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Bucket Course Offers Insight to “Disability and Being Human”

Disability is a condition most of us experience from time to time or permanently, but it is also a label we use to distinguish between abled and disabled people.  In a bucket course Disability and Being Human, Jean Ketter, Professor of Education at Grinnell College, will challenge the society’s understanding of disability by exploring the history, theories, and historical context …

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New Physician at GRMC Emergency Department

New Physician at GRMC Emergency Department   Stephanie R. Koos, DO, family and emergency medicine physician, began practicing part time at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center emergency department on September 1, 2016. Koos joined Patrick Cogley, MD; Clayton Francis, MD; and Stephen Ellestad, MD. “Dr. Koos is a wealth of knowledge,” Francis says. “Her enthusiasm for excellence and the variety …

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Seeland Park “Fall Tour of Homes” Sunday, October 9, 1:30-4:30

Seeland Park “Fall Tour of Homes” Sunday, October 9, 1:30-4:30 Enjoy refreshments and view an exhibit of hand-made quilts and teddy bears by Seeland Park residents in the Social Center located on the northwest side of St. Francis Manor. Several Seeland Park homes remain available for purchase in a variety of sizes and price ranges. Choose from homes with one …

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Grinnell Skatepark Fund Receives Grant From Tony Hawk

Grinnell Skatepark Fund Receives Grant From Tony Hawk Tony Hawk has been the biggest name in professional skateboarding since he the late 1980s. Now, The Tony Hawk Foundation helps communities across the country build free, public skateparks. Grinnell is one of the latest recipients of Hawk’s generosity- a $5000 donation to help revitalize the Bailey Park skate area. Imagine Grinnell …

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Hardeman enters winning photos in Grinnell Mutual contest

Hardeman enters winning photos in Grinnell Mutual contest Katie Hardeman of Brooklyn took top honors in Grinnell Mutual’s Hometown Pride Photo Contest.  Her photo “Flag Barn” was chosen as the winner of the Farm category.  All of the winning photos are posted on Grinnell Mutual’s website at www.grinnellmutual.com. The Hometown Pride Photo Contest captures the spirit of people, places, and small …

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Grinnell College to show HD broadcast of 10 Met Operas during the 2016-17 year

Grinnell College to show HD broadcast of 10 Met Operas during the 2016-17 year First opera to be shown is Wagner’s ‘Tristan und Isolde,’ on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Harris Center This academic year, Grinnell College will stream ten Metropolitan operas as part of the “Metropolitan Opera Live in HD” movie theater transmissions program. The first in the series, Wagner’s …

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Attorney Emily Kolbe Joins Ahlers & Cooney Law Firm

Attorney Emily Kolbe Joins Ahlers & Cooney Law Firm Des Moines, Iowa (September 23, 2016)  Emily Kolbe has joined Ahlers & Cooney, P.C. as an Associate Attorney. She is a member of the firm’s Litigation, Higher Education, and Employment practice areas, representing clients in education, government and private business. She assists employers in defending various claims of retaliation, discrimination and …

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GO FLY A KITE!

GO FLY A KITE! No, really, go fly a kite. By Michael McAllister What can sound like an insult in some contexts is excellent advice if spoken by a Rotarian recently in Grinnell.  A tradition, Kites Over Grinnell, was set aloft again on Saturday, September 24, at the Ahrens Park driving range amid summer-like temperatures, under cloud-cleared skies, on vibrant …

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Poweshiek County Conservation Fund Gets a Boost

Poweshiek County Conservation Fund Gets a Boost The Poweshiek County Conservation Fund, one of more than 120 funds administered by the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation, has received a large gift from Frank Brownell of Montezuma. His gift will allow the “acorn” endowment fund to grow to a fully funded endowment. The endowed fund supports county conservation projects determined and overseen …

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Only Independent Undergraduate Labor Union in U.S. Wins Wage Increases

Student Workers’ Union Reaches Tentative Agreement with Grinnell College Only Independent Undergraduate Labor Union in U.S. Wins Wage Increases GRINNELL, IOWA — The Union of Grinnell Student Dining Workers yesterday reached a tentative agreement with Grinnell College after nearly four months of bargaining over a first contract for students working in the college’s food services.  Administrators at the small liberal …

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Big GIVE Month Starts Oct. 1

Big GIVE Month Starts Oct. 1 GPCF annual fundraiser motivated by art and matching challenges at Oct. 8 auction   The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation’s annual Big GIVE fundraising campaign, Oct. 1-31, will take an artful twist this year with matching challenges and an Oct. 8 kickoff and recognition event focused on “The Art of Growing Community.” Last year, donors …

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Time to Review Medicare Plan Options

Time to Review Medicare Plan Options Only 13 percent of people with Medicare Part D plans change their drug plans each year (on average). Relatively few people on Medicare have used the annual open enrollment period from October 15 to December 7 to switch Part D prescription drug plans. Yet in Iowa, 50 percent of the people who received help …

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Print Still a Priority for College, Community

Print Still a Priority for College, Community By Michael McAllister The Zone of Confluence bubbled a bit this past July 5 when the Grinnell College Bookstore combined with the Pioneer Bookshop at what had been Gosselink’s Hallmark Store at 933 Main Street.  Friday, September 16, that merger was marked with a grand opening celebration.   Over forty people were present …

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2016-2017 Seasonal Influenza Season – Vaccination Clinics Offered

2016-2017 Seasonal Influenza Season Grinnell Regional Public Health will offer public vaccination clinics at locations throughout the county for the seasonal influenza vaccine. The upcoming season’s flu vaccine will protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. GRMC will offer a quadrivalent flu vaccine, designed to protect against four different flu viruses; two influenza A …

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Debbie Durham, Director of IEDA meets with local officials seeking community collaboration moving ahead on Veteran’s Memorial Building

by Teresa McCall….Earlier today (September 14, 2016) at Grinnell College, Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority met with Teresa McCall, chair of the Grinnell Veterans Memorial Commission, Mike Olson, fundraising co-chair of the commission’s task force, and Grinnell City Manage, Russ Behrens, to discuss ways to facilitate cooperation among city leaders and the commission so that funding …

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Traveling exhibition of works by Alexander Archipenko opens Sept. 30 at Faulconer Gallery

Traveling exhibition of works by Alexander Archipenko opens Sept. 30 at Faulconer Gallery Retrospective exhibition at Grinnell College includes more than 60 works by the cubist sculptor    GRINNELL, Iowa – The Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College will open the 2016-17 academic year with “Archipenko: A Modern Legacy,”a major traveling retrospective of more than 60 sculptures, mixed media reliefs and works on paper …

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American Innovations Celebrate AmeriCorps Achievements: Root beer, Dixieland, and learning

American Innovations Celebrate AmeriCorps Achievements: Root beer, Dixieland, and learning By Michael McAllister “The library really knocked it out of the park this year.”  Those were the words of Monica Chavez-Silva, Assistant Vice President for Community Enhancement and Engagement at Grinnell College Thursday evening, September 8, on the terrace of Grinnell’s Drake Community Library.  The occasion was a reception designed to …

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St. Francis Manor Announces Three Free Lunch & Learn Programs

  The Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor Announces Three Free Lunch & Learn Educational Programs (Grinnell, IA – September 7, 2016)  The Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor will offer three FREE educational Lunch & Learn programs to the public this fall on the important topics of Parkinson’s Disease, Fall Prevention, and Pain Management.  The public is invited to attend …

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City Council Gives Nod to Hotel Entrepreneurs

by Michael McAllister, correspondent “Vibrancy” was a word heard frequently in Grinnell’s city council chambers Tuesday night, September 6, and the desire to secure as much of it as possible for the city was the driving force behind the council’s unanimous approval of Resolution 2016-165, “the proposal to enter a Purchase, Sale and Development Agreement with Grinnell Center, LLC, which …

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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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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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