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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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Tilly Woodward to Keynote Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center’s 19th Annual Women Helping Women Event

Tilly Woodward to Keynote Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center’s 19th Annual Women Helping Women Event (Des Moines, Iowa) May 2, 2017 – The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is hosting its 19th Annual Women Helping Women Luncheon, benefitting vulnerable women and girls who need quality mental health services. The luncheon will take place on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Embassy Suites …

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Grinnell Mutual opens West Des Moines IT office

Grinnell Mutual opens West Des Moines IT office   Grinnell, Iowa — Grinnell Mutual has expanded its physical facilities to include an office in West Des Moines, Iowa. The 109-year-old property-casualty company is headquartered in Grinnell, Iowa, where the bulk of its 750 employees work. Grinnell Mutual also has a business continuity facility in Newton, Iowa. The West Des Moines …

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Middle Way Farm to hold second on-farm plant sale April 29th

Middle Way Farm to hold second on-farm plant sale  With the growing season kicking into gear, Middle Way Farm will be holding its second annual plant sale on Saturday, April 29th, from 9 am to noon. The plants sale will feature cool-season vegetable transplants including kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, Swiss chard, head lettuce, onions, leeks, parsley, and more, as …

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Easter Bunny Visits St. Francis Manor

Easter Bunny Visits St. Francis Manor The Easter Bunny hopped over to St. Francis Manor in Grinnell for its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15.  Over 60 children attended the annual event which is held for St. Francis and Seeland Park residents’ grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as staff members’ children and grandchildren.  Before the hunt began, the …

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First Food Fair Features Local Farm-raised Fare

First Food Fair Features Local Farm-raised Fare by Michael McAllister The northwest corner of McNally’s Foods at 1021 Main Street in Grinnell was given over to local food producers on the afternoon of Saturday, April 15, as a new tradition was served up:  the first annual Local Foods Fair. According to Grinnell’s Chamber of Commerce Community Calendar, Local Food Connection, …

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Baarda Named a 100 Great Iowa Nurse

Baarda Named a 100 Great Iowa Nurse Grinnell Regional Medical Center nurse Sheryl Baarda, RNC, obstetrics nurse manager, 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 recognition by …

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Vets Commission Marches Forward with Building Renewal, Artist Residency Plans

Vets Commission Marches Forward with Building Renewal, Artist Residency Plans   By Michael McAllister If all goes according to plans, the Veteran Memorial Building at the northwest corner of Central Park will one day look approximately like the picture above, a concept produced by John Bushong and Tom Lacina and presented by Lacina Monday evening, April 10, at the regular …

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New Primary Care Physician Joins Grinnell Family Care

New Primary Care Physician Joins Grinnell Family Care             Teresa Coon, MD, will begin seeing patients full-time at Grinnell Family Care on Thursday, June 1, joining the two primary care providers in the clinic, located at 217 Fourth Ave., West, Grinnell. Coon has been working at Grinnell Family Care two days per week since December of 2016. She is joining …

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Final Legislative Coffee Percolates Concerns, Questions, Comments

Final Legislative Coffee Percolates Concerns, Questions, Comments By Michael McAllister As March transitioned to April, attention focused on the Final Four, and, in Grinnell, on the Final Forum—the final legislative forum of the season, that is, held April 1 with Representative Dave Maxwell and Senator Tim Kapucian. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the 90-minute event took place at …

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100 + People Who Care – Grinnell – To Meet April 25

100 + People Who Care – Grinnell – To Meet April 25 The quarterly meeting of 100+ People Who Care – Grinnell will be held at the Drake Community Library on Tuesday, April 25.  The meeting will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s community room, and will last one hour.  This will be the first actual “voting” meeting …

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How a Bill (In Iowa) Becomes a Law (Really)

How a Bill (In Iowa) Becomes a Law (Really) By Michael McAllister “I’m just a bill…sitting up on Capitol Hill.”  Readers of a certain age—or with children of a certain age—will remember Schoolhouse Rock, ABC’s foray into educational Saturday-morning programming from the 1970s. The series prompted spin-offs such as America Rock, beginning in 1975, originally intended to focus on the …

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Grinnell Farmers Market accepting vendors for the 2017 season

Grinnell Farmers Market accepting vendors for the 2017 season GRINNELL – The Grinnell Farmers Market is currently accepting applications for vendors for their 2017 season, which begins May 11 and runs through October 14. The Grinnell Farmers Market will take place on Thursday afternoons from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to Noon. The Farmers Market …

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Peace Tree Handcrafted beer to Open Taproom in Grinnell

Knoxville-based Peace Tree Brewing plans to open a branch in downtown Grinnell at 923 Main Street. Delphina Baumann, owner of the property just north of the Strand Theatre bought it last spring with the intent to enhance downtown vitality by developing one of the empty storefronts on Main Street. She envisioned a retail space for local and global artisans as …

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Nor Any Drop to Drink

Nor Any Drop to Drink By Michael McAllister If a homily could be rewritten, no doubt Bill Stowe would offer a revision of the idea that the only two certainties in life are death and taxes.  He would remind us of the necessity for water, an inclusion that fits well since the delivery of safe drinking water to people costs …

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Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards $1,000 Donation to Central Iowa Christian School!

  Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards $1,000 Donation to Central Iowa Christian School!   GRINNELL, IA (March 22, 2017) – Wes Finch Auto Plaza has kicked off this year’s donation contest with a $1,000 donation to the Central Iowa Christian School! Voting took place February 1st through February 28th, and the winner was announced on March 1st. Central Iowa Christian …

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Grinnell Mutual reveals new brand identity

Grinnell Mutual reveals new brand identity Grinnell Mutual, which has provided property and casualty insurance and reinsurance to customers for more than 100 years, today is unveiling a new brand identity that more closely aligns with its continued growth and transformation.   “We’ve made extraordinary changes over the past few years to position ourselves for the future and to serve our …

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Grinnell Skatepark Rolls Closer to Reality

Grinnell Skatepark Rolls Closer to Reality By Michael McAllister The structure known as the former Delong’s Building on Grinnell’s 6th Avenue West came to life Saturday afternoon, March 11, with the help of Imagine Grinnell, the Office of Service and Social Innovation at Grinnell College, several area businesses and service organizations, a host of volunteers, and a diverse collection of …

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