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Newsflash: Iowa politics update

By Michael Cummings cummings@grinnell.edu   Republicans control both houses of the Iowa State Legislature and the Governorship for the first time in over two decades, and they have wasted no time in introducing legislation to enact conservative policies statewide. In January alone, the legislature saw a flurry of bill introductions including a law that would…

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Artist reimagines scenes from her wedding

By Ridhika Agrawal agrawalr@grinnell.edu Photo by Takahiro Omura A series of new paintings by Sara Peak Convery decorates the wall behind the espresso machine at Saints Rest. Convery attended Grinnell High School back in the early 80s, but she truly became inspired in the subject matter of art while in New Zealand as an exchange…

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True Grinnellian: Sharon Van Dyke

Louise Carhart carhartl17@grinnell.edu Contributed photo Sharon Van Dyke, a lifelong Grinnellian, represents the title in its truest form. Van Dyke’s experiences provide both a contrast to the Grinnell we now inhabit, while still working to ensure everyone is able to enjoy the city as much as she has throughout her life. As the sole employee…

Legislative coffee allows Grinnell to question legislators

By Keli Vitaioli  vitaioli@grinnell.edu Saturday morning, Feb. 4, the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church of Grinnell was filled with approximately 200 Grinnell community and college members attending a Legislative Coffee with Iowa legislators, state Sen. Tim Kapucian and state Rep. Dave Maxwell. This event was the first of three opportunities sponsored by the League of…

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Clean up of oil spill begins in Northern Iowa

By Carter Howe howethom@grinnell.edu A diesel pipeline near Mason City in Northern Iowa spilled 46,830 gallons of diesel fuel on Jan. 25, according to company estimates. Magellan Midstream Partners, the owner and operator of the pipeline, originally estimated 138,600 gallons had spilled in order to ensure an effective response, but has since downgraded their estimate…

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Fashion show with a hearty cause

By Mineta Suzuki suzukimi17@grinnell.edu On Feb. 3 at 3 p.m., St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park, a nonprofit nursing facility, showed off their Iowa fashion flare at the “Go Red for Women Fashion Show.” Eight women will model in the show, proving that the rules of fashion are simple: wear red. “[We host the event]…

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Iowa Senator proposes pro-machine gun legislation

By Michael Cummings cummings@grinnell.edu While the events of the first week of Donald Trump’s presidency have the attention of most Grinnell students honed in on Washington, this past November’s elections are having a dramatic impact on public policy at the local level as well. With Republicans now controlling all levels of Iowa government, Republican state…

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Grinnellians protest at Des Moines Women’s March

By Megan Tcheng tchengme@grinnell.edu Activists from across the state of Iowa flocked to the State Capitol in Des Moines this past Saturday, Jan. 21, to fall in stride with millions of activists worldwide. Mothers, children, grandparents, husbands, friends and strangers alike filled the streets of the city. Many participants wielded homemade posters and banners, while…