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Middle Way Farm to hold second on-farm plant sale April 29th

Middle Way Farm to hold second on-farm plant sale  With the growing season kicking into gear, Middle Way Farm will be holding its second annual plant sale on Saturday, April 29th, from 9 am to noon. The plants sale will feature cool-season vegetable transplants including kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, Swiss chard, head lettuce, onions, leeks, parsley, and more, as …

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Easter Bunny Visits St. Francis Manor

Easter Bunny Visits St. Francis Manor The Easter Bunny hopped over to St. Francis Manor in Grinnell for its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15.  Over 60 children attended the annual event which is held for St. Francis and Seeland Park residents’ grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as staff members’ children and grandchildren.  Before the hunt began, the …

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First Food Fair Features Local Farm-raised Fare

First Food Fair Features Local Farm-raised Fare by Michael McAllister The northwest corner of McNally’s Foods at 1021 Main Street in Grinnell was given over to local food producers on the afternoon of Saturday, April 15, as a new tradition was served up:  the first annual Local Foods Fair. According to Grinnell’s Chamber of Commerce Community Calendar, Local Food Connection, …

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Baarda Named a 100 Great Iowa Nurse

Baarda Named a 100 Great Iowa Nurse Grinnell Regional Medical Center nurse Sheryl Baarda, RNC, obstetrics nurse manager, 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 by …

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Vets Commission Marches Forward with Building Renewal, Artist Residency Plans

Vets Commission Marches Forward with Building Renewal, Artist Residency Plans   By Michael McAllister If all goes according to plans, the Veteran Memorial Building at the northwest corner of Central Park will one day look approximately like the picture above, a concept produced by John Bushong and Tom Lacina and presented by Lacina Monday evening, April 10, at the regular …

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New Primary Care Physician Joins Grinnell Family Care

New Primary Care Physician Joins Grinnell Family Care             Teresa Coon, MD, will begin seeing patients full-time at Grinnell Family Care on Thursday, June 1, joining the two primary care providers in the clinic, located at 217 Fourth Ave., West, Grinnell. Coon has been working at Grinnell Family Care two days per week since December of 2016. She is joining …

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Final Legislative Coffee Percolates Concerns, Questions, Comments

Final Legislative Coffee Percolates Concerns, Questions, Comments By Michael McAllister As March transitioned to April, attention focused on the Final Four, and, in Grinnell, on the Final Forum—the final legislative forum of the season, that is, held April 1 with Representative Dave Maxwell and Senator Tim Kapucian. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the 90-minute event took place at …

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100 + People Who Care – Grinnell – To Meet April 25

100 + People Who Care – Grinnell – To Meet April 25 The quarterly meeting of 100+ People Who Care – Grinnell will be held at the Drake Community Library on Tuesday, April 25.  The meeting will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s community room, and will last one hour.  This will be the first actual “voting” meeting …

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How a Bill (In Iowa) Becomes a Law (Really)

How a Bill (In Iowa) Becomes a Law (Really) By Michael McAllister “I’m just a bill…sitting up on Capitol Hill.”  Readers of a certain age—or with children of a certain age—will remember Schoolhouse Rock, ABC’s foray into educational Saturday-morning programming from the 1970s. The series prompted spin-offs such as America Rock, beginning in 1975, originally intended to focus on the …

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Grinnell Farmers Market accepting vendors for the 2017 season

Grinnell Farmers Market accepting vendors for the 2017 season GRINNELL – The Grinnell Farmers Market is currently accepting applications for vendors for their 2017 season, which begins May 11 and runs through October 14. The Grinnell Farmers Market will take place on Thursday afternoons from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to Noon. The Farmers Market …

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Peace Tree Handcrafted beer to Open Taproom in Grinnell

Knoxville-based Peace Tree Brewing plans to open a branch in downtown Grinnell at 923 Main Street. Delphina Baumann, owner of the property just north of the Strand Theatre bought it last spring with the intent to enhance downtown vitality by developing one of the empty storefronts on Main Street. She envisioned a retail space for local and global artisans as …

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Nor Any Drop to Drink

Nor Any Drop to Drink By Michael McAllister If a homily could be rewritten, no doubt Bill Stowe would offer a revision of the idea that the only two certainties in life are death and taxes.  He would remind us of the necessity for water, an inclusion that fits well since the delivery of safe drinking water to people costs …

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Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards $1,000 Donation to Central Iowa Christian School!

  Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards $1,000 Donation to Central Iowa Christian School!   GRINNELL, IA (March 22, 2017) – Wes Finch Auto Plaza has kicked off this year’s donation contest with a $1,000 donation to the Central Iowa Christian School! Voting took place February 1st through February 28th, and the winner was announced on March 1st. Central Iowa Christian …

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Grinnell Mutual reveals new brand identity

Grinnell Mutual reveals new brand identity Grinnell Mutual, which has provided property and casualty insurance and reinsurance to customers for more than 100 years, today is unveiling a new brand identity that more closely aligns with its continued growth and transformation.   “We’ve made extraordinary changes over the past few years to position ourselves for the future and to serve our …

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Grinnell Skatepark Rolls Closer to Reality

Grinnell Skatepark Rolls Closer to Reality By Michael McAllister The structure known as the former Delong’s Building on Grinnell’s 6th Avenue West came to life Saturday afternoon, March 11, with the help of Imagine Grinnell, the Office of Service and Social Innovation at Grinnell College, several area businesses and service organizations, a host of volunteers, and a diverse collection of …

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Re/Max Partners Realty named Business of the Year

Re/Max Partners Realty named Business of the Year GRINNELL, Iowa– The Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce recognized Re/Max Partners Realty as the 2017 Grinnell Business of the Year at its Annual Celebration, which took place March 15 at the Grinnell College Golf Course. “We are humbled with the recognition Re/Max Partners Realty received from the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce”, said …

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GPCF Announces 2017 Community Fund, Alliance Grant Recipients

GPCF Announces 2017 Community Fund, Alliance Grant Recipients   The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) and the Poweshiek County Alliance (PCA) have announced 2017 grant recipients for improvement projects throughout Poweshiek County. The funding priorities for the PCA and Community Fund grants include cultural, educational, historical, community/county development, and recreational projects, as well as projects that enhance the safety, beauty, …

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Scott Harris Named New Executive Director at Pilgrim Heights Camp and Retreat Center

Scott Harris has been named Executive Director at Pilgrim Heights Camp and Retreat Center, a 120 acre hidden treasure in Tama County. Harris brings over 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience to this position. He also is excited to implement his “Play to Win” strategies for the organization and see participation in summer camps, retreats, and events grow to unprecedented …

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Veterans Commission Deploys Plan A, Debates Plan B

Veterans Commission Deploys Plan A, Debates Plan B By Michael McAllister Three of the current four-member Veterans Memorial Commission met in regular session at 5:15 p.m. on Monday, March 13, at the Drake Community Library, and received an update on the proposal to establish a national artist residency focusing on veterans in Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Building.  The commission’s support for …

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Tiffany Criswell Promoted to Administrator of St. Francis Manor

 Tiffany Criswell Promoted to Administrator of St. Francis Manor (Grinnell, IA – March 10, 2017)  Tiffany Criswell has been promoted to Administrator/RN of St. Francis Manor after passing her National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) earlier this month.  Tiffany joins the administrative leadership team with Executive Administrator Dion Schrack who recently completed 35 years as Administrator of St. …

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927 Calls for Questions, Comments, Support

927 Calls for Questions, Comments, Support By Michael McAllister “To improve the social, cultural, and economic vitality of the downtown”—such was the aim of a task force set in motion late last year by Mayor Canfield.  Following a series of meetings, community representatives, interested parties, and just plain people drafted a set of basic considerations relating to those broad aims. …

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CARES VS. CAFOS: Factors of Factory Farms

CARES VS. CAFOS:  Factors of Factory Farms by Michael McAllister A portion of the March 2 meeting of the Poweshiek County Board of Supervisors, held in the Community Room of the Drake Library, was devoted to a dialogue between representatives of Poweshiek CARES (Community Action to Restore Environmental Stewardship) and two of three supervisors, Dana Dawley, above center, and Larry …

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GRMC Honored for Patriotic Support

GRMC Honored for Patriotic Support Grinnell Regional Medical Center and Todd Linden, president and CEO, have been honored with a Patriot Award. The award comes from Iowa Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office. The award was given in recognition of GRMC’s extraordinary support of its employees in the Guard and Reserve. “The …

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Courier staff receives seven Illinois College Press Association awards

Courier staff receives seven Illinois College Press Association awards   MONMOUTH, Ill. – Staff members of the Monmouth College student newspaper, The Courier, came home from last weekend’s 34th annual Illinois College Press Association conventionwith seven awards, including three first-place honors. Kallie DiTusa ’17 of Johnsburg, Ill., was part of all three top honors. In the non-dailies under 4,000 students category, DiTusa had …

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“Going Green” Theme for Imagine Grinnell Fundraiser March 17

“Going Green” Theme for Imagine Grinnell Fundraiser March 17 Imagine Grinnell’s annual fundraiser will go green this year, supporting the quality of life organization’s “green, playing and growing” programs, with auctions and entertainment scheduled for St. Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17. The open-to-the-public fundraiser, with a goal of $10,000, will be held at the Grinnell College Golf Clubhouse, 933 13th …

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GRMC Board Installs New Leadership

GRMC Board Installs New Leadership Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s governing board has elected Wendy Kadner as the board of trustees’ chair. She is the vice president for Team Resources, Recruiting and Human Capital Management at Divurgent, a healthcare information technology consulting firm based in Virginia, and owner of Grandma’s House, Grinnell. Chair elect is Bill Menner, Grinnell, and founder of …

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Revitalized Vets Commission Vets Proposal, Ventures Forward

Revitalized Vets Commission Vets Proposal, Ventures Forward   by Michael McAllister Two new members of Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission were welcomed to a regular monthly meeting of the commission at 5:15 p.m., Monday, February 13, at the community room of the Drake Community Library.  One resignation was acknowledged. The well-attended meeting—approximately 24 people were in the audience—represented a new beginning …

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The Heart Gallery—A Different Kind of Valentine

The Heart Gallery—A Different Kind of Valentine by Michael McAllister Valentine’s Day:  Hearts, flowers, chocolates, and romance.  But love, we know, takes many forms and fulfills many needs.  A display currently hosted by Grinnell’s Drake Community Library reminds us that those deserving of love do not always receive it, but there are steps people can take to help. Called the …

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St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park FISH FRY March 10

Coming soon – The St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park Fish Fry…Friday March 10th – ALL YOU CAN EAT – Fish, Fries and Cole Slaw. Serving from 5 – 7pm  at the St. Francis Manor Social Center. Tickets $8 if purchased by March 3rd – $10 after March 3rd or at the door on March 10th. Purchase advance tickets at …

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GRINNELL NEWS

Bailey Park Skate Park Update – Scheduled to be completed in 2018

Bailey Park Skate Park Update – Scheduled to be completed in 2018 Grinnell City Manager, Russ Behrens, and Rich Dana of Imagine Grinnell recently met with Vince Onel of Spohn Ranch to finalize the design of the new skate park for Bailey Park. The design concept will be used to prepare construction documents. This design is the result of public …

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GRMC Golf Outing Lands Big Funds for Equipment

GRMC Golf Outing Lands Big Funds for Equipment A little rain didn’t hinder the success of UnityPoint Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s (GRMC) 29thannual golf outing. With support of sponsors, volunteers and golfers, this fundraiser and “friend” raiser generated more than $26,000 for medical and wellness equipment. GRMC welcomed 116 golfers and 29 teams to the GRMC Golf Outing …

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Join Us For FREE Pie & Coffee

and find out how you can enjoy an safe and yet independent life at the new Hammond Center for Assisted Living opening soon in Grinnell. Only 8 apartments remain available so it is time seize the moment and join us at one of the upcoming informational event: MONTEZUMA – August 1 at 1:30 pm – Daily Grind BROOKLYN – August …

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ARTS COUNCIL TO EXPAND CERAMICS PROGRAM WITH MOVE TO THE STEW

ARTS COUNCIL TO EXPAND CERAMICS PROGRAM WITH MOVE TO THE STEW The Grinnell Area Arts Council is pleased to announce that its ceramics program will move to a larger space in the garage of the Stew Art Studios this summer. After experiencing dramatic growth in its ceramics community, which is currently housed in a room on the lower level of …

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New Nurse Anesthetist Welcomed to GRMC

New Nurse Anesthetist Welcomed to GRMC UnityPoint Health®– Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) is pleased to announce the arrival of LenaMarie Johnson, as a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) to the Warren H. Bower surgical center at the hospital. Johnson started on July 16 and joins current anesthesia providers Kevin R. Emge, DO and Lacey A. Nicol, CRNA. Johnson earned …

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Grinnell Area Arts Council is pleased to announce the addition of Monica St. Angelo as our new Operations Manager!

Monica, who holds a BA in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, danced professionally before attending college, has worked in a variety of positions with Grinnell College, and is also well-known in the community for her work as a yoga instructor, business operator, choreographer and volunteer. “I’m delighted to return to my arts roots and join the Grinnell Area Arts …

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Veterans Commission Awaits Amperage, RDG Proposals

Veterans Commission Awaits Amperage, RDG Proposals By Michael McAllister On July 4, Grinnell veterans raised a flag over the Veterans Memorial Building.  Five days later, the Veterans Memorial Commission, at its regular July meeting, raised expectations that two upcoming reports will move Grinnell closer to establishing the Prairie Star Artist Residency in the Veterans Memorial Building. Commission Chair Leo Lease …

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Ryan’s Been Busy! Public art pops up in Grinnell

Ryan’s Been Busy! Public art pops up in Grinnell   By Michael McAllister While dinosaurs terrorize humans in Jurassic World at the Strand, a much more congenial and hygienically conscious member of the species has taken up residence in Grinnell in a surprising location—the alley that runs parallel to Grinnell State Bank, on the east, between Third and Fourth Avenue. Mapped …

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Broad Stripes and Bright Stars Wave Again over Veterans Memorial Building

Broad Stripes and Bright Stars Wave Again over Veterans Memorial Building   By Michael McAllister In a short but dignified service at 1:00 p.m. on Independence Day 2018, Grinnell veterans brought the Stars and Stripes back to the Veterans Memorial Building in the northwest corner of Central Park. Between 60 and 70 people attended as Randy Hotchkin (below), a member …

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100 + People Who Care to Meet July 24

100 + People Who Care to Meet July 24 People Who Care – Grinnell + People Who Care – Grinnell will be Tuesday, July 24.  The hour-long meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m., and will be held in the Caulkins Community Room at the Drake Library.  This will be a voting meeting for the organization, where a decision is made …

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Grinnell Historical Museum Looks to Yesterday and Tomorrow

Grinnell Historical Museum Looks to Yesterday and Tomorrow By Michael McAllister In keeping with its Victorian beginnings, the Grinnell Historical Museum at 1125 Broad Street is dignified, restrained, and confident but polite.  However, plans call for broadening the museum’s scope to capture more of Grinnell’s past and, if possible, expansion to a second location to house large items such as …

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Mayflower Community Announces Leadership Transitions

Mayflower Community Announces Leadership Transitions Mayflower Community announced today new leadership in the roles of executive director and associate director/healthcare administrator for the 55-plus life plan community in Grinnell. Steve Langerud, a professional consultant and facilitator and member of the Mayflower board since 2008, will succeed Bob Mann as executive director, effective Aug. 1.  Mann, who has led Mayflower through …

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Hotel Grinnell: From Classrooms to Class

Hotel Grinnell:  From Classrooms to Class By Michael McAllister Because Hotel Grinnell occupies a former middle school building, pictured above in a photo from Digital Grinnell, and because the school theme is creatively carried out within the boutique establishment, it is appropriate to say the that the hotel, which opened in September of 2017, has successfully completed two semesters and …

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“LEAVE IT BETTER THAN YOU FOUND IT” Nominations Open

“LEAVE IT BETTER THAN YOU FOUND IT” Nominations Open Nominations are open for the 2018 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” awards from the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation.  All Grinnell area nonprofit, social, civic, fraternal, and community groups making a difference in the local community are eligible to be nominated by the Aug. 1 deadline. The 2018 …

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Developers update City Council on plans for Grinnell Promenade project Updates include pedestrian-friendly features such as sidewalk patios

Developers update City Council on plans for Grinnell Promenade project Updates include pedestrian-friendly features such as sidewalk patios GRINNELL, Iowa — Principals of Grinnell Promenade LLC gave an updated presentation about the corporation’s proposed mixed-use development for the old McNally’s site during the Grinnell City Council meeting Monday night. Grinnell Promenade is Grinnell College’s selected development partner for the former …

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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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