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Hansen and Smith appointed Grinnell Mutual vice presidents

Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company is pleased to announce the following promotions: Chris Hansen of Grinnell was named Vice President of Finance for Grinnell Mutual. Since joining the company in 1999, he has served as an auditor and senior auditor as well as Chief Audit Executive for the past 10 years. “Chris has a history of past success at Grinnell Mutual. He …

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Grinnell Vintage Auto Show Recap August 23, 2014

Rain, frustration, not knowing, timing all had to come together on Saturday August 23rd for the the 41st Grinnell Vintage Auto Show. Planning prevailed as the morning moved on, the weather let up and the vintage cars, trucks, rods, and rat rods rolled in. The Grinnell Car Club members we in abundance just waiting to be of assistance to the participants …

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2014 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” Award to S.H.E. Counts

2014 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” Award to S.H.E. Counts   S.H.E. COUNTS, a fund to support and empower women and girls throughout Poweshiek County, is the 2014 recipient of the “Leave It Better Than You Found It” award from the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation (CDAF). Formally launched in March through the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation …

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Enjoy the activities at the 136th annual Iowa Firefighters Association Convention in Grinnell

Enjoy the activities at the 136th annual Iowa Firefighters Association Convention in Grinnell More than 2,000 Iowa firefighters and their families are expected to converge on Grinnell September 3-7 for the 2014 Iowa Firefighters Association Convention. The annual convention provides an opportunity for Iowa firefighters to relax and unwind, and its family-friendly events also welcome Iowans of all ages. As part …

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Giving Gardens Supply MICA

Giving Gardens Supply MICA The bountiful Giving Garden at Grinnell Regional Medical Center supplies fresh, locally grown produce to the Mid-Iowa Community Action food pantry. The Giving Gardens, one of the many Community Transformation Grant projects, encourages county residents to improve their health by eating more fresh produce. Community Transformation Grant funds helped purchase the refrigerator at MICA as well …

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Tree Removal Has Begun At St. Francis Manor

St. Francis Manor in Grinnell has already begun tree removal on the four acres of land it purchased on July 25, 2014. This new housing development will be the sixth construction phase for Seeland Park, an active community for individuals 55 and older.  For information on affordable, custom-built homes with maintenance-free living, contact Executive Administrator Dion Schrack at (641) 236-7592. …

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Mayflower Community breaks ground on Watertower Square project

 The Mayflower Community will officially broke ground Wed., Aug. 6, on the Watertower Square project, a three-story, 26-unit residence at Second Ave. and Broad St. in Grinnell. A brief mid-morning ceremony culminated with representatives from the City of Grinnell, Ramsey-Weeks, Grinnell State Bank, and Mayflower boards, residents and employees turning shovels.  Mayflower Executive Director Bob Mann said general contractor Story Construction …

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St. Francis Manor Announces Land Purchase and New Development

    St. Francis Manor Board Member Fran Conn and Landowner Bill Tish recently worked together to facilitate a great community service with St. Francis Manor’s purchase of four acres of land from Bill Tish to further develop the Seeland Park Retirement Community located in Grinnell. The property, known by many as the former Saddle Club land, is located at …

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Grinnell Celebrates National Farmers Market Week August 3-9

  GRINNELL – August 3-9 is National Farmers Market Week, as officially declared by the United States Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack. Why not celebrate by picking up some fresh produce, baked goods, and handcrafted items?   There are about 8,000 farmers markets listed in the United States Department of Agriculture’s Nation Farmers Market Directory, and one of them is …

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GRMC Becomes First in State to Offer New daVinci® XI Robotically Assisted Surgeries

Grinnell Regional Medical Center announced today that it is now using the latest Intuitive daVinci® Xi robotic surgical system – the only location in Iowa where this technology is available. In fact, GRMC is one of only 30 hospitals in the world to be using the newest robotic surgical system. The new system offers three-dimensional, high definition visualization and allows …

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GRMC and Knoxville Hospital Knock it Out of the Park

Grinnell Regional Medical Center and Knoxville Hospital and Clinics have entered a new agreement to share leadership for radiology services. Matthew M. Byrd, CNMT, RT (N)(CT), will join the staff at both hospitals as the director of radiology/diagnostic imaging. GRMC will employ Byrd and then contract his services to the Knoxville Hospital and Clinics. Byrd joins the Iowa hospitals after …

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Local Freshmen Win Iowa Games 3 on 3

  Iowa Intensity Youth Sports players pictured played in the Iowa Games 3 on 3 tournament on July 19 in Ames, Iowa.  The four freshmen won all of their games in the Freshmen-Sophomore Division with scores of 15-10, 15-3 and 14-13 to claim first place.

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GNEE to Host Golf Fundraiser Aug. 15

  The Grinnell Newburg Educational Excellence Fund (GNEE) will host a night golf fundraiser at the Grinnell Golf and Country Club on Fri., Aug. 15. GNEE, which provides mini-grants to classroom projects that may otherwise go unfunded, has given “more than $200,000 to innovative projects that enhance learning and student success,” according to board member Sarah Smith. “GNEE has funded …

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GRMC Auxiliary Supporters Rise to the Challenge to “Drop it For a Cause”

           More than 2,100 golf balls dropped from a helicopter hovering over the 18th fairway at Oakland Acres Golf on Saturday, July 12. An estimated 300 in attendance watched carefully in hopes that their numbered ball would be the one that landed in the hole designated for the $5,000 grand prize.             After the balls had …

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Rain Dampens 25th Anniversary GRMC/Chamber Golf Tournament

Rain Dampens 25th Anniversary Golf Tournament Golfers from around the area gathered at Grinnell Golf and Country Club on Friday, June 27, for the 2014 Grinnell Regional Medical Center and Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament. For the first time in 25 years, the tournament was not scored because the afternoon teams were only able to play four of …

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“EDWARD BURTYNSKY: WATER” AT FAULCONER GALLERY OPENS FRI. JUNE 11

On Friday, July 11, “Edward Burtynsky: Water” will open at Faulconer Gallery. There will be a number of events in conjunction with this exhibition, including an IOWATER presentation, a film screening, and a gallery talk with Bill Stowe ’81, CEO and general manager of Des Moines Water Works. Over the past five years, Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky travelled the world …

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New Staff, Strategic Plan for Ahrens Foundation

The Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation (CDAF) is welcoming a new staff member, promoting another, and adopting a new strategic plan to guide its activities during the next three years. President and CEO Julie Gosselink says the staff additions are directly tied to the Foundation’s objectives to strengthen its Community Support Services (CSS) program. “We’re making these moves to …

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HIGH TECH TOOLS HELP IOWA PSYCHOLOGIST COUNSEL PATIENTS WITH WEIGHT ISSUES

HIGH TECH TOOLS HELP IOWA PSYCHOLOGIST COUNSEL PATIENTS WITH WEIGHT ISSUES   A Grinnell psychologist and bariatric counselor has published a study that may change the way we all look at weight management, and help those who struggle with weight issues develop realistic goals. Dr. Brandon Davis recently published a pilot study in the Archives of Medical and Biomedical Research …

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Grinnell Mutual joins the Global Insurance Accelerator

Grinnell Mutual is pleased to announce its participation in the Global Insurance Accelerator initiative for insurance-based startup companies. Grinnell Mutual joins Principal Financial Group, Delta Dental of Iowa, American Equity Investment Life, Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance, and The IMT Group in supporting the new initiative through the Greater Des Moines Partnership.  Representatives from each investing company will serve on the …

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Promotions Announced At Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance

Bullion named Vice President of Human Resources/Training and Development Ian Bullion was named Vice President of Human Resources/Training and Development at Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. Bullion joined the company in 2012 and most recently served as the assistant vice president of Human Resources. He previously worked as the senior human resources manager for PepsiCo – Quaker Oats in their Manhattan, …

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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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