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Grinnell Community Blood Drive Scheduled | Help Save a Life Locally LifeServe Blood Center is asking community members to give blood to help patients in local hospitals this summer.Travel, outdoor fun, boating, and other summer activities can all lead to an increase in traumas in local emergency rooms. Many of these patients will require blood transfusions as part of...
(From the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce Member Message)Meet MaddyHi everyone! I’m so excited to be here. My fiance and I packed up our things and moved here from Coralville on June 1st. I come from a small town between the Quad Cities and Iowa City- Durant, Iowa. It’s a bit smaller than Grinnell- about 1,800 people. My dad is...
GRINNELL, IA – The Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce announces Dr. Lauren Graham will serve as the 2021 Fourth of July Grand Marshal. “We received many incredible and worthy nominations this year, and are excited to recognize Dr. Lauren Graham for her work in the community, in particular noting her tireless efforts over the course of the past 18...
GRINNELL, IA – Community partners have worked together to submit a video entry entitled #GrinnelliansUnite to the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s new #IowansUnite CommUNITY Contest. The contest asks for a creative and inspirational video showcasing community pride and support for small businesses. The winner of the contest will receive a custom mural designed and installed by Iowa-based artist Ben...
Ambassadors met with Tom from On Call Restoration this week! They’re celebrating their 10 year anniversary and shared about all the services they provide, including mold and water damage clean up for both commercial and residential properties. They are also one of the few certified businesses in the state to offer dry ice blasting for commercial properties. While they specialize in emergency...
Ambassadors welcomed new member Big Hearts 4 Tiny Hands to the Chamber this week! Board Members Jenny Bos and Jessie Lacaeyse shared with the group how their organization helps support area families who have babies in the NICU. Support for these families comes in a variety of options including gift cards for families, NICU bags that include hats, water...
GRINNELL, IA – Community partners have worked together to submit a video entry entitled #GrinnelliansUnite to the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s new #IowansUnite CommUNITY Contest. The contest asks for a creative and inspirational video showcasing community pride and support for small businesses. The winner of the contest will receive a custom mural designed and installed by Iowa-based artist Ben...
Grinnell, IA – The Iowa Women’s Foundation has unveiled the 8th edition of Ovation: A Tribute to Iowa Women and Girls. The book features tributes to 132 women who have made an impact on their families, friends, colleagues and communities. These women exemplify what it means to be mentors, advocates and role models. They are strong, thoughtful, driven, tireless and generous....
Grinnell, Iowa - It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that Chairman of the Board, F. Addison Jones, passed away on Friday, June 18th at the age of 92.  During his nearly lifelong career of 67 years at Grinnell State Bank, he attended the Graduate School of Banking Madison, WI from 1955-1958, was named the Bank President...
The Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation has partnered with local non-profit Imagine Grinnell and the 1000 Trees project to offer a two-year, $20,000 challenge grant to replace trees throughout Grinnell that were lost to the 2020 Derecho. The grant will match dollar-for-dollar donations received from supporters in 2021 and 2022.  Financial gifts to the 1000 Trees project allow the organization to...
The Iowa Technology Roadshow presented by UScellular will be in Grinnell on June 23 at Hotel Grinnell, featuring a panel of Iowa technology leaders, including:Dave Nelson, CEO at PratumSamantha Dahlby, Director of K-12 Ed & K-12 Tech Education at NewboCoJames Rose, Senior Manager of Solution Architects at UScellularPaul Hlivko, CXO & CTO at Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield...
GRINNELL, Iowa — The exhibition “Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards” will be available to view from June 25 through August 15, 2021, at the Grinnell College Museum of Art. This exhibition was organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, in Abilene, Texas. WHAT:“Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards” features original artwork from 101 award...
 Weekly Update: June 11, 2021 Dear Grinnell-Newburg Board of Education, Staff, Families, and Friends: Happy Summer! As we enter our first week of summer break, the principals, staff, and district office are busy preparing for next year by working on curriculum, organizing classrooms, teaching summer school classes, and preparing for our August return to school. The month of June is a...
Grinnell, IA – June 10, 2021 – UnityPoint Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) was proud to honor Kristina Beck, RN, BSN, intensive care unit (ICU) with The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses during Nurses’ Week in May. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care that nurses provide patients and families every day. An excerpt...
Weekly Update: May 28, 2021 Dear Grinnell-Newburg Board of Education, Staff, Families, and Friends: As we begin to wrap up one of the most challenging years in the history of education, I want to take a moment to thank all of our staff, families, and community members for your dedication, hard work, creativity, innovation, out of the box thinking, and tireless...
May 28, 2021 – Poweshiek County, Iowa – World No Tobacco Day 2021 occurs on May 31. The World Health Organization (WHO) created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes.  Tobacco kills more than 8 million people each year. This yearly celebration informs the public on the dangers of...
A hybrid of in-person and online programming will be offered by Drake Community Library and Grinnell College Museum of Art weekly this summer. Art activities and books are the perfect pairings for summer fun. The summer team will include GCMoA interns Molly Skouson, Kate Kwasneski, and Cally Carr, AmeriCorps member Aubrie Torhorst and AmeriCorps VISTA Athena Frasca. Tilly Woodward,...
Weekly Update: May 21, 2021 Dear Grinnell-Newburg Board of Education, Staff, Families, and Friends: This week we have experienced yet another quick curveball as we navigate an already challenging school year. The news of the HF 847, which indicated that masks were no longer allowed to be mandated, quickly sent me into emergency mode to inform families of the immediate measure,...
Ambassadors visited Cirks Financial Services this week to meet new partner Dustin Smith and learn more about changes and updates in the investment industry due to the pandemic. Owner Tom Cirks and his team have seen a dramatic increase in individuals interested in financial services & planning. They are licensed to do stocks, bonds, cds, alternative investments, help with...
The Poweshiek County Emergency Management Agency, Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD), National Weather Service (NWS), and Iowa Emergency Management Association (IEMA) have joined together to promote Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa. Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 22-26, is an opportunity to highlight the importance of being aware of, and prepared for severe weather. It is...
Grinnell, IA – May 13, 2021 – Believe what you do makes a difference, because it does. The UnityPoint Health® - Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) Foundation is honored to serve as the development and fundraising organization for GRMC. Gifts of all sizes make advancements possible to help meet the needs of the GRMC service area communities. All 2020 donations continue...
The City of Grinnell Parks & Recreation Department was awarded a $2,500 grant from the Iowa Foundation for Parks and Recreation (IFPR) on Monday, May 10th to aid with recovery from the August 2020 Derecho. Grinnell was one of four communities across the state with a population of less than 10,000 to be awarded funding. IFPR board members Cris Christenson...
The board elected Michael Kahn, a 1974 Grinnell graduate, to a two-year term GRINNELL, Iowa — The Grinnell College Board of Trustees recently elected Michael Kahn to serve as board chair. A 1974 Grinnell graduate, Kahn has been a member of the Grinnell College Board of Trustees since 2015. During that time, he has served in several key roles, including as board...
GRINNELL, IA (May 11, 2021) – The deadline to participate in the Central Iowa Broadband Survey has been extended to Friday, May 14. Poweshiek Iowa Development is part of a broader group of public and private funders working together to support the survey which aims to better understand existing broadband capabilities across an 11-county region in Central Iowa. The...
The public fund drive for the Grinnell Veterans Memorial Building has received commitments of $100,000 from both the City of Grinnell Hotel-Motel Tax Committee and Grinnell College, taking its total committed funding to over $1,200,000. The Grinnell College grant is a matching grant challenge.   “These two major gifts, on the heels of the $300,000 Iowa Great Places grant in January,...
GRINNELL – The Grinnell Farmers Market will begin the 2021 season on Thursday, May 13th from 3-6PM and Saturday, May 15th from 10AM - noon. The market is excited to welcome back many long time vendors with the addition of a number of new vendors for the 2021 season. Grinnell Farmers Market is organized by the Grinnell Area Chamber...
UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Welcomes Hepatology Specialist Grinnell, IA – May 6, 2021 – UnityPoint Health® - Grinnell welcomes liver disease specialist Blake Williams, ARNP, FNP-C, to the Multi-Specialty Clinic in the Ahrens Medical Arts Building, adjacent to Grinnell Regional Medical Center. Williams specializes in hepatology – the study, diagnosis and treatment of liver diseases and conditions. Williams completed her graduate education at Maryville...
Broadband. You've heard us talk about this critical issue in our community for the past several years, and there is now some further traction at the State level to improve internet access across Iowa. The Governor recently signed a bill passed by the Legislature to allocate $100M for a new broadband grant program to encourage and enable more broadband...
100 People who Care Grinnell surpasses $ 200,000 in total support for worthwhile programs in the community, since the organization's inception in 2017 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell voted by electronic ballot to support the Prairie Star Residency Program – Grinnell Veterans Memorial Building Campaign for the 2nd quarter’s funding initiative.  This voting method was necessitated by the ongoing pandemic,...
SAmbassadors officially welcomed She Shed Boutique to Grinnell with a ribbon cutting. Owner Regene Laurenzo launched this new venture last fall and has seen great support from Grinnell and the surrounding community. They carry a variety of styles and sizes (xs - xxxl) perfect for all ages and bodies. Shop in person, online, or check out their Monday night Facebook Lives to...