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Grin City Collective Micro-Grant Program Seeks Applicants This Month

Grin City Collective Micro-Grant Program Seeks Applicants This Month Grin City Collective is now accepting applications for the second round of our 2018 Micro-Grant Program that will support initiatives by self-described artists, community builders, craftspeople and entrepreneurs that are not already under the umbrella of a nonprofit organization. The program is designed to support our local community: applicants living within …

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Montezuma author hosting book launch of her first novel

Montezuma author hosting book launch of her first novel The public is invited to attend a free book launch for The Auctioneer by Montezuma author, Debbie Tindle Parker. The event will be held in the community room at the Montezuma Public Library on Wednesday, March 7, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The library is located at 500 Main St., just east …

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Local Musician Katie Sin to release solo album on March 8

Local Musician Katie Sin to release solo album on March 8 On March 8, local musician Katie In will introduce her solo debut album under the moniker “Katie Sin.” The album, titled Harmonia, features seven original compositions, written, sung, and performed by In, with contributions from other instrumentalists. Harmonia will be available on CD as well as digital download and …

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Music in the Park Performers Return for Night of Jazz Music at the Stew

Music in the Park Performers Return for Night of Jazz Music at the Stew On Friday, March 9, the Arts Council will host a night of jazz music at the Stew. A group of Grinnell College students, called TGIF, will play first. Their members are August Cole-Kink (drums), Victoria Park (bass) and Ian Donaldson (keyboard). They will play a mix …

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Consider Giving Early In 2018 To Take Advantage of 2019 Endow Iowa Tax Credits

 ALL 2018 ENDOW IOWA TAX CREDITS ARE CLAIMED   Consider Giving Early In 2018 To Take Advantage of  2019 Endow Iowa Tax Credits The Iowa Economic Development Authority reports that Endow Iowa Tax Credits are allocated as of February 16, 2018.   Gifts that are eligible for the Endow Iowa Tax Credit given after the current calendar year’s funds are exhausted have …

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Internal Medicine adds New ARNP

Internal Medicine adds New ARNP Lynn Moorman, ARNP, is the newest addition to Grinnell Regional Internal Medicine. Moorman has been a registered nurse atUnityPoint Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center since 2009, providing surgical nursing services and surgical assist in the operating rooms for ENT, general surgery, gynecology and urology. Additionally, Moorman joined Surgical Associates in 2011 to assist with …

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Where Does Our Water Come From & Where Does It Go?

Where Does Our Water Come From & Where Does It Go? A Look at Water in Grinnell and Poweshiek County Sunday, February 25, 2018, 2:00 p.m. Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, Room 152 Water comes from the tap and goes down the drain.  This is the extent of most people’s knowledge about where their drinking water comes from and where …

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Superintendent Stutz’s Weekly Update 02-17-2018

Dear Board of Education, Staff, Families and Friends: Our thoughts are with the Parkland Florida school community. This tragedy has resulted in many parents asking questions about our own schools and the safety of our students. Parents have also expressed a desire to know specific measures that we have set in place to ensure student safety. What drills do we …

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Kenyon College Chamber Singers Spring Tour To Perform In Grinnell March 6

The Kenyon College Chamber Singers, conducted by Dr. Benjamin Locke, will be performing on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at Grinnell United Church of Christ at 7 p.m.  The Chamber Singers, consisting of fifty-five undergraduates chosen by competitive audition, is Kenyon’s premier touring ensemble.  The group is noted for its versatility of vocal style and broad repertoire.  The New York Concert …

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Grinnell Veterans Commission Returns to Full Strength

Grinnell Veterans Commission Returns to Full Strength By Michael McAllister For the first time since November 9, 2015, Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission seated five members at its regular monthly meeting on Monday, February 12. The newest member in the ranks is Randall Hotchkin, seated second from right above.  His appointment culminates a nearly two-year campaign dating at least to March …

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Expanded Menu and One Dollar Coffee at Sunrise Bakery!

Expanded Menu and One Dollar Coffee at Sunrise Bakery! Grinnell, Iowa.  After completing a series of surveys and a focus group comprised of a wide variety of people, Sunrise Bakery has made some significant changes for 2018.  Melissa Vine, owner, said they have lowered some of their prices, added some discounts (such as buy five, get one free on all …

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Shults & Company To Perform For Rotary Fundraiser

“As Time Goes By and Other Great Movie Songs”, a musical revue featuring the singing group, Shults & Co,  will be a major fundraising event this spring for the Grinnell Rotary Club, according to club president, Effie Hall. The production, written and directed by Frank and Sherry Shults, will take place April 12, 13 and 14 in the Hotel Grinnell …

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Imagine Grinnell Kicks Off Annual Fund Drive

Imagine Grinnell Kicks Off Annual Fund Drive Imagine Grinnell (IG) will kick off its annual fund drive this month with a review of completed projects in 2017 and a look forward to ongoing projects this year.  The community projects are part of the 30-year-old non-profit organization’s mission to promote a healthy environment and improve quality of life in the Grinnell …

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Health Care, Water Quality Top First Legislative Coffee Concerns

Health Care, Water Quality Top First Legislative Coffee Concerns By Michael McAllister Grinnell’s League of Women Voters and Chamber of Commerce sponsored the first of the 2018 legislative coffees at the United Presbyterian Church, on Saturday, February 3, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.  Approximately 60 people attended. Pictured above are Terese Grant, co-president of the LWV and facilitator of the …

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Superintendent’s Weekly Update for 02/02/2018

Weekly Update: February 2, 2018 Dear Board of Education, Families, Staff and Friends: Happy Groundhog Day! It looks like we will have six more weeks of winter. I want to thank our parents for joining us these last few days to discuss the progress of their student during Parent-Teacher Conferences.  This is a wonderful time to gain insight into how …

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Grinnell State Bank Names F. Austin Jones President and Chief Trust Officer

 Grinnell State Bank Names F. Austin Jones President and Chief Trust Officer Grinnell, Iowa, January 31, 2018: Grinnell State Bank today announced F.Austin Jones, 53, is a 31-year veteran of Grinnell State Bank and has been the Bank’s Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Trust Officer since 2012 and President of Grinnell Investor Center, the Full-Service Investment …

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LSD and Guinness Share People’s Choice Award at Stewfest

LSD and Guinness Share People’s Choice Award at Stewfest By Michael McAllister Some explanation is quickly in order.  LSD is short for Lamb Stew Delicious, Emma O’Polka’s contribution to Saturday night’s Stewfest, and Guinness is an ingredient in Sandy Moffett’s Guinness Venison Stew, which tied O’Polka’s lamb-based blend in impressing the palates of voters. Stewfest 2018—billed as an evening of …

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UCC Celebrating Pastors Ministry in Grinnell

UCC Celebrating Pastors Ministry in Grinnell  On Sunday, February 18th, the Grinnell United Church of Christ-Congregational invites the larger Grinnell community to celebrate Pastor Cameron Barr’s ministry in Grinnell. There will be a liturgy of farewell at 10:30 am, with the Rev. Brigit F. Stevens, Executive Conference Minister of the Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota Conferences of the United Church …

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LWV Forum, Dr. Stutz School Public about Bond Issue

LWV Forum, Dr. Stutz School Public about Bond Issue By Michael McAllister Grinnellians learned the ABC’s of the February 6 school bond issue as the League of Women Voters hosted a forum at the Drake Community Library on Thursday, January 25. District Superintendent Dr. Janet Stutz and Chief Financial Officer Lisa Johnson represented the school.  Matt Erion, Associate Principal with …

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Superintendent’s Weekly Update: January 26, 2018

Weekly Update: January 26, 2018 Happy Friday!  The weeks seem to fly as we say goodbye to January 2018.  This last month has been filled with student accomplishments, collaborative work, and celebrations.   This month has also been a time to educate our public on the upcoming bond.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the …

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100 + People Who Care – Grinnell to Support Mental Health Fund

100 + People Who Care – Grinnell to Support Mental Health Fund 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell voted at the January 23 membership meeting to support the JPK Fund for critical mental health care needs in the greater Grinnell area.  Dr. J.R. Paulsen presented the case for this fund, noting its growth over the past year, following the …

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First Stewfest: A Break from Winter Blahs

First Stewfest: A Break from Winter Blahs By Michael McAllister As the poster in the window says, a unique party in a unique place greets Grinnellians this Saturday evening, January 27, at The Stew, 927 Broad Street. Stew itself will take center stage as inventive cooks offer their culinary creations for tasting and for judging.  Some chefs will wear costumes, …

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Dear Grinnell-Newburg Board, Staff, Family & Friends,

Dear Grinnell-Newburg Board, Staff, Family & Friends, It feels like a warm front has reached us as compared to earlier this week!  A little sunshine is always a wonderful feeling during the middle of January.  I hope you find time to enjoy a little bit of outdoor fun this weekend. Parent Teacher Conferences February 1-2: Please watch for upcoming information …

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GRMC Names Interim CEO

GRMC Names Interim CEO UnityPoint Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center Board of Directors named Doris Rindels, RN, as the interim chief executive officer with the launch of the UnityPoint Health® – Des Moines and University of Iowa Health Care affiliation. Todd C. Linden, FACHE, CEO and president of Grinnell Regional Medical Center, decided to retire from hospital administration following …

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Veterans Commission Amps Up Campaign with Amperage Marketing & Fundraising

Veterans Commission Amps Up Campaign with Amperage Marketing & Fundraising By Michael McAllister “I propose that the Veterans Memorial Building in Grinnell’s Central Park be restored and renovated to commemorate the services rendered by soldiers, sailors, and marines of the United States by making the space into a national artist residency with a special commitment to veterans.” With those words …

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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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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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