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Candidate forum held for school board elections

By Chloe Wray wraychlo@grinnell.edu The League of Women Voters and the Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a community forum on Thursday, Aug. 3 at the Drake Community Library in anticipation of the upcoming school board elections. The biennial Grinnell-Newburg Community District school board elections will be held on Sept. 12. All eight candidates for…

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Puppy pool party brings pets to the Aquatic Center

By Kate Irwin irwinkat@grinnell.edu A dog pool party may seem too good to be true, but on Wednesday, Aug. 30, Grinnell Mutual Family Aquatic Center hosted its fifth annual Dog Swim. This year all the proceeds went to the Poweshiek Animal League Shelter (PALS) Dog Park. “[The Dog Swim has] been a very popular fundraising…

Local unions announce school board election endorsements

By Seth Taylor taylorse@grinnell.edu The 2018 midterms are still more than a year away, but local elections for offices such as mayor, city council and school board are just around the corner. Candidates for these positions are seeking endorsements from organizations with local influence. Recently the Iowa branch of the American Federation of Labor and…

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Student band to play at the Stew

By Ahon Gooptu gooptuah@grinnell.edu The Grinnell Area Arts Council has been busy booking shows for fall, with the inaugural showcase just around the corner. This Saturday, Sept. 2 at Stew Art Studios, Milwaukee trio Listening Party and Grinnell College band p. morrow will take the stage. Erik Jarvis ’12, events manager for the Arts Council,…

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GRMC hosts annual Blue Jean Ball, social event of the year

By Andrea Baumgartel baumgart1@grinnell.edu Last Saturday, Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) celebrated its 50th anniversary in style. For the fourth time since 2011, the local hospital threw an appropriately-named Blue Jean Ball fundraiser. About 225 adult attendees swapped out their dusty gowns, tuxes and glass slippers in favor of funky (and much more dance-friendly) denim….

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Democratic candidates speak at annual picnic

By Emma Friedlander friedlan@grinnell.edu The Poweshiek County Democratic Party held their annual picnic in Merrill Park last Sunday, Aug. 27, featuring special appearances and speeches by the wide array of Democratic candidates seeking political office in Iowa in 2018. Present at the event were three candidates to represent Iowa’s first district in the U.S. House,…

Summer updates from Des Moines

• Black Lives Matter in Des Moines responds to Charlottesville The Black Lives Matter (BLM) chapter in Des Moines hosted an event on Thursday, Aug. 27 in the wake of the Charlottesville protests and violence. According to The Des Moines Register, the event was meant to be a safe space for people of color to…

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Grin City starts grant program, seeks new director

By Mira Braneck braneckm@grinnell.edu The Grin City Collective has been going through major changes. After separating from the Grinnell Area Arts Council last year, the collective is now starting a micro grant program to fund local artists that want to create projects in their communities. In addition to this new program, former Executive Director Molly…