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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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2016 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” Award to Grinnell Education Partnership

The Grinnell Education Partnership, a collaboration of area institutions, employers and individuals committed to educational success, is the 2016 recipient of the “Leave It Better ThanYou Found It” award from the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation (CDAF). The “Leave It Better ThanYou Found It” award commemorates the August birthday of the late benefactor Claude W. Ahrens. In a 1993 …

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Despite Central Park renovation, Farmers Market holds steady

  by Michael McAllister, Our Grinnell contributor Grinnell’s summer of 2016 may become known as The Summer Without the Park, but the farmers market, according to six vendors, is in general yielding a strong crop of customers. As in the past, the market borders Central Park on its northwest corner, taking in sections of Broad Street on the west and …

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Corn, Cars, Stripes and Stars Support Grinnell’s Vets Building

by Michael McAllister, OurGrinnell contributor Residents of the greater Grinnell community came together Sunday afternoon, July 17, at one historic site to support another historic site—the former being Candyland Station at the corner of West and 4th and the latter being the Veterans Memorial Building of Grinnell’s Central Park. Spirits of participants and music from entertainers were upbeat as supporters …

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Poweshiek County Fair Queen and Runners-Up Announced

County Fair Queen — Brooke Kuesel, the 2016 Poweshiek County Fair Queen, was announced during a ceremony at the Poweshiek County Fairgrounds on Thursday, July 21. Eight young ladies vied for the queen crown. Brooke comes from a long-line of Poweshiek County Fair and Iowa State Fair attendees. She will be a senior at HLV High School this fall.   …

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Grinnell—“You Oughta Be In Pictures”

By: Michael McAllister, freelance contributor to OurGrinnell.com Grinnell—“You Oughta Be In Pictures” Making a movie is a kind of alchemy.  People assemble various elements and strive for magic. It’s not a magic borne of mystery, however, but a magic ground out by artists and technicians in full expression, working together and separately, twisting knobs, looking through lenses, lugging equipment, sweating occasionally, …

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Gazebo Goes South

Gazebo Goes South Work on Grinnell’s Central Park renovation project is in full swing—or, perhaps more accurately, full dig. In addition to removing playground equipment and trimming and removing trees, workers have gouged trenches in the northeast corner of the park for the new pavilion. Meanwhile, the park’s gazebo, a focal point since 1990, currently sits on a flatbed truck …

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HISTORIC SPAULDING LOFTS NOW OPEN

HISTORIC SPAULDING LOFTS NOW OPEN The East building is open and ready to lease, while the West building aims to open by years end.  GRINNELL, IOWA (July 7, 2016) – The former home of Spaulding Manufacturing Company is now the home to Hubbell Realty Company’s latest historic rehab, Spaulding Lofts. The $12.5 million project to renovate and develop 77 apartments …

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Grinnell’s Fourth Week-End (A Recap)

by Michael McAllister, Our Grinnell contributing reporter Grinnell’s Fourth on the Fifth A recap of city events marking Grinnell’s birthday party for America Cooler-than-usual temperatures, clouds and a sprinkle of early-morning rain greeted Grinnellians as they set about celebrating America’s 240th birthday with parades, contests, hot dogs, fishing, swimming and of course fireworks. Clouds persisted until evening, but temperatures remained …

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McDonough Selected as Grand Marshal of Fourth of July Parade

McDonough Selected as Grand Marshal of Fourth of July Parade  GRINNELL—Grinnell resident Howard McDonough will lead the Fourth of July parade as the 2016 grand marshal on Monday, July 4. The parade route will be altered due to road construction. Howard McDonough will lead the parade as this year’s grand marshal. A Grinnell High School graduate, he devotes his time …

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Contrasting sculpture exhibitions open July 1 at Faulconer Gallery in Grinnell

Featured artists are Anders Krisár of Sweden, Tim Berg and Rebekah Myers of California  Grinnell College’s Faulconer Gallery reopens Friday, July 1, with a pair of contrasting sculpture exhibitions, each drawn, in its own way, from life. Both exhibitions are free and open to the public. “Anders Krisár” features a Swedish artist who first exhibited his work as a photographer in …

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Singing Brings A Lifetime Of Smiles

Music is a language we all speak and for Shirley Arvidson, it’s a way to bring people together. Shirley’s love for singing started when she was a young child and it has continued to be her greatest source of joy. She remembers learning “Jesus Loves Me” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider” in church Sunday School.  At her father’s grocery store, the …

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GRMC Golf Outing Breaks Record with $25,000 for ER Renovations

  GRMC Golf Outing Breaks Record with $25,000 for ER Renovations GRMC’s emergency department renovations received a power drive as golfers from around the area raised $25,000 during the 2016 Grinnell Regional Medical Center Golf Outing. The sponsorships, contests, and golf registrations raised a record-breaking amount from the one-day event with morning and afternoon tee times. GRMC welcomed 140 golfers …

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2016 Faulconer Gallery Summer Outreach Programs

2016 Faulconer Gallery Summer Outreach Programs All programs at the Faulconer Gallery are provided free of charge, no registration necessary.  Grinnell College does not assume responsibility for the care and safety of children who attend these events. The College makes this program open to the public with the understanding that for children who attend, a parent, legal guardian, or other …

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GRMC wins Company Challenge, several Grinnellians take home awards from the Grinnell Games

GRMC wins Company Challenge, several Grinnellians take home awards from the Grinnell Games GRINNELL, Iowa– Several Grinnellians earned awards during the 2016 Grinnell Games, which took place June 11 and 12 in Grinnell. The family sports festival, presented by Grinnell State Bank, included competitive races and tournaments as well as non-competitive events. Below are the results for this year’s competitive …

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“Keeping Tiger Pride Alive” All-Class Reunion June 30-July 4

“Keeping Tiger Pride Alive” All-Class Reunion June 30-July 4 The Grinnell High School Alumni Association (GHSAA) will host its fifth All-Class Reunion, June 30-July 4, with scheduled activities ranging from sports events to a talent show, building tours, and awards and recognition ceremony. GHSAA President and event organizer Ben Latimer, GHS 1993, said that the “Keeping Tiger Pride Alive” All-Class …

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A huge step forward…Hotel Grinnell development moves forward

A huge step forward… Monday night the Grinnell City Council voted unanimously to begin the process of approving the purchase and development agreement needed to convert the underutilized city office building into a downtown hotel and event center. Upon final approval in just a few weeks the agreements will allow the Hotel Grinnell development/investment team to move forward with financing …

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Locked Out, Fenced Out but not Knocked Out

Locked Out, Fenced Out but not Knocked Out. Petition presented to City of Grinnell for Veterans Memorial Building issue. “Boots on the Ground”, a local veterans activist group supporting renovation of the Grinnell Veterans Memorial Building presented a petition with 503 signatures to the City of Grinnell on Tuesday June 6th. Kay Cmelik, city clerk/financial director who signed for and …

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GPCF Founder’s Day Celebrates Leadership, Vision and Generosity

  GPCF Founder’s Day Celebrates Leadership, Vision and Generosity The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) celebrated its second annual Founder’s Day on June 2, the birthday of GPCF founder Tom Marshall who passed away in 2015. Marshall, who started the community foundation in 1989, was remembered for his “leadership, vision and generous spirit” in building GPCF to its current strength …

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Anonymous Donors Keep Mayflower Residents on the Move

Anonymous Donors Keep Mayflower Residents on the Move Generous friends of Mayflower Community have provided gifts of nearly $130,000 to purchase two vehicles that literally keep Mayflower residents on the go. The gifts by anonymous donors allowed Mayflower to purchase “Lester,” a 15-passenger bus, and “Daisy,” a conversion van that accommodates two wheelchairs. The new bus transports active residents on …

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CENTRAL PARK CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE – THANKING DONORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT

CENTRAL PARK CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE – THANKING DONORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT   The Central Park Campaign is in full swing with more than $500,000 gifted or pledged to the project.  Because of the overwhelming community support for the project, the Committee wanted to take time to publicly thank those donors who have supported the campaign.  With the project beginning in just …

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