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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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Spaulding Center Begins “3rd” Year

Spaulding Center Begins “3rd” Year The Spaulding Center for Transportation, home to the Iowa Transportation Museum and an events center, is good for Iowa and Grinnell The Spaulding Center has successfully completed its first 2 years of operation and is optimistically looking forward to the years ahead. The Iowa Transportation Museum is a museum specifically developed to tell the story …

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A Perfect Storm

Everywhere the chamber staff goes outside of Grinnell, in every state-wide conference we attend, we hear the same things…Grinnell’s got it going on…what’s up with all the job growth…how did you attract that new development…why am I always hearing about Grinnell…what exactly IS going on in Grinnell? From a new superintendent intent on combatting budget shortfalls by thinking about building …

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Poweshiek I-80 Holds Annual Meeting March 25, 2014

With some 75 Poweshiek I-80 shareholders from all communities in Poweshiek County in attendance for socializing and dinner the the scene was set for the groups annual meeting. Larry Boesenberg, Chair., of TIP Rural Electric Coop of Brooklyn brought the group together and introduced the board members representing all areas of the county.  Nominees for their first 3 year term …

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Hazelwood Cemetery Spring Clean-Up On April 7th

Cemetery crews will begin clean up of Hazelwood Cemetery on Monday, April 7th. Any and all items on the ground will be removed and disposed of. If it is not on the foundation or the stone it will be removed. The items on the ground must be removed to prepare for the mowing and trimming season ahead. Persons having decorations …

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Brush & Compost Facility Opening April 5th

The City of Grinnell operates a Brush & Compost facility where citizens can drop off their yard waste including grass clippings, leaves, and tree limbs/branches. The address of the site is 3973 20th Street, Grinnell. It is located immediately south of the city’s wastewater treatment plant. Citizens can either go to the intersection of Highway 146 and Pinder Avenue and …

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Hats Off to You

Hats off to the Grinnell-Newburg School Board and Superintendent Todd Abrahamson! Through a courageous and complex process, acres of blight is only a few months away from being a new green space. Grinnell is a place where groups or individuals find ways to make incredible progress in our city. That’s what I like about Grinnell. People shoulder through and just make things happen. …

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Grinnell Kiwanis Hears Traditions of Local Newspapers

The Kiwanis Club of Grinnell gathered on Tuesday, March 4, for regular business at the Bistro in the Buckley Hall, Mayflower Community. The featured speaker was Peggy Elliott with the Grinnell Herald-Register, who provided historical and current perspective on literacy, traditions, and local newspapers. She began the conversation explaining America’s love for newspapers and literacy as such an important element …

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Hubbell’s Spaulding Lofts Project in Grinnell Receives Affordable Housing Award

Historic Rehabilitation of Spaulding Center Buildings into 77 Apartments Moves Forward West Des Moines, IA (March 13, 2013) – Hubbell Realty Company’s historic rehabilitation of two Spaulding Center buildings in Grinnell was selected to receive an affordable housing tax credit award of $604,500 from the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA). Hubbell had been pursuing the necessary funding sources to bring Spaulding …

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Deidre Freeman Featured on KCWI Before Leaving for Beijing & Dubai

deidre freeman diving training for olympics

Deidre was featured on KCWI’s “Great Day” morning show on Monday March 10.  She spoke with Jason Parkin, Jackie Schmillen and Lou Sipolt about her career and training for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Deidre will be competing in the FINA/NVC Diving World Series Event in Beijing, China March 14 – 16.  She is will be participating in the …

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