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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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100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE – GRINNELL TO FUND S.E.G.

100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE – GRINNELL TO FUND S.E.G.   The July 25 meeting of 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell resulted in the decision to fund the Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell (S.E.G.) with the proceeds from this quarter’s selection process.  By pooling their contributions of $ 100 per member, the result will be more than $ 6,500 …

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National Night Out Draws People In

National Night Out Draws People In By Michael McAllister As the first day of 2017’s August came to a close, with the summer buzz of cicadas in the background, Grinnellians marked National Night Out at three of the city’s parks—Merrill, Bailey, and Arbor Lake. Sponsored by Grinnell’s Optimists, the event ties to a movement begun in 1984 as a way …

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Grinnell Hosts First Iowa Young RYLA Event

Grinnell Hosts First Iowa Young RYLA Event By Michael McAllister Sometimes referred to as RYLA Lite, Young RYLA—that’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards for middle schoolers—set up shop on the Grinnell College campus during the week of July 24 The event was the first in Iowa and in fact is one of only four such programs in the world. While Iowa’s …

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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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