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Student band to play at the Stew

By Ahon Gooptu 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,…


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

By Andrea Baumgartel 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….


Democratic candidates speak at annual picnic

By Emma Friedlander 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…


Grin City starts grant program, seeks new director

By Mira Braneck 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…


Four Grinnell professors sign 2017 Iowa Climate Statement

By Carter Howe The Center for Global & Regional Environmental Research at The University of Iowa released the 2017 Iowa Climate Statement, titled “It’s not just the heat, it’s the humidity!” in early August. The annual statement, started in 2011, is meant to explain in plain language new developments in climate science and the…


Farmers market to open for season

By Lucia Tonachel The 2017 Farmers Market season will begin this Thursday, May 11. The Jewel of the Prairie boasts a unique market: not only does it provide a wide variety of goods, it is completely a producer market. This means that all vendors produce the products they sell and consumers have the unusual…


Dog park to open near PALS

By Zane Silk Dog owners looking for a green space to play with their pets leash-free may soon have a park of their own. The Poweshiek Animal League Shelter (PALS) is planning to build a 2.5 acre private dog park on its property just south of I-80 with construction slated to start this July…


Iowa politics update: Govenor Branstad to be Trump’s ambassador to China; Lt. Govenor Reynolds to take on govenor’s responsibilites

By Michael Cummings The 2017 Iowa Legislative session may be over but divisive political battles in the Statehouse are continuing to unfold. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller (D) announced in a ruling this week that when a lieutenant governor assumes the office of governor, Iowa’s Constitution will not permit them to appoint their own…