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Superintendent Dr. Stutz’s Weekly Grinnell-Newburg Update

Superintendent Dr. Stutz’s Weekly Grinnell-Newburg Update Weekly Update: September 1, 2017 Dear Grinnell-Newburg Board of Education, Staff, Families and Friends: Our students and staff are in the swing of things as we just completed our seventh day of school for the 2017-18 school year.  There is a lot of high energy, positivity and passion as I walk through the halls …

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GRMC Receives Rare 5-Star Rating from CMS

GRMC Receives Rare 5-Star Rating from CMS Patients have given five-star satisfaction ratings for only 215 hospitals nationwide—and Grinnell Regional Medical Center is one of them. “Our incredible team is getting well-deserved national attention once again,” says Todd C. Linden, GRMC president and CEO. “We earned these high ratings because our patients are at the heart of everything we do …

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Grinnell Car Show Nudges Nostalgia, Inspires Homage

Grinnell Car Show Nudges Nostalgia, Inspires Homage By Michael McAllister There is no such thing as a time machine, yet it was possible on Sunday, August 20, at the Poweshiek County Fairgrounds, for a person of a certain age, employing a touch of imagination, to revisit a time when Elvis and Chuck battled on the airwaves, when drive-in restaurants came …

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St. Francis Manor Employees Receive Honors

St. Francis Manor Employees Receive Honors (Grinnell, IA – August 24, 2017)  St. Francis Manor employees Tina Failor, certified nursing assistant (CNA), and Josie Leshen, licensed practical nurse (LPN), have been named as Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA) Foundation scholarship recipients. IHCA Senior Vice President & COO Cindy Baddeloo presented Failor and Leshen with the Foundation’s $1,000 John R. Grubb …

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2017 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” Award to Grinnell College Student Group

2017 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” Award to Grinnell College Student Group   The Grinnell College Social Justice Action Group (SJAG), the student organization that coordinates the weekly Community Meal at Davis Elementary School, is the 2017 recipient of the “Leave It Better ThanYou Found It” award from the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation (CDAF).  The “Leave …

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HUD Promises Disaster Deterrent Dollars: $96.9 Million

HUD Promises Disaster Deterrent Dollars:  $96.9 Million By Michael McAllister Suppose you could improve something that would benefit not only you and your children and grandchildren but neighbors and friends and people you do not even know, not just now but well into the future. And suppose someone was willing to pay 75% of the cost. That opportunity, described in …

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Behind the Scenes at the Iowa State Fair

Behind the Scenes at the Iowa State Fair Nothing compares to the Iowa State Fair. Mike Pearson, host at Iowa Public Television, will be providing an overview on the 2017 Iowa State Fair at the Senior Education Program on Monday, Aug. 21. Photos, behind the scenes information, and details on unique exhibits will all make their way in to this …

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Grinnell Farmers Market introduces Grinnell Market Fresh Meal Service

Grinnell Farmers Market introduces Grinnell Market Fresh Meal Service GRINNELL – National Farmers Market Week is being celebrated this week (August 6 – 12) all across the nation. The annual event, sponsored by USDA, highlights the important role farmers markets play in our nation’s food system. Farmers markets serve as a lifeline for many producers whether they’re beginning farmers looking …

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Poweshiek Community Action to Restore Environmental Stewardship (Poweshiek CARES) to hear Watershed Coordinator Tuesday August 15th.

Poweshiek Community Action to Restore Environmental Stewardship (Poweshiek CARES) to hear Watershed Coordinator Tuesday August 15th. The general public is invited to attend. Are YOU concerned about Iowa’s waterways? Find out what is happening and steps that can improve water quality. Tuesday, August 15th, Jody Bailey, Watershed Coordinator, will explain and answer questions at 7 PM in Grinnell’s Drake Library community room. …

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Central Park Do-Over Almost Over

Central Park Do-Over Almost Over By Michael McAllister “Project is expected to be wrapped up by Labor Day.”  The statement, referring to Grinnell’s Central Park renovation, comes as part of the official July 10 meeting minutes of Grinnell’s Parks and Recreation Board. And the news is welcome indeed. In fact, since the fences around the park have recently come down, …

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Arts Council to Hold Yard Sale Fundraiser

Arts Council to Hold Yard Sale Fundraiser On Saturday, August 26, the Grinnell Area Arts Council will hold a Yard Sale and Fundraiser on their front lawn. The sale is an inspired effort with twofold benefits for the Council: clean out their facilities, and generate funds for their fall programs such as Studio 6. Furthermore, the sale is a fun …

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Arts Council to Host Folk Concert at the Stew

Arts Council to Host Folk Concert at the Stew On Saturday, September 2, the Arts Council will host a pair of folk music groups at the Stew. The show will begin with p. morrow, a Grinnell College band comprised of Justin Leuba ‘17 (guitar, vocals), Sylvie Bindas ‘18 (vocals), Jacob Getzoff ‘18 (percussion) and Ian Donaldson ‘20 (keyboard); followed by …

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100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE – GRINNELL TO FUND S.E.G.

100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE – GRINNELL TO FUND S.E.G.   The July 25 meeting of 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell resulted in the decision to fund the Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell (S.E.G.) with the proceeds from this quarter’s selection process.  By pooling their contributions of $ 100 per member, the result will be more than $ 6,500 …

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National Night Out Draws People In

National Night Out Draws People In By Michael McAllister As the first day of 2017’s August came to a close, with the summer buzz of cicadas in the background, Grinnellians marked National Night Out at three of the city’s parks—Merrill, Bailey, and Arbor Lake. Sponsored by Grinnell’s Optimists, the event ties to a movement begun in 1984 as a way …

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DRAKE COMMUNITY LIBRARY HOSTS GREAT AMERICAN ECLIPSE VIEWING

DRAKE COMMUNITY LIBRARY HOSTS GREAT AMERICAN ECLIPSE VIEWING On Monday, August 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. the public is invited to Drake Community Library, 930 Park Street, to witness the Great American Eclipse.  Drake Community Library is one of 1,500 libraries across the nation that has been awarded a grant from the Space Science Institute to facilitate eclipse viewing.  …

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Grinnell Hosts First Iowa Young RYLA Event

Grinnell Hosts First Iowa Young RYLA Event By Michael McAllister Sometimes referred to as RYLA Lite, Young RYLA—that’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards for middle schoolers—set up shop on the Grinnell College campus during the week of July 24 The event was the first in Iowa and in fact is one of only four such programs in the world. While Iowa’s …

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50th Anniversary Celebration

50th Anniversary Celebration Grinnell Regional Medical Center will host a large 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. Throw on your blue jeans and prepare to dance the night away at the fourth GRMC Blue Jean Ball. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Poweshiek County Fairgrounds, 425 East St., Grinnell. The Blue Jean Ball moves to …

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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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GRINNELL NEWS

Grinnell Premier of Saints Rest Set for June 9-10

Grinnell Premier of Saints Rest Set for June 9-10 By Michael McAllister Saints Rest, a film produced by Devin Landin, directed by Noga Ashkenazi, co-written by Ashkenazi and Tyson Stock, and filmed in Grinnell during the summer of 2016, is featured as part of Grinnell College Summerfest on Saturday, June 9, and is scheduled for a second showing at the Strand …

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Mayor Dan Agnew—Four Months In

Mayor Dan Agnew—Four Months In   By Michael McAllister “Have you got a job yet?” “No.” “Do you want mine?” That, Mayor Dan Agnew recalls, is the exchange that led to his first job offer.  It came from Dudley Norris, the man who had coached him in football in Grinnell, then a teacher at Newton High School where Agnew, in …

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Two Cyclists from the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor Cross the State of Iowa in 2.5 Days for a Great Cause

Two Cyclists from the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor Cross the  State of Iowa in 2.5 Days for a Great Cause  (Grinnell, IA – May 15, 2018)Two Grinnell cyclists, Physical Therapist Assistant Tim Stahl and Physical Therapist Jon Duke, recently completed their LiteGait Fundraiser ride across Iowa in just two and a half days! In addition to accomplishing their …

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Vets Commission Makes Plans to Vet Architectural Offerings in May Meeting

Vets Commission Makes Plans to Vet Architectural Offerings By Michael McAllister At their regular monthly meeting on May 14, the five members of Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission moved to set a plan in motion to yield two sets of architectural plans for the Veterans Memorial Building that will become—if the full campaign is successful—the Prairie Star Artist Residency in the …

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Central Park Grand Opening on a “Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Central Park Grand Opening on a “Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood By Michael McAllister Recalling Fred Rodgers, the host of the popular PBS children’s program Mr. Rodgers’ Neighborhood,Grinnell’s Mayor Dan Agnew kicked off Central Park’s official grand opening with a quotation:  “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.” And if the weather could not quite qualify as beautiful, the crowd …

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Bikes to Art Set to Roll May 19

Bikes to Art Set to Roll May 19 By Michael McAllister The Drake Community Library houses a variety of items, and among the most unusual are two recent temporary acquisitions—bicycles designed to call attention to the second annual Bikes to Art festival set to start at the library on Saturday, May 19. “Bring your bike and your imagination,” reads the …

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Scenes from the Farmers Market—Opening Day, May 10

Scenes from the Farmers Market—Opening Day, May 10 By Michael McAllister Mother Nature blessed Grinnell with a perfect day for the opening of the 2018 Farmers Market.  A quick count of tent tops showed that at least fifteen vendors were on hand.  A stroll through the market and around the beautiful new Central Park served up a lively tableau of …

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Grinnell’s Richard Raridon and the Manhattan Project after 75 Years

Grinnell’s Richard Raridon and the Manhattan Project after 75 Years By Michael McAllister On August 9, 1945, the Oak Ridge Journal of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, carried this headline:  “Oak Ridge Attacks Japanese.” Three days earlier, the first atomic bomb had been dropped from the Enola Gay on the city of Hiroshima in Japan, but Oak Ridge, an integral part of the …

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American Cancer Society Seeks Participation in Relay For Life of Poweshiek County and Help Attack Cancer From Every Angle

American Cancer Society Seeks Participation in Relay For Life of Poweshiek County and Help Attack Cancer From Every Angle  American Cancer Society is calling on all community members to participate in the annual Relay For Life of Poweshiek County on July 6th from 7-11pm at Central Park in Grinnell in conjunction with Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce’s Friday Fest.Be part …

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New CEO Appointed at UnityPoint Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center

New CEO Appointed at UnityPoint Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center (Grinnell, Iowa) UnityPoint Health® – Des Moines announces the appointment of Jennifer Havens, RN, MHA, as the new chief executive officer at UnityPoint Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC). She will assume day-to-day leadership of the 49-bed not-for-profit medical center on July 30, 2018. “On behalf of the …

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MICA Hosts Special Brunch/Recognizes Volunteers

MICA Recognizes Volunteers at Special Brunch  Poweshiek County’s MICA (Mid-Iowa Community Action) appreciates the many hours of volunteer hours given weekly and monthly by its over thirty volunteers. These volunteers perform a myriad of jobs and tasks from cleaning out the flower beds around the building, stocking the food pantry shelves, logging in hundreds of pounds of donations and purchased …

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St. Francis Manor Announces Assisted Living Informational Meeting on May 16

St. Francis Manor Announces Assisted Living Informational Meeting on May 16   (Grinnell, IA – May 2, 2018) With a scheduled opening this November, construction is progressing on the Hammond Center for Assisted Living addition to the St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park Life Plan Community.  Framing of the Hammond Center’s first floor rooms has been completed and the second floor …

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Local Foods Connection Connects with Station Clubhouse

Local Foods Connection Connects with Station Clubhouse Local Foods Connection held a community lunch at Station Clubhouse on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Melissa Dunham (Volunteer Executive Director), Monica St. Angelo (Treasurer), and Grinnell College Service Learning Work-Study students, Eva Gemrich and Rachel Eber organized the event. Andy and Melissa Dunham of Grinnell Heritage farm provided local carrots, and Barney and …

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Bikes to Art Speeds toward May 19

Bikes to Art Speeds toward May 19 By Michael McAllister One event featuring wheels inspired another when, on March 11, 2017, the two art-and-bicycle enthusiasts pictured above, Melissa Berman and Ryan McGuire, attending the Grinnell Skate & BMX Park fundraising project, discussed possible combinations of art on wheels. Berman, then an eleven-year resident of Grinnell, former owner-operator of The Purple …

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Annual GRMC Volunteer and Auxiliary Appreciation

Annual GRMC Volunteer and Auxiliary Appreciation Unity Point Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center values the hours given by the volunteers and the GRMC Auxiliary. In 2017, 150 GRMC Auxiliary volunteers gave more than 7,000 hours of their time volunteering at the medical center. In appreciation for their time, talents and trust, GRMC hosted a recognition dinner for all volunteers …

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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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