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Mayor Agnew’s First Council Meeting Closes with a Touch of Controversy

Mayor Agnew’s First Council Meeting Closes with a Touch of Controversy By Michael McAllister Grinnell’s new mayor, Dan Agnew (above), proved that he can field (pun absolutely intended) the efficient intricacies of this city’s routine council meetings during his debut on Monday, January 8, but the meeting closed with a two-fold request that clouded otherwise clear skies. Twenty people were …

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GRMC Welcomes First Baby of 2018

GRMC Welcomes First Baby of 2018 The Kintzinger Women’s Health Center at Grinnell Regional Medical Center announces the arrival of the first baby in 2018. Rocket HenryPayne, son of Shanell Davis, Grinnell, arrived at 10:48 p.m. on January 3, 2018. Baby Payne weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces and measured 18.5 inches long. Michelle Rebelsky, MD, Grinnell Regional Family Practice, delivered …

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100 + People Who Care to Meet January 23

100 + People Who Care to Meet January 23 The quarterly meeting of 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell will be Tuesday, January 23. The hour-long meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m., and will be held in the Caulkins Community Room at the Drake Library. This will be a voting meeting for the organization, where a decision is made …

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Another Way to Reduce in 2018

Another Way to Reduce in 2018 By Michael McAllister According to the research firm Statistic Brain, losing weight, combined with healthier eating, was the most popular New Year’s resolution as 2017 dawned, and it is likely to be high on the list when statistics for 2018 are compiled. But, in addition to weight loss, another kind of reduction is important, …

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Grinnell Regional Medical Center and UnityPoint Health® – Des Moines Announce Formal Affiliation -In partnership with University of Iowa Health Care –

Grinnell Regional Medical Center and UnityPoint Health® – Des Moines Announce Formal Affiliation -In partnership with University of Iowa Health Care – Des Moines, Iowa – UnityPoint Health® – Des Moines (UPHDM) and Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC), in partnership with University of Iowa Health Care (UI Health Care), announced today they have finalized an affiliation agreement between the organizations. …

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Grinnell Mutual Gives Back to GRMC’s Community Care Clinic

Grinnell Mutual Gives Back to GRMC’s Community Care Clinic More than 20 Grinnell Mutual employees put away their razors and heels to raise funds for a great cause — Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Community Care Clinic. Grinnell Mutual has been a strong and generous supporter of various healthcare projects at the medical center over the years. For the past two …

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Design for Living: Ryan McGuire, Mixing Surprise with Sharing

Design for Living: Ryan McGuire, Mixing Surprise with Sharing             By Michael McAllister If you haven’t seen the socks, you may have heard the bells. If you haven’t heard the bells, you’ve surely seen the shoes. If you haven’t spotted the shoes, you’ve likely looked twice at the car. If you haven’t come across the …

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Superintendent Dr. Janet Stutz’s Weekly Update Dec. 22, 2017

 Holidays!  Please find Janet’s update – it is chocked full of pictures this week! Thanks for always supporting our schools! ———- Forwarded message ———- From: Janet Stutz <janet.stutz@grinnell-k12.org> Date: Fri, Dec 22, 2017 at 4:10 PM Subject: Weekly Update: December 22, 2017 To: Janet Stutz <janet.stutz@grinnell-k12.org> Dear Grinnell-Newburg Board of Education, Staff, Family and Friends, Happy Holidays! Here’s to wishing …

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“It Has Been My Honor to Do this Job.”

“It Has Been My Honor to Do this Job.” By Michael McAllister So stated Mayor Gordon Canfield, pictured above moments after bringing the gavel down to close the Monday, December 18, Grinnell City Council meeting—and to bring a near close to 18 years of public service at the city’s helm.  His term expires December 31. Grinnell City Council meetings are …

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Grinnell Elks Donates $2,000 to GRMC

Grinnell Elks Donates $2,000 to GRMC “If you have wheels under your feet, you have a helmet on your head,” are the words countless area third graders have heard over the years, courtesy of Grinnell Regional Medical Center, the GRMC medical staff, area businesses, and individuals who support the GRMC bike helmets program. Every year since 1996, this program provides …

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Applications Now Being Accepted for the 2018 Poweshiek County Alliance/Community Fund Grant Program

Applications Now Being Accepted for the 2018 Poweshiek County Alliance/Community Fund Grant Program December 11, 2017:  The Poweshiek County Alliance (PCA)/GPCF Grants Committee Committee would like to announce that grant applications are now being accepted for the 2018 PCA/Community Fund grant round.  Nonprofit (501(c)3) organizations and public entities providing services in Poweshiek County are eligible to apply for project support.  …

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Superintendent Dr. Janet Stutz’s Weekly Update for December 15, 2017

Happy Friday!  It is hard to imagine that 2017 will be ending in a few short weeks. Reflecting upon the year 2017 brings me much joy as the school Superintendent of the Grinnell Newburg School District.  The Grinnell Newburg School District is a wonderful place to learn and grow.  Each day, I find myself smiling and energized to know that …

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GPCF Appoints New Board Members, Wraps Up Successful Year

GPCF Appoints New Board Members, Wraps Up Successful Year The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) has welcomed three new members to its board of directors as the foundation concludes another successful year of fundraising and leading community projects. Connie Scurr, controller for Interface Sealing Solutions; Vickie McDonald, office manager for Manatts, Inc.; and Barb Baker, director of advertising and community …

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Veterans Commission Deals with a “Big Swing of the Bat”

Veterans Commission Deals with a “Big Swing of the Bat” By Michael McAllister The phrase is Tom Lacina’s.  The words may shift from a military to a sports metaphor, but they accurately symbolize the situation that now confronts Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission after the passing of the Veterans Memorial Building levy last month. The concept of the big swing was …

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Grin City Collective Micro-Grant Program Announces First Recipients

Grin City Collective Micro-Grant Program Announces First Recipients   Grin City Collective is proud to announce the first round of grant recipients for our 2018 Micro-Grant Program. The grant recipients reflect an outstanding range of creativity and community involvement with projects that span public art, historic renovation and family-friendly events: Melissa Berman – Bikes to Art Parade and Festival: “Bikes​ …

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26 Days of Action against Gun Violence: Not a Protest but a Plea

26 Days of Action against Gun Violence:  Not a Protest but a Plea By Michael McAllister “What can we do?”  That was the question raised by a number of Grinnellians after incidents in Charlottesville, Virginia, following a “Unite the White” rally on August 12, 2017. During the next several weeks, as the question was being considered, the country endured the …

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Susan Villarreal and Ryan McGuire – Local Community Activists Support 2nd Mile

Susan Villarreal, Biology Professor at Grinnell College, and Ryan McGuire, Grinnell based designer and artist, handprinted and donated the first batch of shirts for an upcycle collaboration they initiated with the Second Mile to help give secondhand shirts a second chance. There are seven different original designs and many different colors and sizes. The shirts are available for purchase at Second …

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Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards $1,000 Donation to Grinnell Band Boosters!

Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards $1,000 Donation to Grinnell Band Boosters!   GRINNELL, IA (December 5, 2017) – Wes Finch Auto Plaza finished off this year’s donation contest with a $1,000 donation to the Grinnell Band Boosters! Voting took place in October, and the winner was announced on November 1st. Grinnell Band Boosters did a wonderful job of engaging their …

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St. Francis Breakfast With Santa Draws Over 150 People – Raises $3,000

The St. Francis Manor Foundation’s Breakfast with Santa was fun for all ages!  Over 150 people including Gary and Jay Glandon’s family gathered on December 2 for an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Santa Claus surprised the Hammond Center for Assisted Living construction workers by delivering them breakfast! Construction of the 20 assisted living apartments is expected to be complete in the …

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Festival of Trees Raises Funds—and Fun!

Festival of Trees Raises Funds—and Fun! By Michael McAllister Among the many sights and sounds of the holiday season that Grinnell offers Grinnellians, the Drake Community Library’s Festival of Trees ranks high on the list of delights.  This year’s event officially opened at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, December 1. The festival is a Grinnell tradition that predates the library’s present …

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Lamphier Leaving GRMC Communications and Development Role Budding Named Interim Director

Lamphier Leaving GRMC Communications and Development Role Budding Named Interim Director Denise Lamphier, director of communications and development at Grinnell Regional Medical Center for the past 19 years, has accepted a position as the director of integrated marketing communications and media at Central College in Pella, Iowa. “We are excited for Denise in this new career opportunity at Central. She has …

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Imagine Grinnell and Peace Tree Brewing to host Holiday Party for the Grinnell Skatepark

Imagine Grinnell and Peace Tree Brewing to host Holiday Party for the Grinnell Skatepark The Grinnell BMX/Skate park campaign is rolling toward its $250,000 goal to redesign and rebuild the park complex near Bailey Park Elementary school. Peace Tree Brewing Co., Grinnell’s newest local nightspot, is collaborating with Imagine Grinnell to help the campaign reach its fundraising goal.   Peace …

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Fire at Morrison Repair Causes Heavy Damage

  The Grinnell Fire Department responded to a report of a rural tire fire at the Morrison Repair south of Grinnell at 255 420th Avenue. Firefighters were met with heavy black smoke pushing in their direction as they arrived. There was an outbuilding housing multiple tractors and other pieces of farm equipment, a semi-trailer full of tires and several piles …

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Field Fire West of Town Takes Life of Dr. Bernhard Wiltfang

Press Release: On November 25th at 2:44 PM the Grinnell Fire Department responded to a report of a lot of smoke between Highway 6 and 20th Street west of Grinnell. Firefighters responded and found a fast moving grass fire just west of 101 Highway 6. As firefighters attacked the fire they located a fire victim at the point of origin. …

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G-N Superintendent’s Update for the Week of November 22, 2017

Weekly Update: November 22, 2017 Dear Board of Education, Staff, Families, and Friends: Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving Break is here!   A well deserved break for all of our students and staff!  I hope you enjoy time with family and friends during this long weekend.  This weekly update highlights many student activities.  We are proud of our students and thankful to our …

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GRMC Auxiliary Decks the Halls with Wreaths so Jolly

GRMC Auxiliary Decks the Halls with Wreaths so Jolly The Grinnell Regional Medical Center Auxiliary is hosting its annual wreath raffle fundraiser, which kicks off on Wednesday, Nov. 29. This year, the auxiliary is selling tickets for more than 25 holiday and winter wreaths. Each wreath is 24 inches in diameter and decorated by area businesses and volunteers in a …

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St. Francis Manor Recognized as One of the Best Nursing Homes for 2017-18

 St. Francis Manor Receives National Recognition as One of the Best Nursing Homes for 2017-18 with Top Performing Rating (Grinnell, IA – November 20, 2017)  U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in healthcare rankings, has identified St. Francis Manor as one of the Best Nursing Homes for 2017-18 with a “Top Performing” rating of 5.  To qualify as a …

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Jingle Bell Holiday Blends Old, New, Tried, and True

Jingle Bell Holiday Blends Old, New, Tried, and True By Michael McAllister A bakery’s debut, a food pantry fundraiser, young ladies dancing, a mayor’s proclamation, horse-drawn carriage rides, a winter’s famers market—and, of course, shopping:  these were a few of the attractions that helped Grinnellians enjoy another memorable Jingle Bell Holiday. For a time on Friday morning, it felt as …

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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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GRINNELL NEWS

Bailey Park Skate Park Update – Scheduled to be completed in 2018

Bailey Park Skate Park Update – Scheduled to be completed in 2018 Grinnell City Manager, Russ Behrens, and Rich Dana of Imagine Grinnell recently met with Vince Onel of Spohn Ranch to finalize the design of the new skate park for Bailey Park. The design concept will be used to prepare construction documents. This design is the result of public …

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GRMC Golf Outing Lands Big Funds for Equipment

GRMC Golf Outing Lands Big Funds for Equipment A little rain didn’t hinder the success of UnityPoint Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s (GRMC) 29thannual golf outing. With support of sponsors, volunteers and golfers, this fundraiser and “friend” raiser generated more than $26,000 for medical and wellness equipment. GRMC welcomed 116 golfers and 29 teams to the GRMC Golf Outing …

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Join Us For FREE Pie & Coffee

and find out how you can enjoy an safe and yet independent life at the new Hammond Center for Assisted Living opening soon in Grinnell. Only 8 apartments remain available so it is time seize the moment and join us at one of the upcoming informational event: MONTEZUMA – August 1 at 1:30 pm – Daily Grind BROOKLYN – August …

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ARTS COUNCIL TO EXPAND CERAMICS PROGRAM WITH MOVE TO THE STEW

ARTS COUNCIL TO EXPAND CERAMICS PROGRAM WITH MOVE TO THE STEW The Grinnell Area Arts Council is pleased to announce that its ceramics program will move to a larger space in the garage of the Stew Art Studios this summer. After experiencing dramatic growth in its ceramics community, which is currently housed in a room on the lower level of …

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New Nurse Anesthetist Welcomed to GRMC

New Nurse Anesthetist Welcomed to GRMC UnityPoint Health®– Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) is pleased to announce the arrival of LenaMarie Johnson, as a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) to the Warren H. Bower surgical center at the hospital. Johnson started on July 16 and joins current anesthesia providers Kevin R. Emge, DO and Lacey A. Nicol, CRNA. Johnson earned …

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Grinnell Area Arts Council is pleased to announce the addition of Monica St. Angelo as our new Operations Manager!

Monica, who holds a BA in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, danced professionally before attending college, has worked in a variety of positions with Grinnell College, and is also well-known in the community for her work as a yoga instructor, business operator, choreographer and volunteer. “I’m delighted to return to my arts roots and join the Grinnell Area Arts …

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Veterans Commission Awaits Amperage, RDG Proposals

Veterans Commission Awaits Amperage, RDG Proposals By Michael McAllister On July 4, Grinnell veterans raised a flag over the Veterans Memorial Building.  Five days later, the Veterans Memorial Commission, at its regular July meeting, raised expectations that two upcoming reports will move Grinnell closer to establishing the Prairie Star Artist Residency in the Veterans Memorial Building. Commission Chair Leo Lease …

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Ryan’s Been Busy! Public art pops up in Grinnell

Ryan’s Been Busy! Public art pops up in Grinnell   By Michael McAllister While dinosaurs terrorize humans in Jurassic World at the Strand, a much more congenial and hygienically conscious member of the species has taken up residence in Grinnell in a surprising location—the alley that runs parallel to Grinnell State Bank, on the east, between Third and Fourth Avenue. Mapped …

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Broad Stripes and Bright Stars Wave Again over Veterans Memorial Building

Broad Stripes and Bright Stars Wave Again over Veterans Memorial Building   By Michael McAllister In a short but dignified service at 1:00 p.m. on Independence Day 2018, Grinnell veterans brought the Stars and Stripes back to the Veterans Memorial Building in the northwest corner of Central Park. Between 60 and 70 people attended as Randy Hotchkin (below), a member …

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100 + People Who Care to Meet July 24

100 + People Who Care to Meet July 24 People Who Care – Grinnell + People Who Care – Grinnell will be Tuesday, July 24.  The hour-long meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m., and will be held in the Caulkins Community Room at the Drake Library.  This will be a voting meeting for the organization, where a decision is made …

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Grinnell Historical Museum Looks to Yesterday and Tomorrow

Grinnell Historical Museum Looks to Yesterday and Tomorrow By Michael McAllister In keeping with its Victorian beginnings, the Grinnell Historical Museum at 1125 Broad Street is dignified, restrained, and confident but polite.  However, plans call for broadening the museum’s scope to capture more of Grinnell’s past and, if possible, expansion to a second location to house large items such as …

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Mayflower Community Announces Leadership Transitions

Mayflower Community Announces Leadership Transitions Mayflower Community announced today new leadership in the roles of executive director and associate director/healthcare administrator for the 55-plus life plan community in Grinnell. Steve Langerud, a professional consultant and facilitator and member of the Mayflower board since 2008, will succeed Bob Mann as executive director, effective Aug. 1.  Mann, who has led Mayflower through …

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Hotel Grinnell: From Classrooms to Class

Hotel Grinnell:  From Classrooms to Class By Michael McAllister Because Hotel Grinnell occupies a former middle school building, pictured above in a photo from Digital Grinnell, and because the school theme is creatively carried out within the boutique establishment, it is appropriate to say the that the hotel, which opened in September of 2017, has successfully completed two semesters and …

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“LEAVE IT BETTER THAN YOU FOUND IT” Nominations Open

“LEAVE IT BETTER THAN YOU FOUND IT” Nominations Open Nominations are open for the 2018 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” awards from the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation.  All Grinnell area nonprofit, social, civic, fraternal, and community groups making a difference in the local community are eligible to be nominated by the Aug. 1 deadline. The 2018 …

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Developers update City Council on plans for Grinnell Promenade project Updates include pedestrian-friendly features such as sidewalk patios

Developers update City Council on plans for Grinnell Promenade project Updates include pedestrian-friendly features such as sidewalk patios GRINNELL, Iowa — Principals of Grinnell Promenade LLC gave an updated presentation about the corporation’s proposed mixed-use development for the old McNally’s site during the Grinnell City Council meeting Monday night. Grinnell Promenade is Grinnell College’s selected development partner for the former …

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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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