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Grinnell Mutual joins the Global Insurance Accelerator

Grinnell Mutual is pleased to announce its participation in the Global Insurance Accelerator initiative for insurance-based startup companies. Grinnell Mutual joins Principal Financial Group, Delta Dental of Iowa, American Equity Investment Life, Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance, and The IMT Group in supporting the new initiative through the Greater Des Moines Partnership.  Representatives from each investing company will serve on the …

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Promotions Announced At Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance

Bullion named Vice President of Human Resources/Training and Development Ian Bullion was named Vice President of Human Resources/Training and Development at Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. Bullion joined the company in 2012 and most recently served as the assistant vice president of Human Resources. He previously worked as the senior human resources manager for PepsiCo – Quaker Oats in their Manhattan, …

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Renovations bring new life to Oakland Acres Golf Club

Renovations bring new life to Oakland Acres Golf Club by Deb Danilson In 2012 Larry and his son Jim took ownership of the Oakland Acres Golf Club. As a long standing member of the Grinnell community, Heishman knew that there was every opportunity for a business to grow and thrive in Grinnell, especially the golf course. “When I learned that …

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From the Grinnell Chamber Newsletter 06-19-2014

Thank you to each and every one of you who played a part in Grinnell Games. Whether you ran a race, played dodgeball, volunteered at a water station, welcomed participants to your business, or helped sponsor the event, we are truly grateful. The weather cooperated and participation increased from last year. All in all, it was a great weekend here …

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Big company began by empowering the little man

  By Todd L. Reding   While watching the new 250,000 square foot facility under construction, and the hundreds of employees funneling in-and-out of the Montezuma, Iowa headquarters; it is easy to forget that Brownells began by empowering individual gunsmiths and gun owners in a way never before imagined. The now behemoth company once occupied Bob Brownell’s humble home when …

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“The Fix” – Local Frozen Yogurt Shop Now Open !

Newton’s loss is Grinnell’s gain Larry Thompson has owned Worth the Weight in Newton since September 2012. The frozen yogurt establishment was located on the Newton town square until November 2013. “After radio ads, print ads and a year of business, there were people in Newton who just didn’t even know we were there,” says Thompson.  Thompson considered options for …

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Prairie Canary Changes Ownership

  By Todd L. Reding The winner of the first Iowa’s Best Bites contest has watched her restaurant flourish in downtown Grinnell.  Carly Groben, an experienced Iowa restaurateur, participated in the innovative contest designed to recruit a new food establishment in Grinnell’s downtown square.  Prairie Canary was the winning concept chosen by a panel of local citizens and restaurant experts.  …

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Shingles Vaccine Now Available – Call 641-236-2385

Prevention of Shingles Grinnell Regional Public Health now offers a vaccination for the shingles virus. Shingles is the older adult version of the chickenpox virus but is much more challenging. To prevent this painful virus, the vaccination, Zostravax, is available that reduces the risk of shingles by 50 percent and reduces the pain associated with shingles for those who do …

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Actor Tom Milligan Returns to SE*ED Program as Henry A. Wallace June 16

  Actor Tom Milligan Returns to SE*ED Program as Henry A. Wallace Tom Milligan will present a one-act play, “American Dreamer: The Life and Times of Henry A. Wallace,” at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center Senior Education (SE*ED) Program on Monday, June 16, at the Drake Community Library, beginning at 10 a.m. This program is made possible through a grant …

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Grinnell Couple Opens Gaming Store in Downtown Grinnell

Grinnell couple invests resources to open new retail business in downtown Grinnell. Emily and David Counts have done their research and see the potential in this community for new retail establishment.  That business will serve the passion of gamers (gamer |ˈgāmər|noun a person who plays a game or games, typically a participant in a computer or role-playing game) in the greater Grinnell area. Gaming since the …

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Grinnell Area Garden Club Busy in Downtown

Pictured, Harold Rose, Jr, and Karen Lowell ———— If you were in downtown Grinnell this week you certainly noticed an enhanced difference in the landscape. The Grinnell Area Garden Club was busy beautifying the downtown area with 32 different corner and mid block large cement planters. Emblazoned with the “Jewel of the Prairie”  Grinnell logo created from the image of …

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Radon Kits Available from Public Health Office

  Iowa leads the nation in the percent of homes with excessive radon levels. With the high risk for all homes in the state, the Iowa Department of Public Health is working with county public health offices to offer an inexpensive short-term radon test kit. Grinnell Regional Public Health has the $5 Radon Test kits in the office. Radon can …

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GRMC Announce Leadership Changes

  Grinnell Regional Medical Center has promoted Kyle Wilcox, MHA, to serve as the medical center’s new assistant vice-president of finance. He will share financial leadership responsibilities with Mike Creary, GRMC’s controller. This shift in the top financial position occurs following the announcement that Jack Fritts, CFO at GRMC, will retire effective May 23. Fritts had been with GRMC for …

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Police Department Awards Given at Grinnell Council Meeting Monday May 19th

By Helen Hotchkin; Peace Officers  Memorial Week offered an opportunity for Police Chief Dennis Riley to give awards to Sgt. Chris Wray, Sgt. Dan Johnson, and Ofc. Mike Dickenson at the Grinnell Council meeting tonight.  Recognition of fallen officers Ralph Ogan and Warren Binegar was also given with a presentation to the widows, Lois Ogan and Mary Ellen Binegar.   …

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Grinnell Mutual Places Second In Statewide Wellness Challenge

  From a field of 62 Iowa businesses, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company finished second in Live Healthy Iowa’s 2014 Corporate Cup Challenge for mid-sized businesses (251 to 1,000 employees). The company ranked just behind Casey’s General Store for having the highest percentage of eligible employees who began and finished the organization’s 10-Week Challenge which ran from January through April. Grinnell …

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Medical Reserve Corps to Host Conference in Grinnell

The Poweshiek County and Tama County Medical Reserve Corps will host a training session for all individuals who want to be a part of the reserve corps to assist others during crisis and disasters. The conference will be Wednesday, June 18, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Grinnell College’s Recreation and Athletic Center, 1201 10th Avenue, Grinnell. Conference program includes …

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GHS Student Joshua Hoffmann Receives Road To Success Scholarship

  Grinnell Insurance Agency of Grinnell along with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company of Grinnell, Iowa, have named Grinnell High School Senior Joshua Hoffmann of Grinnell as a recipient of a 2014 Road to Success Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. “We’re happy to recognize Joshua’s academic accomplishments and safe driving record through a Road to Success Scholarship. We wish Joshua …

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Grinnell United Way Invites Local Organizations To Apply For Funding

Grinnell United Way invites local organizations that serve Grinnell residents to apply to receive funding. “Grinnell United Way advances the common good in Grinnell through the key building blocks of education, income, and health,” said board president Bill Vosburg. “These efforts focus on children, seniors, women, and all people in need. Grinnell United Way, its partner agencies, and its donors …

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Grinnell City Council and Workers “Spring” into Motion

City Council and Workers “Spring” Grinnell into Motion By Helen Hotchkin The Grinnell Public Works and Grounds committee began planting 375 trees in the city parks and Hazelwood cemetery.  They are holding an official ceremony tomorrow at 9:00 am Wed, May 7, 2014 at  Van Horn Park with elected officials officiating. An Alliant Energy Grant and the Trees Forever program …

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Farmers Market season begins Thursday May 15 in Grinnell

  GRINNELL – Mark your calendar for the first Grinnell Farmers Market of the season on May 15 from 3 to 6 p.m. This year’s market includes a variety of fresh produce, baked goods and homemade items. Many vendors are returning this year and the Market is also welcoming more than a dozen new vendors. The first market will take …

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GRMC Auxiliary Healthcare Scholarship Recipients Honored

Grinnell Regional Medical Center Auxiliary recognized four area students pursuing a healthcare career at its annual spring luncheon on April 30. Scholarships are for graduating high school seniors, current students, or adult students pursuing a healthcare career. These funds are also available to those currently working in healthcare and seeking advanced training. 2014 GRMC Auxiliary Scholarship recipients are pictured: Juan …

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Sarah Burnell Shatters Her Personal Best And Sets New School Record

 Grinnell College’s Sarah Burnell ’14 eclipsed Nicole Cueno’s 13-year-old school record in the 1500-meter run Saturday while competing at the University of Iowa Musco Invitational.   Burnell, competing in a field of NCAA Division I runners, finished fourth in the 20-runner field with a time of 4:34.74. That was nearly 10 seconds faster than her previous personal best and beat Cueno’s time …

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Golf Ball Drop to Support New Chemotherapy and Infusion Suite July 12th

The GRMC Auxiliary wants you to “Drop it for a Cause” with a unique fundraising event this summer. On Saturday, July 12, at 5:30 p.m., a helicopter filled with numbered golf balls will hover over a fairway at Oakland Acres Golf Club. The fairway will have at least 10 designated targets, each with a corresponding prize. When the thousands of …

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Visiting Author to Present on History in Creative Writing for SE*ED Program May 12th

Author Kevin Haworth will present, “Personal History/Public History – a Creative Writer’s Perspective” at the Monday, May 12, GRMC SE*ED program. Haworth will explore how history informed two of his books including a novel about the German occupation of Denmark and a memoir that incorporates a mining disaster, the Holocaust, and contemporary Israel. Haworth has received multiple writing awards, including …

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Blue Jean Ball Nets National Award

GRMC’s second Blue Jean Ball has earned a bronze award from the Thirty-First Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards. This year more than 3,700 entries were received. A national panel of judges reviewed entries based on creativity, quality, message effectiveness, consumer appeal, graphic design, and overall impact. Gold awards were given to 297 entries; silver awards to 279 entries; and bronze awards …

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The Grinnell Business Journal has arrived!

Our Grinnell Media Corp., the founders of OurGrinnell.com have expanded their offerings by launching the new Grinnell Business Journal.  As a quarterly (or possibly more frequent) printed publication, the journal will contain insights on the business community in the Grinnell, Iowa area.  “I am thrilled to see our new publication materialize,” says Our Grinnell Media Corp. owner, Jack Mathews. “This …

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Grinnell Mutual Breaks Ground For New Conference Center

Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company celebrated the groundbreaking of its new 33,130 square foot conference center today. The facility, designed to include a 250-seat auditorium, nine multi-purpose meeting rooms, a video conferencing room, dining services, and reception areas, will utilize the latest technology and provide onsite training and event space for the company’s employees and customers. “I am excited to announce …

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Multi-Residential Property Taxes Headline City Council Monday April 21st

By Helen Hotchkin The main topic of discussion at the regular session of the April 21, 2014 Grinnell City Council was the review of the commercial and multi-residential property tax rollback changes.  Gov. Branstad signed these changes on June 12, 2013 which affects every taxing authority in the state of Iowa. Commercial and multi-residential properties will not be eligible for …

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Turn up the volume – Get into Grinnell News April 17. 2017

 Turn up the volume We are busy at the office gearing up for summer events and are looking forward to some awesome live music all summer long. Standing Hampton will turn up the volume at the June 6Friday Fest. Grinnell’s very own Whiplash will perform on Saturday, July 5, and Decoy plays at the August 1 Friday Fest. Music in the Park …

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The Importance of Nutrients in the Daily Diet Upcoming Topic for SE*ED April 28

The Importance of Nutrients in the Daily Diet Upcoming Topic for SE*ED It may seem obvious but the importance of good nutrition to one’s health cannot be overstated. Nutrients supply body cells with the ability to grow and regenerate in a healthy way. Elaine Hammes, RD, LD, Grinnell Regional Medical Center dietitian will present, “Just How Important Are Nutrients Anyway?” …

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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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