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Veterans Memorial may be saved by State of Iowa: Central Park construction threatens building that honors Grinnell’s veterans

By Mira Braneck braneckm@grinnell.edu As the Central Park renovations come to a close, one question concerning the park remains: what to do about the Veterans’ Memorial Building. The building, built in 1956, has stood empty for the past six years, after asbestos was discovered. “The City was responsible for calling in the entity that removed…

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Spaulding Lofts bring housing diversity

By Carter Howe howethom@grinnell.edu In the first building of the new Spaulding Lofts development, just four of its 38 apartments are vacant. A second building, which is still under renovation, in the complex will add 39 additional apartments and is expected to be completed sometime early this winter. In addition to trendy, small apartments with…

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Jasper County ammonia leak kills 66,500 fish

By Julia Echikson echikson@grinnell.edu After receiving a call about dead fish along Wolf Creek in Jasper County, Bill Gibbons, an environmental specialist at the Iowa Department of Natural Reserves (DNR), went to investigate. Upon his arrival, he measured the level of the fertilizer ammonia in the water and found the ammonia levels to be so…

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Kites Over Grinnell promises high-flying fun

By Keli Vitaioli vitaioli@grinnell.edu Fun is flying to new heights this weekend with the Grinnell Rotary Club’s rebooting of a past favorite, Kites Over Grinnell, on Sat., Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ahrens Park driving range. The family-focused event will offer a full day of kite flying. When the park…

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True Grinnellian: Steve Sieck

By Lily Bohlke bohlkeli@grinnell.edu Grinnellians may think of Professor Stephen Sieck, Biological Chemistry, as just another Noyce professor, but college kids are not the only ones on his mind. He keeps busy thinking about his own three kids as well as every other student enrolled in Grinnell Public Schools. Sieck was recently appointed to the…

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DSM Fashion Week showcases Iowa talent

By Carter Howe howethom@grinnell.edu Elevated style will be coming to Des Moines on Sept. 21 in the form of the first ever Des Moines (DSM) Fashion Week, a three-day event featuring designers from the Midwest and even New York and Los Angeles. Although Grinnellians may recognize the name DSM Fashion Week from The Onion’s headlines,…

Latino Heritage Festival brings pride and greater learning

By Louise Carhart carhartl17@grinnell.edu To celebrate Latinx Heritage Month this September, the Des Moines Latino Heritage Festival will be held this weekend from Saturday, Sept. 24 to Sunday, Sept. 25 at Western Gateway Park in downtown Des Moines. The Festival, which started in 2001, is celebrating its fifteenth year by moving to the new location….