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Community members Build a Better Grinnell

By Prisca Kim kimprisc@grinnell.edu On Wednesday, members of the Grinnell community were treated to the first public presentation of the results of the Build a Better Grinnell assessment, a collaborative community undertaking completed over the last 14 months, which aimed to identify areas of future community enhancement through surveys and analyses of the town. Although…

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Grinnell Griffins: more than a myth

By Meg Schmitt schmittm@grinnell.edu “Violent elegance” is an oddly striking description of the game of rugby, offered by veteran player and Grinnell citizen Erik Hartz, hinting at the underlying strategy in the sport. “Technique is way more important than force.” It’s technique that is used by teammates of all shapes and sizes in the rough-and-tumble…

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Poweshiek Mental Health closing

By Avery Rowlison  rowlison@grinnell.edu Poweshiek County Mental Health Center (PCMHC) will be closing their doors April 13 due to bankruptcy. In response to the closure of Grinnell’s largest mental healthcare provider, Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) has created a mental healthcare clinic to fill PCMHC’s shoes. Denoted the Grinnell Regional Mental Health Clinic (GRMHC), the…

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Local art exhibition the cat’s meow

By Lee Purvey  purveyle@grinnell.edu What if you thought about art as a cocktail? This rather novel question drives the vast majority of the works in the Layers of Containment: Cat Castles & Curated Cocktails sculpture exhibition, which opened Thursday evening at the Grinnell Art Gallery on 926 Broad Street and will run through April 26….

Young artists grace gallery

By Shanna Nichols, nicholss@grinnell.edu On Thursday, March 7th, the Grinnell Arts Gallery unveiled the Grinnell High School and Middle School Art Exhibition. The Grinnell Area Arts Council (GAAC), now in its third year of hosting the show, has expanded their collection to include more pieces than in the past. This year included not only two-…

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Community expo exposes local business

By Lily Jamaludin, jamaludi@grinnell.edu This Saturday, the Grinnell Home and Community Expo will celebrate its 30th anniversary. The Expo will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Grinnell High School and will feature both local and out-of-town businesses, gardening celebrities and even a few surprises. The primary goal of the Expo is…

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…