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Grinnell Mutual Announces Timm & Bogard Promotions

Grinnell Mutual announces promotions Kris Timm of Guernsey was recently promoted to Director of Development in Grinnell Mutual’s Business Information Services (BIS) division.  She joined the company in 1988 and has served in a variety of roles, including claims stenographer, claims adjuster, tester/trainer, business analyst, manager of agency automation, development project manager and manager of development. Timm holds the Associate in …

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GRMC’s 2013 Annual Report Available

GRMC’s 2013 Annual Report Available Grinnell Regional Medical Center released its annual report, “Transformation,” that summarizes the hospital’s activities and finances during 2013. The annual report can be found online at www.grmc.us. This year’s report focuses on the transformation of healthcare both nationally and locally through landmark changes such as the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, advances in medical …

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Grief Support Program Scheduled Beginning October 8

Grief Support Program Scheduled Grinnell Regional Hospice is offering a monthly Grief Support Group. This group is designed for adults who have experienced the loss of a loved one or friend.  It provides a safe place for people to express their emotions and move through the grieving process. Group meetings will be held the second Wednesday of each month beginning …

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Allergies and Allergic Diseases Topic at GRMC SE*ED Program Sept. 22

Allergies and Allergic Diseases Upcoming Topic at GRMC SE*ED Program Grinnell Regional Medical Center is pleased to welcome Miles Weinberger, MD, professor of pediatrics and founder of the University of Iowa Pediatric Allergy and Pulmonary Division. Weinberger will be the speaker at the GRMC SE*ED program on Monday, September 22. The program begins at 10 a.m. in the Caulkins Community Room …

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Grinnell Fire Department earns Life Safety Achievement Award

  Grinnell Fire Department earns Life Safety Achievement Award Grinnell Fire Department was recently presented with a Life Safety Achievement Award for its fire prevention accomplishments in 2013 by the National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation (NASFM Foundation) in partnership with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. The award was announced by Butch Browning, president of the NASFM Foundation. …

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Methodists to hold Organ Rededication and Celebration of Worship on Sept. 14

Methodists to hold Organ Rededication and Celebration of Worship on Sept. 14 The 100+ year old organ at the Grinnell United Methodist Church was completely refurbished over the summer. All are invited to worship on September 14th as the organ is played publicly for the first time. The rededication will be part of celebratory worship services at 8am and 10:30am. The …

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Grinnell Teams Regionally-Ranked In Preseason Poll

GRINNELL, Iowa – Both the Grinnell College women’s and men’s cross country teams are regionally ranked in the preseason. The United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association lists the Pioneer women eighth in the Central Region and the men’s team 10th. Carleton holds down the top spot in the region on the women’s side, followed by St. Olaf, Wartburg, …

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Hansen and Smith appointed Grinnell Mutual vice presidents

Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company is pleased to announce the following promotions: Chris Hansen of Grinnell was named Vice President of Finance for Grinnell Mutual. Since joining the company in 1999, he has served as an auditor and senior auditor as well as Chief Audit Executive for the past 10 years. “Chris has a history of past success at Grinnell Mutual. He …

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Grinnell Vintage Auto Show Recap August 23, 2014

Rain, frustration, not knowing, timing all had to come together on Saturday August 23rd for the the 41st Grinnell Vintage Auto Show. Planning prevailed as the morning moved on, the weather let up and the vintage cars, trucks, rods, and rat rods rolled in. The Grinnell Car Club members we in abundance just waiting to be of assistance to the participants …

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Iowa Intensity Youth Sports Spring/Summer Season Recap

Iowa Intensity Youth Sports Spring/Summer Season Recap   In early March seventy-four boys and girls, ranging from 4th through 8th grade, bravely decided to take a chance and attend tryouts for the Spring/Summer season for Iowa Intensity basketball teams. From those players six teams were formed with a total of fifty-five players. Teams that were formed were: 4th/5th grade girls, …

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Progress for Northern Ireland Topic at GRMC SE*ED Program Sept. 8

Progress for Northern Ireland Upcoming Topic at GRMC SE*ED Program Derry-Londonderry was a bloody battle ground of “The Troubles” of the late 1960’s through the early 1990’s. The city’s selection as United Kingdom City of Culture 2013 gave a boost to the redevelopment of the local economy and culture. Derry, still the most segregated city in Europe, with the Protestants …

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2014 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” Award to S.H.E. Counts

2014 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” Award to S.H.E. Counts   S.H.E. COUNTS, a fund to support and empower women and girls throughout Poweshiek County, is the 2014 recipient of the “Leave It Better Than You Found It” award from the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation (CDAF). Formally launched in March through the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation …

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Iowa State Fair Stories to be Topic at GRMC SE*ED Program Aug. 25

Iowa State Fair Stories to be Upcoming Topic at GRMC SE*ED Program “Our State Fair – Iowa’s Blue Ribbon Story” is the book that chronicles 150 years of Iowans who have made up that unique August experience. Author Mary Kay Shanley will share stories of fairgoers at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center SE*ED program on Monday, August 25. The program …

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Enjoy the activities at the 136th annual Iowa Firefighters Association Convention in Grinnell

Enjoy the activities at the 136th annual Iowa Firefighters Association Convention in Grinnell More than 2,000 Iowa firefighters and their families are expected to converge on Grinnell September 3-7 for the 2014 Iowa Firefighters Association Convention. The annual convention provides an opportunity for Iowa firefighters to relax and unwind, and its family-friendly events also welcome Iowans of all ages. As part …

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Giving Gardens Supply MICA

Giving Gardens Supply MICA The bountiful Giving Garden at Grinnell Regional Medical Center supplies fresh, locally grown produce to the Mid-Iowa Community Action food pantry. The Giving Gardens, one of the many Community Transformation Grant projects, encourages county residents to improve their health by eating more fresh produce. Community Transformation Grant funds helped purchase the refrigerator at MICA as well …

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Tree Removal Has Begun At St. Francis Manor

St. Francis Manor in Grinnell has already begun tree removal on the four acres of land it purchased on July 25, 2014. This new housing development will be the sixth construction phase for Seeland Park, an active community for individuals 55 and older.  For information on affordable, custom-built homes with maintenance-free living, contact Executive Administrator Dion Schrack at (641) 236-7592. …

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Fall classes from the Arts Council now available

  A new lineup classes is now available through the Arts Council’s Arts Academy education program.   With the return of community favorites as well as brand new arts opportunities for infants through adults, the Arts Council’s fall classes will keep the whole family busy all season long. Registration is now open for studio 6, an afterschool art program for students …

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GRINNELL COLLEGE COLLECTS ALL-ACADEMIC HONORS IN TRACK AND FIELd

   The Grinnell College men’s and women’s track and field teams, as well as three Pioneer individuals, were named 2014 Division III All-Academic by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. A total of 158 women’s teams and 93 men’s squads earned the honor, which is given to teams with a cumulative grade point average of 3.1 …

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Mayflower Community breaks ground on Watertower Square project

 The Mayflower Community will officially broke ground Wed., Aug. 6, on the Watertower Square project, a three-story, 26-unit residence at Second Ave. and Broad St. in Grinnell. A brief mid-morning ceremony culminated with representatives from the City of Grinnell, Ramsey-Weeks, Grinnell State Bank, and Mayflower boards, residents and employees turning shovels.  Mayflower Executive Director Bob Mann said general contractor Story Construction …

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St. Francis Manor Announces Land Purchase and New Development

    St. Francis Manor Board Member Fran Conn and Landowner Bill Tish recently worked together to facilitate a great community service with St. Francis Manor’s purchase of four acres of land from Bill Tish to further develop the Seeland Park Retirement Community located in Grinnell. The property, known by many as the former Saddle Club land, is located at …

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Grinnell Celebrates National Farmers Market Week August 3-9

  GRINNELL – August 3-9 is National Farmers Market Week, as officially declared by the United States Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack. Why not celebrate by picking up some fresh produce, baked goods, and handcrafted items?   There are about 8,000 farmers markets listed in the United States Department of Agriculture’s Nation Farmers Market Directory, and one of them is …

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GRMC and Knoxville Hospital Knock it Out of the Park

Grinnell Regional Medical Center and Knoxville Hospital and Clinics have entered a new agreement to share leadership for radiology services. Matthew M. Byrd, CNMT, RT (N)(CT), will join the staff at both hospitals as the director of radiology/diagnostic imaging. GRMC will employ Byrd and then contract his services to the Knoxville Hospital and Clinics. Byrd joins the Iowa hospitals after …

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Obesity and Metabolism Topic at GRMC SE*ED Program August 11

 Join Brandon Davis, PhD, on Monday, August 11, to learn more about obesity and how one’s metabolism contributes to obesity and overweight. Davis will provide a brief overview of the history of obesity as well as the current factors that maintain it. One of those factors is metabolism, which was the focus of his recent study. His groundbreaking research documented …

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Making the Most of the Longevity Dividend is Topic at GRMC SE*ED Program August 4

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average life expectancy in the U.S. is now 77 years, compared to 47 years in 1900. Average life expectancy continues to grow generation-to-generation. It will be increasingly more common for Americans to celebrate 100th birthdays. What does this mean for us as we plan our lives? Karla Erickson, associate professor of sociology at …

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GRMC Wins Marketing Awards

  Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Office of Communications and Development has been recognized nationally for the redesign of the GRMC Healthletter and for the Blue Jean Ball 2013 advertising campaign. The Healthletter redesign won the APEX 2014 Award in the newsletter-print category. APEX 2014 is presented through the 26th Annual Awards for Publication Excellence, an international competition. GRMC also won …

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Grin City invites you to dinner!

Meet visiting artists and spend time with friends at Grin City Collective’s weekly potluck. Fridays, July 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 6:00 pm 3633 Hwy 146, Grinnell, IA See what we’re up to! This summer, Grin City Collective Artist Residency hosts “Culture Lab” an incubator for artists and scientists to develop educational projects that change the way …

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Local Freshmen Win Iowa Games 3 on 3

  Iowa Intensity Youth Sports players pictured played in the Iowa Games 3 on 3 tournament on July 19 in Ames, Iowa.  The four freshmen won all of their games in the Freshmen-Sophomore Division with scores of 15-10, 15-3 and 14-13 to claim first place.

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GNEE to Host Golf Fundraiser Aug. 15

  The Grinnell Newburg Educational Excellence Fund (GNEE) will host a night golf fundraiser at the Grinnell Golf and Country Club on Fri., Aug. 15. GNEE, which provides mini-grants to classroom projects that may otherwise go unfunded, has given “more than $200,000 to innovative projects that enhance learning and student success,” according to board member Sarah Smith. “GNEE has funded …

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Grin City Collective’s CultureLab is July 28 Topic at GRMC SE*ED Program

This summer and fall, Grin City Collective brings together artists, writers, scientists, and educators for a special residency that uses innovation and design to build creative, interactive projects exploring the ways we interact with our world. Molly Rideout and Kenji Yoshino will present, “CultureLab: Art + Science +Education” on Monday, July 28, at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center SE*ED program. …

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GRINNELL NEWS

Grinnell Premier of Saints Rest Set for June 9-10

Grinnell Premier of Saints Rest Set for June 9-10 By Michael McAllister Saints Rest, a film produced by Devin Landin, directed by Noga Ashkenazi, co-written by Ashkenazi and Tyson Stock, and filmed in Grinnell during the summer of 2016, is featured as part of Grinnell College Summerfest on Saturday, June 9, and is scheduled for a second showing at the Strand …

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Mayor Dan Agnew—Four Months In

Mayor Dan Agnew—Four Months In   By Michael McAllister “Have you got a job yet?” “No.” “Do you want mine?” That, Mayor Dan Agnew recalls, is the exchange that led to his first job offer.  It came from Dudley Norris, the man who had coached him in football in Grinnell, then a teacher at Newton High School where Agnew, in …

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Two Cyclists from the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor Cross the State of Iowa in 2.5 Days for a Great Cause

Two Cyclists from the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor Cross the  State of Iowa in 2.5 Days for a Great Cause  (Grinnell, IA – May 15, 2018)Two Grinnell cyclists, Physical Therapist Assistant Tim Stahl and Physical Therapist Jon Duke, recently completed their LiteGait Fundraiser ride across Iowa in just two and a half days! In addition to accomplishing their …

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Vets Commission Makes Plans to Vet Architectural Offerings in May Meeting

Vets Commission Makes Plans to Vet Architectural Offerings By Michael McAllister At their regular monthly meeting on May 14, the five members of Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission moved to set a plan in motion to yield two sets of architectural plans for the Veterans Memorial Building that will become—if the full campaign is successful—the Prairie Star Artist Residency in the …

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Central Park Grand Opening on a “Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Central Park Grand Opening on a “Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood By Michael McAllister Recalling Fred Rodgers, the host of the popular PBS children’s program Mr. Rodgers’ Neighborhood,Grinnell’s Mayor Dan Agnew kicked off Central Park’s official grand opening with a quotation:  “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.” And if the weather could not quite qualify as beautiful, the crowd …

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Bikes to Art Set to Roll May 19

Bikes to Art Set to Roll May 19 By Michael McAllister The Drake Community Library houses a variety of items, and among the most unusual are two recent temporary acquisitions—bicycles designed to call attention to the second annual Bikes to Art festival set to start at the library on Saturday, May 19. “Bring your bike and your imagination,” reads the …

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Scenes from the Farmers Market—Opening Day, May 10

Scenes from the Farmers Market—Opening Day, May 10 By Michael McAllister Mother Nature blessed Grinnell with a perfect day for the opening of the 2018 Farmers Market.  A quick count of tent tops showed that at least fifteen vendors were on hand.  A stroll through the market and around the beautiful new Central Park served up a lively tableau of …

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Grinnell’s Richard Raridon and the Manhattan Project after 75 Years

Grinnell’s Richard Raridon and the Manhattan Project after 75 Years By Michael McAllister On August 9, 1945, the Oak Ridge Journal of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, carried this headline:  “Oak Ridge Attacks Japanese.” Three days earlier, the first atomic bomb had been dropped from the Enola Gay on the city of Hiroshima in Japan, but Oak Ridge, an integral part of the …

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American Cancer Society Seeks Participation in Relay For Life of Poweshiek County and Help Attack Cancer From Every Angle

American Cancer Society Seeks Participation in Relay For Life of Poweshiek County and Help Attack Cancer From Every Angle  American Cancer Society is calling on all community members to participate in the annual Relay For Life of Poweshiek County on July 6th from 7-11pm at Central Park in Grinnell in conjunction with Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce’s Friday Fest.Be part …

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New CEO Appointed at UnityPoint Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center

New CEO Appointed at UnityPoint Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center (Grinnell, Iowa) UnityPoint Health® – Des Moines announces the appointment of Jennifer Havens, RN, MHA, as the new chief executive officer at UnityPoint Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC). She will assume day-to-day leadership of the 49-bed not-for-profit medical center on July 30, 2018. “On behalf of the …

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MICA Hosts Special Brunch/Recognizes Volunteers

MICA Recognizes Volunteers at Special Brunch  Poweshiek County’s MICA (Mid-Iowa Community Action) appreciates the many hours of volunteer hours given weekly and monthly by its over thirty volunteers. These volunteers perform a myriad of jobs and tasks from cleaning out the flower beds around the building, stocking the food pantry shelves, logging in hundreds of pounds of donations and purchased …

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St. Francis Manor Announces Assisted Living Informational Meeting on May 16

St. Francis Manor Announces Assisted Living Informational Meeting on May 16   (Grinnell, IA – May 2, 2018) With a scheduled opening this November, construction is progressing on the Hammond Center for Assisted Living addition to the St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park Life Plan Community.  Framing of the Hammond Center’s first floor rooms has been completed and the second floor …

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Local Foods Connection Connects with Station Clubhouse

Local Foods Connection Connects with Station Clubhouse Local Foods Connection held a community lunch at Station Clubhouse on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Melissa Dunham (Volunteer Executive Director), Monica St. Angelo (Treasurer), and Grinnell College Service Learning Work-Study students, Eva Gemrich and Rachel Eber organized the event. Andy and Melissa Dunham of Grinnell Heritage farm provided local carrots, and Barney and …

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Bikes to Art Speeds toward May 19

Bikes to Art Speeds toward May 19 By Michael McAllister One event featuring wheels inspired another when, on March 11, 2017, the two art-and-bicycle enthusiasts pictured above, Melissa Berman and Ryan McGuire, attending the Grinnell Skate & BMX Park fundraising project, discussed possible combinations of art on wheels. Berman, then an eleven-year resident of Grinnell, former owner-operator of The Purple …

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Annual GRMC Volunteer and Auxiliary Appreciation

Annual GRMC Volunteer and Auxiliary Appreciation Unity Point Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center values the hours given by the volunteers and the GRMC Auxiliary. In 2017, 150 GRMC Auxiliary volunteers gave more than 7,000 hours of their time volunteering at the medical center. In appreciation for their time, talents and trust, GRMC hosted a recognition dinner for all volunteers …

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SE*ED

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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