Grinnell News

Arseneault Jr. to take over as Pioneer men’s basketball, women’s golf coach

GRINNELL, Iowa – When seeking to replace the retiring David Arseneault as men’s basketball and women’s golf coach, Grinnell College didn’t have to look far. After a nationwide search, Grinnell Director of Athletics and Recreation Andy Hamilton ’85 announced David Arseneault Jr. ’09 has been selected to succeed his father in those positions, which include with them an athletic department faculty post at the rank of …

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Monster Truck Debuts in Downtown Grinnell

Whoa…Look what OurGrinnell saw today. This whimsical, colorful, unique pickup turned into a piece of art debuts in downtown Grinnell. Have you seen it? Do you know anything about it? If so please, please tell us more about it. It does have a vanity license plate with the wording MON5TER. OurGrinnell has a feeling we’ll see more of this yellow …

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Grinnell Connected PTO Tiger Trot 5K Run/Walk & Kiddie Dash

Grinnell Connected PTO Tiger Trot 5K Run/Walk & Kiddie Dash to be held Saturday, October 28, 2017.  Registration & packet pickup begins at 8:00AM, 5K Run at 9:00AM (Kiddie Dash following 5K). Starting at Fairview Elementary. Registration Forms Due October 18. Late and day of registrations welcome, but will not include a tshirt. 5K Entry Fees:•$25 Adult • $15 Student. T-Shirt included if registered …

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Superintendent Janet Stutz’s G-N Weekly Update: October 13, 2017

Dear Grinnell-Newburg Family and Friends: Happy Thursday everyone!  We are sending out the update a day early this week due to conflict in schedules and I did not want this to arrive to your inbox to late.  It has been a cold rainy week, to say the least, and I hope we will find some relief this weekend.  Below you …

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Feuding & Philanthropy – GPCF hosts event with game show entertainment and honors several Poweshiek County residents for their “Spirit of Giving”

October 12, 2017: The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation will continue the tradition of honoring community members that personify a philanthropic spirit during the 2017 Spirit of Giving event on October 21st at the Grinnell College Golf Course. This year’s event entertainment includes a live game show entitled “Philanthropy Feud,” a fun interpretation of the long-running gameshow “Family Feud.”  Two teams …

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Veterans Commission Levels for Levy

Veterans Commission Levels for Levy By Michael McAllister The Story Room at the Drake Community Library hosted an adult nonfiction narrative as Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission met in regular session at 5:15 p.m., Monday, October 9. All four commission members were present:  (above, from left)  Marie Andrews, Gwen Rieck, Leo Lease, and George Fowler. Twelve people made up the audience. …

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Annual Fire Prevention Breakfast Sparks Community Support

Annual Fire Prevention Breakfast Sparks Community Support By Michel McAllister At 6:10 a.m. on Sunday, October 8, the Grinnell Public Safety Center housed not firetrucks but tables. And fire department personnel stood set to serve not with hoses but with spatulas. In short order, the Safety Center teemed with supporters.  Breakfast was part of the deal, sure, but the main …

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GRMC Inaugural (Super Hero) Wellness Run

GRMC Inaugural (Super Hero) Wellness Run GRMC’s inaugural Super Hero Run was a great success with 55 runners in the 5K race and more than 25 runners in the family fun run and walk. Many participants dressed in their favorite super hero costumes. For the 5K, Susie Duke, Marshalltown, came in first, in a full Spider-Man costume, with a time …

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$10,000 Raised by 5K Fundraiser Held to Benefit the Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign

$10,000 Raised by 5K Fundraiser Held to Benefit the Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign   (Grinnell, IA – October 5, 2017)  Walkers, runners and weightlifters came from as far away as Maryland and Colorado to participate in St. Francis Manor Foundation’s first 5K Pump & Run/Walk on a beautiful fall morning the last day of September.  The youngest participant …

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100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE – GRINNELL TO MEET OCTOBER 24

100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE – GRINNELL TO MEET OCTOBER 24 The quarterly meeting of 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell will be Tuesday, October 24 at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting will be held in the community room at the Drake Community Library, and will last no longer than an hour. This will be the third voting meeting of …

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Davis School is Aging Well: Century-Old Items Uncovered from Cornerstone

Davis School is Aging Well: Century-Old Items Uncovered from Cornerstone By Michael McAllister In an October 6 celebration marking the 100th anniversary of Grinnell’s Davis Elementary School, the contents of a metal box that had rested in a cornerstone since 1917 came delicately to light. The first program, presented primarily for Davis students, began at 2:00 p.m. with the public …

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Peace Tree Soft Opening: Firm Success

Peace Tree Soft Opening: Firm Success By Michael McAllister “Maintaining a vibrant downtown is a concern.” This quotation comes from the “Issues, Trends, Concerns, and Opportunities” section of the City of Grinnell’s Goal Setting Report dated February 29, 2016. Vibrancy certainly reigned on the night of Wednesday, October 4, at 923 Main Street in downtown Grinnell during the soft opening …

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Kites Over Grinnell Soars to Second-Year Success

Kites Over Grinnell Soars to Second-Year Success By Michael McAllister For the second year in a row, kites embellished the blue skies of Grinnell with the help of Rotarians, professional kite flyers, ambitious youngsters, patient parents, and even more patient grandparents. The event, held September 30, was Kites Over Grinnell, a tradition revived in 2016 by the Grinnell Rotary Club—a …

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GRMC Closer to Affiliation with UnityPoint Health and University of Iowa

GRMC Closer to Affiliation   with UnityPoint Health and University of Iowa The Grinnell Regional Medical Center board of directors unanimously voted this week to bring the medical center under the UnityPoint Health – Des Moines banner. The vote authorizes the medical center to finalize an affiliation agreement with UnityPoint Health – Des Moines in partnership with University of Iowa …

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A Parade of Picture of the GHS 2017 Homecoming Parade

A Parade of Picture of the GHS 2017 Homecoming Parade By Michael McAllister School spirit shined as brightly as the sun on the evening of Thursday, September 28, as the northwest section of Grinnell was given over to the high school’s traditional homecoming parade.                                 …

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Iowa Rural Council Picks Staff, Sets Summit Site and Date

Iowa Rural Council Picks Staff, Sets Summit Site and Date GRINNELL, IOWA – The Iowa Rural Development Council (IRDC) has selected former USDA Rural Development state director Bill Menner to serve as its executive director and has announced it will hold its 2nd Rural Summit April 5-6, 2018, in Grinnell. The Council, which has existed for more than 25 years …

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GPCF Annual Fundraiser Emphasizes Community Growth, New Donors

GPCF Annual Fundraiser Emphasizes Community Growth, New Donors Big GIVE month starts Oct. 1  “Together We Grow,” the theme for this year’s Big GIVE fundraising campaign by the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF), will emphasize the importance of new donors to GPCF and the lead role the foundation plays in county and community projects.  During the 2016 Big GIVE campaign, …

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Optimist Fly-In Attracts Pilots, Planes, and Appetites

Optimist Fly-In Attracts Pilots, Planes, and Appetites By Michael McAllister If a town is said to be part of fly-over country, the remark is not a compliment.  If, however, the town hosts a fly-in—as the Optimist Club of Grinnell did on Saturday, September 23—the event can complement the organization’s general mission of being a Friend of Youth. And judging from …

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G-N Superintendents Weekly Update: September 22, 2017

G-N Superintendents Weekly Update: September 22, 2017 Dear Grinnell-Newburg Board of Education, Staff, Family and Friends: It has been an exciting week in the Grinnell-Newburg School District.  In case you have not heard, this week we discovered a time capsule behind the 1917 cornerstone at Davis Elementary School.  Below are some photos as well as our press release.  We will …

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Drake Community Library Hosting Free Movie Nights For Adults In October

After a successful launch of “Monday Night Movies” in May of this year, there has been demand for public showing of movies again this fall at Drake Community Library.   Monday nights in October will bring five films licensed for public viewing to the library.  This programming is for anyone eighteen years of age and older.  In keeping with the Halloween …

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Davis Elementary Time Capsule Discovered in Corner Stone Dated 1917

Davis Elementary Time Capsule Discovered in Corner Stone Dated 1917 Over the last few months a committee planning for the 100th year celebration at Davis Elementary School, located in Grinnell, Iowa, learned that there was a time capsule located in the cornerstone labeled “1917”.  Grinnell-Newburg personnel, in collaboration with Estes Construction and Midwest Engineering, explored the stone with a camera, just prior …

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Peace Tree Grinnell Branch Opening Date Announced

Peace Tree Grinnell Branch Opening Date Announced Grinnell, IA – Peace Tree Brewing Company’s Grinnell Branch will open to the public on Thursday, October 5 at 2:00 pm. Peace Tree Brewing Company will bring popular brews like Red Rambler, No Coast IPA, and Blonde Fatale to downtown Grinnell along with seasonal and specialty beers. The taproom will house 22 tap …

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Grinnell Farmers Market and Local Foods Connection present Grinnell Farm to Table dinner

   Grinnell Farmers Market and Local Foods Connection present Grinnell Farm to Table dinner  GRINNELL – The Grinnell Farmers Market and Local Foods Connection have partnered to bring a farm to table inspired street dinner to Grinnell as a joint fundraiser for both organizations. Grinnell Farm to Table dinner will take place Thursday, October 19th with a social hour and …

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Alyssa Beaderstadt joins RE/MAX Partners Realty

Alyssa Beaderstadt joins RE/MAX Partners Realty  RE/MAX Partners Realty of Grinnell, Iowa is proud to welcome award-winning Realtor Alyssa Beaderstadt to their team. Beaderstadt, a Brooklyn native, will be the seventh member of the RE/MAX Partners Realty group. She began her tenure September 6. Although Beaderstadt has been a realtor for three years, she began her career in retail management, …

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GPCF Spirit of Giving Award

Spirit of Giving Award  Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) is pleased to announce that nominations are currently being accepted for its annual Spirit of Giving Awards.  This year there will be four award categories to showcase those individuals and businesses in Poweshiek County that embody the philanthropic spirit.  Business Partner of the Year Award Honors a business that fosters charitable …

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A Recap: Ag Appreciation Day Yields Bumper Crop of Goodwill

Ag Appreciation Day Yields Bumper Crop of Goodwill By Michael McAllister Thursday, August 31, was a perfect day for farming. And it was also a perfect day for paying respect to farmers. That is precisely what Grinnellians did, with the help of the local Lion’s Club, in a twenty-three-year-old tradition known as Ag Appreciation Day. New and classic tractors and …

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Hotel Grinnell Debuts

Hotel Grinnell Debuts By Michael McAllister When Angela Harrington came to Grinnell as President and CEO of the Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce in February of 2009, one of the objectives presented to her was the establishment of an events center in Grinnell. Now, nearly nine years later, that events center is about to open in the form of Hotel …

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Vendor Views on the ’17 Market Peppered with Good’s and Great’s

Vendor Views on the ’17 Market Peppered with Good’s and Great’s By Michael McAllister Grinnell’s 2017 Farmers Market sprouted on May ll.  As August blends into September, vendors report a strong season. “One of the best around.”  That is the judgment that David DeVilder of Sojourn Farm accorded to Grinnell’s Farmer Market.  He has some perspective, too, since he and …

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5K Run, Walk or Pump & Run/Walk Fundraiser to Benefit the Hammond Center

5K Run, Walk or Pump & Run/Walk Fundraiser to Benefit the Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign (Grinnell, IA – September 9, 2017)  Walkers, Runners and Weight Lifters are invited to demonstrate their fitness during a 5K Run, Walk or Pump & Run/Walk at 9 AM on Saturday, September 30. This community event is being hosted by the St. …

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