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Upcoming Topic for SE*ED Imagine Grinnell’s Tree Inventory Project April 21

Imagine Grinnell’s Tree Inventory Project Upcoming Topic for SE*ED Trees are important to homeowners and businesses, and add to the quality of life in Grinnell. Imagine Grinnell is furthering their mission by helping to manage tree and woodland resources. Using innovative GIS technology, we catalog and assess the condition for each tree. Additionally, we include the species, age, condition, and …

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Spring Cleaning Your Medicine Cabinet April 26

  On April 26 Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Pharmacy department and the Grinnell Police Department will offer the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. As part of a national campaign, GRMC and the Grinnell Police …

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Morrison Completes Clinical Pastoral Education

  Keith Morrison, Grinnell Regional Medical Center chaplain, completed an intensive Clinical Pastoral Education course that will expand the depth of the spiritual wellness program at GRMC. The 15-week course taught participants ways to structure spiritual services within a hospital setting. Spiritual care can be a vital component of the care of patients and their families. The course include training …

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New CT Installed at GRMC

GRMC’s certified radiology techs who perform CT scans include, from left, Stuart Jordon, Regina Eiben, Tiffany Crandall, LeAnn Paustian, Ashley Jensen, Mindi Koehler, Jaremy Douglas, and Amber Fleming. They are shown here with GRMC’s new 64-slice CT scanner.    Grinnell Regional Medical Center installed a new 64-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner at the end of March. This new Hitachi unit …

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Chamber Weekly Newsletter On Retail Vacancies

Vacancies I get emails frequently about vacancies downtown from people concerned that there are more than ever. This is just not the case. The issue is that the vacancies that do exist are for the most part larger properties that catch your eye more than small spaces do. Big spaces are hard to fill because most services and retailers in a town of our …

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Climatologist Predicts 2014 Weather for Grinnell Kiwanis

The Kiwanis Club of Grinnell gathered on Tuesday, March 11, for regular business at the Bistro in the Buckley Hall, Mayflower Community. Iowa State University Extension Climatologist Ellwyn Taylor, Ph.D., hosted a question and answer session with Kiwanis members and several guests. Taylor annually speaks at the Kiwanis Club to offer his predictions for the coming year, especially targeted for …

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Harrington Featured in Des Moines Register Business Page Interview

Angela Harrington, President and CEO of the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce was recently interviewed by the Des Moines Register and she talked about the critical shortage of affordable housing in Grinnell, Hubbell Realty Co. of Des Moines has recently landed six different forms of tax credits for the move ahead of the Spaulding Lofts project. The now Spaulding Lofts building …

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City Accepts Veterans Memorial Commission Recommendation For Further Study

The Grinnell City Council met in regular session Monday April 7th and accepted the recommendation of the Veterans Memorial Commission from their meeting on March 24, 2014 that the Grinnell Veterans’ Memorial Commission work to restore the Veterans’ Memorial Building to a minimally functional state with emphasis given to making the restrooms accessible to the public. Considerable discussion followed as …

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The Story Behind the New OurGrinnell.com

April 4, 2014 – Grinnell, IA OurGrinnell.com began in 2007 as an online platform for sharing news and information about the Grinnell area.  Founded by former Penny Saver owner, Jack Mathews, the robust website quickly became a well-populated platform for the latest announcements.  After five years of operations, the website now receives more than 3,000 unique visitors per month. In …

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Car Crashes Into 1st Impressions On Main Street – No Injuries !

Grinnell fire and police units were dispatched to 925 Main StreetThursday morning April 4th at about 11a for a vehicle that had driven into a building. Responding officers found a 2012 Buick Regal inside First Impressions Beauty Salon on Main Street. The preliminary investigation by Ofc. Fred Foreman suggests that the vehicle operator, Nancy Hendrickson of Grinnell, was pulling into …

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Twenty-five divers selected to the AT&T Olympic Performance Squad for 2014

          March 26, 2014  USA Diving News  USA Diving USA Diving has announced the 25 divers selected to the AT&T Olympic Performance Squad for 2014. The AT&T Olympic Performance Squad includes the divers who most exhibit the skill and determination it takes to become 2016 Olympic Team members. Those selected to the squad for 2014 include divers who competed at the …

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Spaulding Center Begins “3rd” Year

Spaulding Center Begins “3rd” Year The Spaulding Center for Transportation, home to the Iowa Transportation Museum and an events center, is good for Iowa and Grinnell The Spaulding Center has successfully completed its first 2 years of operation and is optimistically looking forward to the years ahead. The Iowa Transportation Museum is a museum specifically developed to tell the story …

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Thraxton Joins Grinnell As Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion in Athletics/Coordinator of Event Management

Justin Thaxton has joined Grinnell College as Coordinator for Diversity and Achievement in Athletics/Coordinator of Event Management. Thaxton comes to Grinnell from South Seattle Community College in Washington, where he was Veterans Student Center Coordinator while serving under the Department of Diversity and Retention. Prior to that he was an assistant for the Community Outreach and Fan Engagement program of …

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A Perfect Storm

Everywhere the chamber staff goes outside of Grinnell, in every state-wide conference we attend, we hear the same things…Grinnell’s got it going on…what’s up with all the job growth…how did you attract that new development…why am I always hearing about Grinnell…what exactly IS going on in Grinnell? From a new superintendent intent on combatting budget shortfalls by thinking about building …

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Grinnell’s Lydia Stariha is Named MWC Softball Performer of the Week

GRINNELL, Iowa – Grinnell College catcher/third baseman Lydia Stariha ’17 has been named the Midwest Conference Softball Performer of the Week. Stariha, from LaSalle, Ill. (Saint Bede Academy), began her collegiate career with a sizzling performance, hitting .545 in the team’s seven-game spring break trip to Arizona. She was 12-of-22 at the plate, stole a pair of bases and had …

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Grinnell’s Anthony Mack Named MWC Baseball Performer of the Week

GRINNELL, Iowa – Grinnell College’s Anthony Mack ’16 has been named the Midwest Conference Baseball Performer of the Week. Mack, a 6-1, 170-pound shortstop/designated hitter from Libertyville, Ill. (Libertyville), lit up opposing pitchers during the team’s spring break trip to Florida. He hit .552 in eight games, going 16-of-29 at the plate with two homers, two doubles and a triple. …

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NCAA Division III Championships

IUPUI Natatorium – Site License                        3/22/2014 – 7:14 PM NCAA Division III Championships – 3/19/2014 to 3/22/2014 Hosted by Franklin College and IN Sports Corp IU Natatorium, Indianapolis, IN Event 34  Men 200 Yard Backstroke ========================================================================= NCAA Record: * 1:44.81  3/23/2013 Michael Brus, Grinnell Meet Qualify:   1:49.40 2013 …

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Grinnell’s Taylor Named to D3Hoops.com All-Midwest Region Team

GRINNELL, Iowa – Grinnell College’s Jack Taylor ’15 has earned another honor, this time being named to the D3hoops.com All-Midwest Region Men’s Basketball Team. Taylor, also an All-Midwest Conference selection, was named to the All-Region third team. Taylor, a 5-10, 165-pound guard from Black River Falls, Wis. (Black River Falls), had the top scoring performance in the nation this year …

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Grinnell’s Charlie Wilhelm Named MWC Men’s Tennis Performer of the Week

GRINNELL, Iowa – Grinnell College’s Charlie Wilhelm ’15 has been named the Midwest Conference Men’s Tennis Performer of the Week. Wilhelm, from Grinnell, Iowa (Grinnell), was perfect while helping the Pioneers to an undefeated spring break trip to Florida. Wilhelm posted singles wins against the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Oglethorpe, Hope and Hobart while improving to 14-2 on the season. …

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Grinnell’s Sarah Burnell Earns All-American Honors From USTECCA

LINCOLN, Neb.  – Grinnell College’s Sarah Burnell ’14 (Grinnell, Iowa/Grinnell) has been named an NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field All-American by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The award is presented to student-athletes placing among the top eight in their individual or relay events at the national meet. Burnell placed third in the women’s mile …

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Poweshiek I-80 Holds Annual Meeting March 25, 2014

With some 75 Poweshiek I-80 shareholders from all communities in Poweshiek County in attendance for socializing and dinner the the scene was set for the groups annual meeting. Larry Boesenberg, Chair., of TIP Rural Electric Coop of Brooklyn brought the group together and introduced the board members representing all areas of the county.  Nominees for their first 3 year term …

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Hazelwood Cemetery Spring Clean-Up On April 7th

Cemetery crews will begin clean up of Hazelwood Cemetery on Monday, April 7th. Any and all items on the ground will be removed and disposed of. If it is not on the foundation or the stone it will be removed. The items on the ground must be removed to prepare for the mowing and trimming season ahead. Persons having decorations …

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Brush & Compost Facility Opening April 5th

The City of Grinnell operates a Brush & Compost facility where citizens can drop off their yard waste including grass clippings, leaves, and tree limbs/branches. The address of the site is 3973 20th Street, Grinnell. It is located immediately south of the city’s wastewater treatment plant. Citizens can either go to the intersection of Highway 146 and Pinder Avenue and …

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Hats Off to You

Hats off to the Grinnell-Newburg School Board and Superintendent Todd Abrahamson! Through a courageous and complex process, acres of blight is only a few months away from being a new green space. Grinnell is a place where groups or individuals find ways to make incredible progress in our city. That’s what I like about Grinnell. People shoulder through and just make things happen. …

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Grinnell Kiwanis Hears Traditions of Local Newspapers

The Kiwanis Club of Grinnell gathered on Tuesday, March 4, for regular business at the Bistro in the Buckley Hall, Mayflower Community. The featured speaker was Peggy Elliott with the Grinnell Herald-Register, who provided historical and current perspective on literacy, traditions, and local newspapers. She began the conversation explaining America’s love for newspapers and literacy as such an important element …

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Sarah Burnell Is 3rd Earns D-III All-America Honors In Mile Run

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Grinnell’s Sarah Burnell Is 3rd In D-III Mile Run – Earns All-American Honors LINCOLN, Neb.  – Grinnell College’s Sarah Burnell ’14 (Grinnell, Iowa/Grinnell) capped her indoor track career in incredible fashion Saturday afternoon, placing third in the women’s mile run at the NCAA Division III National Championships. Burnell, who was seeded fourth after running 4:57.25 in Friday’s preliminary, crushed that personal-best …

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Hubbell’s Spaulding Lofts Project in Grinnell Receives Affordable Housing Award

Historic Rehabilitation of Spaulding Center Buildings into 77 Apartments Moves Forward West Des Moines, IA (March 13, 2013) – Hubbell Realty Company’s historic rehabilitation of two Spaulding Center buildings in Grinnell was selected to receive an affordable housing tax credit award of $604,500 from the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA). Hubbell had been pursuing the necessary funding sources to bring Spaulding …

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Deidre Freeman Featured on KCWI Before Leaving for Beijing & Dubai

deidre freeman diving training for olympics

Deidre was featured on KCWI’s “Great Day” morning show on Monday March 10.  She spoke with Jason Parkin, Jackie Schmillen and Lou Sipolt about her career and training for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Deidre will be competing in the FINA/NVC Diving World Series Event in Beijing, China March 14 – 16.  She is will be participating in the …

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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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Recent Posts

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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