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Hubbell Spaulding Loft Project: Full Steam Ahead

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Rumors that the Spaulding Loft Project, an ambitious $12.5 million venture that will turn the former car manufacturing plant into a 77-unit apartment complex, has filed for bankruptcy, is false. According to business insiders, construction is still underway with plans for the lofts to be completed by Spring 2016. The project, which has suffered incorrect reports …

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Photography Exhibition at Grinnell College Explores the Iowa Prairie

  Photography exhibition at Grinnell College explores the Iowa prairie Justin Hayworth’s macro photos reveal the beauty of prairie plants   Grinnell, Iowa — “A Closer Look at the Iowa Prairie: Photographs by Justin Hayworth” is on view at Grinnell College through Sunday, Oct. 11, in Burling Gallery on the lower level of Burling Library, 1111 Sixth Ave., Grinnell. Prairie …

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Fifteen Non-Profits Serving Grinnell to Receive $130,000 from Grinnell United Way

Fifteen non-profits serving Grinnell to receive $130,000 from Grinnell United Way Grinnell United Way will allocate $130,000 to 15 non-profits that serve over 4,600 people living in Grinnell. “Grinnell United Way advances the common good in Grinnell through supporting programming that focuses on education, income, and health,” said board president Rachael Kinnick. “Our donors support partner agencies’ programming and improve …

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We are Family: Grinnell Iowa Realty Purchased by Doyle & Devoe Iowa Realty

Doyle & DeVoe Iowa Realty, a decade-old business based in Newton, has acquired ownership of Grinnell Iowa Realty. The acquisition was made official July 1. Shelly Paulson, who obtained her real estate license in 1990 and her broker’s license in 2004, has owned the Grinnell franchise for eleven years. She has sold her interest to Caren DeVoe Clevenger, Phil Clevenger, …

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Grinnell Dentist Receives AGD Mastership Award

Grinnell Dentist Receives AGD Mastership Award  San Francisco, June 20th, 2015—The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is pleased to announce that Scott Baumann, DDS, MAGD, of Grinnell, Iowa, received the association’s Mastership Award during the AGD 2015 annual meeting, which took place June 18 to 21 in San Francisco. The Mastership Award is the AGD’s highest honor and one of …

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August 3rd SE*ED Topic: Aromatherapy and Your Health

Upcoming SE*ED Topic: Aromatherapy and Your Health Certain smells may bring fond memories or make people happy, but did you know that specific aromas can have health benefits? Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Senior Education program will welcome Cassie Olson, LMT, an aroma therapist and massage therapist with GRMC’s integrated therapies center. She specializes in the use of aromas as non-traditional medicine …

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Tri-County Collaboration Benefits Children

Tri-County Collaboration Benefits Children A three-year-old, three-county collaboration between Jasper, Marion and Poweshiek counties (JMP) recently awarded grants to area projects that benefit children. JMP, or “Jump” as it is locally known, was created in July 2012 to distribute funding from the state’s Early Childhood Iowa (ECI) program, administered by the Department of Management. The state requires that each county …

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Eye in the Sky: Sam Rockwell Takes His Adventure to New Heights

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs “Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci When Sam Rockwell’s Phantom II drone hums to life, it chirps a robotic jingle, as if saying hello. The lights blaze red, then …

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Crisis Intervention Services Receives a $1,000 Donation

Crisis Intervention Services Receives a $1,000 Donation  Pictured left to right are Crisis Intervention Services team members plusJeff Finch, Wes Finch Auto Plaza;Austin McKinney, Nicole Danna, Michella Friesen, Jeff Finch, Nancy Robertsonand Leslie Ruggles. In an effort to give back and show appreciation for the support they receive from their local community, Wes Finch Auto Plaza is dedicated to donating …

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Drake Library to Celebrate Landscape Completion

Drake Library to Celebrate Landscape Completion Drake Community Library’s “Converging Landscapes” project is now complete, and the public is invited to enjoy the results at a celebration on Wed., July 29, from 4:30p.m.-6 p.m. The Prairie Jewel Dixieland Band, led by trombonist Frank Heath, will perform and root beer floats will be served on the south terrace of the library. …

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26 Years of Great Golf Supporting GRMC

Golfers from around the area gathered at Oakland Acres Golf Club on Friday, July 10, for the 2015 Grinnell Regional Medical Center Golf Outing. GRMC welcomed 151 golfers on 37 teams for the annual fundraiser and friend raiser to support GRMC’s Moving at the Speed of Life campaign. The sponsorships, contests, and golf registrations raised $20,398 from the one-day event …

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School Board Seeks Nominees, Deadline July 30

 By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs   Time is quickly running out for potential school board members to throw their respective hats into the ring. July 30 marks the last opportunity, which allows nominees less than three weeks to file nomination papers. With the failed bond referendum April 7 and a potential revisitation of the same issues this fall, Grinnell classrooms are …

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Grinnell Mutual Dedicates Bartelt Conference and Education Center During Grand Opening

Grinnell Mutual dedicates Bartelt Conference and Education Center during grand opening During a dedication ceremony on June 15, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company officially opened and dedicated its new campus facility, the Bartelt Conference and Education Center. The facility is named for Dale Bartelt, chairman of Grinnell Mutual’s board of directors. The event featured comments by Grinnell Mutual President and CEO …

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NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC:

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC:   The Grinnell-Newburg Community School District Board of Education has received a resignation from the Director of District 2.   The Board of Directors will be charged with appointing an interim Director for the open seat.   To apply for the open seat please send a statement of interest and qualifications to: Board of Education Grinnell-Newburg …

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Family, Friends, Fun & Frivolity: Grinnell College Celebrates Their 136th Alumni Relations Weekend, May 28-31

FRIENDS, FAMILY, FUN & FRIVOLITY: GRINNELL COLLEGE CELEBRATES THEIR 136TH ALUMNI REUNION WEEKEND, MAY 28-31 By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Despite inclement weather that threatened to – quite literally – rain on everyone’s parade, over 1,100 celebrants made their way to Grinnell College’s campus this weekend to partake in the fun and frivolity offered by the 136th Alumni Reunion. 800 graduates, …

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Three Organizations Combine Efforts to Support Education

Three Organizations Combine Efforts to Support Education Three organizations that support the Grinnell-Newburg School District are combining efforts to raise funds for classroom equipment, graduate scholarships and alumni association activities. In the past, the Grinnell-Newburg Educational Endowment (GNEE), Dollars for Scholars, and the Grinnell-Newburg Alumni Association have sent separate fundraising appeals at different times of the year, but often with …

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Grinnell Mutual Reclaims Corporate Cup Honors

Grinnell Mutual reclaims Corporate Cup honors   Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company was presented with a prestigious Live Healthy Iowa traveling trophy on Thursday, May 14. The award recognizes Grinnell Mutual as having the highest percentage of eligible employees who began and finished Live Healthy Iowa’s 10 Week Challenge among mid-sized businesses (251 – 1,000 employees). Iowa Sports Foundation CEO and …

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Freeman Has Sights Set On Olympic Games

Former Hawkeye excels at the professional level As reported on the University of Iowa Athletic Department website, Editor’s Note: The following first appeared in the University of Iowa’s Hawk Talk Daily, an e-newsletter that offers a daily look at the Iowa Hawkeyes, delivered free each morning to thousands of fans of the Hawkeyes worldwide. To receive daily news from the Iowa Hawkeyes, …

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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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Veterans Commission Marks Time Following Official Building Restoration Launch

Veterans Commission Marks Time Following Official Building Restoration Launch By Michael McAllister On July 17, Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission held its first regular session since the official announcement earlier this month of a fundraising and informational drive to establish an artist residency in a renovated Veterans Memorial Building. Conducted by Vice Chair Gwen Rieck (center above) in the absence of …

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GRMC Golf Outing Lands Big Funds for Equipment

GRMC Golf Outing Lands Big Funds for Equipment Great weather, fun contests, and raising $24,000 recap the highlights in the 2017 Grinnell Regional Medical Center Golf Outing. GRMC welcomed 136 golfers on 34 teams to the Oakland Acres Golf Course on Friday, July 14, for the annual fundraiser and friend raiser to support GRMC. “Each year brings new golfers, new …

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Grin City Artists Tackle Tough Questions with Social Crossings Toolkit

Grin City Artists Tackle Tough Questions with Social Crossings Toolkit By Michael McAllister Is it the duty of art to disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed?  Some people say so, employing an assertion that exists in a variety of forms, attributed to people as diverse as 19th century journalist Finley Peter Dunne and modern-day graffiti artist Banksy. Regardless of …

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St. Francis Manor Celebrates 40 Years of Service with Groundbreaking for the Hammond Center for Assisted Living

St. Francis Manor Celebrates 40 Years of Service with Groundbreaking for the Hammond Center for Assisted Living   —————————————————————————-  (Grinnell, IA – July 10, 2017)  After threats of storms for the afternoon of June 29, it turned out to be sunny and hot as roughly 60 people gathered for a ceremonial groundbreaking on the site of the future Hammond Center for …

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A Notable Change in Venue: Music in the Park to GAAC

A Notable Change in Venue:  Music in the Park to GAAC By Michael McAllister Grinnell’s Music in the Park series moved from the Grinnell College campus to the steps of the Stewart Art Gallery and Grinnell Area Arts Council at 926 Broad on Thursday, July 6.  The event will remain in that location through the current season, which ends on …

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Grinnell Launches Campaign to Renovate Veterans Building

Grinnell Launches Campaign to Renovate Veterans Building  GRINNELL — The Grinnell Veterans Memorial Commission celebrated the Independence Day holiday with the announcement of a $1.8 million fundraising campaign to renovate the Veterans Memorial Building. The project seeks to visually match local prairie style architecture and create an anchor structure in Grinnell’s Central Park. The keystone feature of the renovated building will …

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Grinnell’s Fourth of July Parade: A Pictorial

Grinnell’s Fourth of July Parade:  A Pictorial By Michael McAllister “I love a parade!” sang Frank Luther in 1931—lyrics by Harold Arlen, music by Ted Koehler—and surely most people felt likewise then and do so today.  And for those people, Grinnell’s Fourth of July Parade 2017 did not disappoint. Perhaps it even converted a few parade curmudgeons. Arlen’s lyrics, however, …

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LOCAL ARTIST MARKET HELD AT STEW ART STUDIOS July 7 & 8

LOCAL ARTIST MARKET HELD AT STEW ART STUDIOS On July 7 and 8, Stew Art Studios (“the Stew”) will host a Local Artist Market. The market will feature boutique, handmade goods from local and regional artists, including paintings, hand-knitted items, pottery, and modern quilts. The Arts Council, with event-organizer Lee Smith, will oversee the summer market. Smith, a community volunteer, …

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100 + People Who Care – Grinnell to Meet July 25

100 + People Who Care – Grinnell to Meet July 25                  The quarterly meeting of 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell will be Tuesday, July 25.  The 5:30 p.m. meeting will be held in the community room at the Drake Public Library.  This will be the third meeting of 100 + …

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Rural Forward Attendees Select Education as Priority

Rural Forward Attendees Select Education as Priority By Michael McAllister Two former United States Department of Agriculture Officials—Bill Menner and John Whitaker (above, from left)—welcomed approximately 70 Grinnellians to the first meeting of Iowa’s chapter of Rural Forward at the Drake Community Library on the evening of Tuesday, June 20.  The organization’s press release describes it as a group of …

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Learning Environment Sessions Seek to Facilitate Facilities Planning

Learning Environment Sessions Seek to Facilitate Facilities Planning By Michael McAllister More people in the world have access to a mobile phone than to a clean toilet. Twitter broadcasts 100 million tweets per day. Eighty-seven percent of teenagers text, each teen sending an average of 3,339 texts per month. The amount of digital information in the world will increase 44 …

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Hubbell Restores Historic Spaulding Manufacturing Company, Holds Ribbon Cutting for Urban-Style Lofts

Hubbell Restores Historic Spaulding Manufacturing Company, Holds Ribbon Cutting for Urban-Style Lofts Grinnell, Iowa (June 15, 2017)- Hubbell Realty Company celebrated the grand opening of the Spaulding Lofts, located in the former Spaulding Manufacturing Company. This $12.5 million restoration project is the first historic renovation for Hubbell outside of Des Moines. With collaboration from the city of Grinnell, the 1870’s …

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Grin City Collective Honors Obsolete, Releases Community Resource Guide

Grin City Collective Honors Obsolete, Releases Community Resource Guide Next event:  June 30 By Michael McAllister For anyone who likes history mixed with whimsy (or whimsy mixed with history); for anyone curious about how people managed to do things well before the digital age; for anyone to whom the phrase “two longs and a short” makes perfect sense as a …

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