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Grinnell Mutual Dedicates Bartelt Conference and Education Center During Grand Opening

Grinnell Mutual dedicates Bartelt Conference and Education Center during grand opening During a dedication ceremony on June 15, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company officially opened and dedicated its new campus facility, the Bartelt Conference and Education Center. The facility is named for Dale Bartelt, chairman of Grinnell Mutual’s board of directors. The event featured comments by Grinnell Mutual President and CEO …

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NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC:

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC:   The Grinnell-Newburg Community School District Board of Education has received a resignation from the Director of District 2.   The Board of Directors will be charged with appointing an interim Director for the open seat.   To apply for the open seat please send a statement of interest and qualifications to: Board of Education Grinnell-Newburg …

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Family, Friends, Fun & Frivolity: Grinnell College Celebrates Their 136th Alumni Relations Weekend, May 28-31

FRIENDS, FAMILY, FUN & FRIVOLITY: GRINNELL COLLEGE CELEBRATES THEIR 136TH ALUMNI REUNION WEEKEND, MAY 28-31 By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Despite inclement weather that threatened to – quite literally – rain on everyone’s parade, over 1,100 celebrants made their way to Grinnell College’s campus this weekend to partake in the fun and frivolity offered by the 136th Alumni Reunion. 800 graduates, …

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Three Organizations Combine Efforts to Support Education

Three Organizations Combine Efforts to Support Education Three organizations that support the Grinnell-Newburg School District are combining efforts to raise funds for classroom equipment, graduate scholarships and alumni association activities. In the past, the Grinnell-Newburg Educational Endowment (GNEE), Dollars for Scholars, and the Grinnell-Newburg Alumni Association have sent separate fundraising appeals at different times of the year, but often with …

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Grinnell Mutual Reclaims Corporate Cup Honors

Grinnell Mutual reclaims Corporate Cup honors   Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company was presented with a prestigious Live Healthy Iowa traveling trophy on Thursday, May 14. The award recognizes Grinnell Mutual as having the highest percentage of eligible employees who began and finished Live Healthy Iowa’s 10 Week Challenge among mid-sized businesses (251 – 1,000 employees). Iowa Sports Foundation CEO and …

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Freeman Has Sights Set On Olympic Games

Former Hawkeye excels at the professional level As reported on the University of Iowa Athletic Department website, Editor’s Note: The following first appeared in the University of Iowa’s Hawk Talk Daily, an e-newsletter that offers a daily look at the Iowa Hawkeyes, delivered free each morning to thousands of fans of the Hawkeyes worldwide. To receive daily news from the Iowa Hawkeyes, …

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Honoring the Fallen and the Brave: National Police Week (May 10-15) and National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day (May 15)

 By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs “Whereas, from the beginning of this Nation, law enforcement officers have played an important role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms which are guaranteed by the Constitution and in protecting the lives and property of our citizens; and Whereas, through constant application of new procedures and techniques, such officers are becoming more efficient in their enforcement …

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GRMC Board Elects 2015 Officers

Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s governing board elected the 2015 officers and committee chairs. Leading the board in 2015 is Todd Reding, Grinnell, chief operating officer/vice president for investments, Charrette Venture Group. The chair-elect is Wendy Kadner, owner of WSK Solutions, LLC, and Grandma’s House, Grinnell. Bill Menner, Grinnell, the Iowa state director for rural development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, shifts …

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Grinnell Golf & Country Club Offers “Sneak Peek Week” to Public May 11–17

Grinnell Golf & Country Club Offers “Sneak Peek Week” to Public May 11–17 New Management and Award-Winning Superintendent to Showcase New Country Club Offerings to the Greater Community Grinnell, IA: Grinnell Golf & Country Club is inviting the public to a “Sneak Peek Week” May 11–17, 2015 as a way to showcase all of the updates that have occurred under …

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Summer Enrollment Begins at Arts Center

    Grinnell, Iowa – The Grinnell Area Arts Council is now accepting registrations for its Arts Academy classes being offered during the Summer 2015 term where a number of courses will have enrollment caps.   For parents with toddlers and preschool-aged children, two classes are available.  Instructor Jen Collins will be offering Petite Picasso July 7 and July 9, where children will …

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Freeman and Parratto Take Home 3-meter Synchro Silver at Puerto Rico Grand Prix

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Deidre Freeman (Grinnell, Iowa/Iowa City, Iowa) and Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.) won the silver medal in synchronized 3-meter to close out the FINA Puerto Rico Grand Prix on Sunday. The American pair finished with 272.40 points to take the silver medal behind China’s Wu Chunting and Qu Lin, who scored 305.40 points for gold. Puerto Rico’s Luisa …

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GRMC Auxiliary Healthcare Scholarship Recipients Honored

Grinnell Regional Medical Center Auxiliary recognized four area students pursuing a healthcare career at its annual spring luncheon on April 29. Scholarships are for graduating high school seniors, current students, or adult students pursuing a healthcare career. These funds are also available to those currently working in healthcare and seeking advanced training. The 2015 GRMC Auxiliary scholarship recipients are: Allisyn …

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Grinnell Students Pledge to be Tobacco Free

I-STEP (Iowa Students for Tobacco Education and Prevention) is Iowa’s youth-led tobacco prevention movement and is now at Grinnell Community High School. This past week, 118 Grinnell high school students signed the “I pledge to be Tobacco Free,” as a commitment to better health. The pledges are on display at the front of the high school. The Grinnell high school …

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With a Culinary Delight (or Two!)

CELEBRATE CINCO DE MAYO WITH A CULINARY DELIGHT (OR TWO!) By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs On May 5, 1862, early on in the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867), the Mexican army declared victory over France at the Battle of Puebla. Cinco de Mayo, a holiday that commemorates that triumph, has become widely celebrated in the United States, especially areas with large Mexican-American populations. …

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Veterans Honor Emerging Leaders at Grinnell Mutual

Veterans honor emerging leaders at Grinnell Mutual In a reversal of roles, Grinnell Mutual’s Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) Class of 2015 was recognized by the veterans the class sought to honor. The Iowa Veterans Home (IVH) in Marshalltown presented ELP members with a Distinguished Service Award for initiating a fundraising campaign that raised more than $25,000 to build a World …

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Awards and Rewards: Stephanie Hoopes Brings Style to Downtown Grinnell

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Stephanie Peiffer Hoopes has a fond memory of climbing atop her bicycle with $2 in her pocket and making her way toward downtown Grinnell, the promise of the gleaming candy counter at Spurgeon’s department store beckoning. Back then, it was commonplace for kids to beg for some spending money from their parents and subsequently spend the …

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Iowa Valley Grinnell PTK members “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes”

  GRINNELL – Members of Iowa Valley Grinnell’s Beta Sigma Chi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa led the way last week in the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” activity held Friday, April 24, in downtown Grinnell. PTK members, Iowa Valley Grinnell faculty, and young men from the Grinnell High School soccer team disregarded the poor weather conditions and managed to …

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May Activities and Events At the Drake Community Library

    New! Chilton Online Library DCL has added Chilton Online Library to our online database collection. Need to replace a rear light bulb or view a wiring diagram for your instrument panel? You will find everything you need with easy access from your home computer with your library card and pin number. Try it today! Power of Play for …

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Sam’s Story: Courage in the Face of Cancer

  By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs “…The story of cancer — isn’t the story of doctors who struggle and survive, moving from one institution to another. It is the story of patients who struggle and survive, moving from one embankment of illness to another. Resilience, inventiveness, and survivorship — qualities often ascribed to great physicians — are reflected qualities, emanating first …

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Be the Match, Save a Life April 22

  By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Nichole Bushong is an example of how easy it is to save a life. The idea of being a bone marrow donor never crossed Bushong’s mind until a family member – her uncle’s brother – needed help. The family rallied and many of them joined the Be The Match registry ( www.bethematch.org ), which is …

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From Kinnick to the Masters: Dr. Dave Smith Guards the Greats

  by Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Dr. Dave Smith was flipping cheeseburgers at an Iowa/Michigan tailgate party in 2011 when something amazing happened. Little did he know that standing at the grill that day would result in a dream come true. Chatting about football with Jim Schlie, the brother of an old fraternity buddy, the conversation eventually turned to another sport …

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Todd Linden to Receive AHA Board of Trustees Award

The American Hospital Association (AHA) announced that Todd Linden, president and CEO of Grinnell Medical Center, will be awarded its 2015 Board of Trustees Award. The award is presented to individuals or groups who have made substantial and noteworthy contributions to the work of the AHA. Linden will receive the award at a ceremony at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting …

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Loft Theatre to Host Central Iowa Premiere of Housebroken May 2

Loft Theatre to Host Central Iowa Premiere of Housebroken   Grinnell, Iowa – The Grinnell Area Arts Council is excited to announce that the Loft Theatre located at the Grinnell Arts Center in historic downtown Grinnell will host the Central Iowa premiere of the play, Housebroken, for one night only on Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 pm.  A talkback with the artist will …

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Poweshiek County Alliance Awards $100,274.46 to Local Organizations

Poweshiek County Alliance awards $100,274.46 to local organizations April 16, 2015: The Poweshiek County Alliance (PCA) honored its 2015 grant recipients at a ceremony at the Foundation Offices on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Representatives from the 34 winning organizations received their checks and spoke about their projects. This year grants ranged from $500 to $10,000 for a total of $100,274.46. …

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Smith Funeral Home: Dignified Service for Generations

Smith Funeral Home has expertly served the needs of Grinnell families and those of surrounding communities since 1925. Five generations of the Smith family have been engaged in the funeral home business in Grinnell. Myron O. Smith (1870-1931), born in Kirkwood, Illinois, was the originator of the family business. He first experienced loss at the age of two, when his …

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PLP 13th Annual Golf Outing Friday May 1

The Poweshiek Leadership Program is sponsoring it’s 13th Annual Golf Outing Friday May 1st at the Oakland Acres Golf Club. Format is 18 hole best ball with 12:00 registration and 1:00 tee off. Entry fee is $240 – 4 person team with a meal to follow. Chance to win a FREE car on #12 and $2,000 on hole #2.  Outside …

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Dr. Karla Erickson Named Associate Dean at Grinnell College

DR. KARLA ERICKSON NAMED ASSOCIATE DEAN AT GRINNELL COLLEGE, ANNOUNCED APRIL 7   By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs   “The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning.” ~ Michel Foucault Dr. Karla Erickson, associate professor of Sociology and chair of the Social Studies Division at Grinnell College, was named Associate …

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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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