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Grinnell Prettiest Painted Places finalist

By Prisca Kim  kimprisc@grinnell.edu The town of Grinnell has recently been named one of the finalists in the Prettiest Painted Places in America competition. Grinnell is one of ten finalists in the North Central region, and is the only city in Iowa to be a finalist, edging out six other applicants. “It’s a tremendous honor…

Consume yummy food at Yumi’s

By Meg Schmitt  schmittm@grinnell.edu Yummy Yumi’s mission statement describes the local bakery as a “place to escape the stress of everyday life” and there’s no better way than through a pecan roll. One of the bakery’s specialties (and their first recommendation) since it opened in 2008, these pecan rolls are a hot, sticky mess (in…

True Grinnellian: Russ Motta

By Anya Vanecek vanecek@grinnell.edu Just like that cool upperclassman in high school, Russ Motta, Campus Security celebrity, “harasses,” so he says, his underclassmen as though inducting us into the in-crowd. His smile reaches all the way to his warm brown eyes and is never broader than when he joins a group of students in the…

Expand your horizons at IVCC

By Prisca Kim  kimprisc@grinnell.edu The Iowa Valley Community College District is offering a variety of recreational and leisure classes through the Iowa Valley Continuing Education program. These non-credit courses are open to everyone and include classes such as Bartending Basics, Beginning Sewing, How to Make Kombucha Tea and Weight Management. The fall session for these…

True Grinnellian: Roberta See

By Anya Vanecek  vanecek@grinnell.edu This issue’s “True Grinnellian” spotlights Roberta See, who owns and operates Candyland Station with her husband, Doug. If you have ideas about a new sundae flavor, drop by Candyland Station—they’d love to hear them!   What inspired Candyland Station? I love the history side of it all… I love the “Happy…

Sample foods, save the world with Oxfam America

By Amy Kieruzel  kieruzel@grinnell.edu On Saturday September 22, eleven members of the student organization Oxfam America at Grinnell attended the 10th annual World Food Festival in downtown Des Moines. The festival featured forty vendors offering a taste of international cuisine, thirty varieties of beers and wines from around the world, a mix of local and…

True Grinnellian: Jeff Phelps ’71

By Darwin Manning  manningd@grinnell.edu There are few who know Grinnell and its people as well as the owner of Saints Rest. Jeff Phelps ’71 grew up in Grinnell, attended Grinnell College and has delivered a reliable source of caffeine to the town of Grinnell for the last thirteen years. Phelps began working as a businessman…

Tutor kids, feel smarter

By Natalie Berg bergnata@grinnell.edu Grinnellians interested in education will find a multitude of opportunities to get involved in local schools. Classes in the Education Department are one path, as they all require a certain number of hours in local classrooms, and provide a chance for students to do more. “I was connected to a local…