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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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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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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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