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Iowa Music Hall-of-Famer Dartanyan Brown to perform at Grinnell College

Dartanyan “Dart” Brown Native Iowan will break his 40-year Iowa concert absence on Wednesday, April 24  GRINNELL, Iowa — Dartanyan “Dart” Brown, one of the most celebrated musicians in Iowa history, will present a free concert of jazz, electronic/experimental and American roots music at Grinnell College on Wednesday, April 24. WHAT:Dartanyan’s performance — his first live concert in Iowa in 40 …

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Lights Shine on Small-Town Strategies at Rural Development Summit in Grinnell

Lights Shine on Small-Town Strategies at Rural Development Summit in Grinnell Prompted by Bill Menner, participants at the third Iowa Rural Development Summit flash their phones in the packed auditorium of Hotel Grinnell. By Michael McAllister In Grinnell, circa 1915, merchants along Broad Street worried that they were being out maneuvered by merchants on Main Street.  They, the Broad Streeters, needed …

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J.B. Grinnell Marker Rededication Scheduled

The photo shows the original J.B. Grinnell marker dedication on May 4, 1916, in Central Park ¬– organized by the Daughters of the American Revolution, Grinnell Chapter. The granite Josiah Bushnell Grinnell marker in Central Park will be rededicated on May 4. Following the renovations of Central Park in 2018, the Daughters of the American Revolution, Grinnell Chapter, will host …

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Mayflower’s Club 90 Celebrates Another Year

On Wednesday, April 10th, over 100 residents and guests gathered for The Mayflower Community’s (Grinnell IA) annual “Club 90” event.  The 60-year old club presented an afternoon desert, program, and music to celebrate Mayflower residents who are nonagenarians—90 or more years old.  45 honorees live on the Mayflower campus.  The program included remarks by resident Rey Evans, an avid post card collector.  Her post …

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Grinnell College raises over $1 million on Scarlet & Give Back Day

More than 120 students, faculty and staff joined forces to create a human laurel leaf in Darby Gym on Wednesday afternoon to call attention to Scarlet & Give Back Day. Photo by Justin Hayworth/Grinnell College Donors support programs and opportunities for current and future Grinnell students GRINNELL, Iowa — Grinnell College’s 36-hour Scarlet & Give Back Day on April 10-11 raised …

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Health Care, Water Quality, Judges, and Pigs Top Final Legislative Coffee Concerns

By Michael McAllister Thanks to Grinnell’s League of Women Voters, area residents took advantage of a third opportunity to seek explanations from lawmakers at the April 6 legislative coffee at the First Presbyterian Church Saturday morning. Approximately 55 people attended the session, which will be the last of the legislative season. Coming at the end of the Iowa legislature’s second …

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Shults & Co. Honor Easter…and Mayflower

Thursday, April 4th, Grinnell’s famed Shults & Company entertained Mayflower Community residents and guests with a medley of Easter songs.  Shults & Co have traditionally performed a big blowout, three-night musical gig in April, every other year.  This is the “other year.”  So, why did they get together, rehearse, and present a meaningful and strong musical rendition this April…at Mayflower?  Well, one of the …

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Grinnell Film, Saints Rest, Set for Digital Release in May

Saints Rest, the movie that was filmed in Grinnell during the summer of 2016 and is largely about Grinnell, will be available for purchase through services such as iTunes, Amazon Video, and Google Play beginning May 18, Noga Ashkenazi, co-writer and director of the film, recently announced. In addition, Grinnellians can preorder the film and the soundtrack beginning May 1 …

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GHS boys golf team helps clear public golf course as service project

Team members each worked 3 hours, picking up sticks at Grinnell College Golf Course GRINNELL, Iowa – When six members of the Grinnell High School boys golf team showed up early to the Grinnell College Golf Course (GCGC) last Tuesday afternoon (April 2), course manager Shane Hart assumed they wanted to get an early start on practice. “They had an …

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Top athletes in Poweshiek County will share their stories on April 14

The high schoolers represent Brooklyn-Guernsey-Malcom, Grinnell and Montezuma GRINNELL, Iowa – Top high school athletes from across Poweshiek County, with share their sports stories from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, at Drake Community Library. This event, which is free and open to the public, complements the “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition. The exhibition, …

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Fiber: Do You Want It?

Nearly two and a half years ago, the Chamber and City collaborated to convene focus group meetings to better understand and determine next steps for downtown. Throughout these meetings, a number of ‘common themes’ were articulated which resulted in this document , including having broadband/reliable internet available to businesses and residents in Grinnell. We have spent much time over the past two years …

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100 + People Who Care to Meet April 23

The quarterly meeting of 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell will be Tuesday, April 23.  The hour-long meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m., and will be held in the Parish Center of St. Mary Church at 1002 Broad Street, Grinnell. This will be a voting meeting for the organization, where a decision is made regarding support for a community organization in …

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Hammond Center Open House Scheduled for April 14 from 2 to 4 PM

(Grinnell, IA – April 3, 2019) The public is invited to an Open House on Sunday, April 14, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the new Hammond Center for Assisted Living located at 907 Orchard Drive just north of 4thAvenue on the east side of Grinnell.  Those attending the Open House will view three different apartment sizes on the ground floor of …

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Celebrate GHS Girls Basketball on April 3 at Drake Community Library

Meet the coach and players who advanced to the Class 4A girls state quarterfinals  GRINNELL, Iowa – Sports energize our community and bring people together. That’s why Grinnell College invites the public to celebrate the positive impact girls high school basketball has on Grinnell in connection with the “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition at Drake Community …

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Why Iowa?

How riots, rules, and poor office equipment made Iowa’s precinct caucuses first in the nation A caucus collage, from top left:  U. S. Soldiers in Vietnam after the Tet Offensive; Eugene McCarthy campaigning in “the snows of New Hampshire”; President Lyndon B. Johnson, “I will not seek and I will not accept…”; Demonstrators clash with Chicago police at Democratic National Convention; …

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Power Up: Financial Fitness for Women

SHE Counts will be putting on the second of four in our series titled “Power Up: Financial Fitness for Women” on Friday, April 19 from 12 – 1 pm in the Community Room at Drake Library.  RSVP soon as spaces will fill quickly at this free event with lunch and childcare provided!

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Singer-Songwriters to Perform in the Loft Theatre May 4

On Saturday, May 4, the Grinnell Area Arts Council will host singer-songwriters David Huckfelt and Katie Sin at the Loft Theatre. Huckfelt is a member of the Minneapolis-based band The Pines, who have performed in the Loft as well as Arts Council summer concert series Music in the Park. He is currently touring in support of his debut solo album …

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Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation Celebrating 30 Years of Giving and Growing

Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation marks 30 years of serving the county in 2019 At the March meeting of the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF)board of directors, the business agenda ended with the pop of a champagne cork.  The board members were toasting the 30thanniversary of the inception of the community foundation and looking forward to many more years of growth and …

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Five Stars. Five Stars! Five Stars!!

As of the most recent rating period, February 28, 2109, the Mayflower Health Center is rated by the Federal government as a Five Star healthcare facility, the highest rating available.  The U.S. Depart of Health and Human Services’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) instituted the Five Star rating system to assist the public in getting a quality perspective of …

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The Best Time for New Beginnings is Now

A little help can go a long way for aging senior citizens. Learn about the different levels of help assisted living can offer at the next UnityPoint Health®– Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) Senior Education Program on Monday, April 1. Assisted living offers a wide range of care options including health-related care, personal care and assistance with day-to-day activities. Assisted …

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Waste Management Forum Stresses Reduction Over Recycling

Waste Management Forum Stresses Reduction Over Recycling By Michael McAllister Grinnellians concerned about waste and recycling gained insights and received answers at a forum organized by the League of Women Voters Tuesday night at the Drake Community Library. The presentation, originally scheduled in February, was postponed due to weather. Terese Grant, President of Grinnell’s LWV, moderated the event.  Participants were Duane …

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The Middle Way Farm Deal

On Monday, March 18th, in the Mayflower Community Kiesel Theatre, Jordan Scheibel, owner of Grinnell’s Middle Way Farm, presented information about his Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.  During the 2019 growing season—June through October—Jordan will deliver food boxes of fresh vegetables to a pick-up site every Wednesday at 4:00pm.  Grinnell residents are welcome to participate in the program with vegetable receipt on …

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Grinnell Regional Medical Center is offering a CPR

UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center is offering a CPR course on Wednesday, April 3 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The cost is $30 and all are welcome. Please register by March 20. To register please call the PWA Fitness Center at 641-236-2999 or by e-mail to heather.coffman@unitypoint.org.

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Veterans Commission Member Hotchkin Details Prairie Star Progress

Randall Hotchkin, 26-year Air Force Veteran, speaks to the audience at a flag-raising ceremony at the Grinnell Veteran Memorial Building on July 4, 2018. By Michael McAllister “We are moving in the right direction with the right team and assets.”   That is the assessment of Randall Hotchkin, member of Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission, following the regular monthly commission meeting on Monday, …

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Pagliai’s named Grinnell Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year

Pagliai’s, Grinnell Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year (from left: Wade Stoaks, Paisley Pagliai, Haylee Pagliai holding Greyson, Joey Pagliai holding Camden and Tim Willis GRINNELL, Iowa – The Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce recognized Pagliai’s as the 2019 Grinnell Business ofthe Year at its Annual Celebration, which took place March 13 at Hotel Grinnell. “We are thrilled to have …

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Bucket Course “‘Kids These Days!’: Deviance and Youth Subcultures”

Ross Haenfler, Bucket Course presenter Ross Haenfler, Professor of Sociology at Grinnell College, will offer a Bucket Course entitled “‘Kids These Days!’: Deviance and Youth Subcultures.” The course will meet for three consecutive Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Drake Community Library beginning March 27. Tuition is $10 payable at the first class. Advance registration is now open …

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Grinnell College’s Monessa Cummins wins national teaching award

Monessa Cummins, Associate Professor of Classics, and Jiayun Chen í19, a Classics and Art History double major, examine a marble Roman portrait head, believed to be from 1st century, in the print study room of the Burling Library Oct. 9, 2018. (Photo by Justin Hayworth/Grinnell College) She exemplifies Grinnell’s commitment to faculty as experts, advisers and mentors GRINNELL, Iowa — Monessa …

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Hammond Center Open House Scheduled for April 14 from 2 to 4 PM

(Grinnell, IA – March 14, 2019) The public is invited to see Grinnell’s newest assisted living healthcare option during an open house on Sunday, April 14, between 2 and 4 PM.  Visitors will be able to view several sizes of assisted living apartments as well as the new amenities located in the lower level of the Hammond Center which include a walking …

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Grinnell Native Runs With A Purpose

The photos: Red bib is Boston 2018, Blue is Des Moines 2018, Yellow is Little Rock Marathon 2019             Alban Crook, GHS class of 2008, is preparing himself for all three of the 2019 US World Marathon Majors. He has already completed registration for two of them; Boston and New York. For the third one, Chicago, …

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Hammond Center for Assisted Living Opens!

Hammond Center for Assisted Living Ribbon Cutting (Grinnell, IA – March 8, 2019)  After much anticipation, the new Hammond Center for Assisted Living, named in honor of Montie and Betty Hammond, opened on March 4 when its first tenant, Leila Maring, was welcomed to her new home. Leila then helped to welcome fellow tenants Janyce Heishman and Margaret VanDerKamp, who moved …

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Protect Yourself from Financial Abuse | SE•ED Monday August 20

Protect Yourself from Financial Abuse With the ever-present changes in technology, scammers are coming up with more ways to take advantage of elderly populations. Learn more about the steps you can take to protect yourself or a loved one from elder financial abuse at the next UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center Senior Education program on Monday, Aug. 20. …

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Updates on the Zone of Confluence

  Working with the City of Grinnell and private investors, Grinnell College strives to bring economic and social vitality to downtown Grinnell. One initiative involves developing the Zone of Confluence – the neighborhood located between the Grinnell College campus and downtown Grinnell. Learn about this initiative with John Kalkbrenner, Grinnell College’s assistant vice president for Auxiliary Services and Economic Development, on …

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Applying the Goodness of Soy

Applying the Goodness of Soy Follow a non-GMO soybean on its journey through production in Iowa at the Monday, Sept. 18, Grinnell Regional Medical Center Senior Education Program. Dan Walker, Natural Products Operations Manager, will take the audience from the day the farmland was prepared to be planted, the growing season, the harvest and into the NPI processing plant; where …

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Giving Kids the World

Giving Kids the World Gary and Becky Downey of Grinnell will be sharing their volunteer experience at Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee, Fla., on Monday, Sept. 11, during the Grinnell Regional Medical Center Senior Education Program. Give Kids the World Village (GKTW) is an 84-acre, nonprofit resort that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their …

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