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$7,000 Awarded to Imagine Grinnell BMX – Skate Park

100 + People Who Care – Grinnell Offers Support to Skate and BMX Park Project Members of 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell voted at their October 24 meeting to support Imagine Grinnell’s project to build a concrete skate and BMX park at Bailey Park in Grinnell.  The funds will be used to help meet a matching grant goal, …

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Saving Brinton – A FREE Public Screening at the Strand Theatre Wednesday October 25 at 7:00p

Saving Brinton – A FREE Public Screening at the Strand Theatre Wednesday October 25 at 7:00p SYNOPSIS In a farmhouse basement on the Iowa countryside, eccentric collector Mike Zahs makes a remarkable discovery: the showreels of the man who brought moving pictures to America’s Heartland. Among the treasures: rare footage of President Teddy Roosevelt, the first moving images from Burma, …

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Superintendent Stutz’s Weekly G-N School District Update October 21

Dear Grinnell-Newburg Board of Education, Staff, Families and Friends: Happy Friday!  The beautiful fall colors are finally lining the streets of Grinnell.  This season is my favorite time of the year and being here in Grinnell makes this season that much more delightful.  This weekly update will highlight some of our district activities as well as the progress that our …

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Arseneault Jr. to take over as Pioneer men’s basketball, women’s golf coach

GRINNELL, Iowa – When seeking to replace the retiring David Arseneault as men’s basketball and women’s golf coach, Grinnell College didn’t have to look far. After a nationwide search, Grinnell Director of Athletics and Recreation Andy Hamilton ’85 announced David Arseneault Jr. ’09 has been selected to succeed his father in those positions, which include with them an athletic department faculty post at the rank of …

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Philanthropic Efforts Provide Vital Support

Philanthropic Efforts Provide Vital Support The new vital sign monitor helps Devinn Clayton, GRMC patient care technician, take patient David Barnes’ blood pressure. This monitor makes the process faster and easier for both patients and GRMC healthcare providers. New healthcare equipment recently arrived at Grinnell Regional Medical Center thanks to support from the community. Gifts to the 2017 Annual Fund …

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Monster Truck Debuts in Downtown Grinnell

Whoa…Look what OurGrinnell saw today. This whimsical, colorful, unique pickup turned into a piece of art debuts in downtown Grinnell. Have you seen it? Do you know anything about it? If so please, please tell us more about it. It does have a vanity license plate with the wording MON5TER. OurGrinnell has a feeling we’ll see more of this yellow …

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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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Grinnell Connected PTO Tiger Trot 5K Run/Walk & Kiddie Dash

Grinnell Connected PTO Tiger Trot 5K Run/Walk & Kiddie Dash to be held Saturday, October 28, 2017.  Registration & packet pickup begins at 8:00AM, 5K Run at 9:00AM (Kiddie Dash following 5K). Starting at Fairview Elementary. Registration Forms Due October 18. Late and day of registrations welcome, but will not include a tshirt. 5K Entry Fees:•$25 Adult • $15 Student. T-Shirt included if registered …

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Sunrise Bakery Coming to Grinnell

GRINNELL, IOWA – Grinnell resident Melissa Vine (formerly Ulrickson) is planning to open Sunrise Bakery at 934 Street, Grinnell in November 2017.  Sunrise Bakery will offer breads, bagels, muffins, cinnamon rolls, quiche, desserts, and cakes for dine in, carry out, wholesale, or custom order. “I don’t think I would have to convince anyone that Grinnell needs a bakery, but my …

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Superintendent Janet Stutz’s G-N Weekly Update: October 13, 2017

Dear Grinnell-Newburg Family and Friends: Happy Thursday everyone!  We are sending out the update a day early this week due to conflict in schedules and I did not want this to arrive to your inbox to late.  It has been a cold rainy week, to say the least, and I hope we will find some relief this weekend.  Below you …

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Feuding & Philanthropy – GPCF hosts event with game show entertainment and honors several Poweshiek County residents for their “Spirit of Giving”

October 12, 2017: The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation will continue the tradition of honoring community members that personify a philanthropic spirit during the 2017 Spirit of Giving event on October 21st at the Grinnell College Golf Course. This year’s event entertainment includes a live game show entitled “Philanthropy Feud,” a fun interpretation of the long-running gameshow “Family Feud.”  Two teams …

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Veterans Commission Levels for Levy

Veterans Commission Levels for Levy By Michael McAllister The Story Room at the Drake Community Library hosted an adult nonfiction narrative as Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission met in regular session at 5:15 p.m., Monday, October 9. All four commission members were present:  (above, from left)  Marie Andrews, Gwen Rieck, Leo Lease, and George Fowler. Twelve people made up the audience. …

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Annual Fire Prevention Breakfast Sparks Community Support

Annual Fire Prevention Breakfast Sparks Community Support By Michel McAllister At 6:10 a.m. on Sunday, October 8, the Grinnell Public Safety Center housed not firetrucks but tables. And fire department personnel stood set to serve not with hoses but with spatulas. In short order, the Safety Center teemed with supporters.  Breakfast was part of the deal, sure, but the main …

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GRMC Inaugural (Super Hero) Wellness Run

GRMC Inaugural (Super Hero) Wellness Run GRMC’s inaugural Super Hero Run was a great success with 55 runners in the 5K race and more than 25 runners in the family fun run and walk. Many participants dressed in their favorite super hero costumes. For the 5K, Susie Duke, Marshalltown, came in first, in a full Spider-Man costume, with a time …

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$10,000 Raised by 5K Fundraiser Held to Benefit the Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign

$10,000 Raised by 5K Fundraiser Held to Benefit the Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign   (Grinnell, IA – October 5, 2017)  Walkers, runners and weightlifters came from as far away as Maryland and Colorado to participate in St. Francis Manor Foundation’s first 5K Pump & Run/Walk on a beautiful fall morning the last day of September.  The youngest participant …

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100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE – GRINNELL TO MEET OCTOBER 24

100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE – GRINNELL TO MEET OCTOBER 24 The quarterly meeting of 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell will be Tuesday, October 24 at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting will be held in the community room at the Drake Community Library, and will last no longer than an hour. This will be the third voting meeting of …

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Davis School is Aging Well: Century-Old Items Uncovered from Cornerstone

Davis School is Aging Well: Century-Old Items Uncovered from Cornerstone By Michael McAllister In an October 6 celebration marking the 100th anniversary of Grinnell’s Davis Elementary School, the contents of a metal box that had rested in a cornerstone since 1917 came delicately to light. The first program, presented primarily for Davis students, began at 2:00 p.m. with the public …

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Peace Tree Soft Opening: Firm Success

Peace Tree Soft Opening: Firm Success By Michael McAllister “Maintaining a vibrant downtown is a concern.” This quotation comes from the “Issues, Trends, Concerns, and Opportunities” section of the City of Grinnell’s Goal Setting Report dated February 29, 2016. Vibrancy certainly reigned on the night of Wednesday, October 4, at 923 Main Street in downtown Grinnell during the soft opening …

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GRINNELL ARTS CENTER TO HOST PRAIRIE MUSIC EVENT WITH PIETA BROWN

GRINNELL ARTS CENTER TO HOST PRAIRIE MUSIC EVENT WITH PIETA BROWN In collaboration with the Grinnell College Center for Prairie Studies (CPS), the Grinnell Area Arts Council will host a concert by Iowa musician Pieta Brown on Saturday, November 4. The event will begin at 6:30pm with a local foods reception, featuring Middle Way Farm, Relish Foods, and Peace Tree …

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Kites Over Grinnell Soars to Second-Year Success

Kites Over Grinnell Soars to Second-Year Success By Michael McAllister For the second year in a row, kites embellished the blue skies of Grinnell with the help of Rotarians, professional kite flyers, ambitious youngsters, patient parents, and even more patient grandparents. The event, held September 30, was Kites Over Grinnell, a tradition revived in 2016 by the Grinnell Rotary Club—a …

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GRMC Closer to Affiliation with UnityPoint Health and University of Iowa

GRMC Closer to Affiliation   with UnityPoint Health and University of Iowa The Grinnell Regional Medical Center board of directors unanimously voted this week to bring the medical center under the UnityPoint Health – Des Moines banner. The vote authorizes the medical center to finalize an affiliation agreement with UnityPoint Health – Des Moines in partnership with University of Iowa …

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A Parade of Picture of the GHS 2017 Homecoming Parade

A Parade of Picture of the GHS 2017 Homecoming Parade By Michael McAllister School spirit shined as brightly as the sun on the evening of Thursday, September 28, as the northwest section of Grinnell was given over to the high school’s traditional homecoming parade.                                 …

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Iowa Rural Council Picks Staff, Sets Summit Site and Date

Iowa Rural Council Picks Staff, Sets Summit Site and Date GRINNELL, IOWA – The Iowa Rural Development Council (IRDC) has selected former USDA Rural Development state director Bill Menner to serve as its executive director and has announced it will hold its 2nd Rural Summit April 5-6, 2018, in Grinnell. The Council, which has existed for more than 25 years …

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GPCF Annual Fundraiser Emphasizes Community Growth, New Donors

GPCF Annual Fundraiser Emphasizes Community Growth, New Donors Big GIVE month starts Oct. 1  “Together We Grow,” the theme for this year’s Big GIVE fundraising campaign by the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF), will emphasize the importance of new donors to GPCF and the lead role the foundation plays in county and community projects.  During the 2016 Big GIVE campaign, …

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Optimist Fly-In Attracts Pilots, Planes, and Appetites

Optimist Fly-In Attracts Pilots, Planes, and Appetites By Michael McAllister If a town is said to be part of fly-over country, the remark is not a compliment.  If, however, the town hosts a fly-in—as the Optimist Club of Grinnell did on Saturday, September 23—the event can complement the organization’s general mission of being a Friend of Youth. And judging from …

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G-N Superintendents Weekly Update: September 22, 2017

G-N Superintendents Weekly Update: September 22, 2017 Dear Grinnell-Newburg Board of Education, Staff, Family and Friends: It has been an exciting week in the Grinnell-Newburg School District.  In case you have not heard, this week we discovered a time capsule behind the 1917 cornerstone at Davis Elementary School.  Below are some photos as well as our press release.  We will …

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Drake Community Library Hosting Free Movie Nights For Adults In October

After a successful launch of “Monday Night Movies” in May of this year, there has been demand for public showing of movies again this fall at Drake Community Library.   Monday nights in October will bring five films licensed for public viewing to the library.  This programming is for anyone eighteen years of age and older.  In keeping with the Halloween …

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Davis Elementary Time Capsule Discovered in Corner Stone Dated 1917

Davis Elementary Time Capsule Discovered in Corner Stone Dated 1917 Over the last few months a committee planning for the 100th year celebration at Davis Elementary School, located in Grinnell, Iowa, learned that there was a time capsule located in the cornerstone labeled “1917”.  Grinnell-Newburg personnel, in collaboration with Estes Construction and Midwest Engineering, explored the stone with a camera, just prior …

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Peace Tree Grinnell Branch Opening Date Announced

Peace Tree Grinnell Branch Opening Date Announced Grinnell, IA – Peace Tree Brewing Company’s Grinnell Branch will open to the public on Thursday, October 5 at 2:00 pm. Peace Tree Brewing Company will bring popular brews like Red Rambler, No Coast IPA, and Blonde Fatale to downtown Grinnell along with seasonal and specialty beers. The taproom will house 22 tap …

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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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Giving Kids the World

Giving Kids the World Gary and Becky Downey of Grinnell will be sharing their volunteer experience at Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee, Fla., on Monday, Sept. 11, during the Grinnell Regional Medical Center Senior Education Program. Give Kids the World Village (GKTW) is an 84-acre, nonprofit resort that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their …

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