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Jingle Bell Holiday ushers in the season this Friday

By Mira Braneck braneckm@grinnell.edu Jack Frost has yet to arrive in Grinnell, but that’s not stopping the arrival of Jingle Bell Holiday, Grinnell’s annual holiday kick-off event. If you head downtown tonight between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., you will find yourself in the midst of a holiday extravaganza, complete with free horse-drawn carriage rides…

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Zombie Burger creeps into Iowa City

By Carter Howe howethom@grinnell.edu Zombie Burger, a popular fast, casual burger restaurant based in Des Moines, is expanding to Iowa City and the Coral Ridge Mall. These will be the first locations in eastern Iowa for the restaurant, which boasts of “inventive flavor combos in a ‘post-apocalyptic chic’ setting,” according to their website. The Iowa…

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20th Street Bridge to be renovated this spring 2017

By Lily Seibert seibertl@grinnell.edu Discussions of a construction project on the 20th Street Bridge, which sits on the edge of Grinnell, have moved into finalizing agreements. The renovation of the bridge could begin early next year, assuming the timeline moves according to projections by the Poweshiek County government. As the current bridge has been declared…

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Faulconer Gallery receives tourism award

By Graham Dodd doddhenr@grinnell.edu Faulconer Gallery was recently recognized by the Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa, receiving an Outstanding Niche Marketing Initiative award. The S&B’s Graham Dodd met with Faulconer Gallery Director Lesley Wright to talk about how the awards would affect the future of the gallery, as well as tourism trends in Grinnell….

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Bikes to You wins Outstanding Retail Experience Award

By Graham Dodd doddhenr@grinnell.edu Bikes to You, a Grinnell staple, was recently recognized by the Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa, receiving an Outstanding Retail Experience award. The S&B’s Graham Dodd met with Bikes to You co-owner Craig Cooper to talk about how the awards would affect the future of his store, as well…

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Tony Hawk to help fund new skate park

By Carter Howe howethom@grinnell.edu The Tony Hawk Foundation has recently donated to the local charity Imagine Grinnell to help with efforts to renovate the Bailey Park Skate Park. Imagine Grinnell received the 5,000 dollar donation after their grant proposal, written by Gail Bonath, Associate Professor Emerita, was accepted.   “The Tony Hawk foundation provides funding…

University of Iowa classes come to City of Grinnell

By Steve Yang yangstev17@grinnell.edu The University of Iowa will soon be bring satellite courses to the town of Grinnell, according to an article published by the Des Moines Register this week. These new classes will be hosted at Iowa Valley Community College-Grinnell Campus until a more permanent location is found. The classes, which could begin…

Economic development in Grinnell

By Louise Carhart carhartl17@grinnell.edu The Chamber of Commerce has established a steering committee to help drive revitalization efforts in the downtown area of Grinnell. The Committee is currently looking for members of the Chamber and other organizations to participate in focus groups and discussions on the best methods for approaching the continued development of downtown….