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The S&B reviews: Slingin’ Ink

By Jack Marchesi marchesi@grinnell.edu What better way is there to commemorate your college years than getting locally inked? For residents of Grinnell, Slingin’ Ink Tattoos is the lone parlor in town, providing creative tattoo expertise that can literally last a lifetime. After moving to Grinnell in 2007, Slingin’ Ink Tattoos began to provide their artworks…

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Poweshiek CARES fights for environmental justice in Iowa

By Michael Cummings cummings@grinnell.edu While Grinnell is known for its social justice activism, most students tend to think of activism as existing only on campus. But the town of Grinnell, and Poweshiek County more broadly, have their fair share of non-student activists too. One such example of activism outside the College is Poweshiek CARES, or…

Peace Tree taproom to open on Main

By Michael Sundby sundbymi@grinnell.edu Peace Tree Brewing Company, established in 2009, will be opening a taproom at 923 Main St. in downtown Grinnell. While the exact date is yet to be determined, opening day is expected sometime next fall. Last autumn, the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce conducted several focus group meetings to determine what community…

Senate File 447 restricting nuisance complaints on CAFOs

By Carter Howe cartherthom@grinnell.edu Governor Terry Branstad recently signed into law Senate File 447, which limits the amount of compensation that can be received in lawsuits against livestock feeding operations filed by nearby residents. The law limits the potential compensation plaintiffs can receive for damages caused by the livestock operation to the value of the…

True Grinnellian: Angie Story

By Mira Berkson berksonm@grinnell.edu “I don’t like to talk about myself,” began Angie Story. Luckily, though talking about herself may not come easy, elaborating on her passion for Grinnell and her work in the Assistive Tech lab seems to spark Story’s passion, as her decades of experiences with the town and college come with a…

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New conservation strategy continues fight for Monarchs as population dwindles

By Vincent Benlloch benlloch@grinnell.edu In response to deeply concerning population decline for the eastern monarch butterfly, a consortium of over 30 groups and organizations introduced a statewide strategy to strengthen conservation efforts for the possibly endangered species. “The Iowa Monarch Conservation Strategy” acts as a strategic and policy platform aimed at gathering both the information…

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The S&B reviews: Atmosphere Vapes

By Jack Marchesi marchesi@grinnell.edu Atmosphere Vapors is a breath of fresh air for the residents of Grinnell. Nestled between Pagliai’s Pizza and an unmarked apartment building on 5th Avenue lies the hazy and laidback storefront. After realizing a potential market for vaporizers existed in Grinnell, Travis Puls opened shop in late August of 2016. Following…

House Study Bill 133 proposed, would reduce Iowa gun restrictions

By Philip Kiley kileyphi@grinnell.edu House Study Bill 133, which, if passed would enact new regulations concerning the possession of deadly weapons and the use of deadly force, passed out of subcommittee on February 20. The bill introduces provisions that give the state more control over where firearms are allowed and contains a “stand your ground”…

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University of Iowa to be carbon free by 2025

By Riley Murphy murphyri@grinnell.edu On Monday, Feb. 20, University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld announced plans for the University of Iowa to increase renewable energy sources and be coal-free by 2025. The University’s renewable energy program has been has been working toward a coal-free campus since 2003. “It’s the right choice for our students and…

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True Grinnellian: Roger Bortell

By Andrea Baumgartel baumgart1@grinnell.edu Everyone in the Grinnell community knows Roger Bortell. “I can drive around, go block by block, and point out all the people I know,” he says, with an unabashed smile. The 52-year-old is a lifelong resident of Grinnell, a cancer survivor, and the man who saved and revitalized Food Recovery Network:…