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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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Golf Ball Drop to Support New Chemotherapy and Infusion Suite July 12th

The GRMC Auxiliary wants you to “Drop it for a Cause” with a unique fundraising event this summer. On Saturday, July 12, at 5:30 p.m., a helicopter filled with numbered golf balls will hover over a fairway at Oakland Acres Golf Club. The fairway will have at least 10 designated targets, each with a corresponding prize. When the thousands of …

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Visiting Author to Present on History in Creative Writing for SE*ED Program May 12th

Author Kevin Haworth will present, “Personal History/Public History – a Creative Writer’s Perspective” at the Monday, May 12, GRMC SE*ED program. Haworth will explore how history informed two of his books including a novel about the German occupation of Denmark and a memoir that incorporates a mining disaster, the Holocaust, and contemporary Israel. Haworth has received multiple writing awards, including …

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Blue Jean Ball Nets National Award

GRMC’s second Blue Jean Ball has earned a bronze award from the Thirty-First Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards. This year more than 3,700 entries were received. A national panel of judges reviewed entries based on creativity, quality, message effectiveness, consumer appeal, graphic design, and overall impact. Gold awards were given to 297 entries; silver awards to 279 entries; and bronze awards …

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The Grinnell Business Journal has arrived!

Our Grinnell Media Corp., the founders of OurGrinnell.com have expanded their offerings by launching the new Grinnell Business Journal.  As a quarterly (or possibly more frequent) printed publication, the journal will contain insights on the business community in the Grinnell, Iowa area.  “I am thrilled to see our new publication materialize,” says Our Grinnell Media Corp. owner, Jack Mathews. “This …

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Grinnell Mutual Breaks Ground For New Conference Center

Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company celebrated the groundbreaking of its new 33,130 square foot conference center today. The facility, designed to include a 250-seat auditorium, nine multi-purpose meeting rooms, a video conferencing room, dining services, and reception areas, will utilize the latest technology and provide onsite training and event space for the company’s employees and customers. “I am excited to announce …

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Multi-Residential Property Taxes Headline City Council Monday April 21st

By Helen Hotchkin The main topic of discussion at the regular session of the April 21, 2014 Grinnell City Council was the review of the commercial and multi-residential property tax rollback changes.  Gov. Branstad signed these changes on June 12, 2013 which affects every taxing authority in the state of Iowa. Commercial and multi-residential properties will not be eligible for …

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Turn up the volume – Get into Grinnell News April 17. 2017

 Turn up the volume We are busy at the office gearing up for summer events and are looking forward to some awesome live music all summer long. Standing Hampton will turn up the volume at the June 6Friday Fest. Grinnell’s very own Whiplash will perform on Saturday, July 5, and Decoy plays at the August 1 Friday Fest. Music in the Park …

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The Importance of Nutrients in the Daily Diet Upcoming Topic for SE*ED April 28

The Importance of Nutrients in the Daily Diet Upcoming Topic for SE*ED It may seem obvious but the importance of good nutrition to one’s health cannot be overstated. Nutrients supply body cells with the ability to grow and regenerate in a healthy way. Elaine Hammes, RD, LD, Grinnell Regional Medical Center dietitian will present, “Just How Important Are Nutrients Anyway?” …

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GRMC Foundation Board Elects New Officers

 Pictured from left to right are Sally Lang, Susan Witt, and Dave Vander Linden. The Grinnell Regional Medical Center Foundation Board elected new officers at their regular meeting on April 16, 2014. Sally Lang is now leading the board as chair. Serving as chair-elect is Dave Vander Linden. Susan Witt is the new secretary-treasurer for the Foundation Board. These officers …

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Phil Vassar headlines “Monte Fest presented by Brownells” on the town square in Montezuma, Iowa.

Country Music Superstar Phil Vassar to Headline Free Concert in Montezuma “Monte Fest presented by Brownells” to feature free music and family fun benefitting Montezuma Schools It isn’t every day a Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year and world-renowned musician puts on a free-to-the-public concert in rural Iowa. But that’s exactly what’s happening on Saturday, June 21st, 2014, when Rodewave Entertainment Recording …

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Statistics Very Favorable For OurGrinnell.Com After Two Weeks Up !

The new OurGrinnell.com is off and running!  Here are a few key statistics since the launch of our new site at the beginning of this month: Prior to the new launch, 70% of site visitors left the site after visiting the home page (they didn’t click on a link and explore more of the site).  Since the new launch, only 20% of visitors are …

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VIDEO – Jingle Bell Holiday Walk Around – Sam Rockwell

  Walk around downtown Grinnell Iowa for the annual Jingle Bell Holiday celebration. “Feel the magic in the air around downtown as we kick off the holiday season in Grinnell. Experience festive kid activities, merry shopping, photos with Santa Claus, and jolly carriage rides around the square. Grinnell’s Jingle Bell Holiday is filled with small-town experiences – a refreshing break …

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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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Superintendent Dr. Janet Stutz’s Weekly Update for December 15, 2017

Happy Friday!  It is hard to imagine that 2017 will be ending in a few short weeks. Reflecting upon the year 2017 brings me much joy as the school Superintendent of the Grinnell Newburg School District.  The Grinnell Newburg School District is a wonderful place to learn and grow.  Each day, I find myself smiling and energized to know that …

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GPCF Appoints New Board Members, Wraps Up Successful Year

GPCF Appoints New Board Members, Wraps Up Successful Year The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) has welcomed three new members to its board of directors as the foundation concludes another successful year of fundraising and leading community projects. Connie Scurr, controller for Interface Sealing Solutions; Vickie McDonald, office manager for Manatts, Inc.; and Barb Baker, director of advertising and community …

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Veterans Commission Deals with a “Big Swing of the Bat”

Veterans Commission Deals with a “Big Swing of the Bat” By Michael McAllister The phrase is Tom Lacina’s.  The words may shift from a military to a sports metaphor, but they accurately symbolize the situation that now confronts Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission after the passing of the Veterans Memorial Building levy last month. The concept of the big swing was …

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Grin City Collective Micro-Grant Program Announces First Recipients

Grin City Collective Micro-Grant Program Announces First Recipients   Grin City Collective is proud to announce the first round of grant recipients for our 2018 Micro-Grant Program. The grant recipients reflect an outstanding range of creativity and community involvement with projects that span public art, historic renovation and family-friendly events: Melissa Berman – Bikes to Art Parade and Festival: “Bikes​ …

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26 Days of Action against Gun Violence: Not a Protest but a Plea

26 Days of Action against Gun Violence:  Not a Protest but a Plea By Michael McAllister “What can we do?”  That was the question raised by a number of Grinnellians after incidents in Charlottesville, Virginia, following a “Unite the White” rally on August 12, 2017. During the next several weeks, as the question was being considered, the country endured the …

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Susan Villarreal and Ryan McGuire – Local Community Activists Support 2nd Mile

Susan Villarreal, Biology Professor at Grinnell College, and Ryan McGuire, Grinnell based designer and artist, handprinted and donated the first batch of shirts for an upcycle collaboration they initiated with the Second Mile to help give secondhand shirts a second chance. There are seven different original designs and many different colors and sizes. The shirts are available for purchase at Second …

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Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards $1,000 Donation to Grinnell Band Boosters!

Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards $1,000 Donation to Grinnell Band Boosters!   GRINNELL, IA (December 5, 2017) – Wes Finch Auto Plaza finished off this year’s donation contest with a $1,000 donation to the Grinnell Band Boosters! Voting took place in October, and the winner was announced on November 1st. Grinnell Band Boosters did a wonderful job of engaging their …

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St. Francis Breakfast With Santa Draws Over 150 People – Raises $3,000

The St. Francis Manor Foundation’s Breakfast with Santa was fun for all ages!  Over 150 people including Gary and Jay Glandon’s family gathered on December 2 for an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Santa Claus surprised the Hammond Center for Assisted Living construction workers by delivering them breakfast! Construction of the 20 assisted living apartments is expected to be complete in the …

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Festival of Trees Raises Funds—and Fun!

Festival of Trees Raises Funds—and Fun! By Michael McAllister Among the many sights and sounds of the holiday season that Grinnell offers Grinnellians, the Drake Community Library’s Festival of Trees ranks high on the list of delights.  This year’s event officially opened at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, December 1. The festival is a Grinnell tradition that predates the library’s present …

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Lamphier Leaving GRMC Communications and Development Role Budding Named Interim Director

Lamphier Leaving GRMC Communications and Development Role Budding Named Interim Director Denise Lamphier, director of communications and development at Grinnell Regional Medical Center for the past 19 years, has accepted a position as the director of integrated marketing communications and media at Central College in Pella, Iowa. “We are excited for Denise in this new career opportunity at Central. She has …

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Imagine Grinnell and Peace Tree Brewing to host Holiday Party for the Grinnell Skatepark

Imagine Grinnell and Peace Tree Brewing to host Holiday Party for the Grinnell Skatepark The Grinnell BMX/Skate park campaign is rolling toward its $250,000 goal to redesign and rebuild the park complex near Bailey Park Elementary school. Peace Tree Brewing Co., Grinnell’s newest local nightspot, is collaborating with Imagine Grinnell to help the campaign reach its fundraising goal.   Peace …

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Fire at Morrison Repair Causes Heavy Damage

  The Grinnell Fire Department responded to a report of a rural tire fire at the Morrison Repair south of Grinnell at 255 420th Avenue. Firefighters were met with heavy black smoke pushing in their direction as they arrived. There was an outbuilding housing multiple tractors and other pieces of farm equipment, a semi-trailer full of tires and several piles …

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Field Fire West of Town Takes Life of Dr. Bernhard Wiltfang

Press Release: On November 25th at 2:44 PM the Grinnell Fire Department responded to a report of a lot of smoke between Highway 6 and 20th Street west of Grinnell. Firefighters responded and found a fast moving grass fire just west of 101 Highway 6. As firefighters attacked the fire they located a fire victim at the point of origin. …

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The History of Thanksgiving

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national …

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G-N Superintendent’s Update for the Week of November 22, 2017

Weekly Update: November 22, 2017 Dear Board of Education, Staff, Families, and Friends: Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving Break is here!   A well deserved break for all of our students and staff!  I hope you enjoy time with family and friends during this long weekend.  This weekly update highlights many student activities.  We are proud of our students and thankful to our …

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