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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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Poweshiek County Conservation Fund Gets a Boost

Poweshiek County Conservation Fund Gets a Boost The Poweshiek County Conservation Fund, one of more than 120 funds administered by the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation, has received a large gift from Frank Brownell of Montezuma. His gift will allow the “acorn” endowment fund to grow to a fully funded endowment. The endowed fund supports county conservation projects determined and overseen …

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Only Independent Undergraduate Labor Union in U.S. Wins Wage Increases

Student Workers’ Union Reaches Tentative Agreement with Grinnell College Only Independent Undergraduate Labor Union in U.S. Wins Wage Increases GRINNELL, IOWA — The Union of Grinnell Student Dining Workers yesterday reached a tentative agreement with Grinnell College after nearly four months of bargaining over a first contract for students working in the college’s food services.  Administrators at the small liberal …

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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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