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Veterans Commission Marks Time Following Official Building Restoration Launch

Veterans Commission Marks Time Following Official Building Restoration Launch By Michael McAllister On July 17, Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission held its first regular session since the official announcement earlier this month of a fundraising and informational drive to establish an artist residency in a renovated Veterans Memorial Building. Conducted by Vice Chair Gwen Rieck (center above) in the absence of …

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GRMC Golf Outing Lands Big Funds for Equipment

GRMC Golf Outing Lands Big Funds for Equipment Great weather, fun contests, and raising $24,000 recap the highlights in the 2017 Grinnell Regional Medical Center Golf Outing. GRMC welcomed 136 golfers on 34 teams to the Oakland Acres Golf Course on Friday, July 14, for the annual fundraiser and friend raiser to support GRMC. “Each year brings new golfers, new …

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Grin City Artists Tackle Tough Questions with Social Crossings Toolkit

Grin City Artists Tackle Tough Questions with Social Crossings Toolkit By Michael McAllister Is it the duty of art to disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed?  Some people say so, employing an assertion that exists in a variety of forms, attributed to people as diverse as 19th century journalist Finley Peter Dunne and modern-day graffiti artist Banksy. Regardless of …

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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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St. Francis Manor Celebrates 40 Years of Service with Groundbreaking for the Hammond Center for Assisted Living

St. Francis Manor Celebrates 40 Years of Service with Groundbreaking for the Hammond Center for Assisted Living   —————————————————————————-  (Grinnell, IA – July 10, 2017)  After threats of storms for the afternoon of June 29, it turned out to be sunny and hot as roughly 60 people gathered for a ceremonial groundbreaking on the site of the future Hammond Center for …

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A Notable Change in Venue: Music in the Park to GAAC

A Notable Change in Venue:  Music in the Park to GAAC By Michael McAllister Grinnell’s Music in the Park series moved from the Grinnell College campus to the steps of the Stewart Art Gallery and Grinnell Area Arts Council at 926 Broad on Thursday, July 6.  The event will remain in that location through the current season, which ends on …

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Grinnell Launches Campaign to Renovate Veterans Building

Grinnell Launches Campaign to Renovate Veterans Building  GRINNELL — The Grinnell Veterans Memorial Commission celebrated the Independence Day holiday with the announcement of a $1.8 million fundraising campaign to renovate the Veterans Memorial Building. The project seeks to visually match local prairie style architecture and create an anchor structure in Grinnell’s Central Park. The keystone feature of the renovated building will …

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Grinnell’s Fourth of July Parade: A Pictorial

Grinnell’s Fourth of July Parade:  A Pictorial By Michael McAllister “I love a parade!” sang Frank Luther in 1931—lyrics by Harold Arlen, music by Ted Koehler—and surely most people felt likewise then and do so today.  And for those people, Grinnell’s Fourth of July Parade 2017 did not disappoint. Perhaps it even converted a few parade curmudgeons. Arlen’s lyrics, however, …

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100 + People Who Care – Grinnell to Meet July 25

100 + People Who Care – Grinnell to Meet July 25                  The quarterly meeting of 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell will be Tuesday, July 25.  The 5:30 p.m. meeting will be held in the community room at the Drake Public Library.  This will be the third meeting of 100 + …

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Rural Forward Attendees Select Education as Priority

Rural Forward Attendees Select Education as Priority By Michael McAllister Two former United States Department of Agriculture Officials—Bill Menner and John Whitaker (above, from left)—welcomed approximately 70 Grinnellians to the first meeting of Iowa’s chapter of Rural Forward at the Drake Community Library on the evening of Tuesday, June 20.  The organization’s press release describes it as a group of …

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Learning Environment Sessions Seek to Facilitate Facilities Planning

Learning Environment Sessions Seek to Facilitate Facilities Planning By Michael McAllister More people in the world have access to a mobile phone than to a clean toilet. Twitter broadcasts 100 million tweets per day. Eighty-seven percent of teenagers text, each teen sending an average of 3,339 texts per month. The amount of digital information in the world will increase 44 …

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Hubbell Restores Historic Spaulding Manufacturing Company, Holds Ribbon Cutting for Urban-Style Lofts

Hubbell Restores Historic Spaulding Manufacturing Company, Holds Ribbon Cutting for Urban-Style Lofts Grinnell, Iowa (June 15, 2017)- Hubbell Realty Company celebrated the grand opening of the Spaulding Lofts, located in the former Spaulding Manufacturing Company. This $12.5 million restoration project is the first historic renovation for Hubbell outside of Des Moines. With collaboration from the city of Grinnell, the 1870’s …

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OurGrinnell.com Roving Correspondent Talks With Superintendent Stutz

Dr. Stutz: “It’s Been a Great Year!” District superintendent looks forward to a creative summer, looks back on a productive year By Michael McAllister Dr. Janet Stutz, having completed her first academic year as superintendent of Grinnell-Newburg CSD, promoted summer programs and assessed initial accomplishments in an interview with Our Grinnell on Friday, June 9. Calling her transition to Grinnell …

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Families invited to jumpstart their summer at Grinnell Games June 16-18

Families invited to jumpstart their summer at Grinnell Games June 16-18 GRINNELL – Iowa’s family sports festival is less than two weeks away, with a full weekend of activities ranging from competitive races to a free kids run, from free family field day activities to a pancake breakfast, and from superheroes to face painting. This year’s Grinnell Games, presented by …

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Music, Music, Music!

Music, Music, Music! By Michael McAllister “Summer’s here and the time is right for dancin’ in the street.”  So sang Martha and the Vandellas in 1964 in one of Motown’s superlative songs. The calendar may quibble with the idea that this year’s summer is here, but the time was right for dancin’ in the street Friday night, June 2, in …

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Former Iowa USDA Leaders John Whitaker and Bill Menner to Lead Community DiscussionOn Rural Development Issues in Grinnell on June 20

Former Iowa USDA Leaders John Whitaker and Bill Menner to Lead Community DiscussionOn Rural Development Issues in Grinnell on June 20   The Iowa Chapter of Rural Forward, an organization of policy professionals and concerned citizens with experience in farming and small-town development, will hold its first listening post on Tuesday, June 20 at Drake Library (930 Park Street) in …

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Our Grinnell’s Eggs-clusive Interview with Rotary Chicken

Our Grinnell’s Eggs-clusive Interview with Rotary Chicken by Michael McAllister Although the Grinnell Rotary Club Chicken has been extraordinarily busy promoting the barbecue that takes place June 8, the felicitous fowl did take time out of a packed schedule to grant Our Grinnell an exclusive interview. The result follows. Welcome, Rotary Chicken!  Thanks so much for your time.  But “Rotary …

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Grinnell Chamber Representatives Joined DSM Leaders to Promote Regional Priorities on the Partnership’s 38th Annual D.C. Trip

Grinnell Chamber Representatives Joined DSM Leaders to Promote Regional Priorities on the Partnership’s 38th Annual D.C. Trip GRINNELL, IA – Nearly 200 Central Iowa business, civic and regional community leaders traveled on May 10 through 12 to the nation’s capital and presented a federal public policy agenda to promote regional policy priorities and economic development projects during the Greater Des …

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Grinnell Film Readied for Fall Release

Grinnell Film Readied for Fall Release By Michael McAllister Saints Rest, the movie written by Grinnell College alumni Tyson Stock and Noga Ashkenazi and filmed in Grinnell last summer, is in post-production, moving toward a fall release date yet to be determined. Meanwhile, information about the film is available on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), a trailer can viewed on …

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St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park Plan a “National Senior Health & Fitness Day® Celebration” with Event Open to the Public on May 31st

St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park Plan a “National Senior Health & Fitness Day® Celebration” with Event Open to the Public on May 31st   Local Organization Part of National Event to Promote Healthy Lifestyles for Older Adults (Grinnell, IA – May 12, 2017) —On May 31, St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park will join more than 1,000 organizations nationally …

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Laros Buggy Makes One More Trip

Laros Buggy Makes One More Trip By Michael McAllister It has been a good many years since a Laros buggy—a brand manufactured in Grinnell in the early years of the twentieth century—traversed the streets of the town. And it is a fairly safe bet that no Laros buggy ever was the chosen mode of transportation for a woman in a …

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GRMC Launches Annual Fund Drive

GRMC Launches Annual Fund Drive For the past 50 years, Grinnell Regional Medical Center has been serving the healthcare needs of the community. “This is an exciting milestone for GRMC,” says Denise Lamphier, GRMC’s director of communications and development. “We are able to provide excellent healthcare services locally because the medical center has enjoyed a solid foundation of philanthropic support …

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GPCF Founder’s Day to Celebrate Community Generosity

GPCF Founder’s Day to Celebrate Community Generosity Supporters of the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) and those interested in learning more about its partners and projects can have pie and eat it too as the foundation celebrates its third annual Founder’s Day, Fri., June 2, at Drake Community Library. Founder’s Day honors the birthday of GPCF founder Tom Marshall who …

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New Venue for 2017 Annual Rotary Club Chicken Barbecue

New Venue for 2017 Annual Rotary Club Chicken Barbecue    The annual Grinnell Rotary Club Chicken Barbecue will be held Thurs., June 8 at a new venue – the Drake Community Library parking lot with distribution at the United Methodist Church entrance on Park St. The times remain the same: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 3:00 to 6:30 …

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Grinnells’s Farmers Market Signals a Sweet and Savory Summer

Grinnells’s Farmers Market Signals a Sweet and Savory Summer By Michael McAllister The month of May is all the merrier now that Grinnell’s Farmers Market has blossomed at Fourth Avenue and Broad Street.  Thursday, May 11, was opening day. Friendly faces, garden-fresh produce, home-baked goodies, and a few surprises (corn cob sachets, for example)—these are just a few of the …

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Pete Brownell Elected President of the National Rifle Association

Pete Brownell Elected President of the National Rifle Association Wayne LaPierre Reelected Executive Vice President ATLANTA – Pete Brownell of Montezuma, Iowa was elected by the National Rifle Association Board of Directors as President May 1, 2017, following the 146th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Atlanta. An NRA Life Member since birth, Brownell is the Chief Executive Officer of …

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Grinnell State Bank and Kiwanis Share 60 Year History

Grinnell State Bank and Kiwanis Share 60 Year History The Kiwanis Club of Grinnell traveled the history trail during its Tuesday, May 2 meeting. Rick Bierman hosted the program featuring Addison Jones, Grinnell State Bank, and Kiwanis member for 62 years. Jones gave the history of the bank, beginning in 1925 as Grinnell Savings Bank. He also gave a brief …

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United Church of Christ Celebrates Inclusion in Action

United Church of Christ Celebrates Inclusion in Action By Michael McAllister A marker near the southwest corner of the churchyard of Grinnell’s United Church of Christ at Fourth Avenue and Broad Street designates the site of Grinnell’s first church. Seven steps to the south and 163 years later, a new sign continues the church’s tradition with a vibrant invitation to …

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Vets Commission to Recommend Professional Fundraisers

Vets Commission to Recommend Professional Fundraisers By Michael McAllister In an unusual but colorful setting—Story Room at the Drake Community Library—Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission met in regular session at 5:15 p.m., Monday, May 8, and continued to move toward the goal of converting the Veteran Memorial Building to an artist residency with emphasis on veterans. Commission Chair Leo Lease opened …

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St. Francis Manor Celebrates 40 Years of Service with an Appreciation Dinner

 St. Francis Manor Celebrates 40 Years of Service with an Appreciation Dinner   (Grinnell, IA – May 8, 2017)  Throughout 2017, St. Francis Manor will be celebrating 40 years of service to the Greater Poweshiek County area in a variety of ways.  To mark the actual 40th anniversary of St. Francis Manor in February, St. Francis Manor residents, board members, employees …

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