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Grinnell’s Fourth Week-End (A Recap)

by Michael McAllister, Our Grinnell contributing reporter Grinnell’s Fourth on the Fifth A recap of city events marking Grinnell’s birthday party for America Cooler-than-usual temperatures, clouds and a sprinkle of early-morning rain greeted Grinnellians as they set about celebrating America’s 240th birthday with parades, contests, hot dogs, fishing, swimming and of course fireworks. Clouds persisted until evening, but temperatures remained …

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McDonough Selected as Grand Marshal of Fourth of July Parade

McDonough Selected as Grand Marshal of Fourth of July Parade  GRINNELL—Grinnell resident Howard McDonough will lead the Fourth of July parade as the 2016 grand marshal on Monday, July 4. The parade route will be altered due to road construction. Howard McDonough will lead the parade as this year’s grand marshal. A Grinnell High School graduate, he devotes his time …

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Contrasting sculpture exhibitions open July 1 at Faulconer Gallery in Grinnell

Featured artists are Anders Krisár of Sweden, Tim Berg and Rebekah Myers of California  Grinnell College’s Faulconer Gallery reopens Friday, July 1, with a pair of contrasting sculpture exhibitions, each drawn, in its own way, from life. Both exhibitions are free and open to the public. “Anders Krisár” features a Swedish artist who first exhibited his work as a photographer in …

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Singing Brings A Lifetime Of Smiles

Music is a language we all speak and for Shirley Arvidson, it’s a way to bring people together. Shirley’s love for singing started when she was a young child and it has continued to be her greatest source of joy. She remembers learning “Jesus Loves Me” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider” in church Sunday School.  At her father’s grocery store, the …

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GRMC Golf Outing Breaks Record with $25,000 for ER Renovations

  GRMC Golf Outing Breaks Record with $25,000 for ER Renovations GRMC’s emergency department renovations received a power drive as golfers from around the area raised $25,000 during the 2016 Grinnell Regional Medical Center Golf Outing. The sponsorships, contests, and golf registrations raised a record-breaking amount from the one-day event with morning and afternoon tee times. GRMC welcomed 140 golfers …

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2016 Faulconer Gallery Summer Outreach Programs

2016 Faulconer Gallery Summer Outreach Programs All programs at the Faulconer Gallery are provided free of charge, no registration necessary.  Grinnell College does not assume responsibility for the care and safety of children who attend these events. The College makes this program open to the public with the understanding that for children who attend, a parent, legal guardian, or other …

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GRMC wins Company Challenge, several Grinnellians take home awards from the Grinnell Games

GRMC wins Company Challenge, several Grinnellians take home awards from the Grinnell Games GRINNELL, Iowa– Several Grinnellians earned awards during the 2016 Grinnell Games, which took place June 11 and 12 in Grinnell. The family sports festival, presented by Grinnell State Bank, included competitive races and tournaments as well as non-competitive events. Below are the results for this year’s competitive …

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“Keeping Tiger Pride Alive” All-Class Reunion June 30-July 4

“Keeping Tiger Pride Alive” All-Class Reunion June 30-July 4 The Grinnell High School Alumni Association (GHSAA) will host its fifth All-Class Reunion, June 30-July 4, with scheduled activities ranging from sports events to a talent show, building tours, and awards and recognition ceremony. GHSAA President and event organizer Ben Latimer, GHS 1993, said that the “Keeping Tiger Pride Alive” All-Class …

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A huge step forward…Hotel Grinnell development moves forward

A huge step forward… Monday night the Grinnell City Council voted unanimously to begin the process of approving the purchase and development agreement needed to convert the underutilized city office building into a downtown hotel and event center. Upon final approval in just a few weeks the agreements will allow the Hotel Grinnell development/investment team to move forward with financing …

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Locked Out, Fenced Out but not Knocked Out

Locked Out, Fenced Out but not Knocked Out. Petition presented to City of Grinnell for Veterans Memorial Building issue. “Boots on the Ground”, a local veterans activist group supporting renovation of the Grinnell Veterans Memorial Building presented a petition with 503 signatures to the City of Grinnell on Tuesday June 6th. Kay Cmelik, city clerk/financial director who signed for and …

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GPCF Founder’s Day Celebrates Leadership, Vision and Generosity

  GPCF Founder’s Day Celebrates Leadership, Vision and Generosity The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) celebrated its second annual Founder’s Day on June 2, the birthday of GPCF founder Tom Marshall who passed away in 2015. Marshall, who started the community foundation in 1989, was remembered for his “leadership, vision and generous spirit” in building GPCF to its current strength …

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Anonymous Donors Keep Mayflower Residents on the Move

Anonymous Donors Keep Mayflower Residents on the Move Generous friends of Mayflower Community have provided gifts of nearly $130,000 to purchase two vehicles that literally keep Mayflower residents on the go. The gifts by anonymous donors allowed Mayflower to purchase “Lester,” a 15-passenger bus, and “Daisy,” a conversion van that accommodates two wheelchairs. The new bus transports active residents on …

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CENTRAL PARK CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE – THANKING DONORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT

CENTRAL PARK CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE – THANKING DONORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT   The Central Park Campaign is in full swing with more than $500,000 gifted or pledged to the project.  Because of the overwhelming community support for the project, the Committee wanted to take time to publicly thank those donors who have supported the campaign.  With the project beginning in just …

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Opioid Pain Control Epidemic Examined at SE•ED June 6

         Opioid Pain Control Epidemic Examined More people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than in any year on record. The majority of drug overdose deaths (more than six out of ten) involve opioids, which are prescription pain medications. Healthcare providers play a critical role in changing this epidemic. Jennifer Paisley, MD, Grinnell Regional Internal Medicine, will present at the …

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New Primary Care Physician Joins Grinnell Family Care

New Primary Care Physician Joins Grinnell Family Care Marjorie M. Renfrow, MD, began seeing patients at Grinnell Family Care on Tuesday, May 24, joining the primary care providers in the clinic, located at 217 Fourth Ave., West, Grinnell. Renfrow comes to Grinnell from a geriatric clinic in Bella Vista, Ark., where she provided care for individuals in the mature years …

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CSS Reaches 10th Anniversary of Serving Those Who Serve Others

May 31, 2016 CSS Reaches 10th Anniversary of Serving Those Who Serve Others The Community Support Services (CSS) program of the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation (CDAF) has reached its 10-year anniversary, and according to CDAF President and CEO Julie Gosselink, the program has “exceeded all expectations.” CSS has also become a model for other foundations, and in 2010, …

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Three Local Grinnell Residents Donate $25,000 or more to the Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign

  (Grinnell, IA – May 23, 2016)  Isadore Berman, Betty Hammond and Jewel Kintzinger have each donated $25,000 or more to the St. Francis Manor Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, to construct the Hammond Center for Assisted Living community on the St. Francis Manor campus. “We are very grateful to these three individuals who have continued to support our vision …

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Toaster kicks off Friday Fest series June 3

Toaster kicks off Friday Fest series June 3   GRINNELL, Iowa– Toaster, a rock and roll cover band, will perform a free concert at Friday Fest on Friday, June 3, in downtown Grinnell.   Toaster will perform on stage from 7 to 10 p.m.  Toaster is a cover band that performs covers of songs from a wide range of artists …

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Grinnell Games weekend to feature new UV Splash nighttime run

Grinnell Games weekend to feature new UV Splash nighttime run   GRINNELL– Online registration is open for the Grinnell Games, which will take place June 11 and 12. Those wishing to participate in events may sign up at www.grinnellgames.com. The Grinnell Games, Iowa’s Family Sports Festival, is presented by Grinnell State Bank.   Saturday, June 11, will be filled with …

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Grinnell College announces Summerfest will take place June 11

Grinnell College announces Summerfest will take place June 11 Free celebration offers performances, workshops, family-friendly activities   GRINNELL, Iowa – Grinnell College’s Summerfest on Saturday, June 11, offers a daylong celebration of learning, discovery and entertainment for curious minds of all ages, topped by an evening performance by Chicago’s Aloft Circus Arts.   Summerfest, which is free and open to …

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Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation Makes Matching Gift Pledge to the Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign

Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation Makes Matching Gift Pledge to the                       Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign     (Grinnell, IA – May 16, 2016)  Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation recently made a $25,000 5-year pledge to the St. Francis Manor Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, to construct the Hammond Center for Assisted Living community on the St. Francis Manor campus. …

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New Physician at Grinnell Regional Family Practice

New Physician at Grinnell Regional Family Practice Robert Koller, DO, primary care physician, will begin practicing at Grinnell Regional Family Practice (GRFP) on July 18, 2016. Koller will accept all patients, including obstetrics and geriatrics. He joins Roy Doorenbos, MD; Michelle Rebelsky, MD; Jacob Boyer, PA; and Kristen Phelps, PA. Koller completed his residency at Mercy North Iowa Family Medicine …

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Two Seeland Park Residents Make Matching Gift Pledges to the Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign

Two Seeland Park Residents Make Matching Gift Pledges to the                       Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign (Grinnell, IA – May 9, 2016)  Seeland Park resident Ken Eggman has made a $50,000 pledge to the Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign in memory of his wife, Verleen, who passed away in 2015.  Ken’s first donation toward his 5-year pledge …

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Grinnell Chamber E-Newsletter takes Publication of the Year Award

Emily Counts, tourism director for the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce takes first place in the Mid-America Chamber Executives association “Publication of the Year” award. The award is granted for the Grinnell Chambers weekly “Get into Grinnell E-Newsletter” informing subscribers of local and area happenings with over 6,000 subscribers. Congratulations Emily !

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GC students host FREE music event Saturday May 7th

Grinnell College students are hosting an event, “The Grinnellian”, on the Grinnell College campus behind the Herrick Chapel Saturday May 7th from 12:30p to 3:30p. Several student-run bands will be performing for this FREE event and the public is invited.

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Capstone to Expand into Poweshiek County

Capstone to Expand into Poweshiek County A collaboration among four Iowa organizations promises to improve access to mental health services in Poweshiek County. Beginning later this year, Capstone Behavioral Healthcare—a Newton-based service—will begin offering mental health services in the former Poweshiek County Mental Health Center offices on Fourth Avenue in Grinnell. The four partners working to make this arrangement possible …

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