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Grinnell Mutual opens West Des Moines IT office

Grinnell Mutual opens West Des Moines IT office   Grinnell, Iowa — Grinnell Mutual has expanded its physical facilities to include an office in West Des Moines, Iowa. The 109-year-old property-casualty company is headquartered in Grinnell, Iowa, where the bulk of its 750 employees work. Grinnell Mutual also has a business continuity facility in Newton, Iowa. The West Des Moines …

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Middle Way Farm to hold second on-farm plant sale April 29th

Middle Way Farm to hold second on-farm plant sale  With the growing season kicking into gear, Middle Way Farm will be holding its second annual plant sale on Saturday, April 29th, from 9 am to noon. The plants sale will feature cool-season vegetable transplants including kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, Swiss chard, head lettuce, onions, leeks, parsley, and more, as …

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Easter Bunny Visits St. Francis Manor

Easter Bunny Visits St. Francis Manor The Easter Bunny hopped over to St. Francis Manor in Grinnell for its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15.  Over 60 children attended the annual event which is held for St. Francis and Seeland Park residents’ grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as staff members’ children and grandchildren.  Before the hunt began, the …

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First Food Fair Features Local Farm-raised Fare

First Food Fair Features Local Farm-raised Fare by Michael McAllister The northwest corner of McNally’s Foods at 1021 Main Street in Grinnell was given over to local food producers on the afternoon of Saturday, April 15, as a new tradition was served up:  the first annual Local Foods Fair. According to Grinnell’s Chamber of Commerce Community Calendar, Local Food Connection, …

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Baarda Named a 100 Great Iowa Nurse

Baarda Named a 100 Great Iowa Nurse Grinnell Regional Medical Center nurse Sheryl Baarda, RNC, obstetrics nurse manager, received the 100 Great Iowa Nurses award. This program, supported by the Iowa Nurses Foundation, recognizes 100 outstanding nurses every year in Iowa for their courage, competence, and commitment to patients and the nursing profession. The 100 nurses earn the recognition by …

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Vets Commission Marches Forward with Building Renewal, Artist Residency Plans

Vets Commission Marches Forward with Building Renewal, Artist Residency Plans   By Michael McAllister If all goes according to plans, the Veteran Memorial Building at the northwest corner of Central Park will one day look approximately like the picture above, a concept produced by John Bushong and Tom Lacina and presented by Lacina Monday evening, April 10, at the regular …

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New Primary Care Physician Joins Grinnell Family Care

New Primary Care Physician Joins Grinnell Family Care             Teresa Coon, MD, will begin seeing patients full-time at Grinnell Family Care on Thursday, June 1, joining the two primary care providers in the clinic, located at 217 Fourth Ave., West, Grinnell. Coon has been working at Grinnell Family Care two days per week since December of 2016. She is joining …

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Final Legislative Coffee Percolates Concerns, Questions, Comments

Final Legislative Coffee Percolates Concerns, Questions, Comments By Michael McAllister As March transitioned to April, attention focused on the Final Four, and, in Grinnell, on the Final Forum—the final legislative forum of the season, that is, held April 1 with Representative Dave Maxwell and Senator Tim Kapucian. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the 90-minute event took place at …

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100 + People Who Care – Grinnell – To Meet April 25

100 + People Who Care – Grinnell – To Meet April 25 The quarterly meeting of 100+ People Who Care – Grinnell will be held at the Drake Community Library on Tuesday, April 25.  The meeting will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s community room, and will last one hour.  This will be the first actual “voting” meeting …

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How a Bill (In Iowa) Becomes a Law (Really)

How a Bill (In Iowa) Becomes a Law (Really) By Michael McAllister “I’m just a bill…sitting up on Capitol Hill.”  Readers of a certain age—or with children of a certain age—will remember Schoolhouse Rock, ABC’s foray into educational Saturday-morning programming from the 1970s. The series prompted spin-offs such as America Rock, beginning in 1975, originally intended to focus on the …

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Grinnell Farmers Market accepting vendors for the 2017 season

Grinnell Farmers Market accepting vendors for the 2017 season GRINNELL – The Grinnell Farmers Market is currently accepting applications for vendors for their 2017 season, which begins May 11 and runs through October 14. The Grinnell Farmers Market will take place on Thursday afternoons from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to Noon. The Farmers Market …

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Peace Tree Handcrafted beer to Open Taproom in Grinnell

Knoxville-based Peace Tree Brewing plans to open a branch in downtown Grinnell at 923 Main Street. Delphina Baumann, owner of the property just north of the Strand Theatre bought it last spring with the intent to enhance downtown vitality by developing one of the empty storefronts on Main Street. She envisioned a retail space for local and global artisans as …

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Nor Any Drop to Drink

Nor Any Drop to Drink By Michael McAllister If a homily could be rewritten, no doubt Bill Stowe would offer a revision of the idea that the only two certainties in life are death and taxes.  He would remind us of the necessity for water, an inclusion that fits well since the delivery of safe drinking water to people costs …

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Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards $1,000 Donation to Central Iowa Christian School!

  Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards $1,000 Donation to Central Iowa Christian School!   GRINNELL, IA (March 22, 2017) – Wes Finch Auto Plaza has kicked off this year’s donation contest with a $1,000 donation to the Central Iowa Christian School! Voting took place February 1st through February 28th, and the winner was announced on March 1st. Central Iowa Christian …

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Grinnell Mutual reveals new brand identity

Grinnell Mutual reveals new brand identity Grinnell Mutual, which has provided property and casualty insurance and reinsurance to customers for more than 100 years, today is unveiling a new brand identity that more closely aligns with its continued growth and transformation.   “We’ve made extraordinary changes over the past few years to position ourselves for the future and to serve our …

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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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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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