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CEC Makes Grants

The Community Education Council (CEC) has announced recipients of grants for educational efforts in the community.  The recipients include the Tallgrass Prairie Audubon Society, Grinnell Historical Preservation Commission, the Grinnell Children’s Choir, Grinnell Historical Museum, and a collaboration between Make/Shift Space and Tiny Circus. The grant monies are accumulated through attendance fees of the Bucket Courses, a CEC-sponsored effort that offers …

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Scholar to discuss the politics of the arts in Stalin’s Russia on Sept. 19

GRINNELL, Iowa — Joan Neuberger, a 1975 Grinnell College graduate and professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin, will give the Scholars’ Convocation Lecture at Grinnell College on Thursday, Sept. 19. The lecture is free and open to the public. WHAT:The lecture is titled “This Thing of Darkness: Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible in Stalin’s Russia.” Neuberger studies modern Russian culture …

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UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center is on an EpicJourney

Left to Right: Holli Carlson, clinical informaticist and Epic credentialed trainer; Natalie Cline, care coordination manager and Epic site coordinator and Brenda Peck, revenue cycle informaticist and Epic credentialed trainer. Implementing new electronic health record to better serve patients UnityPoint Health®– Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) is in the final stages of their Epicjourney to implement a new electronic health record …

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Grinnell College awards Grinnell Prize to leader of anti-trafficking group in India

Shafiq R. Khan, center, speaks at an EMPOWER PEOPLE campaign event. Shafiq R. Khan, through his work with EMPOWER PEOPLE, endeavors to eradicate bride trafficking   GRINNELL, Iowa — Grinnell College has awarded the 2019 Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize of $100,000 to Shafiq R. Khan, founder and CEO of EMPOWER PEOPLE. His organization fights to eradicate bride trafficking …

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Seeland Park Announces Its Fall Tour of Homes – Sunday, September 29

(Grinnell, IA – September 13, 2019) Seeland Park, an active 55+ Life Plan Community located on the east side of Grinnell, invites the public to its Fall Tour of Homes onSunday, September 29, from 1:30 to 4:00 PM.  Seeland Park currently has two residences listed for sale as well as five lots available for anyone interested in building their perfect retirement home! …

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Encouraging Community Health Professions

Mary Jane Shroyer Mary Jane Shroyer is the director of the Health Professionals Career Community Center for Careers, Life, and Service (CLS) at Grinnell College. She will be joining the UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Senior Education Program on Monday, September 23.  Shroyer will present how the CLS provides students with information and opportunities to identify and …

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St. Francis Manor & Seeland Park Announce a Senior Dance Open to the Public on October 5th

(Grinnell, IA – September 13, 2019)  “Here’s Your Chance To Relive Your Homecoming Dance!”While the Grinnell High School students are dancing at their Homecoming Dance, St.  Francis Manor, Seeland Park and the Hammond Center for Assisted Living will be hosting a Senior Dance open to the public on Saturday, October 5thfrom 7 to 10 PMin St. Francis Manor’s dining room near its Social …

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G-N CSD Weekly Update for September 13, 2019

Dear Grinnell Board of Education, Staff, Families and Friends: Happy Friday the 13th! Happy Full Moon! Students are in the swing of things as the month of September flies by. It is hard to believe that we are ½ way through our first full month of school. I hope that you enjoy the highlights in this weekly update! It has …

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ROTARY’S KITES OVER GRINNELL TO HONOR JIM AHRENS

Rotary’s Kites over Grinnell to be held Sat., Sept. 28 at Ahrens Park will honor the memory of the late Lt. Col. James A. Ahrens, a Rotarian for 25 years and president of the Grinnell Rotary Club in 2010-11. The above picture was taken in Sept. 2017 when he was handing out prizes to winners of various kite-flying categories. The …

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CPA firm in central Iowa highlights teamwork and customer service with new brand

Top row: Chris Christinson, Amanda Beach, Robb Way, Morgan Zimbelman EA, Tim Baker CPA, Alicia Fitzsimmons, Erika Mertens, Connie Scurr, Brian Graham CPA, Dan Rodrigues Bottom row: Lucy Schmidt, Nick Baker, Mackenzie James, Lindsey Starrett CPA, Lisa Shiver, Ashlyn Nordyke, DeAnn Elliott, Courtney Michalek On October 1st 2019, T.L. Baker & Co, LLP will become BakerStarrett, LLP accountants | advisors. …

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Dollars for Scholars Hosting Fund Raiser October 3rd

Dollars for Scholars of Grinnell is hosting its annual Dogs for Dollars fundraising event on Thursday, October 3rd in conjunction with the Homecoming Parade.  We will be located in Central Park serving a $5.00 hot dog meal from 4:30-7:00 p.m.  This is the main fundraising event for Dollars for Scholars and our goal is to increase our general scholarship amount …

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Prairiepalooza Music Festival to Fill Central Park

GRINNELL, Iowa– The Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce announces a new music festival, Prairiepalooza, to be held on Sunday, September 29th beginning at noon. The event will feature a number of artists performing throughout the course of the day. This family-friendly event will highlight Grinnell and its musical space in the recently renovated Central Park. Event organizers are excited to announce the …

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Grinnell College partners with Zipcar to offer car sharing in Grinnell

Grinnell’s two Zipcars await drivers in the Great Western Bank lot along Sixth Avenue near Broad Street. Innovative service provides a sustainable and cost-effective alternative to car ownership GRINNELL, Iowa, Sept. 9, 2019 – Zipcar, the world’s leading car-sharing network, and Grinnell College today announced a new partnership that will bring Zipcar’s car-sharing network to campus and the Grinnell community. Zipcar provides students …

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Weekly Update from GNCSD Superintendents Office: Friday, September 6, 2019

Dear Grinnell-Newburg Board of Education, Staff, Families and Friends: Happy Friday!  What a beautiful start to my morning today.  I had an opportunity to ride bus 6 with one of our amazing bus drivers, Brad Shutts, to the Northeast Corner of the district.   What a wonderful bus ride. Watching the sun rise, deer running through the fields, greeting students, …

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Erickson Endowed Professor of Chemistry established at Grinnell College

Support from former students of Luther and Jenny Erickson funded new professorship From left: Leslie Lyons, Luther and Jenny Erickson pose for a photo at the 2019 Alumni Reunion Weekend. GRINNELL, Iowa — An outpouring of support from former students of Luther Erickson, professor emeritus of chemistry, and Jenny Erickson, retired Forum director, has led to the creation of a new …

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Grinnell Mutual holds farm safety academy for area FFA students

Grinnell, Iowa — For the first time, Grinnell Mutual is sponsoring a farm safety academy specifically for students and is expecting nearly 100 students from four area Future Farmers of America (FFA) clubs to attend.FFA members from the East Marshall, Grinnell, Lynnville-Sully, and North Mahaska clubs will spend the day at Grinnell Mutual’s headquarters on Sept. 11, 2019. They will …

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Ahrens Foundation Announces Newest Partner Fund in Memory of Bill Vosburg

August 27, 2019 Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, a fund has been created to help support kids in the local Grinnell area with music funding assistance who are unable to afford music lessons, instruments and other items or therapy services associated with learning music. Bill Vosburg The Vosburg Music Fund has been established in memory of the …

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PINK NEIGHBOR TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, PERFORM IN LOFT THEATRE

Carlos Ferguson, Katie In, Eric Jarvis On Friday, September 13, local band Pink Neighbor will perform in the Loft Theatre to celebrate the release of their new album Time Beach Universe. Pink Neighbor is comprised of Grinnellians Katie In, Erik Jarvis, and Carlos Ferguson. Special guests Betty Moffett & Friends, Mark Laver, Yeardley (a new Grinnell band), and Grinnell College …

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Get Into “Matter of Balance” at Mayflower

Certified trainers, Anne Sunday and Kaylee Thompson, will be offering the Matter of Balancecourse on Fridays, September 20ththrough November 8th, from 9:00 to 11:00am, in the Mayflower Community’s Montgomery Lounge (southeast corner of 2ndand Broad). Sponsored by the Area Agencies on Ageing, the program provides proven fall prevention techniques and simple exercises to increase flexibility, strength, and balance.  As a result, …

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Town and Ground: Grinnell Fetes Farmers with Lions’ Ag Appreciation Day

By Michael McAllister John F. Kennedy is reported to have said that the American farmer “buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways.” Add to that intrinsic set of setbacks the 2019 farming season: trade wars, tariffs, historically wet weather in spring, near-drought conditions in summer, falling commodity prices throughout the season, and—as a …

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Connecting Kids for Community

Left to right: Dr. Janet Stutz and Melissa Strovers Learn more about the Grinnell Education Partnership at the upcoming UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Senior Education Program on Monday, September 9. The Grinnell Education Partnership is working to bridge educational gaps and improve educational opportunities and outcomes for all kids. Dr. Janet Stutz, Superintendent, Grinnell–Newburg School District, …

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Bucket Course Begins 4 Week Session September 11

When a tragic hero portrayed in a seventeenth century play appears in a nineteenth century opera, what are the implications of these two portrayals? Exploring this question, Grinnell College associate professors Kelly Maynard (History) and John Garrison (English) will collaborate on a 4-session Bucket Course, beginning September 11, entitled Otello Revisited: Performance and Difference in Shakespeare and Verdi. This course …

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Scholars’ Convocation Lecturer Ari Berman

Scholars’ Convocation Lecturer Ari Berman Grinnell College symposium to explore ‘The Tyranny of Data’ Sept. 9–12 event will explore power relationships in our data-heavy world GRINNELL, Iowa — ​Grinnell College will host a symposium about “The Tyranny of Data” Sept. 9–12 as part of the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations and Human Rights. Experts from across the country will …

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Grinnell College moves Salisbury House library collection to campus

The “Kelmscott Chaucer,” printed on handmade paper by Kelmscott Press in 1896, contains many of Geoffrey Chaucer’s works and 87 woodcut illustrations by Victorian painter Edward Burne-Jones.  College to preserve the collection, make it accessible to researchers and the public GRINNELL, Iowa — Grinnell College has acquired and moved the Des Moines Salisbury House’s library collection of nearly 5,000 rare books and …

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Third in a Series – “Power Up: Financial Fitness for Women”

SHE Counts will be putting on the third of four in our series titled “Power Up: Financial Fitness for Women” on Friday, September 27th  from 12 – 1 pm in the Community Room at Drake Library.  The Power of Investing and Preserving – Making Smart Choices with Your Money When Dealing with Life Events (Marriage, New Home Purchase, Parenthood, Divorce, …

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Dealing with Parkinson’s Disease

In conjunction with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, The Mayflower Community (Grinnell IA) will be hosting three 45-minute sessions about Parkinson’s disease.  This interactive program is designed to help participants recognize and understand Parkinson’s and learn therapeutic activities that can be used in the home. Entitled “A Journey through Parkinson’s Disease,” the offering will be led by three specialists from …

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To The Grinnell-Newburg Board of Education, Staff, Families and Friends:

Happy First Day of School! We officially kicked off the 2019-20 school year today as we welcomed our students and families back to school! There were so many smiling faces entering our doors, some tears (mostly from our kindergarten parents) and a spirit of joy as students met their teachers and staff! The first day of school is my favorite …

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Poweshiek County Fair Foundation Named Winner of 2019 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” Award

Front Row: Ray Baker (Vice President), Bailey Asberry Back Row L to R: Marcia Iverson (Treasurer), Ben Schanbacher, Gene May, Roger Iverson, Scott Sieck (President), Larry Kline, Curtis Sieck Not Pictured: Stacey James (Secretary) The Poweshiek County Fair Foundation is the 2019 winner of the “Leave It Better ThanYou Found It” award from the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation …

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Grinnell’s League of Women Voters: Civics and Civility

By Michael McAllister “Make sure you’re not getting played.”  This advice comes from Paul Pate, Iowa’s Secretary of State and Commissioner of Elections, during a July edition of Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press. He was referring to the upcoming elections. And he was referring to attempts by countries—he mentioned China, Iran, and Russia—to hack into the election processes of the United States …

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New Aquatic Program in Grinnell – Grinnell Regional Medical Center and Country Inn & Suites to Partner

Dori Pearce UnityPoint Health®– Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s (GRMC) Paul W. Ahrens (PWA) Fitness Center will offer an aquatic fitness program at the Country Inn & Suites in Grinnell, Iowa, starting in September.  “The PWA Fitness Center is always looking at new ways to assist the community to meet their health and wellness goals,” says Jennifer Havens, CEO. “GRMC is …

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Psychology of Humor for Seniors

Janet Gibson, Ph.D., will speak at the UnityPoint Health®– Grinnell Regional Medical Center Foundation’s upcoming Senior Education Program on Monday, August 12. Gibson will look specifically at senior humor, what it takes for us to understand and appreciate different types of humor, and the role humor plays in our lives. Humor can be encountered daily, but not everyone finds the …

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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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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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