Flashback 50 Years in Grinnell

Flashback 50 Years in Grinnell UnityPoint Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center welcomed faces from the past in July. Frank Chrisben, first hospital administrator of the 1967 merged Community Hospital and St. Francis Hospital, stopped by GRMC along with Richard Ramsey, retired businessman. Chrisben received an update about the latest merger of GRMC and UnityPoint Health – Des Moines from …

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Ahrens Foundation Extending Services in CSS Program

Ahrens Foundation Extending Services in CSS Program The Community Support Services (CSS) program started by the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation (CDAF) in 2006 has grown to deliver and expand its back office support services to the area’s nonprofit partner organizations. The CSS program strengthens the missions, organizational capacity and efficiencies of local nonprofits through shared staff and office …

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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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100 + People Who Care – Grinnell Supports PALS Renovation Projects

100 + People Who Care – Grinnell Supports PALS Renovation Projects Members of 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell voted at their July 24 meeting to support building renovation projects at the Poweshiek Animal League Shelter (PALS).  Specifically, the funds will be used to develop a greeting room for those who are considering new pet adoptions, a feline isolation …

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