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Sowing the Seeds of Sustainability: Addison Bidwell Named an “Emerging Leader” by Land O’Lakes

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Grinnellian Addison Bidwell has been chosen as one of 10 “Emerging Leaders” by the Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge initiative, a program focused on ending world hunger. Bidwell, an Iowa State University sophomore, will join nine other students in Washington, D.C. for the year-long fellowship. Land O’ Lakes has been offering the Global Food Challenge Initiative …

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Former Grinnellian Jailed Seeking Social Justice for Peanuts

Reprinted with permission: The Grinnell Magazine Social Justice for Peanuts Alumna veterinarian advocates for animals.  Veterinarian Sara Mathews ’82 landed in jail in May in Vero Beach, Fla. – on behalf of a dog named Peanut. Mathews and husband Dan Clifton own Dr. Dan’s Animal Hospital in Vero Beach. On a Friday afternoon, an assistant’s pup — an exuberant, 13-month-old …

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Mayflower Boards Elect New Directors

The boards of The Mayflower Community–Mayflower Homes, Inc. and Mayflower Homes Foundation–have elected new directors who began service at the boards’ annual meetings on October 20. Delphina Baumann, community relations coordinator at the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation, joined the board of Mayflower Homes, Inc. as a new director. She previously served six years on the Mayflower Homes Foundation board as …

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Mayflower Boards Elect New Directors

The boards of The Mayflower Community–Mayflower Homes, Inc. and Mayflower Homes Foundation–have elected new directors who began service at the boards’ annual meetings on October 20. Delphina Baumann, community relations coordinator at the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation, joined the board of Mayflower Homes, Inc. as a new director. She previously served six years on the Mayflower Homes Foundation board as …

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Fright Hike to Take Place at Arbor Lake October 30

GRINNELL – In its second year, the Grinnell Fright Hike aims to scare participants into leaving with spine-tingling chills. Teenagers and adults alike are invited to the Fright Hike, a spooky one-mile walk around Arbor Lake. “The Fright Hike is similar to a haunted house, but it takes place outdoors,” said Emily Counts, an event organizer. “Participants will venture into …

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St. Francis Manor Announces New Director of Development

(Grinnell, IA – October 14, 2015)  St. Francis Manor is pleased to announce that Mindy Van Dyke has been named Director of Development on a part-time basis to lead the fundraising efforts for the proposed Hammond Center for Assisted Living and to oversee the overall development efforts of St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park. The proposed Hammond Center for Assisted …

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Bridging the Gap: Town Meeting Discusses Impending “Zone of Confluence” Project

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs   CONFLUENCE noun con·flu·ence \ˈkän-ˌflü-ən(t)s, kən-ˈ\ : a place where two rivers or streams join to become one : a situation in which two things come together or happen at the same time   The oft-mentioned “Zone of Confluence” plan has been an ongoing source of mystery, speculation, and misinformation – wrinkles last night’s meeting at …

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GNEE Mini-Grants: Funding Innovative Programs for Students in Middle and High School Music Programs

October 6, 2015: Through a mini-grant from Grinnell Newburg Educational Excellence (GNEE), choral music students in the Grinnell-Newburg system will create and perform original music this fall. For ten years, GNEE mini grants have enabled teachers to get funding for projects that connect to curricular goals and improve student learning. This grant, the “Choral Music Commission Project,” will affect from …

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Join St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park for an Afternoon Tea

Join St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park for an Afternoon Tea Wednesday October 21 at 2:00p in the Social Center. as Barb Lease presents “Aprons in the Attic…Honoring Women One Apron at a Time” Join us for an afternoon tea as we take a trip back in time with Barb Lease and her collection of vintage aprons. We will revisit …

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Prominent Des Moines Geriatric Psychiatrist to Speak at Mayflower

Prominent Des Moines Geriatric Psychiatrist to Speak at Mayflower   The Mayflower Community will host a public presentation by Dr. Robert Bender, one of Iowa’s leading geriatric psychiatrists, on Wed., Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Carman Center on the Mayflower campus. Bender’s presentation will address the “Best Approaches in Caring for and Behavior Management of Individuals with Dementia.” …

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Grinnell Optimist Club Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast Features Food, Fun, and a Hot Air Balloon Ride

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Mission: By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids. – Optimist International The Grinnell Optimist Club hosted its annual Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast at Grinnell Regional Airport September 26. The Club, which is a volunteer organization that focuses on children and community service, hosted approximately 450 hungry Grinnellians Saturday.  A hearty breakfast of …

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Take Active Steps to Reduce Falls

Take active steps to reduce falls and feel more comfortable enjoying your favorite activities. Make plans to attend “A Matter of Balance”. This award winning program is designed to reduce concerns about falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls. You should attend if you have concerns about falling, want to improve balance, flexibility …

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Grinnell Fire Department Earns 2014 Life Safety Achievement Award

Grinnell Fire Department Earns 2014 Life Safety Achievement Award The Grinnell Fire Department was recently presented with a Life Safety Achievement Award for its fire prevention accomplishments in 2014 by the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) Fire Research and Education Foundation in partnership with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. The award was announced by H. Butch Browning, President of the …

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Central Park Fundraising Well Underway

Central Park Fundraising Well Underway Fundraising efforts for the Central Park improvement project are well underway, with more than $200,000 pledged or in hand of the $1 million goal for private gifts. Co-chairs Tom and Dianne Latimer and Sandy and Betty Moffett have been making personal solicitations of donors who have given to similar community-wide projects in the past, as …

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Middle Way Farm Open House on Saturday, September 12 from 4-7 pm

Middle Way Farm holds annual fall field day and open house   Middle Way Farm will be holding its annual farm field day and open house on Saturday, September 12 from 4-7 pm. Middle Way Farm is a a 2 acre market garden operated by Jordan Scheibel located just north of Grinnell, The event is a chance for customers and friends of …

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Dollars for Scholars Annual Dogs for Dollars Event September 24

Dollars for Scholars is hosting its annual Dogs for Dollars fundraising event on Thursday, September 24th following the Homecoming Parade.  We will be located in Central Park in front of the gazebo serving a hotdog meal (Hot Dog, Chips, & Drink) from 4:30pm to 7:00pm.  Please come, enjoy the parade and a hot dog to support Grinnell-Newburg Dollars for Scholars. …

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School Board Candidates Participate in Public Forum, Vote to be Held September 8

   By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs The Grinnell League of Women Voters and the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce hosted a public forum for six candidates running for the Grinnell-Newburg School Board at the Drake Community Library Wednesday. The candidates faced a standing-room only crowd with Terese Grant moderating the event. After opening remarks, the floor was open for questions. Candidates responded …

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Choreographer Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion to Perform September 12

Choreographer Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion to perform Sept. 12    Show at Grinnell College explores triumphs in international history of civil rights Grinnell, Iowa — Grinnell College will present “When the Wolves Came In,” performed by Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, in Roberts Theatre in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St., Grinnell. This stand-alone repertory-based program …

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Grinnell College to host ‘Nature — A Walking Play’ Sept. 11-13

Grinnell College to host ‘Nature — A Walking Play’ Sept. 11-13  Play explores Emerson and Thoreau’s friendship, love of the natural world   Grinnell, Iowa — Grinnell College will host three outdoor performances of “Nature — A Walking Play” about Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau from Sept. 11-13 at the Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA) in rural Kellogg, Iowa.   TigerLion …

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Grinnell Banker Joins Grinnell United Way Board

Grinnell banker joins Grinnell United Way board Grinnell United Way appointed Ashley Shawler of Grinnell State Bank to its board of directors. Shawler, a Grinnell native, is a personal banker with Grinnell State Bank. In addition to her service to Grinnell United Way, she serves as Vice President of the board for Grinnell Community Daycare and Preschool. Shawler and her …

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Miranda Jones, 2013 GHS Graduate and Monmouth College Junior, Awarded Midwest Academic All-Conference for Women’s Soccer

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Miranda Jones, a junior Public Relations major at Monmouth College, has been awarded Midwest Academic All-Conference status (Women’s Soccer) for the 2014-15 academic year. All-Conference status is awarded to student athletes who maintain a 3.33 or higher grade point average and have earned varsity letters for their respective sports. Jones, who graduated from Grinnell High School …

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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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