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St. Francis Residents Participate In Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative

The Healthiest State Initiative’s goal is to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. This year’s Walk aimed to “Step It Up” and got people together to walk for 30 minutes. St. Francis Manor combined their Buddy Walk with the statewide walk and got residents outside to enjoy the fresh air and the changing of the seasons.  Thanks to …

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Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company Receives the Greater Poweshiek County Community Foundation’s 2016 Business Partner of the Year Award

Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company Receives the Greater Poweshiek County Community Foundation’s 2016 Business Partner of the Year Award Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company was awarded the Greater Poweshiek County Community Foundation’s (GPCF) 2016 Business Partner of the Year award at the Seventh Annual Spirit of Giving banquet held Oct. 8 at the Grinnell College Golf Course. The Business Partner of the Year …

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League of Women Voter forum features candidates for Iowa senate, house

  By Michael McAllister For anyone who has grown tired of the contentiousness and rancor of the current presidential election campaign, the October 12 candidate forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters and held at the Drake Community Library in Grinnell, was a welcome respite. The well-organized event featured candidates for Iowa’s District 38 senate seat and District 76 …

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Flyers, Firefighters and Funds Grinnellians step up in support of service

Flyers, Firefighters and Funds Grinnellians step up in support of service By Michael McAllister Breakfast opportunities were expanded in Grinnell this weekend, but—as inviting as the French toast, pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage were—there was a larger issue involved:  Service. Service of the kind provided by Grinnell Optimists to area youth and by Grinnell firefighters to the community. Saturday brought …

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Station Clubhouse to Hold Open House Celebrating 26 Years

The Station Clubhouse will hold an Open House celebrating 26 years of support for people with mental health disabilities in Grinnell and Poweshiek County Tuesday October 18th from 4:00 to 6:00pm. Special recognition to celebrate recent upgrades will be part of the Open House. Refreshments will be served and tours conducted. Location is listed in the last paragraph in the chronological …

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Bucket Course Offers Insight to “Disability and Being Human”

Disability is a condition most of us experience from time to time or permanently, but it is also a label we use to distinguish between abled and disabled people.  In a bucket course Disability and Being Human, Jean Ketter, Professor of Education at Grinnell College, will challenge the society’s understanding of disability by exploring the history, theories, and historical context …

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New Physician at GRMC Emergency Department

New Physician at GRMC Emergency Department   Stephanie R. Koos, DO, family and emergency medicine physician, began practicing part time at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center emergency department on September 1, 2016. Koos joined Patrick Cogley, MD; Clayton Francis, MD; and Stephen Ellestad, MD. “Dr. Koos is a wealth of knowledge,” Francis says. “Her enthusiasm for excellence and the variety …

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Seeland Park “Fall Tour of Homes” Sunday, October 9, 1:30-4:30

Seeland Park “Fall Tour of Homes” Sunday, October 9, 1:30-4:30 Enjoy refreshments and view an exhibit of hand-made quilts and teddy bears by Seeland Park residents in the Social Center located on the northwest side of St. Francis Manor. Several Seeland Park homes remain available for purchase in a variety of sizes and price ranges. Choose from homes with one …

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Grinnell Skatepark Fund Receives Grant From Tony Hawk

Grinnell Skatepark Fund Receives Grant From Tony Hawk Tony Hawk has been the biggest name in professional skateboarding since he the late 1980s. Now, The Tony Hawk Foundation helps communities across the country build free, public skateparks. Grinnell is one of the latest recipients of Hawk’s generosity- a $5000 donation to help revitalize the Bailey Park skate area. Imagine Grinnell …

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Hardeman enters winning photos in Grinnell Mutual contest

Hardeman enters winning photos in Grinnell Mutual contest Katie Hardeman of Brooklyn took top honors in Grinnell Mutual’s Hometown Pride Photo Contest.  Her photo “Flag Barn” was chosen as the winner of the Farm category.  All of the winning photos are posted on Grinnell Mutual’s website at www.grinnellmutual.com. The Hometown Pride Photo Contest captures the spirit of people, places, and small …

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Grinnell College to show HD broadcast of 10 Met Operas during the 2016-17 year

Grinnell College to show HD broadcast of 10 Met Operas during the 2016-17 year First opera to be shown is Wagner’s ‘Tristan und Isolde,’ on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Harris Center This academic year, Grinnell College will stream ten Metropolitan operas as part of the “Metropolitan Opera Live in HD” movie theater transmissions program. The first in the series, Wagner’s …

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Attorney Emily Kolbe Joins Ahlers & Cooney Law Firm

Attorney Emily Kolbe Joins Ahlers & Cooney Law Firm Des Moines, Iowa (September 23, 2016)  Emily Kolbe has joined Ahlers & Cooney, P.C. as an Associate Attorney. She is a member of the firm’s Litigation, Higher Education, and Employment practice areas, representing clients in education, government and private business. She assists employers in defending various claims of retaliation, discrimination and …

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GO FLY A KITE!

GO FLY A KITE! No, really, go fly a kite. By Michael McAllister What can sound like an insult in some contexts is excellent advice if spoken by a Rotarian recently in Grinnell.  A tradition, Kites Over Grinnell, was set aloft again on Saturday, September 24, at the Ahrens Park driving range amid summer-like temperatures, under cloud-cleared skies, on vibrant …

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Poweshiek County Conservation Fund Gets a Boost

Poweshiek County Conservation Fund Gets a Boost The Poweshiek County Conservation Fund, one of more than 120 funds administered by the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation, has received a large gift from Frank Brownell of Montezuma. His gift will allow the “acorn” endowment fund to grow to a fully funded endowment. The endowed fund supports county conservation projects determined and overseen …

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Only Independent Undergraduate Labor Union in U.S. Wins Wage Increases

Student Workers’ Union Reaches Tentative Agreement with Grinnell College Only Independent Undergraduate Labor Union in U.S. Wins Wage Increases GRINNELL, IOWA — The Union of Grinnell Student Dining Workers yesterday reached a tentative agreement with Grinnell College after nearly four months of bargaining over a first contract for students working in the college’s food services.  Administrators at the small liberal …

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Big GIVE Month Starts Oct. 1

Big GIVE Month Starts Oct. 1 GPCF annual fundraiser motivated by art and matching challenges at Oct. 8 auction   The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation’s annual Big GIVE fundraising campaign, Oct. 1-31, will take an artful twist this year with matching challenges and an Oct. 8 kickoff and recognition event focused on “The Art of Growing Community.” Last year, donors …

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Time to Review Medicare Plan Options

Time to Review Medicare Plan Options Only 13 percent of people with Medicare Part D plans change their drug plans each year (on average). Relatively few people on Medicare have used the annual open enrollment period from October 15 to December 7 to switch Part D prescription drug plans. Yet in Iowa, 50 percent of the people who received help …

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Print Still a Priority for College, Community

Print Still a Priority for College, Community By Michael McAllister The Zone of Confluence bubbled a bit this past July 5 when the Grinnell College Bookstore combined with the Pioneer Bookshop at what had been Gosselink’s Hallmark Store at 933 Main Street.  Friday, September 16, that merger was marked with a grand opening celebration.   Over forty people were present …

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2016-2017 Seasonal Influenza Season – Vaccination Clinics Offered

2016-2017 Seasonal Influenza Season Grinnell Regional Public Health will offer public vaccination clinics at locations throughout the county for the seasonal influenza vaccine. The upcoming season’s flu vaccine will protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. GRMC will offer a quadrivalent flu vaccine, designed to protect against four different flu viruses; two influenza A …

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Debbie Durham, Director of IEDA meets with local officials seeking community collaboration moving ahead on Veteran’s Memorial Building

by Teresa McCall….Earlier today (September 14, 2016) at Grinnell College, Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority met with Teresa McCall, chair of the Grinnell Veterans Memorial Commission, Mike Olson, fundraising co-chair of the commission’s task force, and Grinnell City Manage, Russ Behrens, to discuss ways to facilitate cooperation among city leaders and the commission so that funding …

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Traveling exhibition of works by Alexander Archipenko opens Sept. 30 at Faulconer Gallery

Traveling exhibition of works by Alexander Archipenko opens Sept. 30 at Faulconer Gallery Retrospective exhibition at Grinnell College includes more than 60 works by the cubist sculptor    GRINNELL, Iowa – The Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College will open the 2016-17 academic year with “Archipenko: A Modern Legacy,”a major traveling retrospective of more than 60 sculptures, mixed media reliefs and works on paper …

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American Innovations Celebrate AmeriCorps Achievements: Root beer, Dixieland, and learning

American Innovations Celebrate AmeriCorps Achievements: Root beer, Dixieland, and learning By Michael McAllister “The library really knocked it out of the park this year.”  Those were the words of Monica Chavez-Silva, Assistant Vice President for Community Enhancement and Engagement at Grinnell College Thursday evening, September 8, on the terrace of Grinnell’s Drake Community Library.  The occasion was a reception designed to …

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St. Francis Manor Announces Three Free Lunch & Learn Programs

  The Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor Announces Three Free Lunch & Learn Educational Programs (Grinnell, IA – September 7, 2016)  The Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor will offer three FREE educational Lunch & Learn programs to the public this fall on the important topics of Parkinson’s Disease, Fall Prevention, and Pain Management.  The public is invited to attend …

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City Council Gives Nod to Hotel Entrepreneurs

by Michael McAllister, correspondent “Vibrancy” was a word heard frequently in Grinnell’s city council chambers Tuesday night, September 6, and the desire to secure as much of it as possible for the city was the driving force behind the council’s unanimous approval of Resolution 2016-165, “the proposal to enter a Purchase, Sale and Development Agreement with Grinnell Center, LLC, which …

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SPAULDING LOFTS ALREADY OVER HALF-LEASED

SPAULDING LOFTS ALREADY OVER HALF-LEASED Already half-leased, Spaulding Lofts aims for construction to complete by years end.   GRINNELL, IOWA (September 6, 2016) – Spaulding Lofts, the $12.5 million project to renovate and develop 77 apartments in the heart of downtown, has nearly completed the lease-up of the first building and is already 20 percent leased in the second building. …

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New paintings by Belle Plaine native John Schlue, opens at Stewart Gallery

EatChewLive, new paintings by Belle Plaine native John Schlue, opens at Stewart Gallery   On Thursday, September 8, the Grinnell Area Arts Council opens a new exhibition of the stunning geometric paintings of John Schlue. Schlue, now working in Los Angeles, creates his colorful canvases from oil paint and acrylic felt. Schlue grew up in Belle Plaine, IA and attended …

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St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park Invite the Public to an Entertaining and Educational Program on Wednesday, September 14

St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park Invite the Public to an Entertaining and Educational Program on Wednesday, September 14    (Grinnell, IA – August 26, 2016)  In celebration of National Assisted Living Week (September 11-17), St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park invite the public to attend an entertaining and educational program—“Straight-laced Girls, Uptight Ladies, & Loose Women:  How Religion, Corsets …

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Respect for Ag—No Lag in Grinnell

Respect for Ag—No Lag in Grinnell By Michael McAllister If appreciation could be harvested like corn or soybeans, Grinnell’s 2016 Ag Appreciation Day could be said to have yielded a bumper crop.  Occupying Broad Street from 4th to 5th, the annual event, sponsored by Grinnell Lions, featured vintage tractors, ag education, classic rock ‘n’ roll, farm-friendly food and a variety …

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Avoiding Norovirus

  Avoiding Norovirus With the onset of the new school year, Grinnell Regional Public Health advises taking precautionary steps of handwashing and avoiding school or work while ill to avoiding the spread of illnesses such as noroviruses. Norovirus has been identified in the community. The most common symptoms are nausea with vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps. People of all ages have …

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Blues Minus Booze

Blues Minus Booze “I done throwed away that old gin bottle.”  –Lightnin’ Hopkins, “Gin Bottle Blues”   Bob Dorr and the Blue Band, a music endeavor in its 35th year, rocked Grinnell’s Ahrens Park Thursday evening, August 18, in the penultimate offering of 2016’s Music in the Park series.  The ensemble laid down a compelling mix of blues—of course—and classic …

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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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