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GRMC Auxiliary Angel Tree to Remember Loved Ones

GRMC Auxiliary Angel Tree to Remember Loved Ones The Grinnell Regional Medical Center Auxiliary will again beautify its tree in the medical center with angels for the upcoming holiday season. This project is a way to honor or remember loved ones through the purchase of an angel ornament for the tree. The GRMC Auxiliary has already begun selling the ornaments …

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Breakfast with Santa at St. Francis Manor

  (Grinnell, IA – November 13, 2017)  St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park are inviting the public to enjoy “Breakfast with Santa” on Saturday, December 2nd.  All-you-can-eat pancakes (plain, blueberry, and chocolate chip) with butter and maple syrup, sausage links, orange juice, milk and coffee will be served between 8 and 10 AM in the St. Francis Manor Social Center …

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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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SHIIP Recognizes GRMC’s Program

SHIIP Recognizes GRMC’s Program The Senior Health Insurance Information Program honored Grinnell Regional Medical Center during its fall luncheon with the 25 Years of Service Award. GRMC began hosting a SHIIP counselor program in 1992, to help local Medicare subscribers with questions about their healthcare coverage. SHIIP was created in 1990 to address health insurance questions and problems related to …

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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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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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$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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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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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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Veterans Commission Continues Quiet Campaign

Veterans Commission Continues Quiet Campaign By Michael McAllister Sixty-seven days before a levy vote that could determine the fate of Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Building, the Veterans Memorial Commission presided over a low-key monthly meeting on the evening of September 11, 2017. In addition to the four members of the commission pictured above (Left to right: Marie Andrews, Gwen Rieck, Leo …

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A Night of Celebration at the GRMC Blue Jean Ball

A Night of Celebration at the GRMC Blue Jean Ball After a night of merriment and festivities, Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s fourth Blue Jean Ball $18,000 to purchase new medical and wellness equipment. It was a perfect summer evening for fun, food, dancing, and blue jeans. About 225 guests came together at the Poweshiek County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Aug. 26, …

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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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GRMC Receives Rare 5-Star Rating from CMS

GRMC Receives Rare 5-Star Rating from CMS Patients have given five-star satisfaction ratings for only 215 hospitals nationwide—and Grinnell Regional Medical Center is one of them. “Our incredible team is getting well-deserved national attention once again,” says Todd C. Linden, GRMC president and CEO. “We earned these high ratings because our patients are at the heart of everything we do …

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Grinnell Car Show Nudges Nostalgia, Inspires Homage

Grinnell Car Show Nudges Nostalgia, Inspires Homage By Michael McAllister There is no such thing as a time machine, yet it was possible on Sunday, August 20, at the Poweshiek County Fairgrounds, for a person of a certain age, employing a touch of imagination, to revisit a time when Elvis and Chuck battled on the airwaves, when drive-in restaurants came …

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St. Francis Manor Employees Receive Honors

St. Francis Manor Employees Receive Honors (Grinnell, IA – August 24, 2017)  St. Francis Manor employees Tina Failor, certified nursing assistant (CNA), and Josie Leshen, licensed practical nurse (LPN), have been named as Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA) Foundation scholarship recipients. IHCA Senior Vice President & COO Cindy Baddeloo presented Failor and Leshen with the Foundation’s $1,000 John R. Grubb …

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Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards $1,000 Donation to Grinnell High School Debate Team!

Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards $1,000 Donation to Grinnell High School Debate Team!  GRINNELL, IA (August 24, 2017) – The Grinnell High School Debate team is the most recent winner of the Wes Finch Auto Plaza Donation Contest.  Jeff Finch presented the team with the $1,000 prize at the Wes Finch Auto Plaza dealership in Grinnell.  The GHS Debate Team competed …

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2017 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” Award to Grinnell College Student Group

2017 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” Award to Grinnell College Student Group   The Grinnell College Social Justice Action Group (SJAG), the student organization that coordinates the weekly Community Meal at Davis Elementary School, is the 2017 recipient of the “Leave It Better ThanYou Found It” award from the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation (CDAF).  The “Leave …

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Poweshiek Community Action to Restore Environmental Stewardship (Poweshiek CARES) to hear Watershed Coordinator Tuesday August 15th.

Poweshiek Community Action to Restore Environmental Stewardship (Poweshiek CARES) to hear Watershed Coordinator Tuesday August 15th. The general public is invited to attend. Are YOU concerned about Iowa’s waterways? Find out what is happening and steps that can improve water quality. Tuesday, August 15th, Jody Bailey, Watershed Coordinator, will explain and answer questions at 7 PM in Grinnell’s Drake Library community room. …

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Arts Council to Host Folk Concert at the Stew

Arts Council to Host Folk Concert at the Stew On Saturday, September 2, the Arts Council will host a pair of folk music groups at the Stew. The show will begin with p. morrow, a Grinnell College band comprised of Justin Leuba ‘17 (guitar, vocals), Sylvie Bindas ‘18 (vocals), Jacob Getzoff ‘18 (percussion) and Ian Donaldson ‘20 (keyboard); followed by …

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