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Honoring the Fallen and the Brave: National Police Week (May 10-15) and National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day (May 15)

 By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs “Whereas, from the beginning of this Nation, law enforcement officers have played an important role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms which are guaranteed by the Constitution and in protecting the lives and property of our citizens; and Whereas, through constant application of new procedures and techniques, such officers are becoming more efficient in their enforcement …

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GRMC Board Elects 2015 Officers

Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s governing board elected the 2015 officers and committee chairs. Leading the board in 2015 is Todd Reding, Grinnell, chief operating officer/vice president for investments, Charrette Venture Group. The chair-elect is Wendy Kadner, owner of WSK Solutions, LLC, and Grandma’s House, Grinnell. Bill Menner, Grinnell, the Iowa state director for rural development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, shifts …

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Grinnell Golf & Country Club Offers “Sneak Peek Week” to Public May 11–17

Grinnell Golf & Country Club Offers “Sneak Peek Week” to Public May 11–17 New Management and Award-Winning Superintendent to Showcase New Country Club Offerings to the Greater Community Grinnell, IA: Grinnell Golf & Country Club is inviting the public to a “Sneak Peek Week” May 11–17, 2015 as a way to showcase all of the updates that have occurred under …

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Summer Enrollment Begins at Arts Center

    Grinnell, Iowa – The Grinnell Area Arts Council is now accepting registrations for its Arts Academy classes being offered during the Summer 2015 term where a number of courses will have enrollment caps.   For parents with toddlers and preschool-aged children, two classes are available.  Instructor Jen Collins will be offering Petite Picasso July 7 and July 9, where children will …

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Freeman and Parratto Take Home 3-meter Synchro Silver at Puerto Rico Grand Prix

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Deidre Freeman (Grinnell, Iowa/Iowa City, Iowa) and Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.) won the silver medal in synchronized 3-meter to close out the FINA Puerto Rico Grand Prix on Sunday. The American pair finished with 272.40 points to take the silver medal behind China’s Wu Chunting and Qu Lin, who scored 305.40 points for gold. Puerto Rico’s Luisa …

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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 29. 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. The 2015 GRMC Auxiliary scholarship recipients are: Allisyn …

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Grinnell Students Pledge to be Tobacco Free

I-STEP (Iowa Students for Tobacco Education and Prevention) is Iowa’s youth-led tobacco prevention movement and is now at Grinnell Community High School. This past week, 118 Grinnell high school students signed the “I pledge to be Tobacco Free,” as a commitment to better health. The pledges are on display at the front of the high school. The Grinnell high school …

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With a Culinary Delight (or Two!)

CELEBRATE CINCO DE MAYO WITH A CULINARY DELIGHT (OR TWO!) By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs On May 5, 1862, early on in the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867), the Mexican army declared victory over France at the Battle of Puebla. Cinco de Mayo, a holiday that commemorates that triumph, has become widely celebrated in the United States, especially areas with large Mexican-American populations. …

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Veterans Honor Emerging Leaders at Grinnell Mutual

Veterans honor emerging leaders at Grinnell Mutual In a reversal of roles, Grinnell Mutual’s Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) Class of 2015 was recognized by the veterans the class sought to honor. The Iowa Veterans Home (IVH) in Marshalltown presented ELP members with a Distinguished Service Award for initiating a fundraising campaign that raised more than $25,000 to build a World …

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Awards and Rewards: Stephanie Hoopes Brings Style to Downtown Grinnell

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Stephanie Peiffer Hoopes has a fond memory of climbing atop her bicycle with $2 in her pocket and making her way toward downtown Grinnell, the promise of the gleaming candy counter at Spurgeon’s department store beckoning. Back then, it was commonplace for kids to beg for some spending money from their parents and subsequently spend the …

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Iowa Valley Grinnell PTK members “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes”

  GRINNELL – Members of Iowa Valley Grinnell’s Beta Sigma Chi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa led the way last week in the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” activity held Friday, April 24, in downtown Grinnell. PTK members, Iowa Valley Grinnell faculty, and young men from the Grinnell High School soccer team disregarded the poor weather conditions and managed to …

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May Activities and Events At the Drake Community Library

    New! Chilton Online Library DCL has added Chilton Online Library to our online database collection. Need to replace a rear light bulb or view a wiring diagram for your instrument panel? You will find everything you need with easy access from your home computer with your library card and pin number. Try it today! Power of Play for …

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Sam’s Story: Courage in the Face of Cancer

  By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs “…The story of cancer — isn’t the story of doctors who struggle and survive, moving from one institution to another. It is the story of patients who struggle and survive, moving from one embankment of illness to another. Resilience, inventiveness, and survivorship — qualities often ascribed to great physicians — are reflected qualities, emanating first …

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Be the Match, Save a Life April 22

  By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Nichole Bushong is an example of how easy it is to save a life. The idea of being a bone marrow donor never crossed Bushong’s mind until a family member – her uncle’s brother – needed help. The family rallied and many of them joined the Be The Match registry ( www.bethematch.org ), which is …

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From Kinnick to the Masters: Dr. Dave Smith Guards the Greats

  by Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Dr. Dave Smith was flipping cheeseburgers at an Iowa/Michigan tailgate party in 2011 when something amazing happened. Little did he know that standing at the grill that day would result in a dream come true. Chatting about football with Jim Schlie, the brother of an old fraternity buddy, the conversation eventually turned to another sport …

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Todd Linden to Receive AHA Board of Trustees Award

The American Hospital Association (AHA) announced that Todd Linden, president and CEO of Grinnell Medical Center, will be awarded its 2015 Board of Trustees Award. The award is presented to individuals or groups who have made substantial and noteworthy contributions to the work of the AHA. Linden will receive the award at a ceremony at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting …

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Loft Theatre to Host Central Iowa Premiere of Housebroken May 2

Loft Theatre to Host Central Iowa Premiere of Housebroken   Grinnell, Iowa – The Grinnell Area Arts Council is excited to announce that the Loft Theatre located at the Grinnell Arts Center in historic downtown Grinnell will host the Central Iowa premiere of the play, Housebroken, for one night only on Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 pm.  A talkback with the artist will …

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Poweshiek County Alliance Awards $100,274.46 to Local Organizations

Poweshiek County Alliance awards $100,274.46 to local organizations April 16, 2015: The Poweshiek County Alliance (PCA) honored its 2015 grant recipients at a ceremony at the Foundation Offices on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Representatives from the 34 winning organizations received their checks and spoke about their projects. This year grants ranged from $500 to $10,000 for a total of $100,274.46. …

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Smith Funeral Home: Dignified Service for Generations

Smith Funeral Home has expertly served the needs of Grinnell families and those of surrounding communities since 1925. Five generations of the Smith family have been engaged in the funeral home business in Grinnell. Myron O. Smith (1870-1931), born in Kirkwood, Illinois, was the originator of the family business. He first experienced loss at the age of two, when his …

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PLP 13th Annual Golf Outing Friday May 1

The Poweshiek Leadership Program is sponsoring it’s 13th Annual Golf Outing Friday May 1st at the Oakland Acres Golf Club. Format is 18 hole best ball with 12:00 registration and 1:00 tee off. Entry fee is $240 – 4 person team with a meal to follow. Chance to win a FREE car on #12 and $2,000 on hole #2.  Outside …

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Dr. Karla Erickson Named Associate Dean at Grinnell College

DR. KARLA ERICKSON NAMED ASSOCIATE DEAN AT GRINNELL COLLEGE, ANNOUNCED APRIL 7   By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs   “The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning.” ~ Michel Foucault Dr. Karla Erickson, associate professor of Sociology and chair of the Social Studies Division at Grinnell College, was named Associate …

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11th Annual Hoofing’ It 5K Fun Run/Walk April 25

11th Annual Hoofing’ It 5K Fun Run/Walk Saturday April 25, 2015 is just around the corner. It starts at 9:00a a at the Grinnell College Bear Recreation and Athletic Center, 1201 10th Avenue in Grinnell. Registration race day is from 7:30 to 8:30 in the lobby of Bear. All participants get a t-shirt and there will be awards for the …

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The Power of Positive Psychology Topic at SE*ED April 20

The Power of Positive Psychology Upcoming Topic at SE*ED April 20 What is positive psychology and why is it gaining mainstream attention? A definition from Psychology Today defines it as the psychology of happiness. Positive psychology is a relatively new field of study as psychology has typically focused on diagnosing and treating mental illness. Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s SE*ED program …

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Local Donors Help Grinnell United Way Achieve $130,000 Fundraising Goal

Local donors help Grinnell United Way achieve $130,000 fundraising goal   Grinnell United Way succeeded in meeting its fundraising goal of $130,000. “On behalf of the Grinnell United Way board and our 14 local partner agencies, we thank our local donors for their generous support,” said Grinnell United Way board president Bill Vosburg. “Their financial contributions help us in fulfilling …

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Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Joins Our Grinnell As Features Writer/Assistant Editor

Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Joins Our Grinnell As Features Writer/Assistant Editor  Sarah Breemer Pfennigs has been named as a Features Writer/Assistant Editor for Our Grinnell (OG) and the Grinnell Business Journal. A native of Grinnell, Pfennigs graduated from high school locally and went on to study studio art at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA. Although she lived in the Grinnell …

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Imagine Grinnell Seeking Volunteers for Summer St. Park Final Build

Imagine Grinnell is currently building a natural playscape in Summer Street Park, located at the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Summer Street, and we are asking the community to help us finish the final features. Friday, April 24th from 1-5 PM and Saturday, April 25th 8 AM-12 PM & 1-5 PM will be our third and final build weekend.  We are asking …

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Community Reacts to Bond Referendum Failure

COMMUNITY REACTS TO BOND REFERENDUM FAILURE  Sarah Breemer Pfennigs The outcome of a hotly contested and eagerly anticipated community issue has been announced. The April 7 vote resulted in failure for the Grinnell-Newburg school system’s 23-year, $28 million bond referendum. The bond would have been employed to construct, furnish, and equip both elementary (PK-5) and middle school (6-8) facilities. The …

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Easter Bunny Visits St. Francis Manor

The Easter Bunny hopped over to St. Francis Manor in Grinnell for its Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 4.  Over 50 children attended the annual event which is held for St. Francis residents’ grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as staff members’ children and grandchildren.  The Easter Bunny posed with four generations of the Waterbeck family, shown above.  Many of …

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Award to Grinnell Golf & CC Head Superintendent Alex Olson

Grinnell Golf & Country Club’s Alex Olson receives award from Iowa Golf Association Alex Olson of the Grinnell Golf and Country Club won the prestigious “2014 9-Hole Golf Course Superintendent of the Year” award sponsored by the Iowa Golf Association. The nomination was submitted by Shane Hart, President of the Grinnell  Golf & Country Club for Alex’s superior work ethic, …

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