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OurGrinnell.com Roving Correspondent Talks With Superintendent Stutz

Dr. Stutz: “It’s Been a Great Year!” District superintendent looks forward to a creative summer, looks back on a productive year By Michael McAllister Dr. Janet Stutz, having completed her first academic year as superintendent of Grinnell-Newburg CSD, promoted summer programs and assessed initial accomplishments in an interview with Our Grinnell on Friday, June 9. Calling her transition to Grinnell …

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Veterans Commission Receives Donation, Building Program Advances

Veterans Commission Receives Donation, Building Program Advances By Michael McAllister Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission met in regular monthly session at 5:15 p.m., Monday, June 12, at the Drake Community Library.  Members Gwen Rieck, George Fowler, and Leo Lease were present. Following routine business such as approval of the meeting agenda and previous meeting minutes, the commission received a fund update …

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Families invited to jumpstart their summer at Grinnell Games June 16-18

Families invited to jumpstart their summer at Grinnell Games June 16-18 GRINNELL – Iowa’s family sports festival is less than two weeks away, with a full weekend of activities ranging from competitive races to a free kids run, from free family field day activities to a pancake breakfast, and from superheroes to face painting. This year’s Grinnell Games, presented by …

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Music, Music, Music!

Music, Music, Music! By Michael McAllister “Summer’s here and the time is right for dancin’ in the street.”  So sang Martha and the Vandellas in 1964 in one of Motown’s superlative songs. The calendar may quibble with the idea that this year’s summer is here, but the time was right for dancin’ in the street Friday night, June 2, in …

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Former Iowa USDA Leaders John Whitaker and Bill Menner to Lead Community DiscussionOn Rural Development Issues in Grinnell on June 20

Former Iowa USDA Leaders John Whitaker and Bill Menner to Lead Community DiscussionOn Rural Development Issues in Grinnell on June 20   The Iowa Chapter of Rural Forward, an organization of policy professionals and concerned citizens with experience in farming and small-town development, will hold its first listening post on Tuesday, June 20 at Drake Library (930 Park Street) in …

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Seeland Park Announces Its Summer Tour of Homes – Sunday, June 11

Seeland Park Announces Its Summer Tour of Homes – Sunday, June 11 (Grinnell, IA – June 1, 2017)  Seeland Park, an active 55+ Life Plan Community located on the east side of Grinnell, invites the public to its Summer Tour of Homes on Sunday, June 11, from 1:30 to 4:30 PM.  Seeland Park currently has four residences listed for sale …

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Our Grinnell’s Eggs-clusive Interview with Rotary Chicken

Our Grinnell’s Eggs-clusive Interview with Rotary Chicken by Michael McAllister Although the Grinnell Rotary Club Chicken has been extraordinarily busy promoting the barbecue that takes place June 8, the felicitous fowl did take time out of a packed schedule to grant Our Grinnell an exclusive interview. The result follows. Welcome, Rotary Chicken!  Thanks so much for your time.  But “Rotary …

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Grinnell Chamber Representatives Joined DSM Leaders to Promote Regional Priorities on the Partnership’s 38th Annual D.C. Trip

Grinnell Chamber Representatives Joined DSM Leaders to Promote Regional Priorities on the Partnership’s 38th Annual D.C. Trip GRINNELL, IA – Nearly 200 Central Iowa business, civic and regional community leaders traveled on May 10 through 12 to the nation’s capital and presented a federal public policy agenda to promote regional policy priorities and economic development projects during the Greater Des …

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Grinnell Film Readied for Fall Release

Grinnell Film Readied for Fall Release By Michael McAllister Saints Rest, the movie written by Grinnell College alumni Tyson Stock and Noga Ashkenazi and filmed in Grinnell last summer, is in post-production, moving toward a fall release date yet to be determined. Meanwhile, information about the film is available on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), a trailer can viewed on …

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St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park Plan a “National Senior Health & Fitness Day® Celebration” with Event Open to the Public on May 31st

St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park Plan a “National Senior Health & Fitness Day® Celebration” with Event Open to the Public on May 31st   Local Organization Part of National Event to Promote Healthy Lifestyles for Older Adults (Grinnell, IA – May 12, 2017) —On May 31, St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park will join more than 1,000 organizations nationally …

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Laros Buggy Makes One More Trip

Laros Buggy Makes One More Trip By Michael McAllister It has been a good many years since a Laros buggy—a brand manufactured in Grinnell in the early years of the twentieth century—traversed the streets of the town. And it is a fairly safe bet that no Laros buggy ever was the chosen mode of transportation for a woman in a …

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GRMC Launches Annual Fund Drive

GRMC Launches Annual Fund Drive For the past 50 years, Grinnell Regional Medical Center has been serving the healthcare needs of the community. “This is an exciting milestone for GRMC,” says Denise Lamphier, GRMC’s director of communications and development. “We are able to provide excellent healthcare services locally because the medical center has enjoyed a solid foundation of philanthropic support …

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GPCF Founder’s Day to Celebrate Community Generosity

GPCF Founder’s Day to Celebrate Community Generosity Supporters of the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) and those interested in learning more about its partners and projects can have pie and eat it too as the foundation celebrates its third annual Founder’s Day, Fri., June 2, at Drake Community Library. Founder’s Day honors the birthday of GPCF founder Tom Marshall who …

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New Venue for 2017 Annual Rotary Club Chicken Barbecue

New Venue for 2017 Annual Rotary Club Chicken Barbecue    The annual Grinnell Rotary Club Chicken Barbecue will be held Thurs., June 8 at a new venue – the Drake Community Library parking lot with distribution at the United Methodist Church entrance on Park St. The times remain the same: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 3:00 to 6:30 …

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Grinnells’s Farmers Market Signals a Sweet and Savory Summer

Grinnells’s Farmers Market Signals a Sweet and Savory Summer By Michael McAllister The month of May is all the merrier now that Grinnell’s Farmers Market has blossomed at Fourth Avenue and Broad Street.  Thursday, May 11, was opening day. Friendly faces, garden-fresh produce, home-baked goodies, and a few surprises (corn cob sachets, for example)—these are just a few of the …

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Pete Brownell Elected President of the National Rifle Association

Pete Brownell Elected President of the National Rifle Association Wayne LaPierre Reelected Executive Vice President ATLANTA – Pete Brownell of Montezuma, Iowa was elected by the National Rifle Association Board of Directors as President May 1, 2017, following the 146th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Atlanta. An NRA Life Member since birth, Brownell is the Chief Executive Officer of …

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Grinnell State Bank and Kiwanis Share 60 Year History

Grinnell State Bank and Kiwanis Share 60 Year History The Kiwanis Club of Grinnell traveled the history trail during its Tuesday, May 2 meeting. Rick Bierman hosted the program featuring Addison Jones, Grinnell State Bank, and Kiwanis member for 62 years. Jones gave the history of the bank, beginning in 1925 as Grinnell Savings Bank. He also gave a brief …

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United Church of Christ Celebrates Inclusion in Action

United Church of Christ Celebrates Inclusion in Action By Michael McAllister A marker near the southwest corner of the churchyard of Grinnell’s United Church of Christ at Fourth Avenue and Broad Street designates the site of Grinnell’s first church. Seven steps to the south and 163 years later, a new sign continues the church’s tradition with a vibrant invitation to …

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Vets Commission to Recommend Professional Fundraisers

Vets Commission to Recommend Professional Fundraisers By Michael McAllister In an unusual but colorful setting—Story Room at the Drake Community Library—Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission met in regular session at 5:15 p.m., Monday, May 8, and continued to move toward the goal of converting the Veteran Memorial Building to an artist residency with emphasis on veterans. Commission Chair Leo Lease opened …

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St. Francis Manor Celebrates 40 Years of Service with an Appreciation Dinner

 St. Francis Manor Celebrates 40 Years of Service with an Appreciation Dinner   (Grinnell, IA – May 8, 2017)  Throughout 2017, St. Francis Manor will be celebrating 40 years of service to the Greater Poweshiek County area in a variety of ways.  To mark the actual 40th anniversary of St. Francis Manor in February, St. Francis Manor residents, board members, employees …

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Tilly Woodward to Keynote Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center’s 19th Annual Women Helping Women Event

Tilly Woodward to Keynote Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center’s 19th Annual Women Helping Women Event (Des Moines, Iowa) May 2, 2017 – The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is hosting its 19th Annual Women Helping Women Luncheon, benefitting vulnerable women and girls who need quality mental health services. The luncheon will take place on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Embassy Suites …

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Seeking local organizations eligible for Grinnell United Way grants

Seeking local organizations eligible for Grinnell United Way grants Grinnell United Way invites local organizations that serve Grinnell residents to apply to receive funding. Grinnell United Way has supported a diverse set of partner agencies over the years. Iowa Legal Aid, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, MICA, Grinnell Community Daycare & Preschool, Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell, and Poweshiek County Extension are just …

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Hawkeye Fans to Raise Funds for School Foundation May 17th

Hawkeye Fans to Raise Funds for School Foundation University of Iowa Hawkeye fans—young and old—can get an insider view of student athletics during a Grinnell Newburg School Foundation (GNSF) fundraising event on May 17. GHS graduate Seth Wallace, who is linebackers coach for the Iowa Hawkeye football operation, will be joined at the event by Chris Doyle, director of strength …

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TIGER PACKS TO BE RECIPIENTS OF FIRST “100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE” DONATIONS

TIGER PACKS TO BE RECIPIENTS OF FIRST “100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE” DONATIONS   The Tiger Packs program benefitting students at Grinnell’s elementary schools will be the recipient of the first donations from 100+ People Who Care-Grinnell.   The voting process at the membership meeting on April 25 resulted in Tiger Packs being selected.  With membership now approaching 60, the resulting …

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GRMC Hospital Trustees Receive Education Certification from IHA

GRMC Hospital Trustees Receive Education Certification from IHA New Graduates from Statewide Program to Advance Hospital Governance   A group of 61 Iowa hospital trustees have become the latest graduates of the Iowa Hospital Association’s Board Certification Program, including Grinnell Regional Medical Center Board of Directors members, Dan Agnew and Laura Ferguson, MD. GRMC board members maintaining certification are Bill …

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Area Third Graders to Receive Bike Helmets

Area Third Graders to Receive Bike Helmets Part of Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s mission is a commitment to promoting wellness. There’s no better time to start promoting wellness and safety than when local children get their bikes out for spring. This year, Grinnell Regional Medical Center, the Grinnell Regional medical staff, and area businesses and individuals will again team up …

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Detoxing, Teatoxing, and Tea Safety – SE-ED May 8th

Detoxing, Teatoxing, and Tea Safety A multitude of detox or cleansing regimens conjure up promises to cure about everything – with more seeming to come out each week. They promise to help with weight loss, removing undigested materials from the colon, and the releasing of toxins from the body, among other things. How safe are these regimens, do they work, …

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The Debut of “The Stew”

The Debut of “The Stew” By Michael McAllister The wet weather did not cooperate with the opening party at Grinnell’s Stew Art Studios, 927 Broad Street, Friday evening, April 28, but inside the newly revamped building spirits were not dampened in the least. Stew Art Studios—nicknamed “The Stew”—is an innovative downtown enterprise designed to provide space, materials, equipment, and support …

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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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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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