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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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OurGrinnell.com Roving Correspondent Talks With Superintendent Stutz

Dr. Stutz: “It’s Been a Great Year!” District superintendent looks forward to a creative summer, looks back on a productive year By Michael McAllister Dr. Janet Stutz, having completed her first academic year as superintendent of Grinnell-Newburg CSD, promoted summer programs and assessed initial accomplishments in an interview with Our Grinnell on Friday, June 9. Calling her transition to Grinnell …

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Veterans Commission Receives Donation, Building Program Advances

Veterans Commission Receives Donation, Building Program Advances By Michael McAllister Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission met in regular monthly session at 5:15 p.m., Monday, June 12, at the Drake Community Library.  Members Gwen Rieck, George Fowler, and Leo Lease were present. Following routine business such as approval of the meeting agenda and previous meeting minutes, the commission received a fund update …

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Families invited to jumpstart their summer at Grinnell Games June 16-18

Families invited to jumpstart their summer at Grinnell Games June 16-18 GRINNELL – Iowa’s family sports festival is less than two weeks away, with a full weekend of activities ranging from competitive races to a free kids run, from free family field day activities to a pancake breakfast, and from superheroes to face painting. This year’s Grinnell Games, presented by …

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Music, Music, Music!

Music, Music, Music! By Michael McAllister “Summer’s here and the time is right for dancin’ in the street.”  So sang Martha and the Vandellas in 1964 in one of Motown’s superlative songs. The calendar may quibble with the idea that this year’s summer is here, but the time was right for dancin’ in the street Friday night, June 2, in …

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Former Iowa USDA Leaders John Whitaker and Bill Menner to Lead Community DiscussionOn Rural Development Issues in Grinnell on June 20

Former Iowa USDA Leaders John Whitaker and Bill Menner to Lead Community DiscussionOn Rural Development Issues in Grinnell on June 20   The Iowa Chapter of Rural Forward, an organization of policy professionals and concerned citizens with experience in farming and small-town development, will hold its first listening post on Tuesday, June 20 at Drake Library (930 Park Street) in …

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Seeland Park Announces Its Summer Tour of Homes – Sunday, June 11

Seeland Park Announces Its Summer Tour of Homes – Sunday, June 11 (Grinnell, IA – June 1, 2017)  Seeland Park, an active 55+ Life Plan Community located on the east side of Grinnell, invites the public to its Summer Tour of Homes on Sunday, June 11, from 1:30 to 4:30 PM.  Seeland Park currently has four residences listed for sale …

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Our Grinnell’s Eggs-clusive Interview with Rotary Chicken

Our Grinnell’s Eggs-clusive Interview with Rotary Chicken by Michael McAllister Although the Grinnell Rotary Club Chicken has been extraordinarily busy promoting the barbecue that takes place June 8, the felicitous fowl did take time out of a packed schedule to grant Our Grinnell an exclusive interview. The result follows. Welcome, Rotary Chicken!  Thanks so much for your time.  But “Rotary …

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Grinnell Chamber Representatives Joined DSM Leaders to Promote Regional Priorities on the Partnership’s 38th Annual D.C. Trip

Grinnell Chamber Representatives Joined DSM Leaders to Promote Regional Priorities on the Partnership’s 38th Annual D.C. Trip GRINNELL, IA – Nearly 200 Central Iowa business, civic and regional community leaders traveled on May 10 through 12 to the nation’s capital and presented a federal public policy agenda to promote regional policy priorities and economic development projects during the Greater Des …

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Grinnell Film Readied for Fall Release

Grinnell Film Readied for Fall Release By Michael McAllister Saints Rest, the movie written by Grinnell College alumni Tyson Stock and Noga Ashkenazi and filmed in Grinnell last summer, is in post-production, moving toward a fall release date yet to be determined. Meanwhile, information about the film is available on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), a trailer can viewed on …

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St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park Plan a “National Senior Health & Fitness Day® Celebration” with Event Open to the Public on May 31st

St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park Plan a “National Senior Health & Fitness Day® Celebration” with Event Open to the Public on May 31st   Local Organization Part of National Event to Promote Healthy Lifestyles for Older Adults (Grinnell, IA – May 12, 2017) —On May 31, St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park will join more than 1,000 organizations nationally …

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Laros Buggy Makes One More Trip

Laros Buggy Makes One More Trip By Michael McAllister It has been a good many years since a Laros buggy—a brand manufactured in Grinnell in the early years of the twentieth century—traversed the streets of the town. And it is a fairly safe bet that no Laros buggy ever was the chosen mode of transportation for a woman in a …

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GRMC Launches Annual Fund Drive

GRMC Launches Annual Fund Drive For the past 50 years, Grinnell Regional Medical Center has been serving the healthcare needs of the community. “This is an exciting milestone for GRMC,” says Denise Lamphier, GRMC’s director of communications and development. “We are able to provide excellent healthcare services locally because the medical center has enjoyed a solid foundation of philanthropic support …

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GPCF Founder’s Day to Celebrate Community Generosity

GPCF Founder’s Day to Celebrate Community Generosity Supporters of the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) and those interested in learning more about its partners and projects can have pie and eat it too as the foundation celebrates its third annual Founder’s Day, Fri., June 2, at Drake Community Library. Founder’s Day honors the birthday of GPCF founder Tom Marshall who …

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New Venue for 2017 Annual Rotary Club Chicken Barbecue

New Venue for 2017 Annual Rotary Club Chicken Barbecue    The annual Grinnell Rotary Club Chicken Barbecue will be held Thurs., June 8 at a new venue – the Drake Community Library parking lot with distribution at the United Methodist Church entrance on Park St. The times remain the same: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 3:00 to 6:30 …

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Grinnells’s Farmers Market Signals a Sweet and Savory Summer

Grinnells’s Farmers Market Signals a Sweet and Savory Summer By Michael McAllister The month of May is all the merrier now that Grinnell’s Farmers Market has blossomed at Fourth Avenue and Broad Street.  Thursday, May 11, was opening day. Friendly faces, garden-fresh produce, home-baked goodies, and a few surprises (corn cob sachets, for example)—these are just a few of the …

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Pete Brownell Elected President of the National Rifle Association

Pete Brownell Elected President of the National Rifle Association Wayne LaPierre Reelected Executive Vice President ATLANTA – Pete Brownell of Montezuma, Iowa was elected by the National Rifle Association Board of Directors as President May 1, 2017, following the 146th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Atlanta. An NRA Life Member since birth, Brownell is the Chief Executive Officer of …

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Grinnell State Bank and Kiwanis Share 60 Year History

Grinnell State Bank and Kiwanis Share 60 Year History The Kiwanis Club of Grinnell traveled the history trail during its Tuesday, May 2 meeting. Rick Bierman hosted the program featuring Addison Jones, Grinnell State Bank, and Kiwanis member for 62 years. Jones gave the history of the bank, beginning in 1925 as Grinnell Savings Bank. He also gave a brief …

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United Church of Christ Celebrates Inclusion in Action

United Church of Christ Celebrates Inclusion in Action By Michael McAllister A marker near the southwest corner of the churchyard of Grinnell’s United Church of Christ at Fourth Avenue and Broad Street designates the site of Grinnell’s first church. Seven steps to the south and 163 years later, a new sign continues the church’s tradition with a vibrant invitation to …

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Vets Commission to Recommend Professional Fundraisers

Vets Commission to Recommend Professional Fundraisers By Michael McAllister In an unusual but colorful setting—Story Room at the Drake Community Library—Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission met in regular session at 5:15 p.m., Monday, May 8, and continued to move toward the goal of converting the Veteran Memorial Building to an artist residency with emphasis on veterans. Commission Chair Leo Lease opened …

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St. Francis Manor Celebrates 40 Years of Service with an Appreciation Dinner

 St. Francis Manor Celebrates 40 Years of Service with an Appreciation Dinner   (Grinnell, IA – May 8, 2017)  Throughout 2017, St. Francis Manor will be celebrating 40 years of service to the Greater Poweshiek County area in a variety of ways.  To mark the actual 40th anniversary of St. Francis Manor in February, St. Francis Manor residents, board members, employees …

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Tilly Woodward to Keynote Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center’s 19th Annual Women Helping Women Event

Tilly Woodward to Keynote Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center’s 19th Annual Women Helping Women Event (Des Moines, Iowa) May 2, 2017 – The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is hosting its 19th Annual Women Helping Women Luncheon, benefitting vulnerable women and girls who need quality mental health services. The luncheon will take place on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Embassy Suites …

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Seeking local organizations eligible for Grinnell United Way grants

Seeking local organizations eligible for Grinnell United Way grants Grinnell United Way invites local organizations that serve Grinnell residents to apply to receive funding. Grinnell United Way has supported a diverse set of partner agencies over the years. Iowa Legal Aid, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, MICA, Grinnell Community Daycare & Preschool, Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell, and Poweshiek County Extension are just …

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Hawkeye Fans to Raise Funds for School Foundation May 17th

Hawkeye Fans to Raise Funds for School Foundation University of Iowa Hawkeye fans—young and old—can get an insider view of student athletics during a Grinnell Newburg School Foundation (GNSF) fundraising event on May 17. GHS graduate Seth Wallace, who is linebackers coach for the Iowa Hawkeye football operation, will be joined at the event by Chris Doyle, director of strength …

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TIGER PACKS TO BE RECIPIENTS OF FIRST “100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE” DONATIONS

TIGER PACKS TO BE RECIPIENTS OF FIRST “100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE” DONATIONS   The Tiger Packs program benefitting students at Grinnell’s elementary schools will be the recipient of the first donations from 100+ People Who Care-Grinnell.   The voting process at the membership meeting on April 25 resulted in Tiger Packs being selected.  With membership now approaching 60, the resulting …

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GRMC Hospital Trustees Receive Education Certification from IHA

GRMC Hospital Trustees Receive Education Certification from IHA New Graduates from Statewide Program to Advance Hospital Governance   A group of 61 Iowa hospital trustees have become the latest graduates of the Iowa Hospital Association’s Board Certification Program, including Grinnell Regional Medical Center Board of Directors members, Dan Agnew and Laura Ferguson, MD. GRMC board members maintaining certification are Bill …

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Area Third Graders to Receive Bike Helmets

Area Third Graders to Receive Bike Helmets Part of Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s mission is a commitment to promoting wellness. There’s no better time to start promoting wellness and safety than when local children get their bikes out for spring. This year, Grinnell Regional Medical Center, the Grinnell Regional medical staff, and area businesses and individuals will again team up …

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Detoxing, Teatoxing, and Tea Safety – SE-ED May 8th

Detoxing, Teatoxing, and Tea Safety A multitude of detox or cleansing regimens conjure up promises to cure about everything – with more seeming to come out each week. They promise to help with weight loss, removing undigested materials from the colon, and the releasing of toxins from the body, among other things. How safe are these regimens, do they work, …

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The Debut of “The Stew”

The Debut of “The Stew” By Michael McAllister The wet weather did not cooperate with the opening party at Grinnell’s Stew Art Studios, 927 Broad Street, Friday evening, April 28, but inside the newly revamped building spirits were not dampened in the least. Stew Art Studios—nicknamed “The Stew”—is an innovative downtown enterprise designed to provide space, materials, equipment, and support …

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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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