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Keith Brake Reports from a Grinnell Republican Caucus

The big snow that had been forecast was still hours away.But an avalanche – of humanity – was rolling toward the doors of Grinnell High School by 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 1. The school hosted caucus meetings for both major parties and the turnout was tremendous.Dan Bunnell, working in the lobby area of the old gym – the Republican side – …

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A Familiar Face Returns to Lead Imagine Grinnell; 2016 Membership Drive Underway

A Familiar Face Returns to Lead Imagine Grinnell; 2016 Membership Drive Underway Rich Dana, who coordinated Imagine Grinnell’s energy reduction program from 2006-08, has been hired as the quality-of-life organization’s new executive director. Since his earlier IG work, Dana has managed numerous renewable energy and historic remodeling projects through his own Plan B consulting business and taught sustainable living practices …

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Green Yard Makeover classes offered in February and March

The green yard makeover    GRINNELL – Want to improve your home landscaping while protecting the environment, creating habitat for native species, and producing fresh food? Get ready for the Green Yard Makeover, a series of three free Tuesday evening classes that will be held in Grinnell in February and March. The classes will introduce you to ecosystem landscape gardening, …

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Local Flavor, International Appeal: McNally’s Sets the Bar for Gourmet and Organic Offerings

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Whether you’ve lived in Grinnell your entire life or have just been here for a year, McNally’s Foods is an instantly recognizable landmark, despite moving from its original location two-and-a-half years ago. Of course Randy Smith – who’s owned and operated McNally’s since 1988 – merely crossed the street to move Grinnell’s only downtown grocery store …

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Pigskins and Petunias: Cynthia Sherman Celebrates Her 6th Rose Bowl

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Football and flowers: Not necessarily a marriage that immediately comes to mind. For Cynthia Sherman, however, it’s a marriage made in heaven. For the last six years, Cynthia Sherman has made the trek to Pasadena, CA to lend her talents as a floral artist for the Rose Bowl Parade floats. This year was of special significance, …

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HLV Students Bring Holiday Cheer to GRMC Patients

HLV Students Bring Holiday Cheer to GRMC Patients Teaching youth to pay it forward lead three HLVs sixth graders to bring Christmas presents to patients at Grinnell Regional Medical Center on Christmas day. “At the beginning of the school year, my students chose to have a ‘Pay it Forward’ theme for our room,” says Lynette Lender, HLV’s sixth grader teacher. …

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GPCF Wraps Up Active, Successful Year

GPCF Wraps Up Active, Successful Year The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) is concluding its 26th year in operation, acting on the legacy left by GPCF founder Tom Marshall, who died in March of this year. “Tom built the foundation from the ground up, and has left a sizeable legacy for us to fulfill,” said GPCF program coordinator Nicole Brua-Behrens. …

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She’s The Boss: Debra Shearer is the New Owner of Bill’s Jewelry Shop

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Retirement usually presents a potpourri of emotions. Relief, apprehension, excitement, and touch of sadness can often permeate such a monumental event in one’s life, especially if it’s the secession from your beloved business – one you’ve been building for decades. In January, Bill Hammen will hand over the reins to his successful and well-respected jewelry store …

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$5,472 Raised During Breakfast With Santa

    Approximately 150 attendees of all ages enjoyed a pancake “Breakfast with Santa” in the St. Francis Manor Social Center on December 19.  Free-will donations totaling $5,472 were received for the Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign.  The donations will be matched by Seeland Park resident Ken Eggman’s Challenge Grant of $50,000.   For more information about how you …

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Sterk Fund Warms the Hearts and Soles of Elementary Students

Sterk Fund Warms the Hearts and Soles of Elementary Students Before the winter break, several Bailey Park and Fairview students in need benefitted from the generosity of proceeds from the Dr. Kevin W. Sterk Elementary Student Needs Endowment Fund. The fund, administered by the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation, was created in 2011 by Glenn and Ginger Sterk of Grinnell in …

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I Was Once Lost But Now I Am Found: THE REDEMPTION OF PVT. HARRY WALLACE

  By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs “No greater service could have been rendered to their comrades in the line than was given by these self-sacrificing and daring men.” ~ General John J. Pershing (1860-1948) Picture a young marine – no more than 25 years old. Rivulets of sweat snake down the back and neck of the tall, auburn-haired young man, who …

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Bill Lannom: “I’M NOT A WAR HERO”

By Teresa McCall “The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” – G.K. Chesterton The Vietnam War is perhaps the most misunderstood conflict involving US troops in the history of modern times. The word “Nam” evokes a variety of images and feelings depending on one’s age …

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Luther College presents 2015 Weston Noble Award to Roger Henderson

Luther College presents 2015 Weston Noble Award to Roger Henderson          DECORAH, Iowa— Luther College has named Roger Henderson of Grinnell, Iowa, the 2015 recipient of the Weston Noble Choral Award for distinguished achievement in the fields of teaching and conducting. Henderson, Luther class of 1982, was recognized for his work as an outstanding educator and conductor. Named for Weston Noble, Luther …

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BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – St. Francis Manor Social Center

      BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, Saturday December 19th, 8:30 – 10:30a, St. Francis Manor Social Center. Benefitting….Hammond Center for Assisted Living. Serving all-you-can-eat PANCAKES (plain, blueberry, chocolate chip) with butter and maple syrup, sausage links, orange juice, milk and coffee. Photo opportunities with Santa – photos can be emailed or take your own. Admission: Free – will donation for …

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Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards Another $1,000 Donation!

Wes Finch Auto Plaza Awards Another $1,000 Donation!   Wes Finch Auto Plaza has awarded another $1,000 Donation to a deserving local charitable organization through their Facebook Donation Contest, bringing their total donations through this program in 2015 to $6,000! This is Wes Finch Auto Plaza’s second year running this donation contest, donating a total of $6,000 in 2014 as …

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Big GIVE Month Raises More Than $300,000 for Area Groups

Big GIVE Month Raises More Than $300,000 for Area Groups The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation’s Big GIVE campaign, Oct. 12-Nov. 12, yielded big results for area organizations. Donors pledged and contributed more than $307,500 to 36 different funds administered by GPCF. This was the first year for a month-long fund drive, which emphasized donor participation and was further stimulated by matching …

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Grinnell Gets a Look Inside Brownells, Inc.

By Keith Brake Brownells, Inc. wants its employees to be creative. In the distribution industry, that’s thinking outside of a conservative, traditional box. “We’re not about that. We’re progressive in that all ideas are welcome,” company CEO Pete Brownell told Iowa Architect magazine. “We want to flatten traditional company hierarchy, which should be embedded in the architecture.” Grinnell community city …

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Bernie Lowe and Associates, Inc., Helps GRMC with Physician Recruitment Efforts

Bernie Lowe and Associates, Inc., Helps GRMC with Physician Recruitment Efforts  A strong commitment to Grinnell Regional Medical Center is driving Bernie Lowe and Associates, Inc., to make a generous contribution toward the organization’s physician recruitment efforts. “We really see the value in having a local, community hospital,” says Bernard ‘Skip’ Lowe, III, president and CEO. “GRMC is the number …

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WANTING TO APPLY FOR A PASSPORT?

WANTING TO APPLY FOR A PASSPORT? The Poweshiek County Auditor’s office accepts passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.  U.S. citizens planning international travel may apply for their passport Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Auditor’s office, main floor, Courthouse, Montezuma. No appointment is needed!  Passport pictures are also available at the …

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Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell SHOPS!

NOTE:  DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, JINGLE BELL HOLIDAY HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4. Although many are dreading the idea of snow before Thanksgiving, perhaps the forecast – which calls for snow this Friday – is actually pretty well-timed. Jingle Bell Holiday, Grinnell’s annual kick-off to the local holiday shopping scene, will offer the community activities, crafts, holiday music, …

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St. Francis Manor Hosted Veterans Recognition November 12th

  A Veterans Remembrance Program was hosted by St. Francis Manor on Thursday, November 12, to honor local veterans.  Over 120 people attended the event including St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park residents as well as veterans from the Grinnell community.  Activity Directors Caitlin Mellick and Abby Renbarger presented the program and Barb Tininenko played patriotic music on the piano.  …

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Legacy Gift to Library Benefitting Community Patrons

A December 2014 bequest to Drake Community Library (DCL) from the estate of Malcom area farmer Don Puls is already yielding benefits for library patrons, big and small, now and in the future.  Puls, described as “a lifelong reader,” designated a generous bequest of $169,000 to the public library.   The library board of trustees directed $80,000 of the Puls …

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G-N School District Seeks New Leadership

Grinnell-Newburg’s school board and community members are searching for new leadership in the wake of the resignation of fifth-year Superintendent Todd Abrahamson. Abrahamson resigned, effective at the end of the current school year (June 30, 2016). He told members of the staff about his plan to resign in a letter dated Friday, November 6. At their November 11 regular meeting, …

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Brownells Signs Statement of Support for Guard and Reserve Members

Grinnell, Iowa (November 5, 2015) – Iowa Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office, announced Pete Brownell, CEO of Brownells, signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve on October 23, 2015, in the Brownells Grinnell facility in front of more than 300 Brownells employees. The Statement of Support confirms Brownells joins …

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Bill and Jeanne Hammen Retire After 4 Decades of Diamonds

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Bill and Jeanne Hammen, owners of Bill’s Jewelry Shop, are retiring after 40 years of designing, appraising, and repairing the beloved jewelry of thousands of customers. This January, the Hammens will turn the shop over to a new owner. “This has not been an impulsive decision. We’ve actually been talking about this for two years,” said …

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GRMC Explores Options For the Future

PRESS RELEASE October 30, 2015 For immediate release For more information contact: Denise Lamphier 641-236-2589   Grinnell Regional Medical Center began discussions this fall with Mercy Health Network of Iowa that focus on the potential development of a different form of alignment between the organizations. No decisions have been made at the time of this publication. The primary goal of …

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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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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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