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Public sector employees to vote on union recertification

By Carter Howe howethom@grinnell.edu Labor recertification votes for public-sector bargaining units began this Tuesday, with many more set to happen in October. These votes are part of the sweeping public sector collective bargaining law passed this past February. The voting will determine whether or not workers continue to be represented by their unions, and has…

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Grand opening of Hotel Grinnell

By Kat Irwin irwinkat@grinnell.edu After nine years of construction, Hotel Grinnell had its grand opening to the public Thursday Sept. 7, featuring tours for the public. The S&B’s Kate Irwin attended the event and spoke to the owner and operator of the hotel. The outside of Hotel Grinnell emulates the modern, industrial look that is…

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Matchstick museum proves to be a marvel

By Lily Bohlke bohlkeli@grinnell.edu Nestled right next to the Gladbrook Theater, just 45 minutes north of Grinnell, is a museum housing marvelous sculptures no match for any competing art. In fact, this museum contains millions of matches, which serve as the primary material of the works displayed. Pat Acton, longtime resident of Gladbrook, Iowa, began…

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True Grinnellian: Joe Bagnoli

By Ahon Gooptu gooptuah@grinnell.edu Six months after Joe Bagnoli’s daughter, Lilianna Bagnoli ’15, enrolled at Grinnell College, she wrote back to her father, “At Grinnell, you can be who you are without being judged.” Thus, when he was offered the position of the College’s vice president for enrollment and dean of admission and financial aid,…

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SJAG wins Ahrens Foundation Award

By Kelly Page pagekell@grinnell.edu In 1993, Claude Ahrens, a playground manufacturer turned benefactor of the Ahrens Park Foundation, gave a speech to the National Recreation and Parks Association in which he told his listeners to “leave the world a better place than you found it.” Now every year on Aug. 18 in honor of his…

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Candidate forum held for school board elections

By Chloe Wray wraychlo@grinnell.edu The League of Women Voters and the Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a community forum on Thursday, Aug. 3 at the Drake Community Library in anticipation of the upcoming school board elections. The biennial Grinnell-Newburg Community District school board elections will be held on Sept. 12. All eight candidates for…

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Puppy pool party brings pets to the Aquatic Center

By Kate Irwin irwinkat@grinnell.edu A dog pool party may seem too good to be true, but on Wednesday, Aug. 30, Grinnell Mutual Family Aquatic Center hosted its fifth annual Dog Swim. This year all the proceeds went to the Poweshiek Animal League Shelter (PALS) Dog Park. “[The Dog Swim has] been a very popular fundraising…

Local unions announce school board election endorsements

By Seth Taylor taylorse@grinnell.edu The 2018 midterms are still more than a year away, but local elections for offices such as mayor, city council and school board are just around the corner. Candidates for these positions are seeking endorsements from organizations with local influence. Recently the Iowa branch of the American Federation of Labor and…