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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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Big GIVE Month Starts Oct. 1

Big GIVE Month Starts Oct. 1 GPCF annual fundraiser motivated by art and matching challenges at Oct. 8 auction   The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation’s annual Big GIVE fundraising campaign, Oct. 1-31, will take an artful twist this year with matching challenges and an Oct. 8 kickoff and recognition event focused on “The Art of Growing Community.” Last year, donors …

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Time to Review Medicare Plan Options

Time to Review Medicare Plan Options Only 13 percent of people with Medicare Part D plans change their drug plans each year (on average). Relatively few people on Medicare have used the annual open enrollment period from October 15 to December 7 to switch Part D prescription drug plans. Yet in Iowa, 50 percent of the people who received help …

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Print Still a Priority for College, Community

Print Still a Priority for College, Community By Michael McAllister The Zone of Confluence bubbled a bit this past July 5 when the Grinnell College Bookstore combined with the Pioneer Bookshop at what had been Gosselink’s Hallmark Store at 933 Main Street.  Friday, September 16, that merger was marked with a grand opening celebration.   Over forty people were present …

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2016-2017 Seasonal Influenza Season – Vaccination Clinics Offered

2016-2017 Seasonal Influenza Season Grinnell Regional Public Health will offer public vaccination clinics at locations throughout the county for the seasonal influenza vaccine. The upcoming season’s flu vaccine will protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. GRMC will offer a quadrivalent flu vaccine, designed to protect against four different flu viruses; two influenza A …

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Debbie Durham, Director of IEDA meets with local officials seeking community collaboration moving ahead on Veteran’s Memorial Building

by Teresa McCall….Earlier today (September 14, 2016) at Grinnell College, Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority met with Teresa McCall, chair of the Grinnell Veterans Memorial Commission, Mike Olson, fundraising co-chair of the commission’s task force, and Grinnell City Manage, Russ Behrens, to discuss ways to facilitate cooperation among city leaders and the commission so that funding …

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Traveling exhibition of works by Alexander Archipenko opens Sept. 30 at Faulconer Gallery

Traveling exhibition of works by Alexander Archipenko opens Sept. 30 at Faulconer Gallery Retrospective exhibition at Grinnell College includes more than 60 works by the cubist sculptor    GRINNELL, Iowa – The Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College will open the 2016-17 academic year with “Archipenko: A Modern Legacy,”a major traveling retrospective of more than 60 sculptures, mixed media reliefs and works on paper …

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American Innovations Celebrate AmeriCorps Achievements: Root beer, Dixieland, and learning

American Innovations Celebrate AmeriCorps Achievements: Root beer, Dixieland, and learning By Michael McAllister “The library really knocked it out of the park this year.”  Those were the words of Monica Chavez-Silva, Assistant Vice President for Community Enhancement and Engagement at Grinnell College Thursday evening, September 8, on the terrace of Grinnell’s Drake Community Library.  The occasion was a reception designed to …

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St. Francis Manor Announces Three Free Lunch & Learn Programs

  The Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor Announces Three Free Lunch & Learn Educational Programs (Grinnell, IA – September 7, 2016)  The Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor will offer three FREE educational Lunch & Learn programs to the public this fall on the important topics of Parkinson’s Disease, Fall Prevention, and Pain Management.  The public is invited to attend …

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City Council Gives Nod to Hotel Entrepreneurs

by Michael McAllister, correspondent “Vibrancy” was a word heard frequently in Grinnell’s city council chambers Tuesday night, September 6, and the desire to secure as much of it as possible for the city was the driving force behind the council’s unanimous approval of Resolution 2016-165, “the proposal to enter a Purchase, Sale and Development Agreement with Grinnell Center, LLC, which …

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SPAULDING LOFTS ALREADY OVER HALF-LEASED

SPAULDING LOFTS ALREADY OVER HALF-LEASED Already half-leased, Spaulding Lofts aims for construction to complete by years end.   GRINNELL, IOWA (September 6, 2016) – Spaulding Lofts, the $12.5 million project to renovate and develop 77 apartments in the heart of downtown, has nearly completed the lease-up of the first building and is already 20 percent leased in the second building. …

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New paintings by Belle Plaine native John Schlue, opens at Stewart Gallery

EatChewLive, new paintings by Belle Plaine native John Schlue, opens at Stewart Gallery   On Thursday, September 8, the Grinnell Area Arts Council opens a new exhibition of the stunning geometric paintings of John Schlue. Schlue, now working in Los Angeles, creates his colorful canvases from oil paint and acrylic felt. Schlue grew up in Belle Plaine, IA and attended …

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St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park Invite the Public to an Entertaining and Educational Program on Wednesday, September 14

St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park Invite the Public to an Entertaining and Educational Program on Wednesday, September 14    (Grinnell, IA – August 26, 2016)  In celebration of National Assisted Living Week (September 11-17), St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park invite the public to attend an entertaining and educational program—“Straight-laced Girls, Uptight Ladies, & Loose Women:  How Religion, Corsets …

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Respect for Ag—No Lag in Grinnell

Respect for Ag—No Lag in Grinnell By Michael McAllister If appreciation could be harvested like corn or soybeans, Grinnell’s 2016 Ag Appreciation Day could be said to have yielded a bumper crop.  Occupying Broad Street from 4th to 5th, the annual event, sponsored by Grinnell Lions, featured vintage tractors, ag education, classic rock ‘n’ roll, farm-friendly food and a variety …

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Avoiding Norovirus

  Avoiding Norovirus With the onset of the new school year, Grinnell Regional Public Health advises taking precautionary steps of handwashing and avoiding school or work while ill to avoiding the spread of illnesses such as noroviruses. Norovirus has been identified in the community. The most common symptoms are nausea with vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps. People of all ages have …

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Blues Minus Booze

Blues Minus Booze “I done throwed away that old gin bottle.”  –Lightnin’ Hopkins, “Gin Bottle Blues”   Bob Dorr and the Blue Band, a music endeavor in its 35th year, rocked Grinnell’s Ahrens Park Thursday evening, August 18, in the penultimate offering of 2016’s Music in the Park series.  The ensemble laid down a compelling mix of blues—of course—and classic …

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2016 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” Award to Grinnell Education Partnership

The Grinnell Education Partnership, a collaboration of area institutions, employers and individuals committed to educational success, is the 2016 recipient of the “Leave It Better ThanYou Found It” award from the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation (CDAF). The “Leave It Better ThanYou Found It” award commemorates the August birthday of the late benefactor Claude W. Ahrens. In a 1993 …

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Despite Central Park renovation, Farmers Market holds steady

  by Michael McAllister, Our Grinnell contributor Grinnell’s summer of 2016 may become known as The Summer Without the Park, but the farmers market, according to six vendors, is in general yielding a strong crop of customers. As in the past, the market borders Central Park on its northwest corner, taking in sections of Broad Street on the west and …

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Corn, Cars, Stripes and Stars Support Grinnell’s Vets Building

by Michael McAllister, OurGrinnell contributor Residents of the greater Grinnell community came together Sunday afternoon, July 17, at one historic site to support another historic site—the former being Candyland Station at the corner of West and 4th and the latter being the Veterans Memorial Building of Grinnell’s Central Park. Spirits of participants and music from entertainers were upbeat as supporters …

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Poweshiek County Fair Queen and Runners-Up Announced

County Fair Queen — Brooke Kuesel, the 2016 Poweshiek County Fair Queen, was announced during a ceremony at the Poweshiek County Fairgrounds on Thursday, July 21. Eight young ladies vied for the queen crown. Brooke comes from a long-line of Poweshiek County Fair and Iowa State Fair attendees. She will be a senior at HLV High School this fall.   …

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Grinnell—“You Oughta Be In Pictures”

By: Michael McAllister, freelance contributor to OurGrinnell.com Grinnell—“You Oughta Be In Pictures” Making a movie is a kind of alchemy.  People assemble various elements and strive for magic. It’s not a magic borne of mystery, however, but a magic ground out by artists and technicians in full expression, working together and separately, twisting knobs, looking through lenses, lugging equipment, sweating occasionally, …

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Gazebo Goes South

Gazebo Goes South Work on Grinnell’s Central Park renovation project is in full swing—or, perhaps more accurately, full dig. In addition to removing playground equipment and trimming and removing trees, workers have gouged trenches in the northeast corner of the park for the new pavilion. Meanwhile, the park’s gazebo, a focal point since 1990, currently sits on a flatbed truck …

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HISTORIC SPAULDING LOFTS NOW OPEN

HISTORIC SPAULDING LOFTS NOW OPEN The East building is open and ready to lease, while the West building aims to open by years end.  GRINNELL, IOWA (July 7, 2016) – The former home of Spaulding Manufacturing Company is now the home to Hubbell Realty Company’s latest historic rehab, Spaulding Lofts. The $12.5 million project to renovate and develop 77 apartments …

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Grinnell’s Fourth Week-End (A Recap)

by Michael McAllister, Our Grinnell contributing reporter Grinnell’s Fourth on the Fifth A recap of city events marking Grinnell’s birthday party for America Cooler-than-usual temperatures, clouds and a sprinkle of early-morning rain greeted Grinnellians as they set about celebrating America’s 240th birthday with parades, contests, hot dogs, fishing, swimming and of course fireworks. Clouds persisted until evening, but temperatures remained …

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McDonough Selected as Grand Marshal of Fourth of July Parade

McDonough Selected as Grand Marshal of Fourth of July Parade  GRINNELL—Grinnell resident Howard McDonough will lead the Fourth of July parade as the 2016 grand marshal on Monday, July 4. The parade route will be altered due to road construction. Howard McDonough will lead the parade as this year’s grand marshal. A Grinnell High School graduate, he devotes his time …

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Contrasting sculpture exhibitions open July 1 at Faulconer Gallery in Grinnell

Featured artists are Anders Krisár of Sweden, Tim Berg and Rebekah Myers of California  Grinnell College’s Faulconer Gallery reopens Friday, July 1, with a pair of contrasting sculpture exhibitions, each drawn, in its own way, from life. Both exhibitions are free and open to the public. “Anders Krisár” features a Swedish artist who first exhibited his work as a photographer in …

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Singing Brings A Lifetime Of Smiles

Music is a language we all speak and for Shirley Arvidson, it’s a way to bring people together. Shirley’s love for singing started when she was a young child and it has continued to be her greatest source of joy. She remembers learning “Jesus Loves Me” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider” in church Sunday School.  At her father’s grocery store, the …

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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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