Grinnell News

Dear Grinnell-Newburg Board, Staff, Family & Friends,

Dear Grinnell-Newburg Board, Staff, Family & Friends, It feels like a warm front has reached us as compared to earlier this week!  A little sunshine is always a wonderful feeling during the middle of January.  I hope you find time to enjoy a little bit of outdoor fun this weekend. Parent Teacher Conferences February 1-2: Please watch for upcoming information …

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GRMC Names Interim CEO

GRMC Names Interim CEO UnityPoint Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center Board of Directors named Doris Rindels, RN, as the interim chief executive officer with the launch of the UnityPoint Health® – Des Moines and University of Iowa Health Care affiliation. Todd C. Linden, FACHE, CEO and president of Grinnell Regional Medical Center, decided to retire from hospital administration following …

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Veterans Commission Amps Up Campaign with Amperage Marketing & Fundraising

Veterans Commission Amps Up Campaign with Amperage Marketing & Fundraising By Michael McAllister “I propose that the Veterans Memorial Building in Grinnell’s Central Park be restored and renovated to commemorate the services rendered by soldiers, sailors, and marines of the United States by making the space into a national artist residency with a special commitment to veterans.” With those words …

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St. Francis & Seeland Park Host Grinnell College Basketball Team

St. Francis & Seeland Park Host Grinnell College Basketball Team, Coached and Families St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park hosted the Grinnell College Men’s and Women’s basketball teams and the coaches and their families at an annual dinner in the Social Center on January 4.  Over 70 guests enjoyed the delicious meal featuring barbecue ribs, airline chicken, and curry chicken …

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Mayor Agnew’s First Council Meeting Closes with a Touch of Controversy

Mayor Agnew’s First Council Meeting Closes with a Touch of Controversy By Michael McAllister Grinnell’s new mayor, Dan Agnew (above), proved that he can field (pun absolutely intended) the efficient intricacies of this city’s routine council meetings during his debut on Monday, January 8, but the meeting closed with a two-fold request that clouded otherwise clear skies. Twenty people were …

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100 + People Who Care to Meet January 23

100 + People Who Care to Meet January 23 The quarterly meeting of 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell will be Tuesday, January 23. The hour-long meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m., and will be held in the Caulkins Community Room at the Drake Library. This will be a voting meeting for the organization, where a decision is made …

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Another Way to Reduce in 2018

Another Way to Reduce in 2018 By Michael McAllister According to the research firm Statistic Brain, losing weight, combined with healthier eating, was the most popular New Year’s resolution as 2017 dawned, and it is likely to be high on the list when statistics for 2018 are compiled. But, in addition to weight loss, another kind of reduction is important, …

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Grinnell Regional Medical Center and UnityPoint Health® – Des Moines Announce Formal Affiliation -In partnership with University of Iowa Health Care –

Grinnell Regional Medical Center and UnityPoint Health® – Des Moines Announce Formal Affiliation -In partnership with University of Iowa Health Care – Des Moines, Iowa – UnityPoint Health® – Des Moines (UPHDM) and Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC), in partnership with University of Iowa Health Care (UI Health Care), announced today they have finalized an affiliation agreement between the organizations. …

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Grinnell Mutual Gives Back to GRMC’s Community Care Clinic

Grinnell Mutual Gives Back to GRMC’s Community Care Clinic More than 20 Grinnell Mutual employees put away their razors and heels to raise funds for a great cause — Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Community Care Clinic. Grinnell Mutual has been a strong and generous supporter of various healthcare projects at the medical center over the years. For the past two …

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Design for Living: Ryan McGuire, Mixing Surprise with Sharing

Design for Living: Ryan McGuire, Mixing Surprise with Sharing             By Michael McAllister If you haven’t seen the socks, you may have heard the bells. If you haven’t heard the bells, you’ve surely seen the shoes. If you haven’t spotted the shoes, you’ve likely looked twice at the car. If you haven’t come across the …

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Superintendent Dr. Janet Stutz’s Weekly Update Dec. 22, 2017

 Holidays!  Please find Janet’s update – it is chocked full of pictures this week! Thanks for always supporting our schools! ———- Forwarded message ———- From: Janet Stutz <janet.stutz@grinnell-k12.org> Date: Fri, Dec 22, 2017 at 4:10 PM Subject: Weekly Update: December 22, 2017 To: Janet Stutz <janet.stutz@grinnell-k12.org> Dear Grinnell-Newburg Board of Education, Staff, Family and Friends, Happy Holidays! Here’s to wishing …

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“It Has Been My Honor to Do this Job.”

“It Has Been My Honor to Do this Job.” By Michael McAllister So stated Mayor Gordon Canfield, pictured above moments after bringing the gavel down to close the Monday, December 18, Grinnell City Council meeting—and to bring a near close to 18 years of public service at the city’s helm.  His term expires December 31. Grinnell City Council meetings are …

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Superintendent Dr. Janet Stutz’s Weekly Update for December 15, 2017

Happy Friday!  It is hard to imagine that 2017 will be ending in a few short weeks. Reflecting upon the year 2017 brings me much joy as the school Superintendent of the Grinnell Newburg School District.  The Grinnell Newburg School District is a wonderful place to learn and grow.  Each day, I find myself smiling and energized to know that …

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GPCF Appoints New Board Members, Wraps Up Successful Year

GPCF Appoints New Board Members, Wraps Up Successful Year The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) has welcomed three new members to its board of directors as the foundation concludes another successful year of fundraising and leading community projects. Connie Scurr, controller for Interface Sealing Solutions; Vickie McDonald, office manager for Manatts, Inc.; and Barb Baker, director of advertising and community …

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Veterans Commission Deals with a “Big Swing of the Bat”

Veterans Commission Deals with a “Big Swing of the Bat” By Michael McAllister The phrase is Tom Lacina’s.  The words may shift from a military to a sports metaphor, but they accurately symbolize the situation that now confronts Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission after the passing of the Veterans Memorial Building levy last month. The concept of the big swing was …

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Grin City Collective Micro-Grant Program Announces First Recipients

Grin City Collective Micro-Grant Program Announces First Recipients   Grin City Collective is proud to announce the first round of grant recipients for our 2018 Micro-Grant Program. The grant recipients reflect an outstanding range of creativity and community involvement with projects that span public art, historic renovation and family-friendly events: Melissa Berman – Bikes to Art Parade and Festival: “Bikes​ …

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26 Days of Action against Gun Violence: Not a Protest but a Plea

26 Days of Action against Gun Violence:  Not a Protest but a Plea By Michael McAllister “What can we do?”  That was the question raised by a number of Grinnellians after incidents in Charlottesville, Virginia, following a “Unite the White” rally on August 12, 2017. During the next several weeks, as the question was being considered, the country endured the …

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Susan Villarreal and Ryan McGuire – Local Community Activists Support 2nd Mile

Susan Villarreal, Biology Professor at Grinnell College, and Ryan McGuire, Grinnell based designer and artist, handprinted and donated the first batch of shirts for an upcycle collaboration they initiated with the Second Mile to help give secondhand shirts a second chance. There are seven different original designs and many different colors and sizes. The shirts are available for purchase at Second …

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Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards $1,000 Donation to Grinnell Band Boosters!

Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards $1,000 Donation to Grinnell Band Boosters!   GRINNELL, IA (December 5, 2017) – Wes Finch Auto Plaza finished off this year’s donation contest with a $1,000 donation to the Grinnell Band Boosters! Voting took place in October, and the winner was announced on November 1st. Grinnell Band Boosters did a wonderful job of engaging their …

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St. Francis Breakfast With Santa Draws Over 150 People – Raises $3,000

The St. Francis Manor Foundation’s Breakfast with Santa was fun for all ages!  Over 150 people including Gary and Jay Glandon’s family gathered on December 2 for an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Santa Claus surprised the Hammond Center for Assisted Living construction workers by delivering them breakfast! Construction of the 20 assisted living apartments is expected to be complete in the …

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Festival of Trees Raises Funds—and Fun!

Festival of Trees Raises Funds—and Fun! By Michael McAllister Among the many sights and sounds of the holiday season that Grinnell offers Grinnellians, the Drake Community Library’s Festival of Trees ranks high on the list of delights.  This year’s event officially opened at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, December 1. The festival is a Grinnell tradition that predates the library’s present …

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Lamphier Leaving GRMC Communications and Development Role Budding Named Interim Director

Lamphier Leaving GRMC Communications and Development Role Budding Named Interim Director Denise Lamphier, director of communications and development at Grinnell Regional Medical Center for the past 19 years, has accepted a position as the director of integrated marketing communications and media at Central College in Pella, Iowa. “We are excited for Denise in this new career opportunity at Central. She has …

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Imagine Grinnell and Peace Tree Brewing to host Holiday Party for the Grinnell Skatepark

Imagine Grinnell and Peace Tree Brewing to host Holiday Party for the Grinnell Skatepark The Grinnell BMX/Skate park campaign is rolling toward its $250,000 goal to redesign and rebuild the park complex near Bailey Park Elementary school. Peace Tree Brewing Co., Grinnell’s newest local nightspot, is collaborating with Imagine Grinnell to help the campaign reach its fundraising goal.   Peace …

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Fire at Morrison Repair Causes Heavy Damage

  The Grinnell Fire Department responded to a report of a rural tire fire at the Morrison Repair south of Grinnell at 255 420th Avenue. Firefighters were met with heavy black smoke pushing in their direction as they arrived. There was an outbuilding housing multiple tractors and other pieces of farm equipment, a semi-trailer full of tires and several piles …

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G-N Superintendent’s Update for the Week of November 22, 2017

Weekly Update: November 22, 2017 Dear Board of Education, Staff, Families, and Friends: Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving Break is here!   A well deserved break for all of our students and staff!  I hope you enjoy time with family and friends during this long weekend.  This weekly update highlights many student activities.  We are proud of our students and thankful to our …

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St. Francis Manor Recognized as One of the Best Nursing Homes for 2017-18

 St. Francis Manor Receives National Recognition as One of the Best Nursing Homes for 2017-18 with Top Performing Rating (Grinnell, IA – November 20, 2017)  U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in healthcare rankings, has identified St. Francis Manor as one of the Best Nursing Homes for 2017-18 with a “Top Performing” rating of 5.  To qualify as a …

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Sunrise Bakery Now Open

  GRINNELL, IOWA – Sunrise Bakery at 934 Main Street (across from Brown’s Shoes) will open for the first time by participating in downtown Grinnell’s annual Jingle Bell Holiday from 5:00 – 8:00 pm on Friday, November 17, 2017. “We will have mini pies and gingerbread house kits available for purchase or order.  It’s a great chance to see the …

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TOGETHER WE GROW – GPCF Promotes Partners and Funds During Big GIVE for Poweshiek County 2017

TOGETHER WE GROW – GPCF Promotes Partners and Funds During Big GIVE for Poweshiek County 2017 The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation’s annual Big GIVE Campaign-“Together We Grow” raised $178,000 for the 45 funds that are administered by GPCF.  The month-long fund drive in October, stimulated by 9 game show themed matching challenges, encouraged donors to contribute to the many nonprofit …

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Peace Tree Grinnell Branch Rewards Customers for Shopping Local

Grinnell, IA – Peace Tree Brewing Company’s Grinnell Branch will offer customers 10% off of their purchases Friday, November 24 through Sunday, November 26 if their present proof of purchase of holiday gifts from a local Grinnell retailer.  Peace Tree Grinnell Branch hopes to encourage patrons to shop local this holiday season by offering the incentive for Black Friday, Small …

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