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True Grinnellian: Wendy Abrahamson

By Arunima Fatepuhria fatepuhr@grinnell.edu Grinnellians can see the Rev. Wendy Abrahamson all around town, wearing different hats as she takes on various roles in the community. Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m., she can be found delivering sermons at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Other times, she can be found lobbying for gun safety as an Episcopal…

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New community group works to protect immigrants

By Carter Howe howethom@grinnell.edu A new local group, Welcoming Communities Grinnell, has been started to ensure there is support for immigrants in Grinnell and to advocate for pro-immigrant legislation. The group held their first meeting on Oct. 16 at First Presbyterian Church and were joined by the group Immigrant Allies from Marshalltown and the Eastern…

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Transgender Education Summit to be hosted in Des Moines

By Lily Bohlke bohlkeli@grinnell.edu Iowa Safe Schools, an organization that supports LGBTQIA+ youth and allies through education, outreach and advocacy, is holding a Transgender Education Summit in downtown Des Moines on Friday, Nov. 17. On March 2, 2016, 16-year-old Kedarie Johnson of Burlington, IA was killed, leading to a grand jury hate crime case, which…

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A trip to the Grinnell Historical Museum

By Zoe Fruchter fruchter@grinnell.edu From the outside, the house at 1125 Broad St. appeared to be just another residential building in a row of large, porch-laden houses. But this was before I noticed the “Grinnell Historical Museum” sign, climbed the porch and stepped inside. Immediately I was greeted by six silk top hats perched casually…

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World Community Day service to be held Friday

By Caleb Forbes forbesca@grinnell.edu   A service for World Community Day will take place on Friday, Nov. 3 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, which is located at 1224 East St. The theme of the service is “Making a Difference in a Bewildering World,” and will address concerns about feeling powerless in a world without peace. …

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True Grinnellian: Janet Carl

By Mayo Sueta suetamay@grinnell.edu Not many people can say that they’ve had five different careers and loved them all. However, Janet Carl, the current director of the Grinnell College writing lab, certainly can. Carl came to Grinnell College in 1977 as an associate dean of students. After three years, she left her job at the…

New pastor joins Immanuel Lutheran Church

By Carter Howe howethom@grinnell.edu The Rev. Dr. Joel Koepp has been settling into his new job as pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church here in Grinnell, a job he began in late August. A Minnesota native, Koepp arrived in Grinnell after serving seven years as pastor in Wood Lake, Minn. Being a pastor was something Koepp…