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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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11th Annual Hoofing’ It 5K Fun Run/Walk April 25

11th Annual Hoofing’ It 5K Fun Run/Walk Saturday April 25, 2015 is just around the corner. It starts at 9:00a a at the Grinnell College Bear Recreation and Athletic Center, 1201 10th Avenue in Grinnell. Registration race day is from 7:30 to 8:30 in the lobby of Bear. All participants get a t-shirt and there will be awards for the …

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The Power of Positive Psychology Topic at SE*ED April 20

The Power of Positive Psychology Upcoming Topic at SE*ED April 20 What is positive psychology and why is it gaining mainstream attention? A definition from Psychology Today defines it as the psychology of happiness. Positive psychology is a relatively new field of study as psychology has typically focused on diagnosing and treating mental illness. Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s SE*ED program …

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Local Donors Help Grinnell United Way Achieve $130,000 Fundraising Goal

Local donors help Grinnell United Way achieve $130,000 fundraising goal   Grinnell United Way succeeded in meeting its fundraising goal of $130,000. “On behalf of the Grinnell United Way board and our 14 local partner agencies, we thank our local donors for their generous support,” said Grinnell United Way board president Bill Vosburg. “Their financial contributions help us in fulfilling …

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Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Joins Our Grinnell As Features Writer/Assistant Editor

Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Joins Our Grinnell As Features Writer/Assistant Editor  Sarah Breemer Pfennigs has been named as a Features Writer/Assistant Editor for Our Grinnell (OG) and the Grinnell Business Journal. A native of Grinnell, Pfennigs graduated from high school locally and went on to study studio art at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA. Although she lived in the Grinnell …

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Imagine Grinnell Seeking Volunteers for Summer St. Park Final Build

Imagine Grinnell is currently building a natural playscape in Summer Street Park, located at the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Summer Street, and we are asking the community to help us finish the final features. Friday, April 24th from 1-5 PM and Saturday, April 25th 8 AM-12 PM & 1-5 PM will be our third and final build weekend.  We are asking …

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Community Reacts to Bond Referendum Failure

COMMUNITY REACTS TO BOND REFERENDUM FAILURE  Sarah Breemer Pfennigs The outcome of a hotly contested and eagerly anticipated community issue has been announced. The April 7 vote resulted in failure for the Grinnell-Newburg school system’s 23-year, $28 million bond referendum. The bond would have been employed to construct, furnish, and equip both elementary (PK-5) and middle school (6-8) facilities. The …

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Easter Bunny Visits St. Francis Manor

The Easter Bunny hopped over to St. Francis Manor in Grinnell for its Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 4.  Over 50 children attended the annual event which is held for St. Francis residents’ grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as staff members’ children and grandchildren.  The Easter Bunny posed with four generations of the Waterbeck family, shown above.  Many of …

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Award to Grinnell Golf & CC Head Superintendent Alex Olson

Grinnell Golf & Country Club’s Alex Olson receives award from Iowa Golf Association Alex Olson of the Grinnell Golf and Country Club won the prestigious “2014 9-Hole Golf Course Superintendent of the Year” award sponsored by the Iowa Golf Association. The nomination was submitted by Shane Hart, President of the Grinnell  Golf & Country Club for Alex’s superior work ethic, …

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Poweshiek Iowa Development’s Annual Meeting

Poweshiek Iowa Development’s Annual Meeting Poweshiek Iowa Development held its 11th Annual Meeting Dinner on Tuesday, March 24th at the Michael J. Manatt Community Center in Brooklyn. Around 80 guests welcomed Larry Jansen, President and CEO of Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance and Debi Durham, Director of Iowa Economic Development Authority. Larry Boesenberg, Chair of Poweshiek Iowa Development, welcomed guests and introduced …

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Couch to 5K in Nine Weeks

 Couch to 5K in Nine Weeks Grinnell Regional Medical Center will offer a free training program to help area residents build the stamina to complete a 5K walk or run. The Couch to 5K program kicks off on Monday, April 13, and will run for nine weeks. The program will successfully prepare participants to complete the 5K at the Grinnell …

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Grinnell Games Registration Is Open

  Grinnell Games Registration Is Open  GRINNELL– Online registration is now open for the Grinnell Games, which will take place June 12 through 14. Those wishing to participate in events can sign up at www.grinnellgames.com. The Grinnell Games, Iowa’s Family Sports Festival, is presented by Grinnell State Bank. This year’s event schedule includes a 10K trail run at Jacob Krumm Nature …

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Drake Community Library April Activities and Events

April Activities and Events Bucket Courses for April On April 1, Jerry Lalonde will finish a series called Writing: The History of a Technology. On April 8, Sarah Purcell will speak about Lincoln for the final Open Wednesday. There is no registration or tuition required for Open Wednesday classes. On April 15, Dan Kaiser will begin a 4-part series on …

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Grinnell FFA Receives a $1,000 Donation

Grinnell FFA Receives a $1,000 Donation In an effort to give back and show appreciation for the support they receive from their local community, Wes Finch Auto Plaza is dedicated to donating to local charity organizations. Instead of choosing these organizations on their own, Wes Finch Auto Plaza allowed the community to choose which organizations should receive the donations. This …

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Last Bucket Course of 2014-2015

   Last Bucket Course of 2014-2015      Dan Kaiser, professor of history emeritus at Grinnell College, will present the final class in this year’s Bucket Courses sponsored by the Community Education Council.   The four-session course titled “Grinnell a Century Ago” will look at life in Grinnell between roughly 1910 and 1920. The course will be offered on four consecutive Wednesdays starting …

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GRMC Receives Statewide Award for Patient Safety Achievements

GRMC Receives Statewide Award for Patient Safety Achievements Mar 26, 2015 Outstanding work in reducing early elective infant deliveries at Grinnell RegionalMedical Center has garnered the medical center the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative’s (IHC) patient safety award for reducing hospital acquired conditions. The 2015 IHC Patient Safety Awards were featured at the statewide Patient Safety Conference on March 12 at The …

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Grinnell Schools Hosts Public Forum for April 7th Bond Referendum

Grinnell Schools Hosts Public Forum for April 7th Bond Referendum A public forum was held March 24th in the Voertman Theater to inform citizens living in the Grinnell-Newburg School district about the upcoming school bond referendum. The proposed bond referendum is to build a new preschool through 5th grade elementary school at the current middle school site on East St., and …

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Citizens Group Canvassed Community for Upcoming School Bond Issue

Citizens Group Canvassed Community for Upcoming School Bond Issue On Sunday, March 22nd the Citizens Building Schools for a Better Future Committee organized one of two community canvass days.  The goal of the canvass was to educate Grinnell voters about the vote on April 7th,  make them aware of the early voting date of Friday, March 27th (11am-5pm at Drake …

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PALS Animal Shelter Needs Your Support

Local Animal Shelter Needs Your Support Iowa winters can be harsh, and this winter has been exceptionally tough on the Poweshiek Animal League Shelter (PALS). Volunteer numbers are down, supplies are depleted, maintenance is needed, and sadly, there is only enough money to keep the shelter open for another month or two. “The animal shelter truly needs your support right …

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Grinnell Farmers Market accepting vendors for the 2015 season

Grinnell Farmers Market accepting vendors for the 2015 season   GRINNELL – The Grinnell Farmers Market is currently accepting applications for vendors for their 2015 season, which begins May 14 and runs through October 24. The Grinnell Farmers Market will take place on Thursday afternoons from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to Noon. The Farmers …

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Nominate an Exceptional Nurse for The DAISY Award

Nominate an Exceptional Nurse for The DAISY Award Grinnell Regional Medical Center invites members of the public to nominate an outstanding nurse for The DAISY Award. GRMC will honor all nursing staff during National Hospital Week with The DAISY Award. Nominations are due Thursday, April 16. The award was established by The DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, …

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Nominations Sought for Creative Community Poster Series

Nominations Sought for Creative Community Poster Series   Grinnell, Iowa – The Grinnell Area Arts Center is pleased to announce that it is seeking nominations for the third year of Creative Community, the annual poster series that celebrates and highlights the diverse, colorful talents of Grinnell and the surrounding area. Nominations can be submitted online at http://www.grinnellarts.org/creative.html or you can stop by the …

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Grinnell Chamber Announces Awards at Annual Celebration

Anna Kayte’s Boutique by Awards Unlimited named Business of the Year  GRINNELL, Iowa– Anna Kayte’s Boutique by Awards Unlimited was recognized as the 2015 Grinnell Business of the Year at the Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Celebration last night, which took place at the Spaulding Center for Transportation. The Chamber recognized businesses, organizations and individuals with awards in twelve …

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Marching Forth for Community

MARCHING FORTH FOR COMMUNITY  On Wednesday, March 4th, teams of current members of the Community Fund for Poweshiek County were given their marching orders to help grow the fund. Launched in 2009, the Community Fund for Poweshiek County is an initiative to engage the community in building a permanent resource devoted to Poweshiek County. Earnings from this permanent fund are …

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Library Landscapes Campaign Nearing Completion

Library Landscapes Campaign Nearing Completion Drake Community Library’s “Converging Landscapes,” a capital campaign for the library’s urban prairie, continues to grow, with only $15,000 remaining on the $90,000 goal for the landscaping and sustainability project. Ground work began last summer when the fundraising also got underway, and 2015 is expected to record both completion of the fundraising and the remaining …

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USA Triathlon Honors F. Austin Jones as a 2014 All American

USA Triathlon Honors F. Austin Jones as a 2014 All American   COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon has finalized its 2014 year end rankings and F. Austin Jones of Grinnell, Iowa, and Senior Executive Vice President of Grinnell State Bank, has been honored as an All American for performances in the 2014 season.   All American honors are rewarded to …

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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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