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Final ’18 Legislative Coffee Dominated by DHS Report

Final ’18 Legislative Coffee Dominated by DHS Report By Michael McAlister On Saturday, April 7, approximately 60 Grinnellians gathered at the Presbyterian Church for the final in a series of three legislative coffees sponsored by the local chapter of the League of Women Voters. Becca Davis called the event to order by reminding those in attendance of the importance of …

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Attorney and acclaimed playwright to give lecture at Grinnell College on April 19

Mary Kathryn Nagle will present ‘Sovereignty in the Law, Sovereignty of our Stories’   GRINNELL, Iowa —  Mary Kathryn Nagle, an attorney, nationally acclaimed playwright and executive director of the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program, will give the Scholars’ Convocation Lecture at Grinnell College on Thursday, April 19. Her lecture, “Sovereignty in the Law, Sovereignty of our Stories,” is free …

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Grinnell College Zone of Confluence Strategic Initiative Advances

Grinnell College Zone of Confluence Strategic Initiative Advances City Council approves a resolution supporting Main Street development proposal  GRINNELL, Iowa — The Grinnell College initiative to improve the social, cultural and economic vitality of the area between the downtown business district and the college campus continues to advance. Last October, the college issued a request for proposals from potential development …

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Vets Commission Elects Officers, Welcomes New Member

Vets Commission Elects Officers, Welcomes New Member By Michael McAllister In its regular monthly meeting at the Drake Community Library on April 9, 2018, Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission maintained its chairperson and its five-member strength. The commission elected Leo Lease (second from right above) to continue as its chair, Randy Hotchkin (far right) as its vice-chair, and Marie Andrews (far …

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Hotel Grinnell, City of Grinnell Win Awards at Rural Iowa Summit

Hotel Grinnell, City of Grinnell Win Awards at Rural Iowa Summit By Michael McAllister There is a piece of advice that goes something like this:  Be like a duck.  Stay calm and serene on top, but paddle like hell underneath. The Iowa Rural Development Council’s Rural Iowa Summit proved that Iowa’s rural communities and towns fit that maxim:  they appear …

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Hospice to Offer End-of-Life Training Class

UnityPoint Health®–Grinnell Regional Hospice will host an end-of-life and hospice volunteer training for residents in the GRMC service area. This class is intended for people who are interested in learning more about end of life issues and care. This year, the training will be held on five Wednesday mornings, from 8 a.m. to noon. Hospice volunteer and end-of-life training will …

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St. Francis Manor Announces A Free Lunch & Learn Educational Program

St. Francis Manor Announces A Free Lunch & Learn Educational Program    (Grinnell, IA – April 5, 2018)  St. Francis Manor will offer a free educational Lunch & Learn program to the public on the important topic of Health Insurance for Seniors – Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplements and Drug Cards.  This program will discuss the differences between these coverages …

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Grinnell-Newburg superintendent named Friend of the AEA

  Dr. Janet Stutz, Superintendent of Grinnell-Newburg Community Schools, has been named a Friend of the AEA by Iowa’s Area Education Agencies. Stutz received the award during a presentation at the AEA Boards of Directors’ Conference on April 5. This is the second year for the awards and it is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate outstanding candidates for their …

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Neleman Named a 100 Great Iowa Nurse

Neleman Named a 100 Great Iowa Nurse UnityPoint Health®– Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) nurse Katie Neleman, RN, surgical coordinator, received the 100 Great Iowa Nurses award. This program, supported by the Iowa Nurses Foundation, recognizes 100 outstanding nurses every year in Iowa for their courage, competence, and commitment to patients and the nursing profession. The 100 nurses earn the …

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Grinnell Awarded Grant from Iowa Economic Development

Grinnell Awarded Grant from Iowa Economic Development Grinnell was one of 18 Iowa communities awarded a Community Catalyst and Building Remediation Grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The amount of the grant will not exceed $100,000 and will be used for the Grinnell Beyer Block project in downtown Grinnell. The Beyer Block project includes the buildings on the north …

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100 + People Who Care – Grinnell to Meet April 24

100 + People Who Care – Grinnell to Meet April 24 The quarterly meeting of 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell will be Tuesday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Caulkins Community Room at the Drake Library, and will last no more than one hour. This will be a voting meeting for the organization, …

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Iowa’s Nice Guy Set to Make Nice—Maybe—at Rural Summit in Grinnell

Iowa’s Nice Guy Set to Make Nice—Maybe—at Rural Summit in Grinnell       By Michael McAllister Brace yourselves, Iowa conservatives.  Scott Siepker, the man who represents Iowa Nice—niceness being a conservative virtue—wears that title at the behest of flaming MSNBC primetime progressive Rachel Maddow. Brace yourselves also, Iowa progressives.  Iowa’s Nice Guy does not deliberate over words.  While his videos may …

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Feature Profile: Howard McDonough and the Carousel of Time

Howard McDonough and the Carousel of Time By Michael McAlister Farmer, welder, builder, mechanic, cook, fundraiser, historian, entrepreneur, drag racer, Grinnellian—all these terms describe Howard McDonough. And yet the description is far from complete. An afternoon with McDonough is an education, but McDonough presents himself as more conduit than teacher because he acknowledges that what he knows and what he …

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Applications now available for Grinnell College Community Mini-Grants

  Applications now available for Grinnell College Community Mini-Grants Grants support local projects enhancing the quality of life in Grinnell   GRINNELL, Iowa – Grinnell College is now accepting applications for the spring cycle of community mini-grants.  Grant applications are due Friday, April 6, and awards will be announced by Friday, May 18.   The program has directed approximately $400,000 …

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Second Rural Development Summit Will Peak April 5-6 in Grinnell

Second Rural Development Summit Will Peak April 5-6 in Grinnell By Michael McAllister Bill Menner stands in front of a newly painted wall in Grinnell’s oldest building as sunlight streams through the unadorned window of an office yet to be furnished—and considers possibilities. That—considering possibilities—has been his occupation since 1998. The office itself at 807 4th Avenue is a possibility …

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Arts Council to Host Reggae Film & Dance Party at the Stew

Arts Council to Host Reggae Film & Dance Party at the Stew On Friday, April 6, the Grinnell Area Arts Council will present a reggae music-centered event at The Stew. The event will begin with a screening of the classic Jamaican film The Harder They Come, which stars reggae musician Jimmy Cliff, and features his music. Following the movie, local musician Chris …

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Superintendent’s Weekly Update March 23, 2018

Superintendent’s Weekly Update Dear Grinnell-Newburg Family and Friends, Happy Spring!  Spring Break is upon us!  Let’s hope the weather follows too.  Spring break is a time to rejuvenate while spending time reading a captivating book, enjoying friends and family, and finding some down time before the end of the year hustle and bustle.  We will begin our Spring Break this …

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Davis Elementary Receives National Recognition for Commitment to Empowering Students

Davis Elementary Receives National Recognition for Commitment to Empowering Students Named a distinguished school for STEM and career learning program Grinnell, IA – Davis Elementary announced today that it has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW LaunchTM. It is one of just 97 …

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Grinnell-Newburg Walkout March 14th Peaceful

On March 14th, 2018, Grinnell High School seemed unusually guarded around 10:00am. Streets to the school were closed off, police cars surrounded the area, school officials stood outside, and media personnel were standing off school grounds taking pictures and observing. This was due to the nationwide school walkout that had been planned shortly after a shooting at a Stoneman Douglas …

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Grinnell State Bank named Business of the Year

Grinnell State Bank named Business of the Year GRINNELL, Iowa– The Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce recognized Grinnell State Bank as the 2018 Grinnell Business of the Year at its Annual Celebration, which took place March 14 at Hotel Grinnell. The Chamber recognized Grinnell State Bank for their professional and positive impact in the community. “Not only is their business …

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Grinnell Tigersharks Roster and Coaching Staff Reaches New Peak – Team Qualified 46 Swimmers for GISL (Greater Iowa Swim League) Meet

Grinnell Tigersharks Swim Team   The Grinnell Tigersharks Swim Team qualified 46 swimmers to compete in the Greater Iowa Swim League (GISL) State Meet which was held on Saturday, March 10 at the Grinnell College Natatorium.  The GISL includes swim teams from Brooklyn, Carroll, Clarinda, Denison, Emmetsburg, Estherville, Grinnell, Harlan, Knoxville, Manning, Newton, Ottumwa, Pella, Perry and Spencer. A total …

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Shults & Company, Rotary Stage Hospital Fundraiser April 12-13-14

Shults & Company, Rotary Stage Hospital Fundraiser April 12-13-14 By Michael McAllister Some people count the money they make.  Some people count the money they make for others.  Count Frank and Sherry Shults—and all the associates of Shults & Company—in the second group. And the count is impressive. Since 1995, Grinnell Rotarians and Shults & Company singers and musicians have …

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Rock, Paper, Scissors: A Make/Shift Space Special at The Stew

Rock, Paper, Scissors:  A Make/Shift Space Special at The Stew By Michael McAllister While New York City’s Broadway may sparkle at night from theater lights, waxed limousines, and the diamonds about the necks of theater goers, Grinnell’s Broad Street sparkles in its own way at 927 at The Stew—the creative space approaching its first birthday. On Thursday nights, The Stew …

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“The First Amendment and Free Speech: Is It Really Free?”

In a Bucket Course on Wednesday, March 21, Judge Stephen Carroll, a senior district judge from the Iowa second district, presents a lecture on “The First Amendment and Free Speech: Is It Really Free?” The lecture, which is free and open to all, will occur from 10 am to 11:30 am in Drake Library’s Caulkins Room. Judge Carroll plans to …

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Abby Reding Recaps G-N Girls Basketball State Tourney Play

The Grinnell Tigers Girls Basketball team paved a road through post season and into the state tournament. Ending the regular season with a 21-2 record, it was clear that they had a goal and some unfinished business to take care of at Wells Fargo Arena. Last year, the 2016-2017 Grinnell Girls Basketball Team made it to the state tournament for …

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Local Animal Shelter Burglarized, Dog Still Missing

Local Animal Shelter Burglarized, Dog Still Missing Poweshiek Animal League Shelter (PALS) was broken into on the night of March 5 or early morning of March 6. Entry was gained by breaking into one of the shelter doors. Two dogs were stolen–Max, a German Shepherd, and Ace, a young Boxer. Kacie Fattig, PALS kennel manager, arrived at the shelter at …

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Award winners to be announced at next week’s Annual Celebration

Award winners to be announced at next week’s Annual Celebration GRINNELL– The Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce invites the public to attend their Annual Celebration next Wednesday, March 14, at Hotel Grinnell’s Event Center. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m., with time set aside for creating and building connections. Attendees will have the opportunity to socialize and mingle with this …

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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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