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Clean up of oil spill begins in Northern Iowa

By Carter Howe howethom@grinnell.edu A diesel pipeline near Mason City in Northern Iowa spilled 46,830 gallons of diesel fuel on Jan. 25, according to company estimates. Magellan Midstream Partners, the owner and operator of the pipeline, originally estimated 138,600 gallons had spilled in order to ensure an effective response, but has since downgraded their estimate…

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Fashion show with a hearty cause

By Mineta Suzuki suzukimi17@grinnell.edu On Feb. 3 at 3 p.m., St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park, a nonprofit nursing facility, showed off their Iowa fashion flare at the “Go Red for Women Fashion Show.” Eight women will model in the show, proving that the rules of fashion are simple: wear red. “[We host the event]…

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Iowa Senator proposes pro-machine gun legislation

By Michael Cummings cummings@grinnell.edu While the events of the first week of Donald Trump’s presidency have the attention of most Grinnell students honed in on Washington, this past November’s elections are having a dramatic impact on public policy at the local level as well. With Republicans now controlling all levels of Iowa government, Republican state…

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Grinnellians protest at Des Moines Women’s March

By Megan Tcheng tchengme@grinnell.edu Activists from across the state of Iowa flocked to the State Capitol in Des Moines this past Saturday, Jan. 21, to fall in stride with millions of activists worldwide. Mothers, children, grandparents, husbands, friends and strangers alike filled the streets of the city. Many participants wielded homemade posters and banners, while…

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Festival of Trees brightens up downtown Grinnell

By Louise Carhart and Teresa Fleming carhartl17@grinnell.edu, flemingt17@grinnell.edu If you’ve walked in downtown Grinnell since Thanksgiving break ended, you might have noticed the decorated Christmas trees that have sprung up. As part of the Festival of Trees, they were decorated by various groups and businesses around Grinnell and will be on display for most of…

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Wes Finch helps skate park get closer to completion

By Lily Bohlke bohlkeli@grinnell.edu After winning Wes Finch Auto Plaza’s Facebook charity contest, the Grinnell Skate and Bike Motocross (BMX) Project is 1,000 dollars closer to becoming as good as new. The Bailey Park Skate Park has been a second home to many youths in Grinnell who like to ride BMX bikes or skateboards. However,…

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As winter approaches, MICA can help

By Eva Lillienfeld Combating poverty tends to conjure images of food pantries and clothing drives, but winter brings additional problems for low-income households. As the temperatures cool down, many Iowans are forced to choose between rising heating bills and other living necessities. Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA) helps administer a federal program, the Low-Income Home Energy…

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New county officials to take office 2017

By Phillip Kiely Missy Eilander won an uncontested election on Nov. 8 for the role of Poweshiek County’s new auditor. She ran as a Republican and will start Jan. 1, 2017. Until then she will maintain her current position as the assistant finance director within the office. “I’ll take over Jan. 1, and although I…