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Faulconer Gallery becomes the Grinnell College Museum of Art

Engaged visitors at the Grinnell College Museum of Art. The museum features a growing collection, exhibitions and extensive programs GRINNELL, Iowa — The Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College is changing its name this summer to the Grinnell College Museum of Art. For some, a gallery means a smaller space or a space only for exhibitions. For others, it’s a commercial space to …

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Skate Park Update

Spohn Ranch has been constructing the new skate park located at Bailey Park for a few weeks and the project is progressing well. Current estimates indicate it is 25% complete and it will be ready for skaters and bikers by the end of August. The new skate park will be concrete and replaces wooden ramps that did not weather well …

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4thof July at Mayflower

Mayflower will be celebrating the 4thof July on Thursday, July 4th(coincidentally!) by enjoying the parade.  Starting at 5:00pm near the Mayflower campus, just to the southeast at Hamilton and High streets, the parade travels west three blocks to Broad Street and then turns north to the southwest corner of The Mayflower Community campus and on to downtown. To celebrate, a group …

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Jennifer Paisley, M.D. and Andrew Dunham Present Food Alternatives to Medicine

Andrew Dunham and Jennifer Paisley, MD In the third session of The Mayflower Community’s Wellness Month information sessions on Thursday, June 20th, two local specialists shared information about the medicinal value of food.  Dr. Jennifer Paisley, M.D. and organic-farmer Andrew Dunham described the impact of different food groups on the body and mind. Dr. Paisley has been prescribing food alternatives to …

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Imagine Grinnell hosts waste reduction events in July

Imagine Grinnell will show participants how to reduce their household waste with a series of free activities, demonstrations, and events scheduled to coincide with the discontinuation of curbside recycling in Grinnell at the end of June. This will include participation in Plastic Free July, a global challenge to refuse single-use plastics, as well as hosting talks by a variety of …

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Iowa Fraud fighters Pursue Scammers, Protect Seniors

Grinnell Presentation Set for June 25 By Michael McAllister They don’t wear capes or masks, and they don’t possess super powers.  But Iowa Fraud Fighters are superheroes to senior citizens by informing them of the tactics in scammers’ bags of tricks. And anyone can be a Fraud Fighter—no failed lab experiment is required.  In fact, Investigator Al Perales of the Iowa Attorney …

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Update Your Health – Intelligent Aging

Being the picture of health takes more than a yearly checkup with your primary care provider. With so many sources of stress and anxiety, it’s important to understand how the mind-body connection plays an important role on your overall health. Hear from Andy Nish, MD, medical director of the UnityPoint Health®– John Stoddard Cancer Center in Des Moines, about tuning …

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UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Public Health Named 2019 Immunization Champions

UnityPoint Health®– Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) is proud to celebrate Grinnell Regional Public Health as an Immunization Champion Award recipient. The Immunization Champion Award of Excellence is presented by the Iowa Department of Public Health. It recognizes individuals who go above and beyond to promote and foster immunizations in their communities. “We’re proud of this recognition for our public …

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G Welcomes New Executive Director

Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell (SEG) is announcing the appointment of its new Executive Director, Dan Volk.  Mr. Volk comes to his new role from a long career with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, and is filling the position held by Jenn Latham the past four years.  With the Latham’s move to Hawaii, SEG sought candidates to fill the leadership role, and was …

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Phase II of Ahrens Park Improvements Underway; Phase III to Follow Later This Summer

Twenty-five-year-old Ahrens/Paschall Memorial Park is getting a Phase II facelift, this time for the tennis and basketball courts.     In fall 2017, the Ahrens Park Foundation announced a $1 million multiphase, multiyear capital improvements project. Phase I, the largest of the projects, was completed in May 2018 with the installation of two new playgrounds considered “the biggest and best” made by …

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AmeriCorps Training at Mayflower

On Friday, June 7th, 45 new AmeriCorps volunteers received training over lunch in the Mayflower Community. Under the direction of Grinnell College’s Melissa Strovers and Elizabeth Hansen, the Grinnell AmeriCorps Partnership brings together community non-for-profits, area employers, the Grinnell-Newburg School District, and community volunteers to support kids and families in Grinnell. The partnership aims to 1)give students a strong start so …

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Grinnell Chamber Summons Super Summer

The Grinnell Chamber of Commerce Team, L. to R.; Kendra Tucker, Marketing and Events Coordinator – Rachael Kinnick, Chamber Director – Cassy Heitman, Intern – Mariah Hirsch, Member and Special Projects Coordinator. By Michael McAllister Grinnellians endured Iowa’s third-wettest winter in 124 years a few months ago, and that followed Iowa’s third-wettest autumn, according to NOAA, the National Oceanic and …

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Grinnell Mutual named a Forbes best employer

Grinnell, Iowa — Grinnell Mutual has been ranked the fifth best Iowa employer in Forbes’ inaugural “America’s Best Employers by State 2019” list. The list was released June 5 on forbes.com.According to Forbes, the company worked with Statista to select America’s Best-in-State Employers with an independent survey from a vast sample of more than 80,000 U.S. employees working for companies employing at least …

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Building next to McNally’s Foods razed to prepare site for development

Grinnell College will turn site into green space while seeking development proposals GRINNELL, Iowa – Grinnell College recently had the building adjacent to McNally’s Foods, 1021 Main St., razed because the building received major structural damage when it was hit by a truck in the spring of 2018. Once the lot is completely cleared of debris, grass will be planted to …

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Jeld-Wen Raises $6.2K For Relay for Life

The American Cancer Society presented Team JELD-WEN with a top fundraising award for their efforts in 2018. JELD-WEN presented the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Poweshiek County to be held in Grinnell on July 5th a check for $6,277 from their 13th annual golf tournament fundraiser. The money raised which will ended up being higher than the amount on …

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Wellness Information Sessions at Mayflower

During the month of June, Grinnell’s Mayflower Community will present Thursday afternoon information sessions designed to expand thinking about healthy living alternatives.  The gatherings will be offered from 2:00-3:00pm in the Carman Center on the second floor of the Mayflower Health Center, 600 Park Street.  There will be no charge for the sessions, some of which will include demonstrations and all will …

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St. Francis Manor Recognized for Healthcare Quality by National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative

(Grinnell, IA – June 3, 2019) St. Francis Manor has been named to the Iowa National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative Honor Rollin recognition of its performance on the Nursing Home Comparelong-stay quality measures. Nursing homes on Nursing Home Quality Collaborative Honor Roll have achieved a quality measure composite score of six or less for at least one quarter, which has aligned with …

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Seeland Park Announces Its Summer Tour of Homes – Sunday, June 9

(Grinnell, IA – June 3, 2019) Seeland Park, an active 55+ Life Plan Community located on the east side of Grinnell, invites the public to its Summer Tour of Homes onSunday, June 9, from 1:30 to 4:00 PM.  Seeland Park currently has eight residences listed for sale as well as five lots available for anyone interested in building their perfect retirement home!  …

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Help the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Poweshiek County Attack Cancer in Our Community on Friday, July 5th

Luminaria bags will be available at Grinnell State Bank from May 3rdthrough the event for a $5 donation, with all proceeds going to benefit Relay For Life of Poweshiek County. Darcy Dawson American Cancer Society is calling on all community members to participate in the 20th Annual Relay For Life of Poweshiek County on July 5th from 5-11pm at Grinnell’s Central …

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Friday Night Live is Back!

GRINNELL, Iowa– The annual Friday Night Live events will kick off on June 7, 2019, in downtown Grinnell. The June Friday Night Live will feature musician Damon Dotson and have a food truck and beverages on site. Entertainment for the night, Damon Dotson, will perform on stage from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. In addition to live music, there will be a …

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Grinnell Games 5K FREE for Participants 

Grinnell Games, a family sports festival in Grinnell, will hold events in June and August 2019. Events scheduled for Saturday, June 15 include a Half Marathon, 5K and Lil’ Warrior Run. A Sprint Triathlon and Mini Triathlon are scheduled for August 25, and registration for all events is available now at grinnellgames.com.  New for 2019, and in an effort to support …

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National Senior Health & Fitness Day celebrated on May 29

St. Francis Manor, Seeland Park & Hammond Center for Assisted Living celebrated the 26th Annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day like champs while attempting to dodge water puddles and even a light mist by the end of the outdoor activities on Wednesday, May 29. Over 60 participants kicked off the event with a short walk around the Seeland Park …

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Kenny Steffen Gives 22 Years to Mayflower

L. to R.; Scott Gruhn, Kenny Steffen, Jack Morrison After 22 years working on the Facilities staff of The Mayflower Community (Grinnell IA), Kenny Steffen retired on Friday, May 31st.  He served as an electrician, HVAC specialist, and general repairperson.  One of Kenny’s specialties was installing showers in Mayflower’s traditional apartments.  All were built originally with bathtub/showers.  Over time, Kenny has helped replaced all …

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Grinnell College in talks to acquire library collection from Salisbury House

Grinnell intends to preserve the collection, make it accessible to researchers and the public GRINNELL, Iowa — Grinnell College has preliminarily agreed to acquire the Des Moines Salisbury House’s library collection of rare books including first-editions and historic documents. The parties are working toward a definitive purchase agreement and anticipate completing the acquisition by mid-summer. “The college is interested in …

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Celebrating the Life of Mollie Tibbetts

Rob Tibbetts and Laura Calderwood, parents of Mollie Tibbetts, do a ribbon release during the May 18 celebration of life statue dedication ceremony in Ahrens Park. On Saturday, May 18, a special project celebrating the life of Mollie Tibbetts came to fruition in Grinnell. Two sculptures, created by artist Gail Chavenelle of Dubuque, Iowa, were unveiled and installed in memory …

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Grinnell College invites curious minds of all ages to June 15 Summerfest

Voice Play shares the harmony in an a cappella performance that combines songs from different eras with humorous on-stage theatrics. Free activities for all ages on June 15 include creative arts, live music and workshops GRINNELL, Iowa – Grinnell College’s fifth annual Summerfest will take place on campus from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 15. Summerfest, which is …

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Grant to Support Creation of Community Health Initiative 

Members of Healthy Grinnell from left to right: Samantha Maly-Schmidt, Grinnell College Student; Steve Langerud, The Mayflower; Dr. Jennifer Paisley, GRMC Internal Medicine; Melissa Dunham, Grinnell Heritage Farms; Bill Menner, GRMC Board Chair; Laurel Tuggle-Lacina, Grinnell Local Foods Connection; Jennifer Havens, GRMC; and Chad Nath, GRMC. Grant to Support Creation of Community Health Initiative  A $50,000 Iowa Healthcare Collaborative grant …

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College Degree Studies in Prison

George Drake Grinnell College’s Liberal Arts in Prison program was the topic of The Mayflower Community monthly “Forum” program on May 14th. These programs are organized by the Mayflower Residents Association with the intent of bringing in speakers on pertinent local topics. The speakers for the Prison program were George Drake, founder; Emily Guenther, Director; and residents Katherine McClelland and Chris …

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Psychology of Humor for Seniors

Janet Gibson, Ph.D., will speak at the UnityPoint Health®– Grinnell Regional Medical Center Foundation’s upcoming Senior Education Program on Monday, August 12. Gibson will look specifically at senior humor, what it takes for us to understand and appreciate different types of humor, and the role humor plays in our lives. Humor can be encountered daily, but not everyone finds the …

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Update Your Health – Intelligent Aging

Being the picture of health takes more than a yearly checkup with your primary care provider. With so many sources of stress and anxiety, it’s important to understand how the mind-body connection plays an important role on your overall health. Hear from Andy Nish, MD, medical director of the UnityPoint Health®– John Stoddard Cancer Center in Des Moines, about tuning …

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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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