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$19,000,000 In USDA Rural Development to Grinnell & Poweshiek County Under Menners Tenure

USDA Rural Development Invests Nearly $5 Billion in Rural Iowa Since 2009 Funding Created or Retained Nearly 10,000 Jobs, Assisted 20,000 Households with Home Purchases and Supported Community Improvements to Facilities, Services and Infrastructure. ——————————————– From 2009 to 2016 – during Grinnell’s own Bill Menner, the USDA Rural Development’s State Director in Iowa – here is a look at how his agency …

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Mayor Canfield Cites Gender Balance as Engendering Appointment Problems

Mayor Canfield Cites Gender Balance as Engendering Appointment Problems by Michael McAllister In an unusually active inquiry session near the close of Grinnell’s city council meeting of January 9, Mayor Gordon Canfield provided some explanation as to why two current vacancies on the Veterans Memorial Commission have not been filled through appointments. Canfield’s remarks resulted from an ongoing inquiry from …

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New Year Promises Excitement: Hotel Grinnell to Debut

New Year Promises Excitement:  Hotel Grinnell to Debut by Michael McAllister “Early summer.”  It will be early summer before we can begin enjoying the benefits of Hotel Grinnell, but considering what a hotel and events center can do for a city like Grinnell, the enterprise will be worth the wait. The prediction of an early summer opening comes from Angela …

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GRMC Welcomes First Baby of 2017

GRMC Welcomes First Baby of 2017 The first baby of 2017 arrived at Grinnell Regional Medical Center at 3:02 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3. Yingrein and Heicey Alvarado welcomed a daughter, Greismy, to their family. She weighed 7 pounds, 0 ounces, and measured 19.5 inches long. Greismy was delivered by Michelle Rebelsky, MD, Family Medicine, and Elizabeth Tigges, DO, Surgical …

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Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation Becomes Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation’s First “Partner in Philanthropy”

Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation Becomes Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation’s First “Partner in Philanthropy” Grinnell, IA, December 19, 2016: Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company President and CEO Larry Jansen and Advertising and Community Relations Director Barb Baker, presented the first installment of a three-part pledge to the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) Board of Directors at GPCF’s most recent board meeting.  The …

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Wanted: Seven taskforce coordinators for part-time AmeriCorps positions

Wanted: Seven taskforce coordinators for part-time AmeriCorps positions Coordinators will work with volunteer groups supporting community education projects GRINNELL, Iowa — The Grinnell AmeriCorps Partnership is seeking individuals who love community and education to serve in seven part-time, short-term taskforce coordinator positions. Applications will be accepted through Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. “Building on the momentum of the successful projects initiated …

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Grinnell banker launches, pilots Apollo 11 commemorative

Grinnell banker launches, pilots Apollo 11 commemorative   By Michael McAllister On Thursday, December 8, astronaut John Glenn died at the age of 95.  Tributes to Glenn—the first American to orbit the earth and, 36 years later, the oldest human to venture into space—reminded Americans of the significance of that 1962 orbital flight by Friendship 7 amidst Cold War uncertainty …

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Grinnell Mutual Grows Beards, Gets Wet for GRMC’s Community Care Clinic

Grinnell Mutual Grows Beards, Gets Wet for GRMC’s Community Care Clinic A group of Grinnell Mutual employees put away their razors and heels to support a great cause — Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Community Care Clinic. Jeff Menary, executive vice president of line operations, challenged staff to raise $3,000 to support the clinic, which provides medical care to area residents …

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SE•ED Holiday Program Gives Historical Perspective

SEED Holiday Program Gives Historical Perspective This holiday season, step back 160 years in Poweshiek County and listen to “Voices from the Past: Lower Blue Point Church,” during the Senior Education Program’s annual holiday program. Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s SEED program season finale, December 12, will feature the Poweshiek County Heritage Park and an oral history of an early settlers’ …

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Year-End Giving Opportunities at GPCF

Year-End Giving Opportunities at GPCF It’s the annual season-of-giving, and the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation encourages community members to consider making a gift to one of the many nonprofits and causes in the county.  A gift to GPCF and its funds not only provides attractive tax benefits but makes a significant and lasting impact in Poweshiek County. GPCF has over …

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Grinnell Corridor Entrance Signs To Be Updated

A note from City Manager Russ Behrens brings us up to date on the corridor high profile entrance signs, “Yes we are ‘experimenting’ with a font design that has more of an impact as intended. This (the current mock up) was the original design. Based on feedback on this design this will likely be the final version that is installed. …

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Christmas 2016: Grinnell Gears Up

Christmas 2016:  Grinnell Gears Up By Michael McAllister As though to herald the holiday season, northwest winds howled and temperatures plunged in Grinnell on the afternoon of Friday, November 18.  While a gentle nudge from the blissful autumn days we had been enjoying would have been appropriate as mood setting for the Jingle Bell Holiday, there is such a thing …

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Lower Elementary Students In Need Benefit Before Winter Arrives

  Lower Elementary Students In Need Benefit Before Winter Arrives Grinnell, IA, November 18th, 2016:  The annual proceeds from the Dr. Kevin W. Sterk Lower Elementary Student Needs Endowment were used to fulfill some basic necessities.  Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation staff gathered from the Fairview and Bailey Park Elementary principals a list of items they had observed as student needs. …

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Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards $1,000 Donation to the Grinnell Skate/BMX Project!

Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards $1,000 Donation to the Grinnell Skate/BMX Project! GRINNELL, IOWA (November 17, 2016) – Wes Finch Auto Plaza is kicking off the season of giving by donating $1,000 to the Grinnell Skate/BMX Project through their Facebook Charity Campaign! Voting took place October 1st through October 31st, and the winner was announced on November 1st. Grinnell Skate/BMX …

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GPCF’s Big GIVE Month Benefits Area Non-Profits

GPCF’s Big GIVE Month Benefits Area Non-Profits The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation’s Big GIVE campaign during October harvested nearly $185,000 for area organizations.  Donors pledged and contributed $184,457 to 39 different funds administered by GPCF. The month-long fund drive, stimulated by art-themed matching challenges of $11,385, garnered $93,412 in direct gifts, $40,000 in new pledges, and $17,633 in pledge payments.  An …

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Breakfast with Santa at St. Francis Manor December 3

Breakfast with Santa at St. Francis Manor St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park are inviting the public to enjoy “Breakfast with Santa” on Saturday, December 3rd.  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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Grinnell Regional Medical Center Announces Plans for Unique Partnership with UnityPoint Health – Des Moines and University of Iowa Health Care

Grinnell Regional Medical Center Announces Plans for Unique Partnership with UnityPoint Health – Des Moines and University of Iowa Health Care   Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC), UnityPoint Health – Des Moines and University of Iowa Health Care (UI Health Care) have begun exclusive negotiations about forming a new relationship. While details of the proposed relationship remain to be determined, …

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St. Francis Manor Hosts Veterans Program

St. Francis Manor hosted a remembrance program for veterans on Thursday, November 10th.  We hope you will include the attached pictures and write-up below on ourgrinnell.com: A Veterans Remembrance Program was hosted by St. Francis Manor on Thursday, November 10, to honor local veterans.  Over 120 people attended the event including St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park residents as well as …

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Stepping up but stymied: One veteran seeks to serve again

Stepping up but stymied:   One veteran seeks to serve again By Michael McAllister Service to country and community can take many forms.  Most of the time, we are more than willing to let those who wish to serve do so.  In Grinnell, however, in at least one instance, a request to serve seems to have been consigned to limbo. For …

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Jingle Bell Holiday Offers Family Fun, Shopping & Winter Farmers Market

Jingle Bell Holiday offers family fun, shopping & winter farmers market Grinnell’s annual holiday shopping kick-off event, Jingle Bell Holiday, is Friday, November 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. Santa Claus will visit with children at Total Choice Shipping & Printing, with photos taken by Cory Hall Photography. Carriage rides will again be available downtown free of charge this year, …

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Campaign chaos? Not in Grinnell

Campaign chaos?  Not in Grinnell By Michael McAllister While the election campaign may be confusing, frustrating, and even disheartening at the national level—fueled by both October and November surprises—the campaign is calm in Grinnell, at least if activity at either party headquarters and participation in early voting are to serve as barometers. But to characterize activity as calm is not …

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Hunger Awareness Groups Pack Meals, Have Impact

Hunger Awareness Groups Pack Meals, Have Impact   Local. Domestic. International. Hunger and food insecurity needs at each of these levels receive assistance and gain awareness from two partner organizations of the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF).   Local impact   At the local level, Tiger Packs helps to combat hunger in the Grinnell-Newburg School District by providing eligible K-8 …

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Ed Hatcher Earns Iowa Hospital Association’s Trustee of the Year Award

Ed Hatcher Earns Iowa Hospital Association’s Trustee of the Year Award Edward Hatcher, a member of Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Board of Directors, was recently recognized by the Iowa Hospital Association as the top hospital trustee in the state. IHA’s Excellence in Governance Award is presented each year to an Iowa hospital trustee who is identified as a strategic thinker, …

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Central Park progress: Primarily on point

Central Park progress:  Primarily on point During the last couple of weeks, some of the fences that have surrounded Grinnell’s Central Park this summer have come down intermittently, permitting a clearer look at the construction process. For example, when we last snapped a picture of the gazebo, on or about July 10, the structure was sitting on a flatbed truck.  …

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Take a Look into GRMC’s Crystal Ball

Take a Look into GRMC’s Crystal Ball Healthcare is changing at unprecedented levels and Grinnell Regional Medical Center is changing to remain viable and relevant to the needs of the community. Todd C. Linden, GRMC president and CEO, will discuss plans for the future during the Monday, Oct. 31, Senior Education Program. This presentation will focus on the greatest challenges …

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Cyber Security Training Session at Drake Community Library

Cyber Security Training Session at Drake Community Library Cyber attacks are becoming more common as more and more people rely on smart phones and computers for daily communication and financial transactions. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and “Cyber Security Awareness Training” is the topic for a presentation by Alison Radl, MPS, MS-InfAs, from the State of Iowa Information Security …

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Discussions underway to bring University of Iowa classes to Grinnell

Discussions underway to bring University of Iowa classes to Grinnell If enrollment goals are met, classes could start as soon as January 2017 GRINNELL, Iowa – A group of local institutions is working closely with the University of Iowa, community leaders and employers to bring University of Iowa classes to Grinnell. The classes will be held at the Iowa Valley …

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Mayflower Boards Elect New Directors

Mayflower Boards Elect New Directors  The boards of The Mayflower Community–Mayflower Homes, Inc. and Mayflower Homes Foundation–have elected new directors who began service at the boards’ annual meetings on October 18.  Each will serve a three-year term, which may be renewed for another three years. Jodie Ryan, Grinnell branch manager for Great Western Bank, will be moving from the presidency …

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New Physician at Manatt Family Urgent Care

New Physician at Manatt Family Urgent Care Luke R. Perrin, MD, family medicine physician, will begin practicing at Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Manatt Family Urgent Care and GRMC’s occupational medicine department on Saturday, Oct. 15. Perrin joins Wendi Beck, PA-C, at Manatt Family Urgent Care. “The community’s use of our urgent care clinic continues to grow, which makes it supremely …

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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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