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Veterans Commission Update

By Andrea Baumgartel baumgart1@grinnell.edu To the excitement of many local Grinnellians, Mayor Gordon Canfield filled the two previously vacant seats in Veterans Memorial Commission this past Monday, Feb. 20. The two new appointees are Gwen Rieck, who assumes the role as Vice Chair and is a former U.S. Air Force nurse; and Marie Andrew, who…

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Des Moines Water Works threatened by House Bill 316

By Carter Howe howethom@grinnell.edu House Bill 316, proposed to the Iowa state legislature on Feb. 14, would abolish Des Moines Water Works (DMWW), an independent authority that provides clean water to about 500,000 people in Des Moines and its suburbs, and replace it with regional water authorities controlled by local municipalities. Proponents of the bill…

Voter ID bill proposed

By Candace Mettle mettleca@grinnell.edu Iowa Republicans, led by Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, have introduced “The Election Integrity Act” (officially called House Study Bill 93) to combat voter fraud. However, many have expressed concerns about the intent of the law, including election auditors, civil rights lawyers and Iowans. According to the Des Moines Register,…

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True Grinnellian: Sam Cox

By Mineta Suzuki suzukimi17@grinnell.edu If good coffee is a pleasure, Sam is a treasure. Sandra “Sam” Cox has been living in Grinnell for her entire life of 48 years. She has owned Saints Rest, the only coffee shop in town, since 2013. “My favorite part of the town is a sense of community. It’s really…

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The S&B reviews: Los Girasoles

By Keli Vitaioli vitaioli@grinnell.edu Los Girasoles, located at 101 West St., is the newest addition to Grinnell’s roster of Mexican restaurants. A bit beyond walking distance from the College, I believed it was The S&B’s responsibility to determine for ourselves if this mysterious newcomer was worth the trek.  The S&B staff, represented by myself, Louise…

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SEG hosts pie fundraiser, spreads awareness

By Steve Yang yangstev17@grinnell.edu If you enjoy eating pie, baking pie or providing microloans to fellow members of the Grinnell community, the Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell (SEG) hope that you will find time to attend their pie fundraiser “Slices for SEG” at Saints Rest this Sunday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. SEG hopes the pie fundraiser…

Des Moines school district approves sanctuary schools

By Jon Sundby sundbyjo17@grinnell.edu When President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Jan. 27 detailing a more aggressive stance on illegal immigration than his predecessor, both his supporters and critics realized that the President intended to follow through on his campaign promises. This realization motivated the board of directors for the Des Moines Public…

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Grinnell adapts to CIFP closing

By Mira Braneck braneckm@grinnell.edu Ever since the closing of Central Iowa Family Planning (CIFP), a Title X funded family planning clinic that provided feminist and LGBTQIA friendly health care, the Grinnell community has been lacking an important health resource. However, the medical community of Grinnell and the surrounding areas, in partnership with the College, is…

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Grinnell Area Arts Council launches new art collective

By Jon Sundby sundbyjo17@grinnell.edu Photo by Garrett Wang For over a year, the offices of 927 Broad Street have stood vacant — its large windows revealing only blank walls and bare floors. Now, however, the mural work of local children hangs over these same windows, foreshadowing a change in the space. This past week, the…