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Ambassadors had a great visit to the Grinnell College Museum of Art this morning! New director Susan Baley talked about her previous positions with 108 Collective and University of Oklahoma in Tulsa and the Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute before settling in Grinnell this past January. Baley also introduced the latest installation - Jewel Box Quilters Guild Exhibition. Featuring 87...
We're excited to announce the 2022 4th of July Grand Marshals: Mike and Doris Hotchkin! As longtime Grinnellians, the Hotchkins have a commitment to community service, good natured demeanor and genuine desire to better the Grinnell community.  We received many incredible and worthy nominations this year, and are excited to recognize Mike and Doris for their longtime volunteerism and passion...
Nancy Bender, a member of Grinnell Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), has won second place in the National Society’s American Heritage contest in the category Fiber Arts: Hand-Quilted Quilt. The American Heritage Committee of NSDAR has an annual contest in which it awards 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in a variety of categories. The purpose...
Published: June 21, 2022 Summer offers its own unique traditions and celebrations at the Grinnell College Golf Course (GCGC). Honoring Traditions, Preserving the Future is more than just a tag line for GCGC members and guests. Longtime Grinnell community member and retired Grinnell Mutual President and CEO Larry Jansen and his wife Echo have been members since 1979, when they first...
GRINNELL, Iowa – On Tuesday, June 28, the Grinnell College Museum of Art(GCMoA) will open the Jewel Box Quilters Guild Exhibition, which will run until Saturday, August 27. This exhibition will feature quilts of all sizes, techniques, colors, and patterns, designed and quilted by local guild members. The exhibition will include 87 quilts, ranging from king-sized bed quilts to small...
(GRINNELL, IA – June 22, 2022) Since its inception, Grinnell Mutual Group (GMG) Foundation has extended a compassionate hand to the people who live and work in the communities Grinnell Mutual’s staff call home. This commitment encompasses UnityPoint Health® - Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) Foundationwith GMG Foundation’s latest grant. The GMG Foundation’s 2022 grant purchased eleven aspirators (suction machines) for GRMC. Aspirators...
(GRINNELL, IA – June 22, 2022) UnityPoint Health® - Grinnell Orthopedic Clinic welcomes new provider, Heather George, RN, NP-C. She will see patients on the second floor of the Ahrens Medical Arts Building at 202 4th Avenue in Grinnell, adjacent to Grinnell Regional Medical Center. George is joining Anthony Tedesco, DO, in the Grinnell Orthopedic Clinic practice. George completed her undergraduate education at Mercy...
Grants support local projects enhancing the quality of life in Grinnell GRINNELL, Iowa – In June, community grants were awarded to local initiatives, totaling $38,639. Grants support local initiatives to enhance the quality of life in our community by addressing issues of importance to the campus and community at large. Sarah Fischer, Grinnell College director of admissions and committee member for...
Ambassadors celebrated REMAX Partners Realty this morning. A recent remodel has brought a fresh new look to their Grinnell office and owner/broker Matt Karjalahti talked about their recent expansion to the Brooklyn market. As many real estate offices have done over the last two years, Matt's team has been embracing remote work to best serve their clients but was...
Jansen Donation Helps GRMC’s OB Department Expand (GRINNELL, IA – June 8, 2022) In a time when rural Iowa obstetrics (OB) departments are closing, UnityPoint Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s (GRMC) OB Department is expanding, thanks in part to generous donors like Larry and Echo Jansen. “There are two things a community needs for survival and success,” Larry says. “It needs a strong school...
(Grinnell, IA – June 8, 2022) UnityPoint Health® - Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s (GRMC) Board of Directors, also referred to as trustees, functions to provide guidance and support to the medical center and affiliated clinics. The volunteer board members are dedicated to local health care and governance at GRMC. Three GRMC trustees completed the Iowa Hospital Association’s (IHA) Trustee Education Certification and...
Grinnell, IA – June 15, 2022 – UnityPoint Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) was proudly honored medical/surgical team member, Abby Williams-Cleary, RN, BSN with The DAISY Award®. 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 from the nomination reads, “I’ve had 17 surgeries and hands...
Ambassadors were able to officially welcome UnityPoint at Home (formerly Grinnell Regional Home Care & Hospice) to the Chamber. They joined the Chamber over a year ago but have been unable to host visitors due to the pandemic. UnityPoint at Home specializes in home and hospice care servicing Poweshiek, Jasper, and Marshall county residents.  Home Care services support all UPH...
West Des Moines, Iowa (June 14, 2022) – UnityPoint Health is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor for Every Kick Counts, an initiative of the Count the Kicks public health campaign aimed at teaching expectant parents the importance of monitoring their babies’ movements in the third trimester of pregnancy. Every Kick Counts allows student athletes to give back to their communities and do something bigger...
DES MOINES, Iowa (June 14, 2022) – Iowa based community blood centers, LifeServe Blood Center and ImpactLife, along with local hospitals are issuing critical appeals for blood donors and urging community members to donate blood this week. National and local blood supplies have dipped to critically low levels. Currently, there is less than a one-day supply of more than...
Jean Libbey Middle of Everywhere Fund supports initiatives that makes Grinnell feel like ‘home’ for students from around the world GRINNELL, Iowa — Grinnell College recently received a gift from Liyan Chen ’12 and her husband Brian Solomon, which was made in honor of Grinnell resident Jean Libbey, an enthusiastic host of international students. The gift was established to honor the important role that Libbey...
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...