Festival of Trees brightens up downtown Grinnell

By Louise Carhart and Teresa Fleming, If you’ve walked in downtown Grinnell since Thanksgiving break ended, you might have noticed the decorated Christmas trees that have sprung up. As part of the Festival of Trees, they were decorated by various groups and businesses around Grinnell and will be on display for most of…


Wes Finch helps skate park get closer to completion

By Lily Bohlke After winning Wes Finch Auto Plaza’s Facebook charity contest, the Grinnell Skate and Bike Motocross (BMX) Project is 1,000 dollars closer to becoming as good as new. The Bailey Park Skate Park has been a second home to many youths in Grinnell who like to ride BMX bikes or skateboards. However,…


As winter approaches, MICA can help

By Eva Lillienfeld Combating poverty tends to conjure images of food pantries and clothing drives, but winter brings additional problems for low-income households. As the temperatures cool down, many Iowans are forced to choose between rising heating bills and other living necessities. Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA) helps administer a federal program, the Low-Income Home Energy…


New county officials to take office 2017

By Phillip Kiely Missy Eilander won an uncontested election on Nov. 8 for the role of Poweshiek County’s new auditor. She ran as a Republican and will start Jan. 1, 2017. Until then she will maintain her current position as the assistant finance director within the office. “I’ll take over Jan. 1, and although I…


Jingle Bell Holiday ushers in the season this Friday

By Mira Braneck Jack Frost has yet to arrive in Grinnell, but that’s not stopping the arrival of Jingle Bell Holiday, Grinnell’s annual holiday kick-off event. If you head downtown tonight between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., you will find yourself in the midst of a holiday extravaganza, complete with free horse-drawn carriage rides…


Zombie Burger creeps into Iowa City

By Carter Howe Zombie Burger, a popular fast, casual burger restaurant based in Des Moines, is expanding to Iowa City and the Coral Ridge Mall. These will be the first locations in eastern Iowa for the restaurant, which boasts of “inventive flavor combos in a ‘post-apocalyptic chic’ setting,” according to their website. The Iowa…


20th Street Bridge to be renovated this spring 2017

By Lily Seibert Discussions of a construction project on the 20th Street Bridge, which sits on the edge of Grinnell, have moved into finalizing agreements. The renovation of the bridge could begin early next year, assuming the timeline moves according to projections by the Poweshiek County government. As the current bridge has been declared…


Faulconer Gallery receives tourism award

By Graham Dodd Faulconer Gallery was recently recognized by the Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa, receiving an Outstanding Niche Marketing Initiative award. The S&B’s Graham Dodd met with Faulconer Gallery Director Lesley Wright to talk about how the awards would affect the future of the gallery, as well as tourism trends in Grinnell….