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Behrens to Share City Park Update at SEED April 25

Behrens to Share City Park Update at SEED The roar of construction has begun in Grinnell. Join Russ Behrens, Grinnell city manager, at the Monday, April 25, Senior Education Program to learn about the city park update and other projects slated for the summer and fall. The SEED program is a weekly educational program of Grinnell Regional Medical Center. Behrens …

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GRMC Recognized Volunteers and Auxiliary

  Grinnell Regional Medical Center hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner in conjunction with the Auxiliary Membership Meeting on Tuesday, April 12, as part of National Volunteer Week. This was the first time these events have merged into a dinner recognition reception. More than 75 guests attended the celebratory event, and enjoyed a photo booth, buffet-style dinner, a thank you video, …

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Jones and Lacey Named as 100 Great Iowa Nurses

Grinnell Regional Medical Center nurses Kim Jones, RN, obstetrics, and Janet Lacey, RN, director of patient experience and quality, received the 100 Great Iowa Nurses award. This program, supported by the Iowa Nurses Foundation, recognizes 100 outstanding nurses every year in Iowa for their courage, competence, and commitment to patients and the nursing profession. The 100 nurses earn the recognition …

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Medicaid Transition to Privatization Underway

Medicaid Transition to Privatization Underway Area healthcare and health service providers who care for Iowa’s low-income residents through Medicaid began the transition to privatized care effective April 1.  Traditional Iowa Medicaid patients will now be under the supervision of three state contracted health plans or Managed Care Organizations (MCOs): Amerigroup Iowa, Inc., AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa, Inc., and UnitedHealthcare Plan of …

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Kids Against Hunger – Feeding Families Around the World… and Around the Corner

The mission of Grinnell Kids Against Hunger is to reduce hunger around the world through local volunteers working together to package food. At Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Senior Education program on Monday, April 18, KAH board president Heidi Ramaeker Pearson will present a program about how local volunteers help feed hungry children and families all over the world. Since the …

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Grinnell College appoints alumnus Andy Hamilton as athletic director

GRINNELL, Iowa – After completing a national search, Grinnell College today announced that Andy Hamilton, a 1985 Grinnell graduate who serves as interim athletic director, will become the college’s next director of athletics and recreation, effective July 1.   Hamilton, who also serves as an associate professor physical education and head coach of both the men’s and women’s tennis teams, …

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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, March 26.  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.  Activity Director Abby Renbarger’s son, Aiden Vance, shows resident Mary Andes his basket full of …

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Bollywood Ball Supports CultureALL’S Work in Schools

CultureALL’s Bollywood Ball on April 16 features the vibrant East-West fusion dance style of India’s globally acclaimed movie industry. Taking place in the beautiful World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, this fun-filled celebration brings together people of all cultures in Central Iowa. Guests will enjoy live classical sitar performances, an enchanting Indian market, the art of traditional mehndi hand adornment, …

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Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards $1,000 Donation to Grinnell Sure Shots!

Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards $1,000 Donation to Grinnell Sure Shots!  GRINNELL, IA (March 22, 2016) – Wes Finch Auto Plaza has kicked off this year’s donation contest with a $1,000 donation to the Grinnell Sure Shots! The first round of 2016 took place February 1st through February 29th, and the winner was announced on March 1st. The Sure Shots …

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Grinnell Mutual named 2016 Business of the Year

Grinnell Mutual named Business of the Year   GRINNELL, Iowa– The Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce at its Annual Celebration, which took place March 16 at Grinnell Mutual’s Bartelt Conference & Education Center, recognized Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company as the 2016 Grinnell Business of the Year.   “We were very pleased with the recognition Grinnell Mutual received from the Grinnell …

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Montezuma Business Expo Tuesday March 8

February 11, 2016 – PRESS RELEASE The Montezuma Area Business Expo, a once-a-year indoor mall with a distinct Montezuma flavor, will be held on Tuesday, March 8, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in  the Montezuma High School Gym.The sponsoring Montezuma Community Boosters are still accepting vendor applications for the Expo. In the past, vendors have consisted of anywhere from 40 to more …

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Tigersharks Swim In GISL State Meet Saturday March 5

42 swimmers from the Grinnell Tigersharks Swim Team have qualified for the 2016 Greater Iowa Swim League State Meet which will be held on Saturday, March 5th, 2016 at Grinnell College Bear Center Natatorium.  The Tigersharks season started in November of 2015 with over 80 swimmers practicing two to three times a week at the Grinnell College Pool.  The team …

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Computing for Change

By Elise Hadden When most people think of computer science, they think of app designers, web geeks, and video gamers. With this image in mind, it can be hard to see what value computer science could have for making positive change in a small community. The Grinnell College computer science department is trying to change that. Students in the Team …

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Kids Against Hunger Surpasses 700,000 Meals Packed in 10 Years

The 10-year-old Grinnell chapter of Kids Against Hunger (KAH) held a packing event on Sun., Feb. 7 that moved the organization past a milestone of 700,000 packaged meals. The Feb. packing event involved 12 teams of volunteers from local businesses, churches, schools, and other non-profit organizations packaging more than 19,600 meals. Since 2005, local KAH volunteers have packaged 718,024 meals …

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Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation Announces Staffing Changes

The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) board of directors has announced a change to its staffing structure in response to growth in foundation programs and changing internal needs.  These changes include the new role of executive director and a newly defined program manager position. In 2009, the GPCF board of directors hired Nicole Brua-Behrens, program coordinator, and Delphina Baumann, community …

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St. Francis/Seeland Park Go Red for Women Celebrated a Packed House

 Nearly 130 St. Francis Manor, Seeland Park and Grinnell community residents filled the St. Francis Manor Social Center on February 5th to celebrate National Wear Red Day.  Started by the American Heart Association in 2003, the women wore red to raise awareness of heart disease which is the No. 1 killer of women.  The event began with a red-inspired fashion show …

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Keith Brake Reports from a Grinnell Republican Caucus

The big snow that had been forecast was still hours away.But an avalanche – of humanity – was rolling toward the doors of Grinnell High School by 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 1. The school hosted caucus meetings for both major parties and the turnout was tremendous.Dan Bunnell, working in the lobby area of the old gym – the Republican side – …

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A Familiar Face Returns to Lead Imagine Grinnell; 2016 Membership Drive Underway

A Familiar Face Returns to Lead Imagine Grinnell; 2016 Membership Drive Underway Rich Dana, who coordinated Imagine Grinnell’s energy reduction program from 2006-08, has been hired as the quality-of-life organization’s new executive director. Since his earlier IG work, Dana has managed numerous renewable energy and historic remodeling projects through his own Plan B consulting business and taught sustainable living practices …

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Green Yard Makeover classes offered in February and March

The green yard makeover    GRINNELL – Want to improve your home landscaping while protecting the environment, creating habitat for native species, and producing fresh food? Get ready for the Green Yard Makeover, a series of three free Tuesday evening classes that will be held in Grinnell in February and March. The classes will introduce you to ecosystem landscape gardening, …

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Local Flavor, International Appeal: McNally’s Sets the Bar for Gourmet and Organic Offerings

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Whether you’ve lived in Grinnell your entire life or have just been here for a year, McNally’s Foods is an instantly recognizable landmark, despite moving from its original location two-and-a-half years ago. Of course Randy Smith – who’s owned and operated McNally’s since 1988 – merely crossed the street to move Grinnell’s only downtown grocery store …

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Pigskins and Petunias: Cynthia Sherman Celebrates Her 6th Rose Bowl

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Football and flowers: Not necessarily a marriage that immediately comes to mind. For Cynthia Sherman, however, it’s a marriage made in heaven. For the last six years, Cynthia Sherman has made the trek to Pasadena, CA to lend her talents as a floral artist for the Rose Bowl Parade floats. This year was of special significance, …

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HLV Students Bring Holiday Cheer to GRMC Patients

HLV Students Bring Holiday Cheer to GRMC Patients Teaching youth to pay it forward lead three HLVs sixth graders to bring Christmas presents to patients at Grinnell Regional Medical Center on Christmas day. “At the beginning of the school year, my students chose to have a ‘Pay it Forward’ theme for our room,” says Lynette Lender, HLV’s sixth grader teacher. …

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GPCF Wraps Up Active, Successful Year

GPCF Wraps Up Active, Successful Year The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) is concluding its 26th year in operation, acting on the legacy left by GPCF founder Tom Marshall, who died in March of this year. “Tom built the foundation from the ground up, and has left a sizeable legacy for us to fulfill,” said GPCF program coordinator Nicole Brua-Behrens. …

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She’s The Boss: Debra Shearer is the New Owner of Bill’s Jewelry Shop

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Retirement usually presents a potpourri of emotions. Relief, apprehension, excitement, and touch of sadness can often permeate such a monumental event in one’s life, especially if it’s the secession from your beloved business – one you’ve been building for decades. In January, Bill Hammen will hand over the reins to his successful and well-respected jewelry store …

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$5,472 Raised During Breakfast With Santa

    Approximately 150 attendees of all ages enjoyed a pancake “Breakfast with Santa” in the St. Francis Manor Social Center on December 19.  Free-will donations totaling $5,472 were received for the Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign.  The donations will be matched by Seeland Park resident Ken Eggman’s Challenge Grant of $50,000.   For more information about how you …

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Sterk Fund Warms the Hearts and Soles of Elementary Students

Sterk Fund Warms the Hearts and Soles of Elementary Students Before the winter break, several Bailey Park and Fairview students in need benefitted from the generosity of proceeds from the Dr. Kevin W. Sterk Elementary Student Needs Endowment Fund. The fund, administered by the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation, was created in 2011 by Glenn and Ginger Sterk of Grinnell in …

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I Was Once Lost But Now I Am Found: THE REDEMPTION OF PVT. HARRY WALLACE

  By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs “No greater service could have been rendered to their comrades in the line than was given by these self-sacrificing and daring men.” ~ General John J. Pershing (1860-1948) Picture a young marine – no more than 25 years old. Rivulets of sweat snake down the back and neck of the tall, auburn-haired young man, who …

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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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GRMC Auxiliary Angel Tree to Remember Loved Ones

GRMC Auxiliary Angel Tree to Remember Loved Ones The Grinnell Regional Medical Center Auxiliary will again beautify its tree in the medical center with angels for the upcoming holiday season. This project is a way to honor or remember loved ones through the purchase of an angel ornament for the tree. The GRMC Auxiliary has already begun selling the ornaments …

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Sunrise Bakery opening weekend!

Sunrise Bakery opening weekend!   GRINNELL, IOWA – Sunrise Bakery at 934 Main Street (across from Brown’s Shoes) will open for the first time by participating in downtown Grinnell’s annual Jingle Bell Holiday from 5:00 – 8:00 pm on Friday, November 17, 2017. “We will have mini pies and gingerbread house kits available for purchase or order.  It’s a great …

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TOGETHER WE GROW – GPCF Promotes Partners and Funds During Big GIVE for Poweshiek County 2017

TOGETHER WE GROW – GPCF Promotes Partners and Funds During Big GIVE for Poweshiek County 2017 The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation’s annual Big GIVE Campaign-“Together We Grow” raised $178,000 for the 45 funds that are administered by GPCF.  The month-long fund drive in October, stimulated by 9 game show themed matching challenges, encouraged donors to contribute to the many nonprofit …

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Peace Tree Grinnell Branch Rewards Customers for Shopping Local

Grinnell, IA – Peace Tree Brewing Company’s Grinnell Branch will offer customers 10% off of their purchases Friday, November 24 through Sunday, November 26 if their present proof of purchase of holiday gifts from a local Grinnell retailer.  Peace Tree Grinnell Branch hopes to encourage patrons to shop local this holiday season by offering the incentive for Black Friday, Small …

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Breakfast with Santa at St. Francis Manor

  (Grinnell, IA – November 13, 2017)  St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park are inviting the public to enjoy “Breakfast with Santa” on Saturday, December 2nd.  All-you-can-eat pancakes (plain, blueberry, and chocolate chip) with butter and maple syrup, sausage links, orange juice, milk and coffee will be served between 8 and 10 AM in the St. Francis Manor Social Center …

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Veterans Memorial Commission Advances Plan A Monday November 13th

Veterans Memorial Commission Advances Plan A By Michael McAllister Two days after Veterans Day and six days after a close but successful levy vote, Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission met in regular session on Monday, November 13.  Unity, inclusion, and work were the themes of the evening as the commission made plans to bring the Prairie Star Residency to the Veterans …

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Orr Bequest to GPCF Will Extend Endowed Funds’ Reach throughout County

Orr Bequest to GPCF Will Extend Endowed Funds’ Reach throughout County   A bequest from the estate of the late Joann Orr will benefit partner organizations and endowed funds of the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF). Orr’s unrestricted bequest to GPCF has allowed the foundation board to designate $45,000, a portion of the bequest, for a challenge grant to benefit …

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McGuire + ASI = Signage as Sculpture at Drake Community Library

McGuire + ASI = Signage as Sculpture By Michael McAllister The imagination of Ryan McGuire and the fabrication know-how of ASI Signage joined creative forces to produce the latest addition to Grinnell’s downtown tableau. Despite a twenty-degree temperature and a brisk breeze out of the southeast, ASI personnel were at work shortly after 8:00 a.m., Friday, November 10, drilling into …

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A Veterans Remembrance/Celebration Program hosted by St. Francis Manor

A Veterans Remembrance Program was hosted by St. Francis Manor on Thursday, November 9, to honor local veterans.  Approximately 110 people attended the event including St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park residents as well as veterans from the Grinnell community.  Activity Directors Caitlin Mellick and Abby Moyer presented the program which included retired Air Force Master Sergeant Randy Hotchkin sharing …

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SHIIP Recognizes GRMC’s Program

SHIIP Recognizes GRMC’s Program The Senior Health Insurance Information Program honored Grinnell Regional Medical Center during its fall luncheon with the 25 Years of Service Award. GRMC began hosting a SHIIP counselor program in 1992, to help local Medicare subscribers with questions about their healthcare coverage. SHIIP was created in 1990 to address health insurance questions and problems related to …

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Announcing Executive Pastry Chef at Sunrise Bakery

 GRINNELL, IOWA – Sunrise Bakery has announced that Taylor Sturtz of Grinnell will be the Executive Pastry Chef at Sunrise Bakery, bringing with her a wide spread of baking experience from her California roots.  Sturtz previously supervised the production of baked goods at the Ritz Carlton Hotel and spent time producing cakes and other specialty desserts for Disneyland.  While she …

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Superintendent’s Weekly Update November 3, 2017

Superintendent’s Weekly Update November 3, 2017 This week has been filled with many opportunities for our families and students to get connected.  I want to thank everyone for your participation in “Unplugged Night” this past week.  I have heard a tremendous amount of positive feedback regarding spending time “unplugged”.   Another opportunity for families this weekend is to attend the Fall …

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LWV Forum Informs Voters About Levy

LWV Forum Informs Voters About Levy By Michael McAllister Just as she did during the candidate forum the previous week, Terese Grant, Co-President of the League of Women Voters in Grinnell, presided over a Tuesday-night gathering at the United Presbyterian Church. This week, however, on November 1, only one candidate was involved, and that candidate was not present. The candidate …

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G-N Superintendent’s Weekly Update October 27, 2017

Superintendent’s Weekly Update October 27, 2017 Dear Grinnell-Newburg Board, Staff, Family and Friends: The weather has turned colder and the end of October is here.  This is the time of year when teachers and parents gather to reflect upon student progress and how we can work collectively together to ensure that students are getting what they need to learn and …

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LWV Forum Draws Community Questions, Candidate Comments

LWV Forum Draws Community Questions, Candidate Comments By Michael McAllister As election day—November 7—nears, Grinnell’s League of Women Voters, in conjunction with the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, sponsored a candidate forum at the United Presbyterian Church on the evening of October 25. Candidates attending were Dan Agnew, running unopposed for mayor; Julie Hansen, running unopposed for First Ward city council …

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