Grinnell News

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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Veterans Memorial Commission Advances Plan A Monday November 13th

Veterans Memorial Commission Advances Plan A By Michael McAllister Two days after Veterans Day and six days after a close but successful levy vote, Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission met in regular session on Monday, November 13.  Unity, inclusion, and work were the themes of the evening as the commission made plans to bring the Prairie Star Residency to the Veterans …

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Orr Bequest to GPCF Will Extend Endowed Funds’ Reach throughout County

Orr Bequest to GPCF Will Extend Endowed Funds’ Reach throughout County   A bequest from the estate of the late Joann Orr will benefit partner organizations and endowed funds of the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF). Orr’s unrestricted bequest to GPCF has allowed the foundation board to designate $45,000, a portion of the bequest, for a challenge grant to benefit …

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McGuire + ASI = Signage as Sculpture at Drake Community Library

McGuire + ASI = Signage as Sculpture By Michael McAllister The imagination of Ryan McGuire and the fabrication know-how of ASI Signage joined creative forces to produce the latest addition to Grinnell’s downtown tableau. Despite a twenty-degree temperature and a brisk breeze out of the southeast, ASI personnel were at work shortly after 8:00 a.m., Friday, November 10, drilling into …

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A Veterans Remembrance/Celebration Program hosted by St. Francis Manor

A Veterans Remembrance Program was hosted by St. Francis Manor on Thursday, November 9, to honor local veterans.  Approximately 110 people attended the event including St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park residents as well as veterans from the Grinnell community.  Activity Directors Caitlin Mellick and Abby Moyer presented the program which included retired Air Force Master Sergeant Randy Hotchkin sharing …

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Announcing Executive Pastry Chef at Sunrise Bakery

 GRINNELL, IOWA – Sunrise Bakery has announced that Taylor Sturtz of Grinnell will be the Executive Pastry Chef at Sunrise Bakery, bringing with her a wide spread of baking experience from her California roots.  Sturtz previously supervised the production of baked goods at the Ritz Carlton Hotel and spent time producing cakes and other specialty desserts for Disneyland.  While she …

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Superintendent’s Weekly Update November 3, 2017

Superintendent’s Weekly Update November 3, 2017 This week has been filled with many opportunities for our families and students to get connected.  I want to thank everyone for your participation in “Unplugged Night” this past week.  I have heard a tremendous amount of positive feedback regarding spending time “unplugged”.   Another opportunity for families this weekend is to attend the Fall …

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G-N Superintendent’s Weekly Update October 27, 2017

Superintendent’s Weekly Update October 27, 2017 Dear Grinnell-Newburg Board, Staff, Family and Friends: The weather has turned colder and the end of October is here.  This is the time of year when teachers and parents gather to reflect upon student progress and how we can work collectively together to ensure that students are getting what they need to learn and …

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LWV Forum Draws Community Questions, Candidate Comments

LWV Forum Draws Community Questions, Candidate Comments By Michael McAllister As election day—November 7—nears, Grinnell’s League of Women Voters, in conjunction with the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, sponsored a candidate forum at the United Presbyterian Church on the evening of October 25. Candidates attending were Dan Agnew, running unopposed for mayor; Julie Hansen, running unopposed for First Ward city council …

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Sculpture Park Plans Revealed: A Fix for 6 and 146 – Grinnell College and Hood Design Studio Reveal Crossroad Jewels

A Fix for 6 and 146:  Grinnell College and Hood Design Studio Reveal Sculpture Park Plans, Crossroad Jewels By Michel McAllister Once upon a time, a piece of sculpture was something to be viewed.  The closest to interacting with it—unless one was a pigeon—was reading a plaque, perhaps, and sitting on a park bench nearby to contemplate the piece. But, …

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$7,000 Awarded to Imagine Grinnell BMX – Skate Park

100 + People Who Care – Grinnell Offers Support to Skate and BMX Park Project Members of 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell voted at their October 24 meeting to support Imagine Grinnell’s project to build a concrete skate and BMX park at Bailey Park in Grinnell.  The funds will be used to help meet a matching grant goal, …

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Saving Brinton – A FREE Public Screening at the Strand Theatre Wednesday October 25 at 7:00p

Saving Brinton – A FREE Public Screening at the Strand Theatre Wednesday October 25 at 7:00p SYNOPSIS In a farmhouse basement on the Iowa countryside, eccentric collector Mike Zahs makes a remarkable discovery: the showreels of the man who brought moving pictures to America’s Heartland. Among the treasures: rare footage of President Teddy Roosevelt, the first moving images from Burma, …

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Superintendent Stutz’s Weekly G-N School District Update October 21

Dear Grinnell-Newburg Board of Education, Staff, Families and Friends: Happy Friday!  The beautiful fall colors are finally lining the streets of Grinnell.  This season is my favorite time of the year and being here in Grinnell makes this season that much more delightful.  This weekly update will highlight some of our district activities as well as the progress that our …

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