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$10,000 Raised by 5K Fundraiser Held to Benefit the Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign

$10,000 Raised by 5K Fundraiser Held to Benefit the Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign   (Grinnell, IA – October 5, 2017)  Walkers, runners and weightlifters came from as far away as Maryland and Colorado to participate in St. Francis Manor Foundation’s first 5K Pump & Run/Walk on a beautiful fall morning the last day of September.  The youngest participant …

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100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE – GRINNELL TO MEET OCTOBER 24

100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE – GRINNELL TO MEET OCTOBER 24 The quarterly meeting of 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell will be Tuesday, October 24 at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting will be held in the community room at the Drake Community Library, and will last no longer than an hour. This will be the third voting meeting of …

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Davis School is Aging Well: Century-Old Items Uncovered from Cornerstone

Davis School is Aging Well: Century-Old Items Uncovered from Cornerstone By Michael McAllister In an October 6 celebration marking the 100th anniversary of Grinnell’s Davis Elementary School, the contents of a metal box that had rested in a cornerstone since 1917 came delicately to light. The first program, presented primarily for Davis students, began at 2:00 p.m. with the public …

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Peace Tree Soft Opening: Firm Success

Peace Tree Soft Opening: Firm Success By Michael McAllister “Maintaining a vibrant downtown is a concern.” This quotation comes from the “Issues, Trends, Concerns, and Opportunities” section of the City of Grinnell’s Goal Setting Report dated February 29, 2016. Vibrancy certainly reigned on the night of Wednesday, October 4, at 923 Main Street in downtown Grinnell during the soft opening …

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GRINNELL ARTS CENTER TO HOST PRAIRIE MUSIC EVENT WITH PIETA BROWN

GRINNELL ARTS CENTER TO HOST PRAIRIE MUSIC EVENT WITH PIETA BROWN In collaboration with the Grinnell College Center for Prairie Studies (CPS), the Grinnell Area Arts Council will host a concert by Iowa musician Pieta Brown on Saturday, November 4. The event will begin at 6:30pm with a local foods reception, featuring Middle Way Farm, Relish Foods, and Peace Tree …

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Kites Over Grinnell Soars to Second-Year Success

Kites Over Grinnell Soars to Second-Year Success By Michael McAllister For the second year in a row, kites embellished the blue skies of Grinnell with the help of Rotarians, professional kite flyers, ambitious youngsters, patient parents, and even more patient grandparents. The event, held September 30, was Kites Over Grinnell, a tradition revived in 2016 by the Grinnell Rotary Club—a …

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GRMC Closer to Affiliation with UnityPoint Health and University of Iowa

GRMC Closer to Affiliation   with UnityPoint Health and University of Iowa The Grinnell Regional Medical Center board of directors unanimously voted this week to bring the medical center under the UnityPoint Health – Des Moines banner. The vote authorizes the medical center to finalize an affiliation agreement with UnityPoint Health – Des Moines in partnership with University of Iowa …

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A Parade of Picture of the GHS 2017 Homecoming Parade

A Parade of Picture of the GHS 2017 Homecoming Parade By Michael McAllister School spirit shined as brightly as the sun on the evening of Thursday, September 28, as the northwest section of Grinnell was given over to the high school’s traditional homecoming parade.                                 …

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Iowa Rural Council Picks Staff, Sets Summit Site and Date

Iowa Rural Council Picks Staff, Sets Summit Site and Date GRINNELL, IOWA – The Iowa Rural Development Council (IRDC) has selected former USDA Rural Development state director Bill Menner to serve as its executive director and has announced it will hold its 2nd Rural Summit April 5-6, 2018, in Grinnell. The Council, which has existed for more than 25 years …

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GPCF Annual Fundraiser Emphasizes Community Growth, New Donors

GPCF Annual Fundraiser Emphasizes Community Growth, New Donors Big GIVE month starts Oct. 1  “Together We Grow,” the theme for this year’s Big GIVE fundraising campaign by the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF), will emphasize the importance of new donors to GPCF and the lead role the foundation plays in county and community projects.  During the 2016 Big GIVE campaign, …

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Optimist Fly-In Attracts Pilots, Planes, and Appetites

Optimist Fly-In Attracts Pilots, Planes, and Appetites By Michael McAllister If a town is said to be part of fly-over country, the remark is not a compliment.  If, however, the town hosts a fly-in—as the Optimist Club of Grinnell did on Saturday, September 23—the event can complement the organization’s general mission of being a Friend of Youth. And judging from …

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G-N Superintendents Weekly Update: September 22, 2017

G-N Superintendents Weekly Update: September 22, 2017 Dear Grinnell-Newburg Board of Education, Staff, Family and Friends: It has been an exciting week in the Grinnell-Newburg School District.  In case you have not heard, this week we discovered a time capsule behind the 1917 cornerstone at Davis Elementary School.  Below are some photos as well as our press release.  We will …

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Drake Community Library Hosting Free Movie Nights For Adults In October

After a successful launch of “Monday Night Movies” in May of this year, there has been demand for public showing of movies again this fall at Drake Community Library.   Monday nights in October will bring five films licensed for public viewing to the library.  This programming is for anyone eighteen years of age and older.  In keeping with the Halloween …

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Davis Elementary Time Capsule Discovered in Corner Stone Dated 1917

Davis Elementary Time Capsule Discovered in Corner Stone Dated 1917 Over the last few months a committee planning for the 100th year celebration at Davis Elementary School, located in Grinnell, Iowa, learned that there was a time capsule located in the cornerstone labeled “1917”.  Grinnell-Newburg personnel, in collaboration with Estes Construction and Midwest Engineering, explored the stone with a camera, just prior …

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Peace Tree Grinnell Branch Opening Date Announced

Peace Tree Grinnell Branch Opening Date Announced Grinnell, IA – Peace Tree Brewing Company’s Grinnell Branch will open to the public on Thursday, October 5 at 2:00 pm. Peace Tree Brewing Company will bring popular brews like Red Rambler, No Coast IPA, and Blonde Fatale to downtown Grinnell along with seasonal and specialty beers. The taproom will house 22 tap …

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G-N Superintendents Weekly Update: September 15, 2017

 Dear Grinnell Newburg Board of Education, Staff, Family and Friends:  Happy Friday!   I hope that this weekly update finds you well and enjoying this beautiful weather.   The Grinnell-Newburg School District has had yet another packed week of various learning opportunities for our staff, students and community.  I hope that you enjoy this weekly update and I look forward to the …

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Alyssa Beaderstadt joins RE/MAX Partners Realty

Alyssa Beaderstadt joins RE/MAX Partners Realty  RE/MAX Partners Realty of Grinnell, Iowa is proud to welcome award-winning Realtor Alyssa Beaderstadt to their team. Beaderstadt, a Brooklyn native, will be the seventh member of the RE/MAX Partners Realty group. She began her tenure September 6. Although Beaderstadt has been a realtor for three years, she began her career in retail management, …

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GPCF Spirit of Giving Award

Spirit of Giving Award  Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) is pleased to announce that nominations are currently being accepted for its annual Spirit of Giving Awards.  This year there will be four award categories to showcase those individuals and businesses in Poweshiek County that embody the philanthropic spirit.  Business Partner of the Year Award Honors a business that fosters charitable …

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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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Veterans Commission Continues Quiet Campaign

Veterans Commission Continues Quiet Campaign By Michael McAllister Sixty-seven days before a levy vote that could determine the fate of Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Building, the Veterans Memorial Commission presided over a low-key monthly meeting on the evening of September 11, 2017. In addition to the four members of the commission pictured above (Left to right: Marie Andrews, Gwen Rieck, Leo …

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A Recap: Ag Appreciation Day Yields Bumper Crop of Goodwill

Ag Appreciation Day Yields Bumper Crop of Goodwill By Michael McAllister Thursday, August 31, was a perfect day for farming. And it was also a perfect day for paying respect to farmers. That is precisely what Grinnellians did, with the help of the local Lion’s Club, in a twenty-three-year-old tradition known as Ag Appreciation Day. New and classic tractors and …

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Hotel Grinnell Debuts

Hotel Grinnell Debuts By Michael McAllister When Angela Harrington came to Grinnell as President and CEO of the Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce in February of 2009, one of the objectives presented to her was the establishment of an events center in Grinnell. Now, nearly nine years later, that events center is about to open in the form of Hotel …

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A Night of Celebration at the GRMC Blue Jean Ball

A Night of Celebration at the GRMC Blue Jean Ball After a night of merriment and festivities, Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s fourth Blue Jean Ball $18,000 to purchase new medical and wellness equipment. It was a perfect summer evening for fun, food, dancing, and blue jeans. About 225 guests came together at the Poweshiek County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Aug. 26, …

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Vendor Views on the ’17 Market Peppered with Good’s and Great’s

Vendor Views on the ’17 Market Peppered with Good’s and Great’s By Michael McAllister Grinnell’s 2017 Farmers Market sprouted on May ll.  As August blends into September, vendors report a strong season. “One of the best around.”  That is the judgment that David DeVilder of Sojourn Farm accorded to Grinnell’s Farmer Market.  He has some perspective, too, since he and …

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5K Run, Walk or Pump & Run/Walk Fundraiser to Benefit the Hammond Center

5K Run, Walk or Pump & Run/Walk Fundraiser to Benefit the Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign (Grinnell, IA – September 9, 2017)  Walkers, Runners and Weight Lifters are invited to demonstrate their fitness during a 5K Run, Walk or Pump & Run/Walk at 9 AM on Saturday, September 30. This community event is being hosted by the St. …

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Local SHIIP Service Receives Governor’s Volunteer Award

Local SHIIP Service Receives Governor’s Volunteer Award Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) volunteers received a Governor’s Volunteer Award from Governor Kim Reynolds during a special recognition ceremony held August 30 in Cedar Rapids. The GRMC program was honored for its 25 years of commitment and service by the SHIIP office in Des Moines. Current SHIIP …

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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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Superintendent Dr. Stutz’s Weekly Grinnell-Newburg Update

Superintendent Dr. Stutz’s Weekly Grinnell-Newburg Update Weekly Update: September 1, 2017 Dear Grinnell-Newburg Board of Education, Staff, Families and Friends: Our students and staff are in the swing of things as we just completed our seventh day of school for the 2017-18 school year.  There is a lot of high energy, positivity and passion as I walk through the halls …

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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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