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GRMC Receives Rare 5-Star Rating from CMS

GRMC Receives Rare 5-Star Rating from CMS Patients have given five-star satisfaction ratings for only 215 hospitals nationwide—and Grinnell Regional Medical Center is one of them. “Our incredible team is getting well-deserved national attention once again,” says Todd C. Linden, GRMC president and CEO. “We earned these high ratings because our patients are at the heart of everything we do …

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Grinnell Car Show Nudges Nostalgia, Inspires Homage

Grinnell Car Show Nudges Nostalgia, Inspires Homage By Michael McAllister There is no such thing as a time machine, yet it was possible on Sunday, August 20, at the Poweshiek County Fairgrounds, for a person of a certain age, employing a touch of imagination, to revisit a time when Elvis and Chuck battled on the airwaves, when drive-in restaurants came …

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St. Francis Manor Employees Receive Honors

St. Francis Manor Employees Receive Honors (Grinnell, IA – August 24, 2017)  St. Francis Manor employees Tina Failor, certified nursing assistant (CNA), and Josie Leshen, licensed practical nurse (LPN), have been named as Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA) Foundation scholarship recipients. IHCA Senior Vice President & COO Cindy Baddeloo presented Failor and Leshen with the Foundation’s $1,000 John R. Grubb …

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2017 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” Award to Grinnell College Student Group

2017 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” Award to Grinnell College Student Group   The Grinnell College Social Justice Action Group (SJAG), the student organization that coordinates the weekly Community Meal at Davis Elementary School, is the 2017 recipient of the “Leave It Better ThanYou Found It” award from the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation (CDAF).  The “Leave …

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HUD Promises Disaster Deterrent Dollars: $96.9 Million

HUD Promises Disaster Deterrent Dollars:  $96.9 Million By Michael McAllister Suppose you could improve something that would benefit not only you and your children and grandchildren but neighbors and friends and people you do not even know, not just now but well into the future. And suppose someone was willing to pay 75% of the cost. That opportunity, described in …

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Behind the Scenes at the Iowa State Fair

Behind the Scenes at the Iowa State Fair Nothing compares to the Iowa State Fair. Mike Pearson, host at Iowa Public Television, will be providing an overview on the 2017 Iowa State Fair at the Senior Education Program on Monday, Aug. 21. Photos, behind the scenes information, and details on unique exhibits will all make their way in to this …

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Grinnell Farmers Market introduces Grinnell Market Fresh Meal Service

Grinnell Farmers Market introduces Grinnell Market Fresh Meal Service GRINNELL – National Farmers Market Week is being celebrated this week (August 6 – 12) all across the nation. The annual event, sponsored by USDA, highlights the important role farmers markets play in our nation’s food system. Farmers markets serve as a lifeline for many producers whether they’re beginning farmers looking …

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Poweshiek Community Action to Restore Environmental Stewardship (Poweshiek CARES) to hear Watershed Coordinator Tuesday August 15th.

Poweshiek Community Action to Restore Environmental Stewardship (Poweshiek CARES) to hear Watershed Coordinator Tuesday August 15th. The general public is invited to attend. Are YOU concerned about Iowa’s waterways? Find out what is happening and steps that can improve water quality. Tuesday, August 15th, Jody Bailey, Watershed Coordinator, will explain and answer questions at 7 PM in Grinnell’s Drake Library community room. …

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Central Park Do-Over Almost Over

Central Park Do-Over Almost Over By Michael McAllister “Project is expected to be wrapped up by Labor Day.”  The statement, referring to Grinnell’s Central Park renovation, comes as part of the official July 10 meeting minutes of Grinnell’s Parks and Recreation Board. And the news is welcome indeed. In fact, since the fences around the park have recently come down, …

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Arts Council to Hold Yard Sale Fundraiser

Arts Council to Hold Yard Sale Fundraiser On Saturday, August 26, the Grinnell Area Arts Council will hold a Yard Sale and Fundraiser on their front lawn. The sale is an inspired effort with twofold benefits for the Council: clean out their facilities, and generate funds for their fall programs such as Studio 6. Furthermore, the sale is a fun …

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Arts Council to Host Folk Concert at the Stew

Arts Council to Host Folk Concert at the Stew On Saturday, September 2, the Arts Council will host a pair of folk music groups at the Stew. The show will begin with p. morrow, a Grinnell College band comprised of Justin Leuba ‘17 (guitar, vocals), Sylvie Bindas ‘18 (vocals), Jacob Getzoff ‘18 (percussion) and Ian Donaldson ‘20 (keyboard); followed by …

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100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE – GRINNELL TO FUND S.E.G.

100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE – GRINNELL TO FUND S.E.G.   The July 25 meeting of 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell resulted in the decision to fund the Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell (S.E.G.) with the proceeds from this quarter’s selection process.  By pooling their contributions of $ 100 per member, the result will be more than $ 6,500 …

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National Night Out Draws People In

National Night Out Draws People In By Michael McAllister As the first day of 2017’s August came to a close, with the summer buzz of cicadas in the background, Grinnellians marked National Night Out at three of the city’s parks—Merrill, Bailey, and Arbor Lake. Sponsored by Grinnell’s Optimists, the event ties to a movement begun in 1984 as a way …

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DRAKE COMMUNITY LIBRARY HOSTS GREAT AMERICAN ECLIPSE VIEWING

DRAKE COMMUNITY LIBRARY HOSTS GREAT AMERICAN ECLIPSE VIEWING On Monday, August 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. the public is invited to Drake Community Library, 930 Park Street, to witness the Great American Eclipse.  Drake Community Library is one of 1,500 libraries across the nation that has been awarded a grant from the Space Science Institute to facilitate eclipse viewing.  …

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Grinnell Hosts First Iowa Young RYLA Event

Grinnell Hosts First Iowa Young RYLA Event By Michael McAllister Sometimes referred to as RYLA Lite, Young RYLA—that’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards for middle schoolers—set up shop on the Grinnell College campus during the week of July 24 The event was the first in Iowa and in fact is one of only four such programs in the world. While Iowa’s …

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50th Anniversary Celebration

50th Anniversary Celebration Grinnell Regional Medical Center will host a large 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. Throw on your blue jeans and prepare to dance the night away at the fourth GRMC Blue Jean Ball. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Poweshiek County Fairgrounds, 425 East St., Grinnell. The Blue Jean Ball moves to …

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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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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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GRMC Auxiliary Angel Tree to Remember Loved Ones

GRMC Auxiliary Angel Tree to Remember Loved Ones The Grinnell Regional Medical Center Auxiliary will again beautify its tree in the medical center with angels for the upcoming holiday season. This project is a way to honor or remember loved ones through the purchase of an angel ornament for the tree. The GRMC Auxiliary has already begun selling the ornaments …

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Sunrise Bakery opening weekend!

Sunrise Bakery opening weekend!   GRINNELL, IOWA – Sunrise Bakery at 934 Main Street (across from Brown’s Shoes) will open for the first time by participating in downtown Grinnell’s annual Jingle Bell Holiday from 5:00 – 8:00 pm on Friday, November 17, 2017. “We will have mini pies and gingerbread house kits available for purchase or order.  It’s a great …

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TOGETHER WE GROW – GPCF Promotes Partners and Funds During Big GIVE for Poweshiek County 2017

TOGETHER WE GROW – GPCF Promotes Partners and Funds During Big GIVE for Poweshiek County 2017 The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation’s annual Big GIVE Campaign-“Together We Grow” raised $178,000 for the 45 funds that are administered by GPCF.  The month-long fund drive in October, stimulated by 9 game show themed matching challenges, encouraged donors to contribute to the many nonprofit …

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Peace Tree Grinnell Branch Rewards Customers for Shopping Local

Grinnell, IA – Peace Tree Brewing Company’s Grinnell Branch will offer customers 10% off of their purchases Friday, November 24 through Sunday, November 26 if their present proof of purchase of holiday gifts from a local Grinnell retailer.  Peace Tree Grinnell Branch hopes to encourage patrons to shop local this holiday season by offering the incentive for Black Friday, Small …

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Breakfast with Santa at St. Francis Manor

  (Grinnell, IA – November 13, 2017)  St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park are inviting the public to enjoy “Breakfast with Santa” on Saturday, December 2nd.  All-you-can-eat pancakes (plain, blueberry, and chocolate chip) with butter and maple syrup, sausage links, orange juice, milk and coffee will be served between 8 and 10 AM in the St. Francis Manor Social Center …

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Veterans Memorial Commission Advances Plan A Monday November 13th

Veterans Memorial Commission Advances Plan A By Michael McAllister Two days after Veterans Day and six days after a close but successful levy vote, Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission met in regular session on Monday, November 13.  Unity, inclusion, and work were the themes of the evening as the commission made plans to bring the Prairie Star Residency to the Veterans …

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Orr Bequest to GPCF Will Extend Endowed Funds’ Reach throughout County

Orr Bequest to GPCF Will Extend Endowed Funds’ Reach throughout County   A bequest from the estate of the late Joann Orr will benefit partner organizations and endowed funds of the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF). Orr’s unrestricted bequest to GPCF has allowed the foundation board to designate $45,000, a portion of the bequest, for a challenge grant to benefit …

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McGuire + ASI = Signage as Sculpture at Drake Community Library

McGuire + ASI = Signage as Sculpture By Michael McAllister The imagination of Ryan McGuire and the fabrication know-how of ASI Signage joined creative forces to produce the latest addition to Grinnell’s downtown tableau. Despite a twenty-degree temperature and a brisk breeze out of the southeast, ASI personnel were at work shortly after 8:00 a.m., Friday, November 10, drilling into …

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A Veterans Remembrance/Celebration Program hosted by St. Francis Manor

A Veterans Remembrance Program was hosted by St. Francis Manor on Thursday, November 9, to honor local veterans.  Approximately 110 people attended the event including St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park residents as well as veterans from the Grinnell community.  Activity Directors Caitlin Mellick and Abby Moyer presented the program which included retired Air Force Master Sergeant Randy Hotchkin sharing …

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SHIIP Recognizes GRMC’s Program

SHIIP Recognizes GRMC’s Program The Senior Health Insurance Information Program honored Grinnell Regional Medical Center during its fall luncheon with the 25 Years of Service Award. GRMC began hosting a SHIIP counselor program in 1992, to help local Medicare subscribers with questions about their healthcare coverage. SHIIP was created in 1990 to address health insurance questions and problems related to …

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Announcing Executive Pastry Chef at Sunrise Bakery

 GRINNELL, IOWA – Sunrise Bakery has announced that Taylor Sturtz of Grinnell will be the Executive Pastry Chef at Sunrise Bakery, bringing with her a wide spread of baking experience from her California roots.  Sturtz previously supervised the production of baked goods at the Ritz Carlton Hotel and spent time producing cakes and other specialty desserts for Disneyland.  While she …

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Superintendent’s Weekly Update November 3, 2017

Superintendent’s Weekly Update November 3, 2017 This week has been filled with many opportunities for our families and students to get connected.  I want to thank everyone for your participation in “Unplugged Night” this past week.  I have heard a tremendous amount of positive feedback regarding spending time “unplugged”.   Another opportunity for families this weekend is to attend the Fall …

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LWV Forum Informs Voters About Levy

LWV Forum Informs Voters About Levy By Michael McAllister Just as she did during the candidate forum the previous week, Terese Grant, Co-President of the League of Women Voters in Grinnell, presided over a Tuesday-night gathering at the United Presbyterian Church. This week, however, on November 1, only one candidate was involved, and that candidate was not present. The candidate …

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G-N Superintendent’s Weekly Update October 27, 2017

Superintendent’s Weekly Update October 27, 2017 Dear Grinnell-Newburg Board, Staff, Family and Friends: The weather has turned colder and the end of October is here.  This is the time of year when teachers and parents gather to reflect upon student progress and how we can work collectively together to ensure that students are getting what they need to learn and …

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LWV Forum Draws Community Questions, Candidate Comments

LWV Forum Draws Community Questions, Candidate Comments By Michael McAllister As election day—November 7—nears, Grinnell’s League of Women Voters, in conjunction with the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, sponsored a candidate forum at the United Presbyterian Church on the evening of October 25. Candidates attending were Dan Agnew, running unopposed for mayor; Julie Hansen, running unopposed for First Ward city council …

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