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Building next to McNally’s Foods razed to prepare site for development

Grinnell College will turn site into green space while seeking development proposals GRINNELL, Iowa – Grinnell College recently had the building adjacent to McNally’s Foods, 1021 Main St., razed because the building received major structural damage when it was hit by a truck in the spring of 2018. Once the lot is completely cleared of debris, grass will be planted to …

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Jeld-Wen Raises $6.2K For Relay for Life

The American Cancer Society presented Team JELD-WEN with a top fundraising award for their efforts in 2018. JELD-WEN presented the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Poweshiek County to be held in Grinnell on July 5th a check for $6,277 from their 13th annual golf tournament fundraiser. The money raised which will ended up being higher than the amount on …

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Wellness Information Sessions at Mayflower

During the month of June, Grinnell’s Mayflower Community will present Thursday afternoon information sessions designed to expand thinking about healthy living alternatives.  The gatherings will be offered from 2:00-3:00pm in the Carman Center on the second floor of the Mayflower Health Center, 600 Park Street.  There will be no charge for the sessions, some of which will include demonstrations and all will …

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St. Francis Manor Recognized for Healthcare Quality by National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative

(Grinnell, IA – June 3, 2019) St. Francis Manor has been named to the Iowa National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative Honor Rollin recognition of its performance on the Nursing Home Comparelong-stay quality measures. Nursing homes on Nursing Home Quality Collaborative Honor Roll have achieved a quality measure composite score of six or less for at least one quarter, which has aligned with …

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Seeland Park Announces Its Summer Tour of Homes – Sunday, June 9

(Grinnell, IA – June 3, 2019) Seeland Park, an active 55+ Life Plan Community located on the east side of Grinnell, invites the public to its Summer Tour of Homes onSunday, June 9, from 1:30 to 4:00 PM.  Seeland Park currently has eight residences listed for sale as well as five lots available for anyone interested in building their perfect retirement home!  …

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Help the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Poweshiek County Attack Cancer in Our Community on Friday, July 5th

Luminaria bags will be available at Grinnell State Bank from May 3rdthrough the event for a $5 donation, with all proceeds going to benefit Relay For Life of Poweshiek County. Darcy Dawson American Cancer Society is calling on all community members to participate in the 20th Annual Relay For Life of Poweshiek County on July 5th from 5-11pm at Grinnell’s Central …

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Friday Night Live is Back!

GRINNELL, Iowa– The annual Friday Night Live events will kick off on June 7, 2019, in downtown Grinnell. The June Friday Night Live will feature musician Damon Dotson and have a food truck and beverages on site. Entertainment for the night, Damon Dotson, will perform on stage from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. In addition to live music, there will be a …

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Grinnell Games 5K FREE for Participants 

Grinnell Games, a family sports festival in Grinnell, will hold events in June and August 2019. Events scheduled for Saturday, June 15 include a Half Marathon, 5K and Lil’ Warrior Run. A Sprint Triathlon and Mini Triathlon are scheduled for August 25, and registration for all events is available now at grinnellgames.com.  New for 2019, and in an effort to support …

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National Senior Health & Fitness Day celebrated on May 29

St. Francis Manor, Seeland Park & Hammond Center for Assisted Living celebrated the 26th Annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day like champs while attempting to dodge water puddles and even a light mist by the end of the outdoor activities on Wednesday, May 29. Over 60 participants kicked off the event with a short walk around the Seeland Park …

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Kenny Steffen Gives 22 Years to Mayflower

L. to R.; Scott Gruhn, Kenny Steffen, Jack Morrison After 22 years working on the Facilities staff of The Mayflower Community (Grinnell IA), Kenny Steffen retired on Friday, May 31st.  He served as an electrician, HVAC specialist, and general repairperson.  One of Kenny’s specialties was installing showers in Mayflower’s traditional apartments.  All were built originally with bathtub/showers.  Over time, Kenny has helped replaced all …

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Grinnell College in talks to acquire library collection from Salisbury House

Grinnell intends to preserve the collection, make it accessible to researchers and the public GRINNELL, Iowa — Grinnell College has preliminarily agreed to acquire the Des Moines Salisbury House’s library collection of rare books including first-editions and historic documents. The parties are working toward a definitive purchase agreement and anticipate completing the acquisition by mid-summer. “The college is interested in …

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Celebrating the Life of Mollie Tibbetts

Rob Tibbetts and Laura Calderwood, parents of Mollie Tibbetts, do a ribbon release during the May 18 celebration of life statue dedication ceremony in Ahrens Park. On Saturday, May 18, a special project celebrating the life of Mollie Tibbetts came to fruition in Grinnell. Two sculptures, created by artist Gail Chavenelle of Dubuque, Iowa, were unveiled and installed in memory …

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Grinnell College invites curious minds of all ages to June 15 Summerfest

Voice Play shares the harmony in an a cappella performance that combines songs from different eras with humorous on-stage theatrics. Free activities for all ages on June 15 include creative arts, live music and workshops GRINNELL, Iowa – Grinnell College’s fifth annual Summerfest will take place on campus from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 15. Summerfest, which is …

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Grant to Support Creation of Community Health Initiative 

Members of Healthy Grinnell from left to right: Samantha Maly-Schmidt, Grinnell College Student; Steve Langerud, The Mayflower; Dr. Jennifer Paisley, GRMC Internal Medicine; Melissa Dunham, Grinnell Heritage Farms; Bill Menner, GRMC Board Chair; Laurel Tuggle-Lacina, Grinnell Local Foods Connection; Jennifer Havens, GRMC; and Chad Nath, GRMC. Grant to Support Creation of Community Health Initiative  A $50,000 Iowa Healthcare Collaborative grant …

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College Degree Studies in Prison

George Drake Grinnell College’s Liberal Arts in Prison program was the topic of The Mayflower Community monthly “Forum” program on May 14th. These programs are organized by the Mayflower Residents Association with the intent of bringing in speakers on pertinent local topics. The speakers for the Prison program were George Drake, founder; Emily Guenther, Director; and residents Katherine McClelland and Chris …

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Bestselling author Amy Tan inspires Grinnell College graduates

Amy Tan was awarded and honorary degree and delivered a speech at the 2019 Commencement ceremony at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa May 20, 2019. (Photo by Justin Hayworth/Grinnell College) Commencement speaker receives honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree  GRINNELL, Iowa — New York Times bestselling author Amy Tan shared the zigzagging path of her own career with nearly 400 graduates …

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Breathe Happy: The Benefits of Mindful Breathing

Each breath you take can lead to a healthier, happier lifestyle. Learn more about the benefits of mindful breathing techniques from Danielle Sadler, licensed acupuncturist, diplomate in Oriental Medicine, at the UnityPoint Health®– Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) Senior Education Program on Monday, June 3.  In her presentation, Sadler will review what new research shows about how breathing affects everything from blood pressure …

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Grinnellians Talk Trash:

Zero Garbage Growth the Focus of LWV Event Ryan Ferguson By Michael McAllister A lot of trash talking could be heard not long ago at the Drake Community Library, but it had nothing to do with psyching out an opponent before a game. Or perhaps it did—if one considers garbage an opponent. The event, hosted by Grinnell’s League of Women …

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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 29th 

Local Organization Part of National Event to Promote Healthy Lifestyles for Older Adults (Grinnell, IA – May 15, 2019)— On May 29, St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park will join more than 1,000 organizations nationally to celebrate the 26thAnnual “National Senior Health & Fitness Day.”  As an official host site, St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park invite the public to join in the …

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World War I Honor Roll traveling display to visit Grinnell

The “World War I Honor Roll” traveling display will be on exhibit May 25-June 22 at the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts in Grinnell. The exhibit honors more than 4,000 Iowans who were killed a century ago during World War I. Grinnell College to host display May 25-June 22 in Bucksbaum Center for the Arts DES MOINES – The World War I Honor Roll, …

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Author Talk and Book Signing with George Drake at Drake Community Library

George Drake in Goodnow May 4, 2017. (Photo by Justin Hayworth/Grinnell College) George Drake, former president of Grinnell College and scholar, will present an author talk, with readings, and sign copies of his latest publication,  “Mentor: Life and Legacy of Joe Rosenfield”on Tuesday, May 28th, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm, at Drake Community Library. Joe Rosenfield served as Trustee of Grinnell …

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Steve Langerud Receives Honor from Grinnell-Newburg Board of Education

Steve Langerud, Executive Director of Grinnell’s Mayflower Community, was honored at the May 8thSchool Board meeting with an “Above and Beyond Award” for his work in facilitating the December and January listening sessions on the topic of a school facilities plan.  Superintendent Janet Stutz termed the sessions, “…unbiased and positive as well as informative.”  Langerud was nominated for the award by long-time …

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Get Into “Matter of Balance” at Mayflower

Do you have concerns about falling?  Many older adults experience falls and other restrictions of their activities.  “A Matter of Balance” is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. Enjoy learning practical fall prevention techniques and simple exercises to increase flexibility, strength, and balance. During the eight-week structured group intervention course, participants learn to view falls and fear of …

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Local Mental Health Drive Benefits Area Residents

Local Mental Health Drive Benefits Area Residents May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the Grinnell Area Mental Health Consortium is kicking off its annual JPK Fund Drive with a goal of $25,000 to help local individuals receive needed mental health services.  The JPK Fund was established in 2017 by physician J.R. Paulson to honor his late colleague, Dr. Jeffrey …

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HOSPITAL TRUSTEES RECEIVE CERTIFICATION FROM IHA

Program Focuses on Education and Governance Best Practices DES MOINES – A group of 76 Iowa hospital trustees and 14 Iowa hospital boards from across the state were honored April 26 at the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) Trustee Recognition Ceremony at the Embassy Suites Downtown in Des Moines. The event was held in conjunction with an annual IHA education conference …

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Doing Tea for Mother’s Day

Happy Mothers Day!  Working up to this important day of celebration, The Mayflower Community (Grinnell IA) hosted the annual Mothers Day Tea in the Carman Center on Friday, May 10thfor Health Center and Beebe Assisted Living residents and their guests.  In total 70 women attended, including 34 residents. Sue Drake entertained with piano music as guests arrived. Grinnellian Marlys Amundsen and friend Gloria …

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Seeking local organizations for Grinnell United Way grants

Grinnell United Way invites local organizations that serve Grinnell residents to apply to receive funding. “Grinnell United Way advances the common good in Grinnell through our partner agencies, supported by our generous donors,” said board co-chair Rachael Kinnick. “Together, we use the key building blocks of education, health, and income to improve people’s lives by dealing with the underlying causes of problems. …

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CNA Certification Program Collaboration

Grinnell College, Iowa Valley Community College (Grinnell IA), and The Mayflower Community (Grinnell) are collaborating to train Certified Nurse Aides (CNAs) for life-experience work in healthcare at Mayflower.  A certified nurse aide is a person who worksprimarily in long-term care (nursing facilities)assisting residents with activities of daily living under the supervision of a nurse. Ten Grinnell College students have been selected to …

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New biography chronicles Joe Rosenfield’s life, unwavering love for Grinnell College

Joe Rosenfield was a classic out-of-the-box thinker. From his days as a Grinnell student in the early 1920s to serving as the chairman at Younkers to becoming an instrumental figure in Grinnell College history, Rosenfield’s thinking and warm personality made a positive impact on almost everyone he met. The new biography “Mentor: Life and Legacy of Joe Rosenfield,” released in May, chronicles …

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Saints Rest—the Movie—Coming Soon to a Digital Device Near You

By Michael McAllister Last month, Noga Ashkenazi, director and co-writer of Saints Rest, a film featuring Grinnell, announced that the film would be digitally released in May.  Effective today, May 1, the film may be preordered on iTunes, with a release date of May 18.  Also on May 18, Amazon and Google Play will offer the film.  Ashkenazi and co-writer Tyson Stock staged …

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Update Your Health – Intelligent Aging

Being the picture of health takes more than a yearly checkup with your primary care provider. With so many sources of stress and anxiety, it’s important to understand how the mind-body connection plays an important role on your overall health. Hear from Andy Nish, MD, medical director of the UnityPoint Health®– John Stoddard Cancer Center in Des Moines, about tuning …

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Protect Yourself from Financial Abuse | SE•ED Monday August 20

Protect Yourself from Financial Abuse With the ever-present changes in technology, scammers are coming up with more ways to take advantage of elderly populations. Learn more about the steps you can take to protect yourself or a loved one from elder financial abuse at the next UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center Senior Education program on Monday, Aug. 20. …

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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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