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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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GRMC Launches Pulmonary Rehab Service

Grinnell Regional Medical Center has added a comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation program to its growing list of on-site patient care services. Pulmonary rehab assists individuals with chronic lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, asthma, and chronic bronchitis. GRMC Nurse Manager Beth Kirton, who oversees the new program, says that individuals with chronic lung disease “can be very restricted …

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GRMC Auxiliary Supporters Rise to the Challenge to “Drop it For a Cause”

           More than 2,100 golf balls dropped from a helicopter hovering over the 18th fairway at Oakland Acres Golf on Saturday, July 12. An estimated 300 in attendance watched carefully in hopes that their numbered ball would be the one that landed in the hole designated for the $5,000 grand prize.             After the balls had …

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Rain Dampens 25th Anniversary GRMC/Chamber Golf Tournament

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

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Preparing for School Includes Vaccinations

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

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Better Health Class Offered in Summer Beginning July 30

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

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

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

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Clark named Director of Web Services at Grinnell Mutual

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

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

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

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New Staff, Strategic Plan for Ahrens Foundation

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

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HIGH TECH TOOLS HELP IOWA PSYCHOLOGIST COUNSEL PATIENTS WITH WEIGHT ISSUES

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

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Grinnell Mutual joins the Global Insurance Accelerator

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

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Promotions Announced At Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance

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

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Renovations bring new life to Oakland Acres Golf Club

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

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From the Grinnell Chamber Newsletter 06-19-2014

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

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Big company began by empowering the little man

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

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

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

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Protect Yourself from Financial Abuse | SE•ED Monday August 20

Protect Yourself from Financial Abuse With the ever-present changes in technology, scammers are coming up with more ways to take advantage of elderly populations. Learn more about the steps you can take to protect yourself or a loved one from elder financial abuse at the next UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center Senior Education program on Monday, Aug. 20. …

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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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