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Grinnell Lucky that this Dragon landed in town

By Yanling Xu  xuyanlin@grinnell.edu People who enjoy Asian food should definitely check out the recently opened Chinese and Vietnamese restaurant, Lucky Dragon. Located at 1108 West Street, the Lucky Dragon features classic recipes both from China and Vietnam. Owner Sothea Tran of Cambodia and her husband Kevin Son founded the Lucky Dragon this past July….

Grinnell battles poverty

By Chase Booth  boothcha@grinnell.edu Grinnell, Iowa—home to one of the wealthiest institutions in the country. Yet, beyond the College’s lush borders, 23.6% of Grinnell’s population of about 9,100 lives in poverty, according to city-data.com. Now more than ever, the Grinnell community finds an increasing number of high school and grade school students requiring free or…

Prairie Canary spreads wings in Grinnell

By Sarah Shaughnessy shaughne@grinnell.edu An earthenware plate arrives, atop it a grass-fed beef tenderloin seared to a perfect medium rare on a mound of mashed potatoes, sautéed zucchini and garlicky kale with a melting pat of sage butter sliding down the side. On a chilly fall day bookended by hours in a Burling cubicle, it…

True G: Don Smith

Professor Emeritus of History Don Smith began his teaching career in the 1960s at his alma mater, Yale University. Professor Smith  taught at Grinnell from August 1970 until his retirement in 2006. How would you describe your teaching experience at Grinnell College? My teaching at Grinnell College has been very rewarding; I like the educational…

Local schools may combine

By Kelly Pyzik  pyzikkel@grinnell.edu Currently, the Grinnell-Newburg school district is working through a few proposals that would consolidate the district from five into three school buildings. This would create one high school with grades seven through twelve, with seventh and eighth grade in a separate wing, and two elementary schools with pre-kindergarten through sixth grade….

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…