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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:…

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,…