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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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Breakfast with Santa at St. Francis Manor December 3

Breakfast with Santa at St. Francis Manor St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park are inviting the public to enjoy “Breakfast with Santa” on Saturday, December 3rd.  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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Grinnell Regional Medical Center Announces Plans for Unique Partnership with UnityPoint Health – Des Moines and University of Iowa Health Care

Grinnell Regional Medical Center Announces Plans for Unique Partnership with UnityPoint Health – Des Moines and University of Iowa Health Care   Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC), UnityPoint Health – Des Moines and University of Iowa Health Care (UI Health Care) have begun exclusive negotiations about forming a new relationship. While details of the proposed relationship remain to be determined, …

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St. Francis Manor Hosts Veterans Program

St. Francis Manor hosted a remembrance program for veterans on Thursday, November 10th.  We hope you will include the attached pictures and write-up below on ourgrinnell.com: A Veterans Remembrance Program was hosted by St. Francis Manor on Thursday, November 10, to honor local veterans.  Over 120 people attended the event including St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park residents as well as …

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Stepping up but stymied: One veteran seeks to serve again

Stepping up but stymied:   One veteran seeks to serve again By Michael McAllister Service to country and community can take many forms.  Most of the time, we are more than willing to let those who wish to serve do so.  In Grinnell, however, in at least one instance, a request to serve seems to have been consigned to limbo. For …

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Jingle Bell Holiday Offers Family Fun, Shopping & Winter Farmers Market

Jingle Bell Holiday offers family fun, shopping & winter farmers market Grinnell’s annual holiday shopping kick-off event, Jingle Bell Holiday, is Friday, November 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. Santa Claus will visit with children at Total Choice Shipping & Printing, with photos taken by Cory Hall Photography. Carriage rides will again be available downtown free of charge this year, …

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Campaign chaos? Not in Grinnell

Campaign chaos?  Not in Grinnell By Michael McAllister While the election campaign may be confusing, frustrating, and even disheartening at the national level—fueled by both October and November surprises—the campaign is calm in Grinnell, at least if activity at either party headquarters and participation in early voting are to serve as barometers. But to characterize activity as calm is not …

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Hunger Awareness Groups Pack Meals, Have Impact

Hunger Awareness Groups Pack Meals, Have Impact   Local. Domestic. International. Hunger and food insecurity needs at each of these levels receive assistance and gain awareness from two partner organizations of the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF).   Local impact   At the local level, Tiger Packs helps to combat hunger in the Grinnell-Newburg School District by providing eligible K-8 …

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Ed Hatcher Earns Iowa Hospital Association’s Trustee of the Year Award

Ed Hatcher Earns Iowa Hospital Association’s Trustee of the Year Award Edward Hatcher, a member of Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Board of Directors, was recently recognized by the Iowa Hospital Association as the top hospital trustee in the state. IHA’s Excellence in Governance Award is presented each year to an Iowa hospital trustee who is identified as a strategic thinker, …

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Central Park progress: Primarily on point

Central Park progress:  Primarily on point During the last couple of weeks, some of the fences that have surrounded Grinnell’s Central Park this summer have come down intermittently, permitting a clearer look at the construction process. For example, when we last snapped a picture of the gazebo, on or about July 10, the structure was sitting on a flatbed truck.  …

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Take a Look into GRMC’s Crystal Ball

Take a Look into GRMC’s Crystal Ball Healthcare is changing at unprecedented levels and Grinnell Regional Medical Center is changing to remain viable and relevant to the needs of the community. Todd C. Linden, GRMC president and CEO, will discuss plans for the future during the Monday, Oct. 31, Senior Education Program. This presentation will focus on the greatest challenges …

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Cyber Security Training Session at Drake Community Library

Cyber Security Training Session at Drake Community Library Cyber attacks are becoming more common as more and more people rely on smart phones and computers for daily communication and financial transactions. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and “Cyber Security Awareness Training” is the topic for a presentation by Alison Radl, MPS, MS-InfAs, from the State of Iowa Information Security …

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Discussions underway to bring University of Iowa classes to Grinnell

Discussions underway to bring University of Iowa classes to Grinnell If enrollment goals are met, classes could start as soon as January 2017 GRINNELL, Iowa – A group of local institutions is working closely with the University of Iowa, community leaders and employers to bring University of Iowa classes to Grinnell. The classes will be held at the Iowa Valley …

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Mayflower Boards Elect New Directors

Mayflower Boards Elect New Directors  The boards of The Mayflower Community–Mayflower Homes, Inc. and Mayflower Homes Foundation–have elected new directors who began service at the boards’ annual meetings on October 18.  Each will serve a three-year term, which may be renewed for another three years. Jodie Ryan, Grinnell branch manager for Great Western Bank, will be moving from the presidency …

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New Physician at Manatt Family Urgent Care

New Physician at Manatt Family Urgent Care Luke R. Perrin, MD, family medicine physician, will begin practicing at Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Manatt Family Urgent Care and GRMC’s occupational medicine department on Saturday, Oct. 15. Perrin joins Wendi Beck, PA-C, at Manatt Family Urgent Care. “The community’s use of our urgent care clinic continues to grow, which makes it supremely …

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St. Francis Residents Participate In Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative

The Healthiest State Initiative’s goal is to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. This year’s Walk aimed to “Step It Up” and got people together to walk for 30 minutes. St. Francis Manor combined their Buddy Walk with the statewide walk and got residents outside to enjoy the fresh air and the changing of the seasons.  Thanks to …

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Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company Receives the Greater Poweshiek County Community Foundation’s 2016 Business Partner of the Year Award

Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company Receives the Greater Poweshiek County Community Foundation’s 2016 Business Partner of the Year Award Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company was awarded the Greater Poweshiek County Community Foundation’s (GPCF) 2016 Business Partner of the Year award at the Seventh Annual Spirit of Giving banquet held Oct. 8 at the Grinnell College Golf Course. The Business Partner of the Year …

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League of Women Voter forum features candidates for Iowa senate, house

  By Michael McAllister For anyone who has grown tired of the contentiousness and rancor of the current presidential election campaign, the October 12 candidate forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters and held at the Drake Community Library in Grinnell, was a welcome respite. The well-organized event featured candidates for Iowa’s District 38 senate seat and District 76 …

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Flyers, Firefighters and Funds Grinnellians step up in support of service

Flyers, Firefighters and Funds Grinnellians step up in support of service By Michael McAllister Breakfast opportunities were expanded in Grinnell this weekend, but—as inviting as the French toast, pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage were—there was a larger issue involved:  Service. Service of the kind provided by Grinnell Optimists to area youth and by Grinnell firefighters to the community. Saturday brought …

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Station Clubhouse to Hold Open House Celebrating 26 Years

The Station Clubhouse will hold an Open House celebrating 26 years of support for people with mental health disabilities in Grinnell and Poweshiek County Tuesday October 18th from 4:00 to 6:00pm. Special recognition to celebrate recent upgrades will be part of the Open House. Refreshments will be served and tours conducted. Location is listed in the last paragraph in the chronological …

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Bucket Course Offers Insight to “Disability and Being Human”

Disability is a condition most of us experience from time to time or permanently, but it is also a label we use to distinguish between abled and disabled people.  In a bucket course Disability and Being Human, Jean Ketter, Professor of Education at Grinnell College, will challenge the society’s understanding of disability by exploring the history, theories, and historical context …

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New Physician at GRMC Emergency Department

New Physician at GRMC Emergency Department   Stephanie R. Koos, DO, family and emergency medicine physician, began practicing part time at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center emergency department on September 1, 2016. Koos joined Patrick Cogley, MD; Clayton Francis, MD; and Stephen Ellestad, MD. “Dr. Koos is a wealth of knowledge,” Francis says. “Her enthusiasm for excellence and the variety …

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Seeland Park “Fall Tour of Homes” Sunday, October 9, 1:30-4:30

Seeland Park “Fall Tour of Homes” Sunday, October 9, 1:30-4:30 Enjoy refreshments and view an exhibit of hand-made quilts and teddy bears by Seeland Park residents in the Social Center located on the northwest side of St. Francis Manor. Several Seeland Park homes remain available for purchase in a variety of sizes and price ranges. Choose from homes with one …

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Grinnell Skatepark Fund Receives Grant From Tony Hawk

Grinnell Skatepark Fund Receives Grant From Tony Hawk Tony Hawk has been the biggest name in professional skateboarding since he the late 1980s. Now, The Tony Hawk Foundation helps communities across the country build free, public skateparks. Grinnell is one of the latest recipients of Hawk’s generosity- a $5000 donation to help revitalize the Bailey Park skate area. Imagine Grinnell …

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Hardeman enters winning photos in Grinnell Mutual contest

Hardeman enters winning photos in Grinnell Mutual contest Katie Hardeman of Brooklyn took top honors in Grinnell Mutual’s Hometown Pride Photo Contest.  Her photo “Flag Barn” was chosen as the winner of the Farm category.  All of the winning photos are posted on Grinnell Mutual’s website at www.grinnellmutual.com. The Hometown Pride Photo Contest captures the spirit of people, places, and small …

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Grinnell College to show HD broadcast of 10 Met Operas during the 2016-17 year

Grinnell College to show HD broadcast of 10 Met Operas during the 2016-17 year First opera to be shown is Wagner’s ‘Tristan und Isolde,’ on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Harris Center This academic year, Grinnell College will stream ten Metropolitan operas as part of the “Metropolitan Opera Live in HD” movie theater transmissions program. The first in the series, Wagner’s …

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Attorney Emily Kolbe Joins Ahlers & Cooney Law Firm

Attorney Emily Kolbe Joins Ahlers & Cooney Law Firm Des Moines, Iowa (September 23, 2016)  Emily Kolbe has joined Ahlers & Cooney, P.C. as an Associate Attorney. She is a member of the firm’s Litigation, Higher Education, and Employment practice areas, representing clients in education, government and private business. She assists employers in defending various claims of retaliation, discrimination and …

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GO FLY A KITE!

GO FLY A KITE! No, really, go fly a kite. By Michael McAllister What can sound like an insult in some contexts is excellent advice if spoken by a Rotarian recently in Grinnell.  A tradition, Kites Over Grinnell, was set aloft again on Saturday, September 24, at the Ahrens Park driving range amid summer-like temperatures, under cloud-cleared skies, on vibrant …

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GRINNELL NEWS

Grinnell Premier of Saints Rest Set for June 9-10

Grinnell Premier of Saints Rest Set for June 9-10 By Michael McAllister Saints Rest, a film produced by Devin Landin, directed by Noga Ashkenazi, co-written by Ashkenazi and Tyson Stock, and filmed in Grinnell during the summer of 2016, is featured as part of Grinnell College Summerfest on Saturday, June 9, and is scheduled for a second showing at the Strand …

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Mayor Dan Agnew—Four Months In

Mayor Dan Agnew—Four Months In   By Michael McAllister “Have you got a job yet?” “No.” “Do you want mine?” That, Mayor Dan Agnew recalls, is the exchange that led to his first job offer.  It came from Dudley Norris, the man who had coached him in football in Grinnell, then a teacher at Newton High School where Agnew, in …

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Two Cyclists from the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor Cross the State of Iowa in 2.5 Days for a Great Cause

Two Cyclists from the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor Cross the  State of Iowa in 2.5 Days for a Great Cause  (Grinnell, IA – May 15, 2018)Two Grinnell cyclists, Physical Therapist Assistant Tim Stahl and Physical Therapist Jon Duke, recently completed their LiteGait Fundraiser ride across Iowa in just two and a half days! In addition to accomplishing their …

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Vets Commission Makes Plans to Vet Architectural Offerings in May Meeting

Vets Commission Makes Plans to Vet Architectural Offerings By Michael McAllister At their regular monthly meeting on May 14, the five members of Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission moved to set a plan in motion to yield two sets of architectural plans for the Veterans Memorial Building that will become—if the full campaign is successful—the Prairie Star Artist Residency in the …

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Central Park Grand Opening on a “Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Central Park Grand Opening on a “Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood By Michael McAllister Recalling Fred Rodgers, the host of the popular PBS children’s program Mr. Rodgers’ Neighborhood,Grinnell’s Mayor Dan Agnew kicked off Central Park’s official grand opening with a quotation:  “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.” And if the weather could not quite qualify as beautiful, the crowd …

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Bikes to Art Set to Roll May 19

Bikes to Art Set to Roll May 19 By Michael McAllister The Drake Community Library houses a variety of items, and among the most unusual are two recent temporary acquisitions—bicycles designed to call attention to the second annual Bikes to Art festival set to start at the library on Saturday, May 19. “Bring your bike and your imagination,” reads the …

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Scenes from the Farmers Market—Opening Day, May 10

Scenes from the Farmers Market—Opening Day, May 10 By Michael McAllister Mother Nature blessed Grinnell with a perfect day for the opening of the 2018 Farmers Market.  A quick count of tent tops showed that at least fifteen vendors were on hand.  A stroll through the market and around the beautiful new Central Park served up a lively tableau of …

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Grinnell’s Richard Raridon and the Manhattan Project after 75 Years

Grinnell’s Richard Raridon and the Manhattan Project after 75 Years By Michael McAllister On August 9, 1945, the Oak Ridge Journal of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, carried this headline:  “Oak Ridge Attacks Japanese.” Three days earlier, the first atomic bomb had been dropped from the Enola Gay on the city of Hiroshima in Japan, but Oak Ridge, an integral part of the …

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American Cancer Society Seeks Participation in Relay For Life of Poweshiek County and Help Attack Cancer From Every Angle

American Cancer Society Seeks Participation in Relay For Life of Poweshiek County and Help Attack Cancer From Every Angle  American Cancer Society is calling on all community members to participate in the annual Relay For Life of Poweshiek County on July 6th from 7-11pm at Central Park in Grinnell in conjunction with Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce’s Friday Fest.Be part …

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New CEO Appointed at UnityPoint Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center

New CEO Appointed at UnityPoint Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center (Grinnell, Iowa) UnityPoint Health® – Des Moines announces the appointment of Jennifer Havens, RN, MHA, as the new chief executive officer at UnityPoint Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC). She will assume day-to-day leadership of the 49-bed not-for-profit medical center on July 30, 2018. “On behalf of the …

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MICA Hosts Special Brunch/Recognizes Volunteers

MICA Recognizes Volunteers at Special Brunch  Poweshiek County’s MICA (Mid-Iowa Community Action) appreciates the many hours of volunteer hours given weekly and monthly by its over thirty volunteers. These volunteers perform a myriad of jobs and tasks from cleaning out the flower beds around the building, stocking the food pantry shelves, logging in hundreds of pounds of donations and purchased …

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St. Francis Manor Announces Assisted Living Informational Meeting on May 16

St. Francis Manor Announces Assisted Living Informational Meeting on May 16   (Grinnell, IA – May 2, 2018) With a scheduled opening this November, construction is progressing on the Hammond Center for Assisted Living addition to the St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park Life Plan Community.  Framing of the Hammond Center’s first floor rooms has been completed and the second floor …

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Local Foods Connection Connects with Station Clubhouse

Local Foods Connection Connects with Station Clubhouse Local Foods Connection held a community lunch at Station Clubhouse on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Melissa Dunham (Volunteer Executive Director), Monica St. Angelo (Treasurer), and Grinnell College Service Learning Work-Study students, Eva Gemrich and Rachel Eber organized the event. Andy and Melissa Dunham of Grinnell Heritage farm provided local carrots, and Barney and …

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Bikes to Art Speeds toward May 19

Bikes to Art Speeds toward May 19 By Michael McAllister One event featuring wheels inspired another when, on March 11, 2017, the two art-and-bicycle enthusiasts pictured above, Melissa Berman and Ryan McGuire, attending the Grinnell Skate & BMX Park fundraising project, discussed possible combinations of art on wheels. Berman, then an eleven-year resident of Grinnell, former owner-operator of The Purple …

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Annual GRMC Volunteer and Auxiliary Appreciation

Annual GRMC Volunteer and Auxiliary Appreciation Unity Point Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center values the hours given by the volunteers and the GRMC Auxiliary. In 2017, 150 GRMC Auxiliary volunteers gave more than 7,000 hours of their time volunteering at the medical center. In appreciation for their time, talents and trust, GRMC hosted a recognition dinner for all volunteers …

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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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