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AltBreak trip lends a helping hand at home

By Silvia Foster-Frau, fosterfr@grinnell.edu While poverty is often discussed as a global issue, it is also important to remember the effects it can have closer to home. This spring break, Veronica Vergara ’15 and Tracy Pa ’15 aim to address this later phenomenon by leading an Alternative Break (or “AltBreak”)  project that will stay in…

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Grinnell floristry blooming

By Avery Rowlison, rowlison@grinnell.edu Grinnell students may be familiar with Flowers on Fourth, the downtown business located at 813 4th Ave. What they might not know, however, is just how far beyond the city limits the store’s reputation extends. Owner and Iowa Master Florist Jody Fairchild-VanDeKrol has won many awards for her arrangements, including the…

Stone discusses air pollution

Grinnell alum Betsy Stone ‘05 gave the fourth and final talk in the Prairie Studies lecture series “Contaminants in our Environment” on Wednesday night. The series has celebrated the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s seminal book Silent Spring and the re-birth of the environmental conservation movement in the 1960s and 70s. Stone, an Assistant Professor…

McNally’s making a move

              By Eric Mistry mistryer@grinnell.edu After 55 years of business, McNally’s Foods is changing locations this August. The move will not take the grocery store far, however, as McNally’s is moving just across the street to the space currently occupied by Main Street Furniture & Appliances, near the corner…

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Grinnellians monkey around at Blank Park Zoo

By Prisca Kim kimprisc@grinnell.edu A collection of Grinnell students have found a way to regularly escape the all-too-familiar landscape of wintertime Iowa for more exotic climes. A student volunteer group has been making regular excursions over the past two semesters to the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines to work with animals from around the…

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Firearm accessories supplier to open in Grinnell

By Stephen Gruber-Miller grubermi@grinnell.edu Starting next fall, Grinnell will be home to a new branch of the world’s largest supplier of firearm accessories and tools. The Montezuma-based company, Brownells, whose products include ammunition, optics, gunsmith supplies and other parts, broke ground on an office complex and warehouse last fall, after about two years of planning….

Grinnellians Cruise to the Muse

By Darwin Manning manningd@grinnell.edu Grinnell students interested in volunteering have a new and exciting option available. Last semester, Emily Hackman ’16 and Sarah Henderson ’16 reached out to the Fort Des Moines Museum looking for a way to get students involved. What resulted was Cruise to the Muse, a student group that facilitates Grinnellians volunteering…

Kids Against Hunger: helpful humans in hairnets

Compiled by Eva Metz, metzeva@grinnell.edu On Sunday, February 10, volunteers for Kids Against Hunger (KAH) prepared meal packages at St. Mary’s Church in their quest to combat hunger. KAH is an international organization with over 100 satellite groups. The organization seeks to provide nutritious meals to starving and malnourished children and families around the world, helping…

Community Theater serves up hot plate of comedy

By Darwin Manning  manningd@grinnell.edu The Grinnell community has benefited from some mid-winter laughs over the past week with last weekend’s opening of the Grinnell Community Theater’s production of Fox on the Fairway. The farce, written in 2010 by Ken Ludwig, made its premier at the Grinnell Golf & Country Club with shows last Friday and…