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Grinnell Skatepark Rolls Closer to Reality

Grinnell Skatepark Rolls Closer to Reality By Michael McAllister The structure known as the former Delong’s Building on Grinnell’s 6th Avenue West came to life Saturday afternoon, March 11, with the help of Imagine Grinnell, the Office of Service and Social Innovation at Grinnell College, several area businesses and service organizations, a host of volunteers, and a diverse collection of …

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Re/Max Partners Realty named Business of the Year

Re/Max Partners Realty named Business of the Year GRINNELL, Iowa– The Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce recognized Re/Max Partners Realty as the 2017 Grinnell Business of the Year at its Annual Celebration, which took place March 15 at the Grinnell College Golf Course. “We are humbled with the recognition Re/Max Partners Realty received from the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce”, said …

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GPCF Announces 2017 Community Fund, Alliance Grant Recipients

GPCF Announces 2017 Community Fund, Alliance Grant Recipients   The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) and the Poweshiek County Alliance (PCA) have announced 2017 grant recipients for improvement projects throughout Poweshiek County. The funding priorities for the PCA and Community Fund grants include cultural, educational, historical, community/county development, and recreational projects, as well as projects that enhance the safety, beauty, …

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Scott Harris Named New Executive Director at Pilgrim Heights Camp and Retreat Center

Scott Harris has been named Executive Director at Pilgrim Heights Camp and Retreat Center, a 120 acre hidden treasure in Tama County. Harris brings over 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience to this position. He also is excited to implement his “Play to Win” strategies for the organization and see participation in summer camps, retreats, and events grow to unprecedented …

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Veterans Commission Deploys Plan A, Debates Plan B

Veterans Commission Deploys Plan A, Debates Plan B By Michael McAllister Three of the current four-member Veterans Memorial Commission met in regular session at 5:15 p.m. on Monday, March 13, at the Drake Community Library, and received an update on the proposal to establish a national artist residency focusing on veterans in Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Building.  The commission’s support for …

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Tiffany Criswell Promoted to Administrator of St. Francis Manor

 Tiffany Criswell Promoted to Administrator of St. Francis Manor (Grinnell, IA – March 10, 2017)  Tiffany Criswell has been promoted to Administrator/RN of St. Francis Manor after passing her National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) earlier this month.  Tiffany joins the administrative leadership team with Executive Administrator Dion Schrack who recently completed 35 years as Administrator of St. …

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927 Calls for Questions, Comments, Support

927 Calls for Questions, Comments, Support By Michael McAllister “To improve the social, cultural, and economic vitality of the downtown”—such was the aim of a task force set in motion late last year by Mayor Canfield.  Following a series of meetings, community representatives, interested parties, and just plain people drafted a set of basic considerations relating to those broad aims. …

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CARES VS. CAFOS: Factors of Factory Farms

CARES VS. CAFOS:  Factors of Factory Farms by Michael McAllister A portion of the March 2 meeting of the Poweshiek County Board of Supervisors, held in the Community Room of the Drake Library, was devoted to a dialogue between representatives of Poweshiek CARES (Community Action to Restore Environmental Stewardship) and two of three supervisors, Dana Dawley, above center, and Larry …

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GRMC Honored for Patriotic Support

GRMC Honored for Patriotic Support Grinnell Regional Medical Center and Todd Linden, president and CEO, have been honored with a Patriot Award. The award comes from Iowa Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office. The award was given in recognition of GRMC’s extraordinary support of its employees in the Guard and Reserve. “The …

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Courier staff receives seven Illinois College Press Association awards

Courier staff receives seven Illinois College Press Association awards   MONMOUTH, Ill. – Staff members of the Monmouth College student newspaper, The Courier, came home from last weekend’s 34th annual Illinois College Press Association conventionwith seven awards, including three first-place honors. Kallie DiTusa ’17 of Johnsburg, Ill., was part of all three top honors. In the non-dailies under 4,000 students category, DiTusa had …

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“Going Green” Theme for Imagine Grinnell Fundraiser March 17

“Going Green” Theme for Imagine Grinnell Fundraiser March 17 Imagine Grinnell’s annual fundraiser will go green this year, supporting the quality of life organization’s “green, playing and growing” programs, with auctions and entertainment scheduled for St. Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17. The open-to-the-public fundraiser, with a goal of $10,000, will be held at the Grinnell College Golf Clubhouse, 933 13th …

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GRMC Board Installs New Leadership

GRMC Board Installs New Leadership Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s governing board has elected Wendy Kadner as the board of trustees’ chair. She is the vice president for Team Resources, Recruiting and Human Capital Management at Divurgent, a healthcare information technology consulting firm based in Virginia, and owner of Grandma’s House, Grinnell. Chair elect is Bill Menner, Grinnell, and founder of …

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Revitalized Vets Commission Vets Proposal, Ventures Forward

Revitalized Vets Commission Vets Proposal, Ventures Forward   by Michael McAllister Two new members of Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission were welcomed to a regular monthly meeting of the commission at 5:15 p.m., Monday, February 13, at the community room of the Drake Community Library.  One resignation was acknowledged. The well-attended meeting—approximately 24 people were in the audience—represented a new beginning …

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The Heart Gallery—A Different Kind of Valentine

The Heart Gallery—A Different Kind of Valentine by Michael McAllister Valentine’s Day:  Hearts, flowers, chocolates, and romance.  But love, we know, takes many forms and fulfills many needs.  A display currently hosted by Grinnell’s Drake Community Library reminds us that those deserving of love do not always receive it, but there are steps people can take to help. Called the …

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St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park FISH FRY March 10

Coming soon – The St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park Fish Fry…Friday March 10th – ALL YOU CAN EAT – Fish, Fries and Cole Slaw. Serving from 5 – 7pm  at the St. Francis Manor Social Center. Tickets $8 if purchased by March 3rd – $10 after March 3rd or at the door on March 10th. Purchase advance tickets at …

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5 Ton Curved Beam For Central Park Performance Stage

5 Ton Curved Beam For Central Park Performance Stage A five ton, 80 feet long structural glued laminated timber curved beam arrived at Grinnell today. It was manufactured by Sentinel Structures, Inc. of Peshtigo, Wisconsin. This big beam along with others will be used in the roof construction of the new performance stage at Central Park. A stretch flatbed trailer was …

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Why So Many Crows?

Why So Many Crows? by Michael McAllister For several weeks now, Grinnell’s Central Park and its vicinity have been exceedingly well populated by nighttime visitors.  And they are not at all shy about making their presence known. They are crows—birds whose raucous calls and dark bearing, birds whose prominent beak, cold eyes, and ragged claws can obscure the sensitivity that …

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Be a Superhero Bowler on April 22

Be a Superhero Bowler on April 22 Grinnell’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake event will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Bowling sessions begin at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. at the Bowladrome located at 915 State Street in Grinnell. Bowlers and bowling teams are now being solicited to participate in the annual bowling …

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New Management at Grinnell Local Food Source

New Management at Grinnell Local Food Source Grinnell Local Food Source (GLFS) has a new owner/manager, Harriett Dickey-Chasins.  “Grinnell Local Food Source connects local farmers and food producers with customers who want to buy local foods,” explains Dickey-Chasins. Depending on the month, products available through Grinnell Local Food Source can include locally-raised meat, poultry, eggs, vegetables, and fruits, as well …

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A Look at Mental Health Services with Capstone

Take a look into the world of mental healthcare during Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Senior Education program on Monday, Feb. 13. Capstone Behavioral Healthcare staff Lori Schoh and Julie Smith will be highlighting the work of Capstone, which provides mental health therapy from both its locations in Grinnell and Newton. This presentation will focus on the treatment options available at …

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Manufacturing Feature | Grinnell’s ASI: Signs of the Times

Grinnell’s ASI:  Signs of the Times by Michael McAllister Even in the age of GPS and Google Maps, even with Siri and Cortana no more than a question away, we still need signs.  And a vibrant international company called ASI Signage Innovations is fulfilling that need, in part from Grinnell. ASI’s beginnings can be traced to two brothers, Hanley and …

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ARTS COUNCIL OPENS NEW DOWNTOWN CREATIVE SPACE

ARTS COUNCIL OPENS NEW DOWNTOWN CREATIVE SPACE The Grinnell Area Arts Council has rented 927 Broad Street as a creative space to support local artists and makers. It will provide studio and interactive space for artists and artisans to do solo and collaborative work, host pop-up shows, share demonstrations, and address downtown and community-wide issues together. This includes taking on …

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Grinnell’s New City Offices: Take a Quick Tour

Grinnell’s New City Offices:  Take a Quick Tour by Michael McAllister “The people’s house.”  That phrase has often been applied to various legislative buildings—the United States House of Representatives, for example—but, no matter the level, it is clear that any building or any suite of offices conducting business on behalf of the people could claim the title. In Grinnell, the …

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New Skincare Service Opens in Grinnell

New Skincare Service Opens in Grinnell A new skincare specialist began offering services on January 23. Skincare Concepts, LLC, offers a spectrum of skincare services such as facials, chemical peels, and back treatments in the Postels Community Health Park, 807 Broad Street, Grinnell. Tammie Hall, licensed esthetician, chose to open an esthetic center after experiencing the benefits of treatment herself. …

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March 8 Event to Celebrate Next Generation

The Grinnell League of Women Voters and S.H.E. Counts are planning an event on March 8, International  Women’s Day, to celebrate and encourage the next generation. The local event is also a fundraiser to provide a $500 S.H.E. Counts scholarship to a Grinnell High School graduating senior who is the first in her family to attend college. International Women’s Day …

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Healthcare Scholarship Applications Available

Healthcare Scholarship Applications Available Grinnell Regional Medical Center Auxiliary provides scholarships to area students pursuing a healthcare career. Scholarships are for graduating high school seniors and current college students. These funds are also available to adult students pursuing a healthcare career and those currently working in healthcare and seeking advanced training. This year $2,000 has been designated for scholarships, given …

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ONE HOUR OF TIME CAN CHANGE LIVES

ONE HOUR OF TIME CAN CHANGE LIVES DES MOINES, Iowa (January 18, 2017) – 90% of the population will experience a need for blood at some point during their lives. Whether it’s a trauma victim, surgery patient, cancer fighter, premature baby or mother in distress after delivery, someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds. Since there is …

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Veteran Memorial Building Proposal: Art, Vet Alliance

Veteran Memorial Building Proposal:  Art, Vet Alliance by Michael McAllister Can Grinnell become the site of the only artist residency program designed for military veterans in the United States? Can such a project be a way of revitalizing and sustaining the city’s Veteran Memorial Building? According to Tom Lacina, pictured above, the answers are yes. And he is a man …

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New Name for School Support Organization

New Name for School Support Organization There’s a new name for a familiar local school support organization. The board of the Grinnell-Newburg Educational Excellence (GNEE) organization, which has raised funds for school projects large and small since 2006, has voted to change its name to Grinnell-Newburg School Foundation (GNSF). Although the name has changed, the foundation’s mission will remain the …

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Veterans Commission Marks Time Following Official Building Restoration Launch

Veterans Commission Marks Time Following Official Building Restoration Launch By Michael McAllister On July 17, Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission held its first regular session since the official announcement earlier this month of a fundraising and informational drive to establish an artist residency in a renovated Veterans Memorial Building. Conducted by Vice Chair Gwen Rieck (center above) in the absence of …

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GRMC Golf Outing Lands Big Funds for Equipment

GRMC Golf Outing Lands Big Funds for Equipment Great weather, fun contests, and raising $24,000 recap the highlights in the 2017 Grinnell Regional Medical Center Golf Outing. GRMC welcomed 136 golfers on 34 teams to the Oakland Acres Golf Course on Friday, July 14, for the annual fundraiser and friend raiser to support GRMC. “Each year brings new golfers, new …

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Grin City Artists Tackle Tough Questions with Social Crossings Toolkit

Grin City Artists Tackle Tough Questions with Social Crossings Toolkit By Michael McAllister Is it the duty of art to disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed?  Some people say so, employing an assertion that exists in a variety of forms, attributed to people as diverse as 19th century journalist Finley Peter Dunne and modern-day graffiti artist Banksy. Regardless of …

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St. Francis Manor Celebrates 40 Years of Service with Groundbreaking for the Hammond Center for Assisted Living

St. Francis Manor Celebrates 40 Years of Service with Groundbreaking for the Hammond Center for Assisted Living   —————————————————————————-  (Grinnell, IA – July 10, 2017)  After threats of storms for the afternoon of June 29, it turned out to be sunny and hot as roughly 60 people gathered for a ceremonial groundbreaking on the site of the future Hammond Center for …

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A Notable Change in Venue: Music in the Park to GAAC

A Notable Change in Venue:  Music in the Park to GAAC By Michael McAllister Grinnell’s Music in the Park series moved from the Grinnell College campus to the steps of the Stewart Art Gallery and Grinnell Area Arts Council at 926 Broad on Thursday, July 6.  The event will remain in that location through the current season, which ends on …

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Grinnell Launches Campaign to Renovate Veterans Building

Grinnell Launches Campaign to Renovate Veterans Building  GRINNELL — The Grinnell Veterans Memorial Commission celebrated the Independence Day holiday with the announcement of a $1.8 million fundraising campaign to renovate the Veterans Memorial Building. The project seeks to visually match local prairie style architecture and create an anchor structure in Grinnell’s Central Park. The keystone feature of the renovated building will …

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Grinnell’s Fourth of July Parade: A Pictorial

Grinnell’s Fourth of July Parade:  A Pictorial By Michael McAllister “I love a parade!” sang Frank Luther in 1931—lyrics by Harold Arlen, music by Ted Koehler—and surely most people felt likewise then and do so today.  And for those people, Grinnell’s Fourth of July Parade 2017 did not disappoint. Perhaps it even converted a few parade curmudgeons. Arlen’s lyrics, however, …

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LOCAL ARTIST MARKET HELD AT STEW ART STUDIOS July 7 & 8

LOCAL ARTIST MARKET HELD AT STEW ART STUDIOS On July 7 and 8, Stew Art Studios (“the Stew”) will host a Local Artist Market. The market will feature boutique, handmade goods from local and regional artists, including paintings, hand-knitted items, pottery, and modern quilts. The Arts Council, with event-organizer Lee Smith, will oversee the summer market. Smith, a community volunteer, …

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100 + People Who Care – Grinnell to Meet July 25

100 + People Who Care – Grinnell to Meet July 25                  The quarterly meeting of 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell will be Tuesday, July 25.  The 5:30 p.m. meeting will be held in the community room at the Drake Public Library.  This will be the third meeting of 100 + …

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Rural Forward Attendees Select Education as Priority

Rural Forward Attendees Select Education as Priority By Michael McAllister Two former United States Department of Agriculture Officials—Bill Menner and John Whitaker (above, from left)—welcomed approximately 70 Grinnellians to the first meeting of Iowa’s chapter of Rural Forward at the Drake Community Library on the evening of Tuesday, June 20.  The organization’s press release describes it as a group of …

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Learning Environment Sessions Seek to Facilitate Facilities Planning

Learning Environment Sessions Seek to Facilitate Facilities Planning By Michael McAllister More people in the world have access to a mobile phone than to a clean toilet. Twitter broadcasts 100 million tweets per day. Eighty-seven percent of teenagers text, each teen sending an average of 3,339 texts per month. The amount of digital information in the world will increase 44 …

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Hubbell Restores Historic Spaulding Manufacturing Company, Holds Ribbon Cutting for Urban-Style Lofts

Hubbell Restores Historic Spaulding Manufacturing Company, Holds Ribbon Cutting for Urban-Style Lofts Grinnell, Iowa (June 15, 2017)- Hubbell Realty Company celebrated the grand opening of the Spaulding Lofts, located in the former Spaulding Manufacturing Company. This $12.5 million restoration project is the first historic renovation for Hubbell outside of Des Moines. With collaboration from the city of Grinnell, the 1870’s …

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Grin City Collective Honors Obsolete, Releases Community Resource Guide

Grin City Collective Honors Obsolete, Releases Community Resource Guide Next event:  June 30 By Michael McAllister For anyone who likes history mixed with whimsy (or whimsy mixed with history); for anyone curious about how people managed to do things well before the digital age; for anyone to whom the phrase “two longs and a short” makes perfect sense as a …

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