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University of Iowa classes come to City of Grinnell

By Steve Yang The University of Iowa will soon be bring satellite courses to the town of Grinnell, according to an article published by the Des Moines Register this week. These new classes will be hosted at Iowa Valley Community College-Grinnell Campus until a more permanent location is found. The classes, which could begin…

Economic development in Grinnell

By Louise Carhart The Chamber of Commerce has established a steering committee to help drive revitalization efforts in the downtown area of Grinnell. The Committee is currently looking for members of the Chamber and other organizations to participate in focus groups and discussions on the best methods for approaching the continued development of downtown….


Uncle Bill’s Farm is a fall wonderland

By Keli Vitaioli I was overwhelmed with nostalgia and excitement during my trip to Uncle Bill’s Farm in Grinnell this past week. The farm is open for prime pumpkin picking season Sept. 14 through Oct. 30 and offers a return to those classic Midwestern fall afternoons from childhood spent gobbling down candy apples and…

Congressional race re-classified

By Carter Howe The first Congressional district race in Iowa between incumbent Republican Rod Blum and Democrat Monica Vernon is now considered a tossup by the Cook Political Report, one of just 24 tossups out of all 435 House seats. A recent Loras College poll showed Blum with a seven-point lead, with 45 percent…


Homecoming Parade moves through City

The homecoming parade for the Grinnell Newburg Community High School wove its way through Grinnell this Thursday to celebrate the beginning of the home football season and culminating in the naming of homecoming king and queen with the homecoming court looking on.


Car burglaries rampant in Grinnell

By Phillip Kiely Last month, the Grinnell Police Department (GPD) received fifteen reports of cars being burglarized. This recent rash of thefts has prompted an investigation from the GPD. “It’s something we take very seriously, we’ve allocated resources to look into it. … We do our best to investigate it and to ultimately find…

“Rabbit Hole” shown this weekend

By Megan Tcheng The Grinnell Community Theatre, in conjunction with the Grinnell Area Arts Council, will open its production of “Rabbit Hole” today. The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, written by renowned playwright, David Lindsay-Abaire, will take place at the Loft Theatre on Broad Street next to the Art Center. Featuring a six-member cast, including Alex…


Historical landmark adds unique touch to Grinnell

By Louise Carhart Although rural Iowa may not seem like a center of architectural thought, there are examples of groundbreaking design right here in Grinnell. The Ricker House, located on Broad Street, is a prime example of the Prairie School (PS), a trend is characterized by long, horizontal lines and restraint in decoration. Often,…