Community

City of Grinnell Finds its ‘Place’

Change is on the way for the people of Grinnell in the form of a “place making” campaign that will include a series of local construction developments and aesthetic improvements to the town over the coming year. The campaign, which is being managed by RDG Planning & Design, arose from a desire to combine multiple…

Forging Connections for Professionals

Looking to get more involved in the Grinnell community? Become a member of Grinnell Connect, the town’s local organization aimed at helping professionals in the Grinnell community form personal and professional relationships with each other. The Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, which runs Grinnell Connect, hopes that by joining the group, new and younger members of…

City Council: Old Dogs and New Plans

This past Tuesday, the City of Grinnell held elections for its City Council, with two of Grinnell’s four wards’ council members contested as well as one council member at large and the mayor’s position. The elections saw Rachel Bly, incumbent council member of the third ward, re-elected to her second four-year term on the City…

Henna draws on community skills

The Grinnell Area Arts Council (GAAC) prides itself in the role it plays fostering all kinds of creativity in the Grinnell community. Whether putting on play productions, offering art classes or bringing local artists’ work to exhibits in town, the GAAC issynonymous with all things artistic in Grinnell. Community-wide workshops for a variety of ages…

Grinnell’s Greats Continue Century’s Tradition

It’s the club that is definitively not a secret, yet remains curiously unknown to the Grinnell community. “It’s one of those things you’re invited to—you know, kind of skull and bones,” said Mark Montgomery, Economics. The Fortnightly Club, named for its alternating meeting schedule, has been around for over a century in Grinnell, since its…

ReNew Revitalizes Cedar Rapids

Grinnell students interested in spending their fall breaks helping others were able to do so through ReNew, a student-led organization that reaches out to communities devastated by natural disasters. This break, Minna Montgomery ’16, Taylor Watts ’16, Christian Noyce ’15 and Adrian Rodriguez ’15 led a group of six Grinnell students to Cedar Rapids to…

Malcom Lumber Up in Smoke

  On Wednesday, Oct. 16, the Malcom Lumber & Hardware Store, located at 815 West St. just north of the train tracks, caught fire. The store, part of a three-location local chain, suffered from roughly 65,000 dollars’ worth of damage according to the Grinnell Fire Department. The fire was caused by an electrical short circuit,…

Be Valle Happy, at Newton’s Drive-In theatre

Drive-in movie theaters, a product of the 1930s and a staple of mid-century American life, combined the comfort of a car and privacy of a nighttime showing for a more pleasurable cinematic adventure. Friends could be wacky, loud and brazen without disrupting the movie for others, parents could bring screaming babies without infuriating other audience…

Cornerstone Quilts takes to a new corner

College students being college students, we often find unexpected holes and tears in our clothes with no way of repairing or re-sewing them. Grinnellians being Grinnellians, we constantly find ourselves wishing that we could modify our clothing to be the trendiest person standing in the Grill, but alas, we are incapable of doing so. Seeking…