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Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards Another $1,000 Donation!

Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards Another $1,000 Donation!   Wes Finch Auto Plaza has awarded another $1,000 Donation to a deserving local charitable organization through their Facebook Donation Contest, bringing their total donations through this program in 2015 to $6,000! This is Wes Finch Auto Plaza’s second year running this donation contest, donating a total of $6,000 in 2014 as …

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Grinnell Gets a Look Inside Brownells, Inc.

By Keith Brake Brownells, Inc. wants its employees to be creative. In the distribution industry, that’s thinking outside of a conservative, traditional box. “We’re not about that. We’re progressive in that all ideas are welcome,” company CEO Pete Brownell told Iowa Architect magazine. “We want to flatten traditional company hierarchy, which should be embedded in the architecture.” Grinnell community city …

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Bernie Lowe and Associates, Inc., Helps GRMC with Physician Recruitment Efforts

Bernie Lowe and Associates, Inc., Helps GRMC with Physician Recruitment Efforts  A strong commitment to Grinnell Regional Medical Center is driving Bernie Lowe and Associates, Inc., to make a generous contribution toward the organization’s physician recruitment efforts. “We really see the value in having a local, community hospital,” says Bernard ‘Skip’ Lowe, III, president and CEO. “GRMC is the number …

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Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell SHOPS!

NOTE:  DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, JINGLE BELL HOLIDAY HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4. Although many are dreading the idea of snow before Thanksgiving, perhaps the forecast – which calls for snow this Friday – is actually pretty well-timed. Jingle Bell Holiday, Grinnell’s annual kick-off to the local holiday shopping scene, will offer the community activities, crafts, holiday music, …

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St. Francis Manor Hosted Veterans Recognition November 12th

  A Veterans Remembrance Program was hosted by St. Francis Manor on Thursday, November 12, to honor local veterans.  Over 120 people attended the event including St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park residents as well as veterans from the Grinnell community.  Activity Directors Caitlin Mellick and Abby Renbarger presented the program and Barb Tininenko played patriotic music on the piano.  …

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Legacy Gift to Library Benefitting Community Patrons

A December 2014 bequest to Drake Community Library (DCL) from the estate of Malcom area farmer Don Puls is already yielding benefits for library patrons, big and small, now and in the future.  Puls, described as “a lifelong reader,” designated a generous bequest of $169,000 to the public library.   The library board of trustees directed $80,000 of the Puls …

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G-N School District Seeks New Leadership

Grinnell-Newburg’s school board and community members are searching for new leadership in the wake of the resignation of fifth-year Superintendent Todd Abrahamson. Abrahamson resigned, effective at the end of the current school year (June 30, 2016). He told members of the staff about his plan to resign in a letter dated Friday, November 6. At their November 11 regular meeting, …

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Brownells Signs Statement of Support for Guard and Reserve Members

Grinnell, Iowa (November 5, 2015) – Iowa Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office, announced Pete Brownell, CEO of Brownells, signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve on October 23, 2015, in the Brownells Grinnell facility in front of more than 300 Brownells employees. The Statement of Support confirms Brownells joins …

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Bill and Jeanne Hammen Retire After 4 Decades of Diamonds

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Bill and Jeanne Hammen, owners of Bill’s Jewelry Shop, are retiring after 40 years of designing, appraising, and repairing the beloved jewelry of thousands of customers. This January, the Hammens will turn the shop over to a new owner. “This has not been an impulsive decision. We’ve actually been talking about this for two years,” said …

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GRMC Explores Options For the Future

PRESS RELEASE October 30, 2015 For immediate release For more information contact: Denise Lamphier 641-236-2589   Grinnell Regional Medical Center began discussions this fall with Mercy Health Network of Iowa that focus on the potential development of a different form of alignment between the organizations. No decisions have been made at the time of this publication. The primary goal of …

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Sowing the Seeds of Sustainability: Addison Bidwell Named an “Emerging Leader” by Land O’Lakes

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Grinnellian Addison Bidwell has been chosen as one of 10 “Emerging Leaders” by the Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge initiative, a program focused on ending world hunger. Bidwell, an Iowa State University sophomore, will join nine other students in Washington, D.C. for the year-long fellowship. Land O’ Lakes has been offering the Global Food Challenge Initiative …

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Mayflower Boards Elect New Directors

The boards of The Mayflower Community–Mayflower Homes, Inc. and Mayflower Homes Foundation–have elected new directors who began service at the boards’ annual meetings on October 20. Delphina Baumann, community relations coordinator at the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation, joined the board of Mayflower Homes, Inc. as a new director. She previously served six years on the Mayflower Homes Foundation board as …

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Mayflower Boards Elect New Directors

The boards of The Mayflower Community–Mayflower Homes, Inc. and Mayflower Homes Foundation–have elected new directors who began service at the boards’ annual meetings on October 20. Delphina Baumann, community relations coordinator at the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation, joined the board of Mayflower Homes, Inc. as a new director. She previously served six years on the Mayflower Homes Foundation board as …

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Fright Hike to Take Place at Arbor Lake October 30

GRINNELL – In its second year, the Grinnell Fright Hike aims to scare participants into leaving with spine-tingling chills. Teenagers and adults alike are invited to the Fright Hike, a spooky one-mile walk around Arbor Lake. “The Fright Hike is similar to a haunted house, but it takes place outdoors,” said Emily Counts, an event organizer. “Participants will venture into …

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St. Francis Manor Announces New Director of Development

(Grinnell, IA – October 14, 2015)  St. Francis Manor is pleased to announce that Mindy Van Dyke has been named Director of Development on a part-time basis to lead the fundraising efforts for the proposed Hammond Center for Assisted Living and to oversee the overall development efforts of St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park. The proposed Hammond Center for Assisted …

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Allegations of Racism at Bailey Park Elementary Has Local Parents Called for Dismissal of Educator

Allegations of racist comments from a paraeducator has Bailey Park Elementary embroiled in controversy this week. According to Geoff Burd, the father of the two mixed race children at the center of the issue, a paraeducator at the school singled out both his son, Marquez, and his daughter, Nikki. The paraeducator allegedly stated that “black people and white people can’t …

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Bridging the Gap: Town Meeting Discusses Impending “Zone of Confluence” Project

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs   CONFLUENCE noun con·flu·ence \ˈkän-ˌflü-ən(t)s, kən-ˈ\ : a place where two rivers or streams join to become one : a situation in which two things come together or happen at the same time   The oft-mentioned “Zone of Confluence” plan has been an ongoing source of mystery, speculation, and misinformation – wrinkles last night’s meeting at …

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GNEE Mini-Grants: Funding Innovative Programs for Students in Middle and High School Music Programs

October 6, 2015: Through a mini-grant from Grinnell Newburg Educational Excellence (GNEE), choral music students in the Grinnell-Newburg system will create and perform original music this fall. For ten years, GNEE mini grants have enabled teachers to get funding for projects that connect to curricular goals and improve student learning. This grant, the “Choral Music Commission Project,” will affect from …

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Join St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park for an Afternoon Tea

Join St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park for an Afternoon Tea Wednesday October 21 at 2:00p in the Social Center. as Barb Lease presents “Aprons in the Attic…Honoring Women One Apron at a Time” Join us for an afternoon tea as we take a trip back in time with Barb Lease and her collection of vintage aprons. We will revisit …

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Prominent Des Moines Geriatric Psychiatrist to Speak at Mayflower

Prominent Des Moines Geriatric Psychiatrist to Speak at Mayflower   The Mayflower Community will host a public presentation by Dr. Robert Bender, one of Iowa’s leading geriatric psychiatrists, on Wed., Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Carman Center on the Mayflower campus. Bender’s presentation will address the “Best Approaches in Caring for and Behavior Management of Individuals with Dementia.” …

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Grinnell Optimist Club Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast Features Food, Fun, and a Hot Air Balloon Ride

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Mission: By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids. – Optimist International The Grinnell Optimist Club hosted its annual Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast at Grinnell Regional Airport September 26. The Club, which is a volunteer organization that focuses on children and community service, hosted approximately 450 hungry Grinnellians Saturday.  A hearty breakfast of …

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Take Active Steps to Reduce Falls

Take active steps to reduce falls and feel more comfortable enjoying your favorite activities. Make plans to attend “A Matter of Balance”. This award winning program is designed to reduce concerns about falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls. You should attend if you have concerns about falling, want to improve balance, flexibility …

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Grinnell Fire Department Earns 2014 Life Safety Achievement Award

Grinnell Fire Department Earns 2014 Life Safety Achievement Award The Grinnell Fire Department was recently presented with a Life Safety Achievement Award for its fire prevention accomplishments in 2014 by the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) Fire Research and Education Foundation in partnership with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. The award was announced by H. Butch Browning, President of the …

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Central Park Fundraising Well Underway

Central Park Fundraising Well Underway Fundraising efforts for the Central Park improvement project are well underway, with more than $200,000 pledged or in hand of the $1 million goal for private gifts. Co-chairs Tom and Dianne Latimer and Sandy and Betty Moffett have been making personal solicitations of donors who have given to similar community-wide projects in the past, as …

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