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Developers update City Council on plans for Grinnell Promenade project Updates include pedestrian-friendly features such as sidewalk patios

Developers update City Council on plans for Grinnell Promenade project Updates include pedestrian-friendly features such as sidewalk patios GRINNELL, Iowa — Principals of Grinnell Promenade LLC gave an updated presentation about the corporation’s proposed mixed-use development for the old McNally’s site during the Grinnell City Council meeting Monday night. Grinnell Promenade is Grinnell College’s selected development partner for the former …

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Imagine Grinnell’s Gravel Tour and Annual Giving Gardens Family Ride July 7

Imagine Grinnell’s Gravel Tour and Annual Giving Gardens Family Ride July 7 On Saturday, July 7, Imagine Grinnell (IG) will combine its third annual Giving Gardens bike tour with a new offering—the first annual Grinnell Gravel Tour, a cycling option that is growing in popularity nationwide and within the community. The bike tour is being coordinated this year by IG …

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Veterans Memorial Commission Selects RDG Architects

Veterans Memorial Commission Selects RDG Architects By Michael McAllister The city of Grinnell, in 2013, enlisted the service of RDG Planning and Design, an architectural firm with offices throughout the Midwest, as part of the plan to improve the city’s downtown business district and Central Park. That association led to the façade rehabilitation project, the Central Park renovation, and the …

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GPCF Introduces New Board Members, Annual Fund Drive

GPCF Introduces New Board Members, Annual Fund Drive The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation’s (GPCF) annual fund drive for operations support is underway through June 30, with a goal of $5,000 to be matched dollar-for-dollar by the foundation’s board of directors. Established in 1989, GPCF is a nationally certified community foundation that manages more than 120 charitable funds for organizations and …

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Rotary Chicken Eggspands on the Value of Rotary June 7 Barbecue

Rotary Chicken Eggspands on the Value of Rotary June 7 Barbecue By Michael McAllister   One year ago, Our Grinnell snagged an eggsclusive interview with Ishmael, Grinnell’s Rotary Chicken, prior to the annual Rotary Chicken Barbecue. This year is no eggception. Although a busy bird, Ishmael recently took time out of a demanding schedule to remind Our Grinnell readers of the …

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Grinnell Second Graders Award Ahrens Park Playground Equipment A+

By Michael McAllister In a brief but enthusiastic and altogether delightful presentation, the new playground equipment at Ahrens Park achieved official dedication Friday afternoon by those most served by it—the children of Grinnell, represented by all the second graders in the city. Such an event is never without its grown-ups, and of course adults were instrumental in the fund drive …

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Karjalahti Earned Diamond Achievement Recognition

Grinnell, IOWA (May, 2018) Broker, Owner of RE/MAX Partners Realty Matthew Karjalahti of the Mid-Iowa Regional, and the Des Moines Area Association of Realtors has earned the Diamond Individual Achievement Award from the Iowa Association of Realtors® (IAR). This is the IAR’s highest achievement award and the second award that Karjalahti has received from the Iowa Association of Realtors including …

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Grinnell College’s SPARK Innovation Challenge wins international award

Grinnell College’s SPARK Innovation Challenge wins international award Ashoka U honored Grinnell with 2018 Award for Innovation in Community Partnership GRINNELL, Iowa — Grinnell College has won Ashoka U’s 2018 Innovation Award for Community Partnership for its SPARK Community Based Innovation Challenge in an international competition. The Innovation Award is Ashoka U’s top honor for premiere higher education programs in social …

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Bikes to Art Two Mixes Tacos, Tunes, and Decorating Talent

Bikes to Art Two Mixes Tacos, Tunes, and Decorating Talent By Michel McAllister Hmmmmm—Royal Wedding or Bikes to Art? The royal couple was considerate enough to wrap things up early Saturday morning, Iowa time, thus sparing Grinnellians that conundrum. And those who took advantage of Prince Harry’s and Princess Meghan’s generosity found themselves treated to an entirely different—but no less …

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Two Cyclists from the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor Cross the State of Iowa in 2.5 Days for a Great Cause

Two Cyclists from the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor Cross the  State of Iowa in 2.5 Days for a Great Cause  (Grinnell, IA – May 15, 2018)Two Grinnell cyclists, Physical Therapist Assistant Tim Stahl and Physical Therapist Jon Duke, recently completed their LiteGait Fundraiser ride across Iowa in just two and a half days! In addition to accomplishing their …

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Bikes to Art Set to Roll May 19

Bikes to Art Set to Roll May 19 By Michael McAllister The Drake Community Library houses a variety of items, and among the most unusual are two recent temporary acquisitions—bicycles designed to call attention to the second annual Bikes to Art festival set to start at the library on Saturday, May 19. “Bring your bike and your imagination,” reads the …

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New CEO Appointed at UnityPoint Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center

New CEO Appointed at UnityPoint Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center (Grinnell, Iowa) UnityPoint Health® – Des Moines announces the appointment of Jennifer Havens, RN, MHA, as the new chief executive officer at UnityPoint Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC). She will assume day-to-day leadership of the 49-bed not-for-profit medical center on July 30, 2018. “On behalf of the …

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Local Foods Connection Connects with Station Clubhouse

Local Foods Connection Connects with Station Clubhouse Local Foods Connection held a community lunch at Station Clubhouse on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Melissa Dunham (Volunteer Executive Director), Monica St. Angelo (Treasurer), and Grinnell College Service Learning Work-Study students, Eva Gemrich and Rachel Eber organized the event. Andy and Melissa Dunham of Grinnell Heritage farm provided local carrots, and Barney and …

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Music in the Park 2018 Lineup Announced

Music in the Park 2018 Lineup Announced   By Michael McAllister Two years can be a long time.  Grinnell’s Central Park last hosted Music in the Park in August of 2015. Not that the organizers didn’t do a fantastic job the past two summers, and not that the substitute venues—Ahrens Park, the Grinnell College campus, and the steps of Stewart …

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Bikes to Art Speeds toward May 19

Bikes to Art Speeds toward May 19 By Michael McAllister One event featuring wheels inspired another when, on March 11, 2017, the two art-and-bicycle enthusiasts pictured above, Melissa Berman and Ryan McGuire, attending the Grinnell Skate & BMX Park fundraising project, discussed possible combinations of art on wheels. Berman, then an eleven-year resident of Grinnell, former owner-operator of The Purple …

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Dr. Janet Stutz’s Weekly Update April 27, 2018

Dear Grinnell-Newburg Board of Education, Staff, Family and Friends, Happy Friday as we enter the last weekend for the month of April! I hope that everyone has had an opportunity to enjoy our spring weather. It certainly has been a wonderful week. The next few weeks are going to be very busy and time will fly. This is the time …

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100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE – GRINNELL TO FUND LOCAL FOOD CONNECTION

100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE – GRINNELL TO FUND LOCAL FOOD CONNECTION The April 24 meeting of 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell resulted in the decision to fund the Local Food Connection with the proceeds from this quarter’s selection process.  By pooling contributions of $ 100 per member, 100+ People Who Care – Grinnell will be contributing more …

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New Helping “Hands” in an Emergency

New Helping “Hands” in an Emergency Montezuma and East Poweshiek Ambulance Services each obtained two new LUCAS®3 systems through the Poweshiek County Board of Health’s Public Health Grant. The Physio-Control LUCAS®3 Chest Compression System is a mechanical chest compression system that provides compressions at a rate and depth consistent with current American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). …

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Bucket Course on Ansel Adams, presented by Sig Barber
 May 9th

Sig Barber, emeritus professor of German at Grinnell College, will present the final lecture in the 2017-18 Bucket Course series The class will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 9, at the Drake Community Library. Admission is free and advance registration is not necessary. Barber’s subject will be photographer Ansel Adams and his use of black-and-white …

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Despite Unfair Weather, Food Fair Fares Well

Despite Unfair Weather, Food Fair Fares Well By Michael McAllister When Grinnellians awoke on Saturday morning, April 14, little evidence existed to support the fact that the day was the twenty-sixth day of spring. But, before the day ended, an oasis of spring had sprouted, courtesy of McNally’s Foods and representatives of the local foods community. The occasion was the …

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Final ’18 Legislative Coffee Dominated by DHS Report

Final ’18 Legislative Coffee Dominated by DHS Report By Michael McAlister On Saturday, April 7, approximately 60 Grinnellians gathered at the Presbyterian Church for the final in a series of three legislative coffees sponsored by the local chapter of the League of Women Voters. Becca Davis called the event to order by reminding those in attendance of the importance of …

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Hotel Grinnell, City of Grinnell Win Awards at Rural Iowa Summit

Hotel Grinnell, City of Grinnell Win Awards at Rural Iowa Summit By Michael McAllister There is a piece of advice that goes something like this:  Be like a duck.  Stay calm and serene on top, but paddle like hell underneath. The Iowa Rural Development Council’s Rural Iowa Summit proved that Iowa’s rural communities and towns fit that maxim:  they appear …

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Hospice to Offer End-of-Life Training Class

UnityPoint Health®–Grinnell Regional Hospice will host an end-of-life and hospice volunteer training for residents in the GRMC service area. This class is intended for people who are interested in learning more about end of life issues and care. This year, the training will be held on five Wednesday mornings, from 8 a.m. to noon. Hospice volunteer and end-of-life training will …

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Applications now available for Grinnell College Community Mini-Grants

  Applications now available for Grinnell College Community Mini-Grants Grants support local projects enhancing the quality of life in Grinnell   GRINNELL, Iowa – Grinnell College is now accepting applications for the spring cycle of community mini-grants.  Grant applications are due Friday, April 6, and awards will be announced by Friday, May 18.   The program has directed approximately $400,000 …

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Superintendent’s Weekly Update March 23, 2018

Superintendent’s Weekly Update Dear Grinnell-Newburg Family and Friends, Happy Spring!  Spring Break is upon us!  Let’s hope the weather follows too.  Spring break is a time to rejuvenate while spending time reading a captivating book, enjoying friends and family, and finding some down time before the end of the year hustle and bustle.  We will begin our Spring Break this …

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Davis Elementary Receives National Recognition for Commitment to Empowering Students

Davis Elementary Receives National Recognition for Commitment to Empowering Students Named a distinguished school for STEM and career learning program Grinnell, IA – Davis Elementary announced today that it has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW LaunchTM. It is one of just 97 …

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Grinnell State Bank named Business of the Year

Grinnell State Bank named Business of the Year GRINNELL, Iowa– The Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce recognized Grinnell State Bank as the 2018 Grinnell Business of the Year at its Annual Celebration, which took place March 14 at Hotel Grinnell. The Chamber recognized Grinnell State Bank for their professional and positive impact in the community. “Not only is their business …

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Shults & Company, Rotary Stage Hospital Fundraiser April 12-13-14

Shults & Company, Rotary Stage Hospital Fundraiser April 12-13-14 By Michael McAllister Some people count the money they make.  Some people count the money they make for others.  Count Frank and Sherry Shults—and all the associates of Shults & Company—in the second group. And the count is impressive. Since 1995, Grinnell Rotarians and Shults & Company singers and musicians have …

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Award winners to be announced at next week’s Annual Celebration

Award winners to be announced at next week’s Annual Celebration GRINNELL– The Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce invites the public to attend their Annual Celebration next Wednesday, March 14, at Hotel Grinnell’s Event Center. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m., with time set aside for creating and building connections. Attendees will have the opportunity to socialize and mingle with this …

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Grin City Collective Micro-Grant Program Seeks Applicants This Month

Grin City Collective Micro-Grant Program Seeks Applicants This Month Grin City Collective is now accepting applications for the second round of our 2018 Micro-Grant Program that will support initiatives by self-described artists, community builders, craftspeople and entrepreneurs that are not already under the umbrella of a nonprofit organization. The program is designed to support our local community: applicants living within …

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