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Renovations bring new life to Oakland Acres Golf Club

Renovations bring new life to Oakland Acres Golf Club by Deb Danilson In 2012 Larry and his son Jim took ownership of the Oakland Acres Golf Club. As a long standing member of the Grinnell community, Heishman knew that there was every opportunity for a business to grow and thrive in Grinnell, especially the golf course. “When I learned that …

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From the Grinnell Chamber Newsletter 06-19-2014

Thank you to each and every one of you who played a part in Grinnell Games. Whether you ran a race, played dodgeball, volunteered at a water station, welcomed participants to your business, or helped sponsor the event, we are truly grateful. The weather cooperated and participation increased from last year. All in all, it was a great weekend here …

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Big company began by empowering the little man

  By Todd L. Reding   While watching the new 250,000 square foot facility under construction, and the hundreds of employees funneling in-and-out of the Montezuma, Iowa headquarters; it is easy to forget that Brownells began by empowering individual gunsmiths and gun owners in a way never before imagined. The now behemoth company once occupied Bob Brownell’s humble home when …

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“The Fix” – Local Frozen Yogurt Shop Now Open !

Newton’s loss is Grinnell’s gain Larry Thompson has owned Worth the Weight in Newton since September 2012. The frozen yogurt establishment was located on the Newton town square until November 2013. “After radio ads, print ads and a year of business, there were people in Newton who just didn’t even know we were there,” says Thompson.  Thompson considered options for …

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Prairie Canary Changes Ownership

  By Todd L. Reding The winner of the first Iowa’s Best Bites contest has watched her restaurant flourish in downtown Grinnell.  Carly Groben, an experienced Iowa restaurateur, participated in the innovative contest designed to recruit a new food establishment in Grinnell’s downtown square.  Prairie Canary was the winning concept chosen by a panel of local citizens and restaurant experts.  …

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Grinnell Couple Opens Gaming Store in Downtown Grinnell

Grinnell couple invests resources to open new retail business in downtown Grinnell. Emily and David Counts have done their research and see the potential in this community for new retail establishment.  That business will serve the passion of gamers (gamer |ˈgāmər|noun a person who plays a game or games, typically a participant in a computer or role-playing game) in the greater Grinnell area. Gaming since the …

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Grinnell Area Garden Club Busy in Downtown

Pictured, Harold Rose, Jr, and Karen Lowell ———— If you were in downtown Grinnell this week you certainly noticed an enhanced difference in the landscape. The Grinnell Area Garden Club was busy beautifying the downtown area with 32 different corner and mid block large cement planters. Emblazoned with the “Jewel of the Prairie”  Grinnell logo created from the image of …

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GRMC Announce Leadership Changes

  Grinnell Regional Medical Center has promoted Kyle Wilcox, MHA, to serve as the medical center’s new assistant vice-president of finance. He will share financial leadership responsibilities with Mike Creary, GRMC’s controller. This shift in the top financial position occurs following the announcement that Jack Fritts, CFO at GRMC, will retire effective May 23. Fritts had been with GRMC for …

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Police Department Awards Given at Grinnell Council Meeting Monday May 19th

By Helen Hotchkin; Peace Officers  Memorial Week offered an opportunity for Police Chief Dennis Riley to give awards to Sgt. Chris Wray, Sgt. Dan Johnson, and Ofc. Mike Dickenson at the Grinnell Council meeting tonight.  Recognition of fallen officers Ralph Ogan and Warren Binegar was also given with a presentation to the widows, Lois Ogan and Mary Ellen Binegar.   …

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Grinnell Mutual Places Second In Statewide Wellness Challenge

  From a field of 62 Iowa businesses, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company finished second in Live Healthy Iowa’s 2014 Corporate Cup Challenge for mid-sized businesses (251 to 1,000 employees). The company ranked just behind Casey’s General Store for having the highest percentage of eligible employees who began and finished the organization’s 10-Week Challenge which ran from January through April. Grinnell …

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GHS Student Joshua Hoffmann Receives Road To Success Scholarship

  Grinnell Insurance Agency of Grinnell along with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company of Grinnell, Iowa, have named Grinnell High School Senior Joshua Hoffmann of Grinnell as a recipient of a 2014 Road to Success Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. “We’re happy to recognize Joshua’s academic accomplishments and safe driving record through a Road to Success Scholarship. We wish Joshua …

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Grinnell United Way Invites Local Organizations To Apply For Funding

Grinnell United Way invites local organizations that serve Grinnell residents to apply to receive funding. “Grinnell United Way advances the common good in Grinnell through the key building blocks of education, income, and health,” said board president Bill Vosburg. “These efforts focus on children, seniors, women, and all people in need. Grinnell United Way, its partner agencies, and its donors …

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Grinnell City Council and Workers “Spring” into Motion

City Council and Workers “Spring” Grinnell into Motion By Helen Hotchkin The Grinnell Public Works and Grounds committee began planting 375 trees in the city parks and Hazelwood cemetery.  They are holding an official ceremony tomorrow at 9:00 am Wed, May 7, 2014 at  Van Horn Park with elected officials officiating. An Alliant Energy Grant and the Trees Forever program …

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Farmers Market season begins Thursday May 15 in Grinnell

  GRINNELL – Mark your calendar for the first Grinnell Farmers Market of the season on May 15 from 3 to 6 p.m. This year’s market includes a variety of fresh produce, baked goods and homemade items. Many vendors are returning this year and the Market is also welcoming more than a dozen new vendors. The first market will take …

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GRMC Auxiliary Healthcare Scholarship Recipients Honored

Grinnell Regional Medical Center Auxiliary recognized four area students pursuing a healthcare career at its annual spring luncheon on April 30. Scholarships are for graduating high school seniors, current students, or adult students pursuing a healthcare career. These funds are also available to those currently working in healthcare and seeking advanced training. 2014 GRMC Auxiliary Scholarship recipients are pictured: Juan …

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Sarah Burnell Shatters Her Personal Best And Sets New School Record

 Grinnell College’s Sarah Burnell ’14 eclipsed Nicole Cueno’s 13-year-old school record in the 1500-meter run Saturday while competing at the University of Iowa Musco Invitational.   Burnell, competing in a field of NCAA Division I runners, finished fourth in the 20-runner field with a time of 4:34.74. That was nearly 10 seconds faster than her previous personal best and beat Cueno’s time …

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The Grinnell Business Journal has arrived!

Our Grinnell Media Corp., the founders of OurGrinnell.com have expanded their offerings by launching the new Grinnell Business Journal.  As a quarterly (or possibly more frequent) printed publication, the journal will contain insights on the business community in the Grinnell, Iowa area.  “I am thrilled to see our new publication materialize,” says Our Grinnell Media Corp. owner, Jack Mathews. “This …

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Grinnell Mutual Breaks Ground For New Conference Center

Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company celebrated the groundbreaking of its new 33,130 square foot conference center today. The facility, designed to include a 250-seat auditorium, nine multi-purpose meeting rooms, a video conferencing room, dining services, and reception areas, will utilize the latest technology and provide onsite training and event space for the company’s employees and customers. “I am excited to announce …

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Multi-Residential Property Taxes Headline City Council Monday April 21st

By Helen Hotchkin The main topic of discussion at the regular session of the April 21, 2014 Grinnell City Council was the review of the commercial and multi-residential property tax rollback changes.  Gov. Branstad signed these changes on June 12, 2013 which affects every taxing authority in the state of Iowa. Commercial and multi-residential properties will not be eligible for …

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Turn up the volume – Get into Grinnell News April 17. 2017

 Turn up the volume We are busy at the office gearing up for summer events and are looking forward to some awesome live music all summer long. Standing Hampton will turn up the volume at the June 6Friday Fest. Grinnell’s very own Whiplash will perform on Saturday, July 5, and Decoy plays at the August 1 Friday Fest. Music in the Park …

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GRMC Foundation Board Elects New Officers

 Pictured from left to right are Sally Lang, Susan Witt, and Dave Vander Linden. The Grinnell Regional Medical Center Foundation Board elected new officers at their regular meeting on April 16, 2014. Sally Lang is now leading the board as chair. Serving as chair-elect is Dave Vander Linden. Susan Witt is the new secretary-treasurer for the Foundation Board. These officers …

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Phil Vassar headlines “Monte Fest presented by Brownells” on the town square in Montezuma, Iowa.

Country Music Superstar Phil Vassar to Headline Free Concert in Montezuma “Monte Fest presented by Brownells” to feature free music and family fun benefitting Montezuma Schools It isn’t every day a Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year and world-renowned musician puts on a free-to-the-public concert in rural Iowa. But that’s exactly what’s happening on Saturday, June 21st, 2014, when Rodewave Entertainment Recording …

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Statistics Very Favorable For OurGrinnell.Com After Two Weeks Up !

The new OurGrinnell.com is off and running!  Here are a few key statistics since the launch of our new site at the beginning of this month: Prior to the new launch, 70% of site visitors left the site after visiting the home page (they didn’t click on a link and explore more of the site).  Since the new launch, only 20% of visitors are …

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Upcoming Topic for SE*ED Imagine Grinnell’s Tree Inventory Project April 21

Imagine Grinnell’s Tree Inventory Project Upcoming Topic for SE*ED Trees are important to homeowners and businesses, and add to the quality of life in Grinnell. Imagine Grinnell is furthering their mission by helping to manage tree and woodland resources. Using innovative GIS technology, we catalog and assess the condition for each tree. Additionally, we include the species, age, condition, and …

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Chamber Weekly Newsletter On Retail Vacancies

Vacancies I get emails frequently about vacancies downtown from people concerned that there are more than ever. This is just not the case. The issue is that the vacancies that do exist are for the most part larger properties that catch your eye more than small spaces do. Big spaces are hard to fill because most services and retailers in a town of our …

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Climatologist Predicts 2014 Weather for Grinnell Kiwanis

The Kiwanis Club of Grinnell gathered on Tuesday, March 11, for regular business at the Bistro in the Buckley Hall, Mayflower Community. Iowa State University Extension Climatologist Ellwyn Taylor, Ph.D., hosted a question and answer session with Kiwanis members and several guests. Taylor annually speaks at the Kiwanis Club to offer his predictions for the coming year, especially targeted for …

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Harrington Featured in Des Moines Register Business Page Interview

Angela Harrington, President and CEO of the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce was recently interviewed by the Des Moines Register and she talked about the critical shortage of affordable housing in Grinnell, Hubbell Realty Co. of Des Moines has recently landed six different forms of tax credits for the move ahead of the Spaulding Lofts project. The now Spaulding Lofts building …

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City Accepts Veterans Memorial Commission Recommendation For Further Study

The Grinnell City Council met in regular session Monday April 7th and accepted the recommendation of the Veterans Memorial Commission from their meeting on March 24, 2014 that the Grinnell Veterans’ Memorial Commission work to restore the Veterans’ Memorial Building to a minimally functional state with emphasis given to making the restrooms accessible to the public. Considerable discussion followed as …

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The Story Behind the New OurGrinnell.com

April 4, 2014 – Grinnell, IA OurGrinnell.com began in 2007 as an online platform for sharing news and information about the Grinnell area.  Founded by former Penny Saver owner, Jack Mathews, the robust website quickly became a well-populated platform for the latest announcements.  After five years of operations, the website now receives more than 3,000 unique visitors per month. In …

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Car Crashes Into 1st Impressions On Main Street – No Injuries !

Grinnell fire and police units were dispatched to 925 Main StreetThursday morning April 4th at about 11a for a vehicle that had driven into a building. Responding officers found a 2012 Buick Regal inside First Impressions Beauty Salon on Main Street. The preliminary investigation by Ofc. Fred Foreman suggests that the vehicle operator, Nancy Hendrickson of Grinnell, was pulling into …

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