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5 Ton Curved Beam For Central Park Performance Stage

5 Ton Curved Beam For Central Park Performance Stage A five ton, 80 feet long structural glued laminated timber curved beam arrived at Grinnell today. It was manufactured by Sentinel Structures, Inc. of Peshtigo, Wisconsin. This big beam along with others will be used in the roof construction of the new performance stage at Central Park. A stretch flatbed trailer was …

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Why So Many Crows?

Why So Many Crows? by Michael McAllister For several weeks now, Grinnell’s Central Park and its vicinity have been exceedingly well populated by nighttime visitors.  And they are not at all shy about making their presence known. They are crows—birds whose raucous calls and dark bearing, birds whose prominent beak, cold eyes, and ragged claws can obscure the sensitivity that …

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Be a Superhero Bowler on April 22

Be a Superhero Bowler on April 22 Grinnell’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake event will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Bowling sessions begin at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. at the Bowladrome located at 915 State Street in Grinnell. Bowlers and bowling teams are now being solicited to participate in the annual bowling …

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New Management at Grinnell Local Food Source

New Management at Grinnell Local Food Source Grinnell Local Food Source (GLFS) has a new owner/manager, Harriett Dickey-Chasins.  “Grinnell Local Food Source connects local farmers and food producers with customers who want to buy local foods,” explains Dickey-Chasins. Depending on the month, products available through Grinnell Local Food Source can include locally-raised meat, poultry, eggs, vegetables, and fruits, as well …

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A Look at Mental Health Services with Capstone

Take a look into the world of mental healthcare during Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Senior Education program on Monday, Feb. 13. Capstone Behavioral Healthcare staff Lori Schoh and Julie Smith will be highlighting the work of Capstone, which provides mental health therapy from both its locations in Grinnell and Newton. This presentation will focus on the treatment options available at …

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Manufacturing Feature | Grinnell’s ASI: Signs of the Times

Grinnell’s ASI:  Signs of the Times by Michael McAllister Even in the age of GPS and Google Maps, even with Siri and Cortana no more than a question away, we still need signs.  And a vibrant international company called ASI Signage Innovations is fulfilling that need, in part from Grinnell. ASI’s beginnings can be traced to two brothers, Hanley and …

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ARTS COUNCIL OPENS NEW DOWNTOWN CREATIVE SPACE

ARTS COUNCIL OPENS NEW DOWNTOWN CREATIVE SPACE The Grinnell Area Arts Council has rented 927 Broad Street as a creative space to support local artists and makers. It will provide studio and interactive space for artists and artisans to do solo and collaborative work, host pop-up shows, share demonstrations, and address downtown and community-wide issues together. This includes taking on …

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Grinnell’s New City Offices: Take a Quick Tour

Grinnell’s New City Offices:  Take a Quick Tour by Michael McAllister “The people’s house.”  That phrase has often been applied to various legislative buildings—the United States House of Representatives, for example—but, no matter the level, it is clear that any building or any suite of offices conducting business on behalf of the people could claim the title. In Grinnell, the …

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New Skincare Service Opens in Grinnell

New Skincare Service Opens in Grinnell A new skincare specialist began offering services on January 23. Skincare Concepts, LLC, offers a spectrum of skincare services such as facials, chemical peels, and back treatments in the Postels Community Health Park, 807 Broad Street, Grinnell. Tammie Hall, licensed esthetician, chose to open an esthetic center after experiencing the benefits of treatment herself. …

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March 8 Event to Celebrate Next Generation

The Grinnell League of Women Voters and S.H.E. Counts are planning an event on March 8, International  Women’s Day, to celebrate and encourage the next generation. The local event is also a fundraiser to provide a $500 S.H.E. Counts scholarship to a Grinnell High School graduating senior who is the first in her family to attend college. International Women’s Day …

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Healthcare Scholarship Applications Available

Healthcare Scholarship Applications Available Grinnell Regional Medical Center Auxiliary provides scholarships to area students pursuing a healthcare career. Scholarships are for graduating high school seniors and current college students. These funds are also available to adult students pursuing a healthcare career and those currently working in healthcare and seeking advanced training. This year $2,000 has been designated for scholarships, given …

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ONE HOUR OF TIME CAN CHANGE LIVES

ONE HOUR OF TIME CAN CHANGE LIVES DES MOINES, Iowa (January 18, 2017) – 90% of the population will experience a need for blood at some point during their lives. Whether it’s a trauma victim, surgery patient, cancer fighter, premature baby or mother in distress after delivery, someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds. Since there is …

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Veteran Memorial Building Proposal: Art, Vet Alliance

Veteran Memorial Building Proposal:  Art, Vet Alliance by Michael McAllister Can Grinnell become the site of the only artist residency program designed for military veterans in the United States? Can such a project be a way of revitalizing and sustaining the city’s Veteran Memorial Building? According to Tom Lacina, pictured above, the answers are yes. And he is a man …

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New Name for School Support Organization

New Name for School Support Organization There’s a new name for a familiar local school support organization. The board of the Grinnell-Newburg Educational Excellence (GNEE) organization, which has raised funds for school projects large and small since 2006, has voted to change its name to Grinnell-Newburg School Foundation (GNSF). Although the name has changed, the foundation’s mission will remain the …

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$19,000,000 In USDA Rural Development to Grinnell & Poweshiek County Under Menners Tenure

USDA Rural Development Invests Nearly $5 Billion in Rural Iowa Since 2009 Funding Created or Retained Nearly 10,000 Jobs, Assisted 20,000 Households with Home Purchases and Supported Community Improvements to Facilities, Services and Infrastructure. ——————————————– From 2009 to 2016 – during Grinnell’s own Bill Menner, the USDA Rural Development’s State Director in Iowa – here is a look at how his agency …

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Mayor Canfield Cites Gender Balance as Engendering Appointment Problems

Mayor Canfield Cites Gender Balance as Engendering Appointment Problems by Michael McAllister In an unusually active inquiry session near the close of Grinnell’s city council meeting of January 9, Mayor Gordon Canfield provided some explanation as to why two current vacancies on the Veterans Memorial Commission have not been filled through appointments. Canfield’s remarks resulted from an ongoing inquiry from …

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New Year Promises Excitement: Hotel Grinnell to Debut

New Year Promises Excitement:  Hotel Grinnell to Debut by Michael McAllister “Early summer.”  It will be early summer before we can begin enjoying the benefits of Hotel Grinnell, but considering what a hotel and events center can do for a city like Grinnell, the enterprise will be worth the wait. The prediction of an early summer opening comes from Angela …

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GRMC Welcomes First Baby of 2017

GRMC Welcomes First Baby of 2017 The first baby of 2017 arrived at Grinnell Regional Medical Center at 3:02 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3. Yingrein and Heicey Alvarado welcomed a daughter, Greismy, to their family. She weighed 7 pounds, 0 ounces, and measured 19.5 inches long. Greismy was delivered by Michelle Rebelsky, MD, Family Medicine, and Elizabeth Tigges, DO, Surgical …

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Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation Becomes Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation’s First “Partner in Philanthropy”

Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation Becomes Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation’s First “Partner in Philanthropy” Grinnell, IA, December 19, 2016: Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company President and CEO Larry Jansen and Advertising and Community Relations Director Barb Baker, presented the first installment of a three-part pledge to the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) Board of Directors at GPCF’s most recent board meeting.  The …

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Wanted: Seven taskforce coordinators for part-time AmeriCorps positions

Wanted: Seven taskforce coordinators for part-time AmeriCorps positions Coordinators will work with volunteer groups supporting community education projects GRINNELL, Iowa — The Grinnell AmeriCorps Partnership is seeking individuals who love community and education to serve in seven part-time, short-term taskforce coordinator positions. Applications will be accepted through Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. “Building on the momentum of the successful projects initiated …

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Grinnell banker launches, pilots Apollo 11 commemorative

Grinnell banker launches, pilots Apollo 11 commemorative   By Michael McAllister On Thursday, December 8, astronaut John Glenn died at the age of 95.  Tributes to Glenn—the first American to orbit the earth and, 36 years later, the oldest human to venture into space—reminded Americans of the significance of that 1962 orbital flight by Friendship 7 amidst Cold War uncertainty …

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Grinnell Mutual Grows Beards, Gets Wet for GRMC’s Community Care Clinic

Grinnell Mutual Grows Beards, Gets Wet for GRMC’s Community Care Clinic A group of Grinnell Mutual employees put away their razors and heels to support a great cause — Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Community Care Clinic. Jeff Menary, executive vice president of line operations, challenged staff to raise $3,000 to support the clinic, which provides medical care to area residents …

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SE•ED Holiday Program Gives Historical Perspective

SEED Holiday Program Gives Historical Perspective This holiday season, step back 160 years in Poweshiek County and listen to “Voices from the Past: Lower Blue Point Church,” during the Senior Education Program’s annual holiday program. Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s SEED program season finale, December 12, will feature the Poweshiek County Heritage Park and an oral history of an early settlers’ …

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Year-End Giving Opportunities at GPCF

Year-End Giving Opportunities at GPCF It’s the annual season-of-giving, and the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation encourages community members to consider making a gift to one of the many nonprofits and causes in the county.  A gift to GPCF and its funds not only provides attractive tax benefits but makes a significant and lasting impact in Poweshiek County. GPCF has over …

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Grinnell Corridor Entrance Signs To Be Updated

A note from City Manager Russ Behrens brings us up to date on the corridor high profile entrance signs, “Yes we are ‘experimenting’ with a font design that has more of an impact as intended. This (the current mock up) was the original design. Based on feedback on this design this will likely be the final version that is installed. …

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Christmas 2016: Grinnell Gears Up

Christmas 2016:  Grinnell Gears Up By Michael McAllister As though to herald the holiday season, northwest winds howled and temperatures plunged in Grinnell on the afternoon of Friday, November 18.  While a gentle nudge from the blissful autumn days we had been enjoying would have been appropriate as mood setting for the Jingle Bell Holiday, there is such a thing …

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Lower Elementary Students In Need Benefit Before Winter Arrives

  Lower Elementary Students In Need Benefit Before Winter Arrives Grinnell, IA, November 18th, 2016:  The annual proceeds from the Dr. Kevin W. Sterk Lower Elementary Student Needs Endowment were used to fulfill some basic necessities.  Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation staff gathered from the Fairview and Bailey Park Elementary principals a list of items they had observed as student needs. …

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Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards $1,000 Donation to the Grinnell Skate/BMX Project!

Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards $1,000 Donation to the Grinnell Skate/BMX Project! GRINNELL, IOWA (November 17, 2016) – Wes Finch Auto Plaza is kicking off the season of giving by donating $1,000 to the Grinnell Skate/BMX Project through their Facebook Charity Campaign! Voting took place October 1st through October 31st, and the winner was announced on November 1st. Grinnell Skate/BMX …

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GPCF’s Big GIVE Month Benefits Area Non-Profits

GPCF’s Big GIVE Month Benefits Area Non-Profits The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation’s Big GIVE campaign during October harvested nearly $185,000 for area organizations.  Donors pledged and contributed $184,457 to 39 different funds administered by GPCF. The month-long fund drive, stimulated by art-themed matching challenges of $11,385, garnered $93,412 in direct gifts, $40,000 in new pledges, and $17,633 in pledge payments.  An …

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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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