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Rain Dampens 25th Anniversary GRMC/Chamber Golf Tournament

Rain Dampens 25th Anniversary Golf Tournament Golfers from around the area gathered at Grinnell Golf and Country Club on Friday, June 27, for the 2014 Grinnell Regional Medical Center and Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament. For the first time in 25 years, the tournament was not scored because the afternoon teams were only able to play four of …

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Preparing for School Includes Vaccinations

Grinnell Regional Public Health offers vaccinations to prepare children for school. Getting all the recommended vaccines is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health. “Protect children from diseases and missed school,” says Patty Hinrichs, Grinnell Regional Public Health director. “And, vaccines protect more than just children. Some diseases such as the whooping cough …

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Better Health Class Offered in Summer Beginning July 30

Better Health Class Offered in Summer Grinnell Regional Medical Center Public Health will offer the “Better Choices, Better Health” workshop at the end of July. This six-week program provides individuals who have chronic conditions, as well as their caregivers, the tools to better manage their health and symptoms. This session will be held on six Wednesdays, beginning July 30 in …

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Teaching Area Children about Giving through Gardening is Topic at GRMC SE*ED July 21

  Churches, civic organizations, and day campers across Grinnell are tending community gardens helping those in need to have access to fresh locally grown produce. Chad Nath, GRMC director of wellness and integrated services as well as the organization’s day camp director, will be the featured speaker on Monday, July 21, at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center SE*ED program. This …

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Clark named Director of Web Services at Grinnell Mutual

Denny Clark was promoted to Director of Web Services in Grinnell Mutual’s Business Information Services (BIS) division.  Denny has worked as an IT professional for Grinnell Mutual for the past 12 years, beginning his career as a business analyst.  He has worked as the manager of Automation and manager of Web Services for seven years. Clark graduated from the University …

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“EDWARD BURTYNSKY: WATER” AT FAULCONER GALLERY OPENS FRI. JUNE 11

On Friday, July 11, “Edward Burtynsky: Water” will open at Faulconer Gallery. There will be a number of events in conjunction with this exhibition, including an IOWATER presentation, a film screening, and a gallery talk with Bill Stowe ’81, CEO and general manager of Des Moines Water Works. Over the past five years, Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky travelled the world …

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New Staff, Strategic Plan for Ahrens Foundation

The Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation (CDAF) is welcoming a new staff member, promoting another, and adopting a new strategic plan to guide its activities during the next three years. President and CEO Julie Gosselink says the staff additions are directly tied to the Foundation’s objectives to strengthen its Community Support Services (CSS) program. “We’re making these moves to …

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HIGH TECH TOOLS HELP IOWA PSYCHOLOGIST COUNSEL PATIENTS WITH WEIGHT ISSUES

HIGH TECH TOOLS HELP IOWA PSYCHOLOGIST COUNSEL PATIENTS WITH WEIGHT ISSUES   A Grinnell psychologist and bariatric counselor has published a study that may change the way we all look at weight management, and help those who struggle with weight issues develop realistic goals. Dr. Brandon Davis recently published a pilot study in the Archives of Medical and Biomedical Research …

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Grinnell Mutual joins the Global Insurance Accelerator

Grinnell Mutual is pleased to announce its participation in the Global Insurance Accelerator initiative for insurance-based startup companies. Grinnell Mutual joins Principal Financial Group, Delta Dental of Iowa, American Equity Investment Life, Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance, and The IMT Group in supporting the new initiative through the Greater Des Moines Partnership.  Representatives from each investing company will serve on the …

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Promotions Announced At Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance

Bullion named Vice President of Human Resources/Training and Development Ian Bullion was named Vice President of Human Resources/Training and Development at Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. Bullion joined the company in 2012 and most recently served as the assistant vice president of Human Resources. He previously worked as the senior human resources manager for PepsiCo – Quaker Oats in their Manhattan, …

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Renovations bring new life to Oakland Acres Golf Club

Renovations bring new life to Oakland Acres Golf Club by Deb Danilson In 2012 Larry and his son Jim took ownership of the Oakland Acres Golf Club. As a long standing member of the Grinnell community, Heishman knew that there was every opportunity for a business to grow and thrive in Grinnell, especially the golf course. “When I learned that …

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From the Grinnell Chamber Newsletter 06-19-2014

Thank you to each and every one of you who played a part in Grinnell Games. Whether you ran a race, played dodgeball, volunteered at a water station, welcomed participants to your business, or helped sponsor the event, we are truly grateful. The weather cooperated and participation increased from last year. All in all, it was a great weekend here …

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Big company began by empowering the little man

  By Todd L. Reding   While watching the new 250,000 square foot facility under construction, and the hundreds of employees funneling in-and-out of the Montezuma, Iowa headquarters; it is easy to forget that Brownells began by empowering individual gunsmiths and gun owners in a way never before imagined. The now behemoth company once occupied Bob Brownell’s humble home when …

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“The Fix” – Local Frozen Yogurt Shop Now Open !

Newton’s loss is Grinnell’s gain Larry Thompson has owned Worth the Weight in Newton since September 2012. The frozen yogurt establishment was located on the Newton town square until November 2013. “After radio ads, print ads and a year of business, there were people in Newton who just didn’t even know we were there,” says Thompson.  Thompson considered options for …

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Prairie Canary Changes Ownership

  By Todd L. Reding The winner of the first Iowa’s Best Bites contest has watched her restaurant flourish in downtown Grinnell.  Carly Groben, an experienced Iowa restaurateur, participated in the innovative contest designed to recruit a new food establishment in Grinnell’s downtown square.  Prairie Canary was the winning concept chosen by a panel of local citizens and restaurant experts.  …

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Shingles Vaccine Now Available – Call 641-236-2385

Prevention of Shingles Grinnell Regional Public Health now offers a vaccination for the shingles virus. Shingles is the older adult version of the chickenpox virus but is much more challenging. To prevent this painful virus, the vaccination, Zostravax, is available that reduces the risk of shingles by 50 percent and reduces the pain associated with shingles for those who do …

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Actor Tom Milligan Returns to SE*ED Program as Henry A. Wallace June 16

  Actor Tom Milligan Returns to SE*ED Program as Henry A. Wallace Tom Milligan will present a one-act play, “American Dreamer: The Life and Times of Henry A. Wallace,” at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center Senior Education (SE*ED) Program on Monday, June 16, at the Drake Community Library, beginning at 10 a.m. This program is made possible through a grant …

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Grinnell Couple Opens Gaming Store in Downtown Grinnell

Grinnell couple invests resources to open new retail business in downtown Grinnell. Emily and David Counts have done their research and see the potential in this community for new retail establishment.  That business will serve the passion of gamers (gamer |ˈgāmər|noun a person who plays a game or games, typically a participant in a computer or role-playing game) in the greater Grinnell area. Gaming since the …

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Grinnell Area Garden Club Busy in Downtown

Pictured, Harold Rose, Jr, and Karen Lowell ———— If you were in downtown Grinnell this week you certainly noticed an enhanced difference in the landscape. The Grinnell Area Garden Club was busy beautifying the downtown area with 32 different corner and mid block large cement planters. Emblazoned with the “Jewel of the Prairie”  Grinnell logo created from the image of …

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Radon Kits Available from Public Health Office

  Iowa leads the nation in the percent of homes with excessive radon levels. With the high risk for all homes in the state, the Iowa Department of Public Health is working with county public health offices to offer an inexpensive short-term radon test kit. Grinnell Regional Public Health has the $5 Radon Test kits in the office. Radon can …

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GRMC Announce Leadership Changes

  Grinnell Regional Medical Center has promoted Kyle Wilcox, MHA, to serve as the medical center’s new assistant vice-president of finance. He will share financial leadership responsibilities with Mike Creary, GRMC’s controller. This shift in the top financial position occurs following the announcement that Jack Fritts, CFO at GRMC, will retire effective May 23. Fritts had been with GRMC for …

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Police Department Awards Given at Grinnell Council Meeting Monday May 19th

By Helen Hotchkin; Peace Officers  Memorial Week offered an opportunity for Police Chief Dennis Riley to give awards to Sgt. Chris Wray, Sgt. Dan Johnson, and Ofc. Mike Dickenson at the Grinnell Council meeting tonight.  Recognition of fallen officers Ralph Ogan and Warren Binegar was also given with a presentation to the widows, Lois Ogan and Mary Ellen Binegar.   …

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Grinnell Mutual Places Second In Statewide Wellness Challenge

  From a field of 62 Iowa businesses, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company finished second in Live Healthy Iowa’s 2014 Corporate Cup Challenge for mid-sized businesses (251 to 1,000 employees). The company ranked just behind Casey’s General Store for having the highest percentage of eligible employees who began and finished the organization’s 10-Week Challenge which ran from January through April. Grinnell …

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Medical Reserve Corps to Host Conference in Grinnell

The Poweshiek County and Tama County Medical Reserve Corps will host a training session for all individuals who want to be a part of the reserve corps to assist others during crisis and disasters. The conference will be Wednesday, June 18, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Grinnell College’s Recreation and Athletic Center, 1201 10th Avenue, Grinnell. Conference program includes …

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GHS Student Joshua Hoffmann Receives Road To Success Scholarship

  Grinnell Insurance Agency of Grinnell along with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company of Grinnell, Iowa, have named Grinnell High School Senior Joshua Hoffmann of Grinnell as a recipient of a 2014 Road to Success Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. “We’re happy to recognize Joshua’s academic accomplishments and safe driving record through a Road to Success Scholarship. We wish Joshua …

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Grinnell United Way Invites Local Organizations To Apply For Funding

Grinnell United Way invites local organizations that serve Grinnell residents to apply to receive funding. “Grinnell United Way advances the common good in Grinnell through the key building blocks of education, income, and health,” said board president Bill Vosburg. “These efforts focus on children, seniors, women, and all people in need. Grinnell United Way, its partner agencies, and its donors …

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Grinnell City Council and Workers “Spring” into Motion

City Council and Workers “Spring” Grinnell into Motion By Helen Hotchkin The Grinnell Public Works and Grounds committee began planting 375 trees in the city parks and Hazelwood cemetery.  They are holding an official ceremony tomorrow at 9:00 am Wed, May 7, 2014 at  Van Horn Park with elected officials officiating. An Alliant Energy Grant and the Trees Forever program …

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Farmers Market season begins Thursday May 15 in Grinnell

  GRINNELL – Mark your calendar for the first Grinnell Farmers Market of the season on May 15 from 3 to 6 p.m. This year’s market includes a variety of fresh produce, baked goods and homemade items. Many vendors are returning this year and the Market is also welcoming more than a dozen new vendors. The first market will take …

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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 30. 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. 2014 GRMC Auxiliary Scholarship recipients are pictured: Juan …

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Sarah Burnell Shatters Her Personal Best And Sets New School Record

 Grinnell College’s Sarah Burnell ’14 eclipsed Nicole Cueno’s 13-year-old school record in the 1500-meter run Saturday while competing at the University of Iowa Musco Invitational.   Burnell, competing in a field of NCAA Division I runners, finished fourth in the 20-runner field with a time of 4:34.74. That was nearly 10 seconds faster than her previous personal best and beat Cueno’s time …

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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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GRMC Auxiliary Angel Tree to Remember Loved Ones

GRMC Auxiliary Angel Tree to Remember Loved Ones The Grinnell Regional Medical Center Auxiliary will again beautify its tree in the medical center with angels for the upcoming holiday season. This project is a way to honor or remember loved ones through the purchase of an angel ornament for the tree. The GRMC Auxiliary has already begun selling the ornaments …

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Sunrise Bakery opening weekend!

Sunrise Bakery opening weekend!   GRINNELL, IOWA – Sunrise Bakery at 934 Main Street (across from Brown’s Shoes) will open for the first time by participating in downtown Grinnell’s annual Jingle Bell Holiday from 5:00 – 8:00 pm on Friday, November 17, 2017. “We will have mini pies and gingerbread house kits available for purchase or order.  It’s a great …

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TOGETHER WE GROW – GPCF Promotes Partners and Funds During Big GIVE for Poweshiek County 2017

TOGETHER WE GROW – GPCF Promotes Partners and Funds During Big GIVE for Poweshiek County 2017 The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation’s annual Big GIVE Campaign-“Together We Grow” raised $178,000 for the 45 funds that are administered by GPCF.  The month-long fund drive in October, stimulated by 9 game show themed matching challenges, encouraged donors to contribute to the many nonprofit …

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Peace Tree Grinnell Branch Rewards Customers for Shopping Local

Grinnell, IA – Peace Tree Brewing Company’s Grinnell Branch will offer customers 10% off of their purchases Friday, November 24 through Sunday, November 26 if their present proof of purchase of holiday gifts from a local Grinnell retailer.  Peace Tree Grinnell Branch hopes to encourage patrons to shop local this holiday season by offering the incentive for Black Friday, Small …

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Breakfast with Santa at St. Francis Manor

  (Grinnell, IA – November 13, 2017)  St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park are inviting the public to enjoy “Breakfast with Santa” on Saturday, December 2nd.  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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Veterans Memorial Commission Advances Plan A Monday November 13th

Veterans Memorial Commission Advances Plan A By Michael McAllister Two days after Veterans Day and six days after a close but successful levy vote, Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission met in regular session on Monday, November 13.  Unity, inclusion, and work were the themes of the evening as the commission made plans to bring the Prairie Star Residency to the Veterans …

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Orr Bequest to GPCF Will Extend Endowed Funds’ Reach throughout County

Orr Bequest to GPCF Will Extend Endowed Funds’ Reach throughout County   A bequest from the estate of the late Joann Orr will benefit partner organizations and endowed funds of the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF). Orr’s unrestricted bequest to GPCF has allowed the foundation board to designate $45,000, a portion of the bequest, for a challenge grant to benefit …

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McGuire + ASI = Signage as Sculpture at Drake Community Library

McGuire + ASI = Signage as Sculpture By Michael McAllister The imagination of Ryan McGuire and the fabrication know-how of ASI Signage joined creative forces to produce the latest addition to Grinnell’s downtown tableau. Despite a twenty-degree temperature and a brisk breeze out of the southeast, ASI personnel were at work shortly after 8:00 a.m., Friday, November 10, drilling into …

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A Veterans Remembrance/Celebration Program hosted by St. Francis Manor

A Veterans Remembrance Program was hosted by St. Francis Manor on Thursday, November 9, to honor local veterans.  Approximately 110 people attended the event including St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park residents as well as veterans from the Grinnell community.  Activity Directors Caitlin Mellick and Abby Moyer presented the program which included retired Air Force Master Sergeant Randy Hotchkin sharing …

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SHIIP Recognizes GRMC’s Program

SHIIP Recognizes GRMC’s Program The Senior Health Insurance Information Program honored Grinnell Regional Medical Center during its fall luncheon with the 25 Years of Service Award. GRMC began hosting a SHIIP counselor program in 1992, to help local Medicare subscribers with questions about their healthcare coverage. SHIIP was created in 1990 to address health insurance questions and problems related to …

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Announcing Executive Pastry Chef at Sunrise Bakery

 GRINNELL, IOWA – Sunrise Bakery has announced that Taylor Sturtz of Grinnell will be the Executive Pastry Chef at Sunrise Bakery, bringing with her a wide spread of baking experience from her California roots.  Sturtz previously supervised the production of baked goods at the Ritz Carlton Hotel and spent time producing cakes and other specialty desserts for Disneyland.  While she …

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Superintendent’s Weekly Update November 3, 2017

Superintendent’s Weekly Update November 3, 2017 This week has been filled with many opportunities for our families and students to get connected.  I want to thank everyone for your participation in “Unplugged Night” this past week.  I have heard a tremendous amount of positive feedback regarding spending time “unplugged”.   Another opportunity for families this weekend is to attend the Fall …

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LWV Forum Informs Voters About Levy

LWV Forum Informs Voters About Levy By Michael McAllister Just as she did during the candidate forum the previous week, Terese Grant, Co-President of the League of Women Voters in Grinnell, presided over a Tuesday-night gathering at the United Presbyterian Church. This week, however, on November 1, only one candidate was involved, and that candidate was not present. The candidate …

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G-N Superintendent’s Weekly Update October 27, 2017

Superintendent’s Weekly Update October 27, 2017 Dear Grinnell-Newburg Board, Staff, Family and Friends: The weather has turned colder and the end of October is here.  This is the time of year when teachers and parents gather to reflect upon student progress and how we can work collectively together to ensure that students are getting what they need to learn and …

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LWV Forum Draws Community Questions, Candidate Comments

LWV Forum Draws Community Questions, Candidate Comments By Michael McAllister As election day—November 7—nears, Grinnell’s League of Women Voters, in conjunction with the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, sponsored a candidate forum at the United Presbyterian Church on the evening of October 25. Candidates attending were Dan Agnew, running unopposed for mayor; Julie Hansen, running unopposed for First Ward city council …

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