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The Story Behind the New OurGrinnell.com

April 4, 2014 – Grinnell, IA OurGrinnell.com began in 2007 as an online platform for sharing news and information about the Grinnell area.  Founded by former Penny Saver owner, Jack Mathews, the robust website quickly became a well-populated platform for the latest announcements.  After five years of operations, the website now receives more than 3,000 unique visitors per month. In …

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Car Crashes Into 1st Impressions On Main Street – No Injuries !

Grinnell fire and police units were dispatched to 925 Main StreetThursday morning April 4th at about 11a for a vehicle that had driven into a building. Responding officers found a 2012 Buick Regal inside First Impressions Beauty Salon on Main Street. The preliminary investigation by Ofc. Fred Foreman suggests that the vehicle operator, Nancy Hendrickson of Grinnell, was pulling into …

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Twenty-five divers selected to the AT&T Olympic Performance Squad for 2014

          March 26, 2014  USA Diving News  USA Diving USA Diving has announced the 25 divers selected to the AT&T Olympic Performance Squad for 2014. The AT&T Olympic Performance Squad includes the divers who most exhibit the skill and determination it takes to become 2016 Olympic Team members. Those selected to the squad for 2014 include divers who competed at the …

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Spaulding Center Begins “3rd” Year

Spaulding Center Begins “3rd” Year The Spaulding Center for Transportation, home to the Iowa Transportation Museum and an events center, is good for Iowa and Grinnell The Spaulding Center has successfully completed its first 2 years of operation and is optimistically looking forward to the years ahead. The Iowa Transportation Museum is a museum specifically developed to tell the story …

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Thraxton Joins Grinnell As Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion in Athletics/Coordinator of Event Management

Justin Thaxton has joined Grinnell College as Coordinator for Diversity and Achievement in Athletics/Coordinator of Event Management. Thaxton comes to Grinnell from South Seattle Community College in Washington, where he was Veterans Student Center Coordinator while serving under the Department of Diversity and Retention. Prior to that he was an assistant for the Community Outreach and Fan Engagement program of …

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A Perfect Storm

Everywhere the chamber staff goes outside of Grinnell, in every state-wide conference we attend, we hear the same things…Grinnell’s got it going on…what’s up with all the job growth…how did you attract that new development…why am I always hearing about Grinnell…what exactly IS going on in Grinnell? From a new superintendent intent on combatting budget shortfalls by thinking about building …

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Grinnell’s Lydia Stariha is Named MWC Softball Performer of the Week

GRINNELL, Iowa – Grinnell College catcher/third baseman Lydia Stariha ’17 has been named the Midwest Conference Softball Performer of the Week. Stariha, from LaSalle, Ill. (Saint Bede Academy), began her collegiate career with a sizzling performance, hitting .545 in the team’s seven-game spring break trip to Arizona. She was 12-of-22 at the plate, stole a pair of bases and had …

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Grinnell’s Anthony Mack Named MWC Baseball Performer of the Week

GRINNELL, Iowa – Grinnell College’s Anthony Mack ’16 has been named the Midwest Conference Baseball Performer of the Week. Mack, a 6-1, 170-pound shortstop/designated hitter from Libertyville, Ill. (Libertyville), lit up opposing pitchers during the team’s spring break trip to Florida. He hit .552 in eight games, going 16-of-29 at the plate with two homers, two doubles and a triple. …

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NCAA Division III Championships

IUPUI Natatorium – Site License                        3/22/2014 – 7:14 PM NCAA Division III Championships – 3/19/2014 to 3/22/2014 Hosted by Franklin College and IN Sports Corp IU Natatorium, Indianapolis, IN Event 34  Men 200 Yard Backstroke ========================================================================= NCAA Record: * 1:44.81  3/23/2013 Michael Brus, Grinnell Meet Qualify:   1:49.40 2013 …

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Grinnell’s Taylor Named to D3Hoops.com All-Midwest Region Team

GRINNELL, Iowa – Grinnell College’s Jack Taylor ’15 has earned another honor, this time being named to the D3hoops.com All-Midwest Region Men’s Basketball Team. Taylor, also an All-Midwest Conference selection, was named to the All-Region third team. Taylor, a 5-10, 165-pound guard from Black River Falls, Wis. (Black River Falls), had the top scoring performance in the nation this year …

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Grinnell’s Charlie Wilhelm Named MWC Men’s Tennis Performer of the Week

GRINNELL, Iowa – Grinnell College’s Charlie Wilhelm ’15 has been named the Midwest Conference Men’s Tennis Performer of the Week. Wilhelm, from Grinnell, Iowa (Grinnell), was perfect while helping the Pioneers to an undefeated spring break trip to Florida. Wilhelm posted singles wins against the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Oglethorpe, Hope and Hobart while improving to 14-2 on the season. …

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Grinnell’s Sarah Burnell Earns All-American Honors From USTECCA

LINCOLN, Neb.  – Grinnell College’s Sarah Burnell ’14 (Grinnell, Iowa/Grinnell) has been named an NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field All-American by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The award is presented to student-athletes placing among the top eight in their individual or relay events at the national meet. Burnell placed third in the women’s mile …

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Poweshiek I-80 Holds Annual Meeting March 25, 2014

With some 75 Poweshiek I-80 shareholders from all communities in Poweshiek County in attendance for socializing and dinner the the scene was set for the groups annual meeting. Larry Boesenberg, Chair., of TIP Rural Electric Coop of Brooklyn brought the group together and introduced the board members representing all areas of the county.  Nominees for their first 3 year term …

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Hazelwood Cemetery Spring Clean-Up On April 7th

Cemetery crews will begin clean up of Hazelwood Cemetery on Monday, April 7th. Any and all items on the ground will be removed and disposed of. If it is not on the foundation or the stone it will be removed. The items on the ground must be removed to prepare for the mowing and trimming season ahead. Persons having decorations …

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Brush & Compost Facility Opening April 5th

The City of Grinnell operates a Brush & Compost facility where citizens can drop off their yard waste including grass clippings, leaves, and tree limbs/branches. The address of the site is 3973 20th Street, Grinnell. It is located immediately south of the city’s wastewater treatment plant. Citizens can either go to the intersection of Highway 146 and Pinder Avenue and …

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Hats Off to You

Hats off to the Grinnell-Newburg School Board and Superintendent Todd Abrahamson! Through a courageous and complex process, acres of blight is only a few months away from being a new green space. Grinnell is a place where groups or individuals find ways to make incredible progress in our city. That’s what I like about Grinnell. People shoulder through and just make things happen. …

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Grinnell Kiwanis Hears Traditions of Local Newspapers

The Kiwanis Club of Grinnell gathered on Tuesday, March 4, for regular business at the Bistro in the Buckley Hall, Mayflower Community. The featured speaker was Peggy Elliott with the Grinnell Herald-Register, who provided historical and current perspective on literacy, traditions, and local newspapers. She began the conversation explaining America’s love for newspapers and literacy as such an important element …

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Sarah Burnell Is 3rd Earns D-III All-America Honors In Mile Run

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Grinnell’s Sarah Burnell Is 3rd In D-III Mile Run – Earns All-American Honors LINCOLN, Neb.  – Grinnell College’s Sarah Burnell ’14 (Grinnell, Iowa/Grinnell) capped her indoor track career in incredible fashion Saturday afternoon, placing third in the women’s mile run at the NCAA Division III National Championships. Burnell, who was seeded fourth after running 4:57.25 in Friday’s preliminary, crushed that personal-best …

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Hubbell’s Spaulding Lofts Project in Grinnell Receives Affordable Housing Award

Historic Rehabilitation of Spaulding Center Buildings into 77 Apartments Moves Forward West Des Moines, IA (March 13, 2013) – Hubbell Realty Company’s historic rehabilitation of two Spaulding Center buildings in Grinnell was selected to receive an affordable housing tax credit award of $604,500 from the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA). Hubbell had been pursuing the necessary funding sources to bring Spaulding …

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Deidre Freeman Featured on KCWI Before Leaving for Beijing & Dubai

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Deidre was featured on KCWI’s “Great Day” morning show on Monday March 10.  She spoke with Jason Parkin, Jackie Schmillen and Lou Sipolt about her career and training for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Deidre will be competing in the FINA/NVC Diving World Series Event in Beijing, China March 14 – 16.  She is will be participating in the …

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Tigersharks Sending 26 Swimmers to the State Meet Saturday March 15

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First Image: left to right. Row 1 – Sarah Johnson & Josie Smith. Row 2 – Jeffrey Sieck, Isaac Kingery, Jenna Mintle, Alex Smith, Averey Knobloch. Row 3 – Ryan Watson, Natalie Montgomery, Chloe Alger, Hannah Behrens, Kayla Sieck. Row 4 – Mariah VanErsvelde, Brody Petig, Jereck Harter, Peter Simpson, Kaitlyn Kriegel. Row 5 – Lily Ensign, Malynn Pavey, Josiah …

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Twins Delivered at GRMC

graham family with twins and medical staff that delivered them

Weather conditions changed plans for the Graham family and GRMC’s obstetrical team delivered a set of twins. Lauren Graham, MD, and Andrew Graham, PhD, stayed in Grinnell and had their twins delivered by the GRMC medical team of Monica Brito, MD; Alex Anderson, CRNA; Laura Ferguson, MD; Ryan Dahlby Albright, MD; and the obstetrical staff of Kintzinger Women’s Health Center. …

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Special Olympics Iowa Unified Sports Day at Grinnell College is March 8 Athletes From Ames, Des Moines and Grinnell Participate

The third annual Special Olympics Iowa (SOIA) Unified Sports Day at Grinnell College in Grinnell is March 8. Event organizers are expecting 70 Special Olympics Iowa athletes from Ames, Des Moines and Grinnell. They will partner with 50 Grinnell College students for a day of unified activities. Principal Financial Group is the sponsor for this event. Special Olympics Iowa Unified …

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First State Bank Acquires Patriot Bank

First State Bank Announces the Acquisition of Patriot Bank First State Bank and Patriot Bank are proud to jointly announce their entry into a definitive agreement under which First State Bank will acquire Patriot Bank. The transaction will create a strong partnership bringing together two compatible organizations. This acquisition will increase the level of resources available to provide opportunities for …

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Mayor Gives Update to Grinnell Kiwanis

The Kiwanis Club of Grinnell gathered on Tuesday, Feb. 18, for regular business at the Bistro in the Buckley Hall, Mayflower Community. The program featured Grinnell City Mayor Gordon Canfield, who offered a fast-paced update on the many city projects coming in 2014. Canfield shared a brief outline of city business including a $19 million budget, employee count remains at …

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GRMC Sees Strong Giving in 2013

Grinnell Regional Medical Center reports that the organization raised nearly $2.5 million in 2013, through gifts to the Moving at the Speed of Life comprehensive campaign, the annual fund drive, memorials, and special events. “Philanthropy makes so many things possible at GRMC,” says Denise Lamphier, GRMC director of communications and development. “Gifts and grants to GRMC created and improved services, helped to …

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Grinnell Regional Mental Health Welcomes New Staff

In working to fulfill the commitment for additional mental health services, Grinnell Regional Mental Health added two new counselors to the team. Jan L. Walker, LISW, clinical social worker, and Beth M. Gallegos, LISW, clinical social worker, recently began providing care at the mental health clinic. Walker brings 23 years of experience in the mental health field to the Grinnell …

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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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