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Revitalized Vets Commission Vets Proposal, Ventures Forward

Revitalized Vets Commission Vets Proposal, Ventures Forward   by Michael McAllister Two new members of Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission were welcomed to a regular monthly meeting of the commission at 5:15 p.m., Monday, February 13, at the community room of the Drake Community Library.  One resignation was acknowledged. The well-attended meeting—approximately 24 people were in the audience—represented a new beginning …

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The Heart Gallery—A Different Kind of Valentine

The Heart Gallery—A Different Kind of Valentine by Michael McAllister Valentine’s Day:  Hearts, flowers, chocolates, and romance.  But love, we know, takes many forms and fulfills many needs.  A display currently hosted by Grinnell’s Drake Community Library reminds us that those deserving of love do not always receive it, but there are steps people can take to help. Called the …

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St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park FISH FRY March 10

Coming soon – The St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park Fish Fry…Friday March 10th – ALL YOU CAN EAT – Fish, Fries and Cole Slaw. Serving from 5 – 7pm  at the St. Francis Manor Social Center. Tickets $8 if purchased by March 3rd – $10 after March 3rd or at the door on March 10th. Purchase advance tickets at …

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5 Ton Curved Beam For Central Park Performance Stage

5 Ton Curved Beam For Central Park Performance Stage A five ton, 80 feet long structural glued laminated timber curved beam arrived at Grinnell today. It was manufactured by Sentinel Structures, Inc. of Peshtigo, Wisconsin. This big beam along with others will be used in the roof construction of the new performance stage at Central Park. A stretch flatbed trailer was …

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Why So Many Crows?

Why So Many Crows? by Michael McAllister For several weeks now, Grinnell’s Central Park and its vicinity have been exceedingly well populated by nighttime visitors.  And they are not at all shy about making their presence known. They are crows—birds whose raucous calls and dark bearing, birds whose prominent beak, cold eyes, and ragged claws can obscure the sensitivity that …

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Be a Superhero Bowler on April 22

Be a Superhero Bowler on April 22 Grinnell’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake event will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Bowling sessions begin at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. at the Bowladrome located at 915 State Street in Grinnell. Bowlers and bowling teams are now being solicited to participate in the annual bowling …

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New Management at Grinnell Local Food Source

New Management at Grinnell Local Food Source Grinnell Local Food Source (GLFS) has a new owner/manager, Harriett Dickey-Chasins.  “Grinnell Local Food Source connects local farmers and food producers with customers who want to buy local foods,” explains Dickey-Chasins. Depending on the month, products available through Grinnell Local Food Source can include locally-raised meat, poultry, eggs, vegetables, and fruits, as well …

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Manufacturing Feature | Grinnell’s ASI: Signs of the Times

Grinnell’s ASI:  Signs of the Times by Michael McAllister Even in the age of GPS and Google Maps, even with Siri and Cortana no more than a question away, we still need signs.  And a vibrant international company called ASI Signage Innovations is fulfilling that need, in part from Grinnell. ASI’s beginnings can be traced to two brothers, Hanley and …

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ARTS COUNCIL OPENS NEW DOWNTOWN CREATIVE SPACE

ARTS COUNCIL OPENS NEW DOWNTOWN CREATIVE SPACE The Grinnell Area Arts Council has rented 927 Broad Street as a creative space to support local artists and makers. It will provide studio and interactive space for artists and artisans to do solo and collaborative work, host pop-up shows, share demonstrations, and address downtown and community-wide issues together. This includes taking on …

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Grinnell’s New City Offices: Take a Quick Tour

Grinnell’s New City Offices:  Take a Quick Tour by Michael McAllister “The people’s house.”  That phrase has often been applied to various legislative buildings—the United States House of Representatives, for example—but, no matter the level, it is clear that any building or any suite of offices conducting business on behalf of the people could claim the title. In Grinnell, the …

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New Skincare Service Opens in Grinnell

New Skincare Service Opens in Grinnell A new skincare specialist began offering services on January 23. Skincare Concepts, LLC, offers a spectrum of skincare services such as facials, chemical peels, and back treatments in the Postels Community Health Park, 807 Broad Street, Grinnell. Tammie Hall, licensed esthetician, chose to open an esthetic center after experiencing the benefits of treatment herself. …

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March 8 Event to Celebrate Next Generation

The Grinnell League of Women Voters and S.H.E. Counts are planning an event on March 8, International  Women’s Day, to celebrate and encourage the next generation. The local event is also a fundraiser to provide a $500 S.H.E. Counts scholarship to a Grinnell High School graduating senior who is the first in her family to attend college. International Women’s Day …

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Healthcare Scholarship Applications Available

Healthcare Scholarship Applications Available Grinnell Regional Medical Center Auxiliary provides scholarships to area students pursuing a healthcare career. Scholarships are for graduating high school seniors and current college students. These funds are also available to adult students pursuing a healthcare career and those currently working in healthcare and seeking advanced training. This year $2,000 has been designated for scholarships, given …

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St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park Announce a “National Wear Red Day” Fashion Show Open to the Public on February 3rd

St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park Announce a “National Wear Red Day” Fashion Show Open to the Public on February 3rd (Grinnell, IA – January 19, 2017)  A Go Red for Women Fashion Show will be hosted by                 St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park on Friday, February 3 at 2 PM in recognition of National Wear Red Day.  This fun-filled …

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ONE HOUR OF TIME CAN CHANGE LIVES

ONE HOUR OF TIME CAN CHANGE LIVES DES MOINES, Iowa (January 18, 2017) – 90% of the population will experience a need for blood at some point during their lives. Whether it’s a trauma victim, surgery patient, cancer fighter, premature baby or mother in distress after delivery, someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds. Since there is …

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Veteran Memorial Building Proposal: Art, Vet Alliance

Veteran Memorial Building Proposal:  Art, Vet Alliance by Michael McAllister Can Grinnell become the site of the only artist residency program designed for military veterans in the United States? Can such a project be a way of revitalizing and sustaining the city’s Veteran Memorial Building? According to Tom Lacina, pictured above, the answers are yes. And he is a man …

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New Name for School Support Organization

New Name for School Support Organization There’s a new name for a familiar local school support organization. The board of the Grinnell-Newburg Educational Excellence (GNEE) organization, which has raised funds for school projects large and small since 2006, has voted to change its name to Grinnell-Newburg School Foundation (GNSF). Although the name has changed, the foundation’s mission will remain the …

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Mayor Canfield Cites Gender Balance as Engendering Appointment Problems

Mayor Canfield Cites Gender Balance as Engendering Appointment Problems by Michael McAllister In an unusually active inquiry session near the close of Grinnell’s city council meeting of January 9, Mayor Gordon Canfield provided some explanation as to why two current vacancies on the Veterans Memorial Commission have not been filled through appointments. Canfield’s remarks resulted from an ongoing inquiry from …

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New Year Promises Excitement: Hotel Grinnell to Debut

New Year Promises Excitement:  Hotel Grinnell to Debut by Michael McAllister “Early summer.”  It will be early summer before we can begin enjoying the benefits of Hotel Grinnell, but considering what a hotel and events center can do for a city like Grinnell, the enterprise will be worth the wait. The prediction of an early summer opening comes from Angela …

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GRMC Welcomes First Baby of 2017

GRMC Welcomes First Baby of 2017 The first baby of 2017 arrived at Grinnell Regional Medical Center at 3:02 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3. Yingrein and Heicey Alvarado welcomed a daughter, Greismy, to their family. She weighed 7 pounds, 0 ounces, and measured 19.5 inches long. Greismy was delivered by Michelle Rebelsky, MD, Family Medicine, and Elizabeth Tigges, DO, Surgical …

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Wanted: Seven taskforce coordinators for part-time AmeriCorps positions

Wanted: Seven taskforce coordinators for part-time AmeriCorps positions Coordinators will work with volunteer groups supporting community education projects GRINNELL, Iowa — The Grinnell AmeriCorps Partnership is seeking individuals who love community and education to serve in seven part-time, short-term taskforce coordinator positions. Applications will be accepted through Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. “Building on the momentum of the successful projects initiated …

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Grinnell banker launches, pilots Apollo 11 commemorative

Grinnell banker launches, pilots Apollo 11 commemorative   By Michael McAllister On Thursday, December 8, astronaut John Glenn died at the age of 95.  Tributes to Glenn—the first American to orbit the earth and, 36 years later, the oldest human to venture into space—reminded Americans of the significance of that 1962 orbital flight by Friendship 7 amidst Cold War uncertainty …

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Grinnell Mutual Grows Beards, Gets Wet for GRMC’s Community Care Clinic

Grinnell Mutual Grows Beards, Gets Wet for GRMC’s Community Care Clinic A group of Grinnell Mutual employees put away their razors and heels to support a great cause — Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Community Care Clinic. Jeff Menary, executive vice president of line operations, challenged staff to raise $3,000 to support the clinic, which provides medical care to area residents …

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SE•ED Holiday Program Gives Historical Perspective

SEED Holiday Program Gives Historical Perspective This holiday season, step back 160 years in Poweshiek County and listen to “Voices from the Past: Lower Blue Point Church,” during the Senior Education Program’s annual holiday program. Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s SEED program season finale, December 12, will feature the Poweshiek County Heritage Park and an oral history of an early settlers’ …

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Year-End Giving Opportunities at GPCF

Year-End Giving Opportunities at GPCF It’s the annual season-of-giving, and the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation encourages community members to consider making a gift to one of the many nonprofits and causes in the county.  A gift to GPCF and its funds not only provides attractive tax benefits but makes a significant and lasting impact in Poweshiek County. GPCF has over …

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Grinnell Corridor Entrance Signs To Be Updated

A note from City Manager Russ Behrens brings us up to date on the corridor high profile entrance signs, “Yes we are ‘experimenting’ with a font design that has more of an impact as intended. This (the current mock up) was the original design. Based on feedback on this design this will likely be the final version that is installed. …

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Christmas 2016: Grinnell Gears Up

Christmas 2016:  Grinnell Gears Up By Michael McAllister As though to herald the holiday season, northwest winds howled and temperatures plunged in Grinnell on the afternoon of Friday, November 18.  While a gentle nudge from the blissful autumn days we had been enjoying would have been appropriate as mood setting for the Jingle Bell Holiday, there is such a thing …

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Lower Elementary Students In Need Benefit Before Winter Arrives

  Lower Elementary Students In Need Benefit Before Winter Arrives Grinnell, IA, November 18th, 2016:  The annual proceeds from the Dr. Kevin W. Sterk Lower Elementary Student Needs Endowment were used to fulfill some basic necessities.  Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation staff gathered from the Fairview and Bailey Park Elementary principals a list of items they had observed as student needs. …

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Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards $1,000 Donation to the Grinnell Skate/BMX Project!

Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards $1,000 Donation to the Grinnell Skate/BMX Project! GRINNELL, IOWA (November 17, 2016) – Wes Finch Auto Plaza is kicking off the season of giving by donating $1,000 to the Grinnell Skate/BMX Project through their Facebook Charity Campaign! Voting took place October 1st through October 31st, and the winner was announced on November 1st. Grinnell Skate/BMX …

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GPCF’s Big GIVE Month Benefits Area Non-Profits

GPCF’s Big GIVE Month Benefits Area Non-Profits The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation’s Big GIVE campaign during October harvested nearly $185,000 for area organizations.  Donors pledged and contributed $184,457 to 39 different funds administered by GPCF. The month-long fund drive, stimulated by art-themed matching challenges of $11,385, garnered $93,412 in direct gifts, $40,000 in new pledges, and $17,633 in pledge payments.  An …

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