Sarah Irlmeier graduated from Dallas Center-Grimes Community High School in 1996 with just 69 classmates. Her oldest child started school this past fall at South Prairie Elementary in Grimes and is one of 220 children in the kindergarten class. It’s simply amazing to Sarah how much the city of Grimes has grown since she was a child.
Irlmeier moved away from Grimes as a young adult, but moved back about five years ago, with her husband, Nick. They now live in a custom designed home built last year on a quiet cul de sac in the northwest corner of town. With lots of kids and friends in the neighborhood, they feel like they have found their “forever” home.
Sarah was a kindergarten teacher in Indianola for nine years before becoming a stay-at-home mom to her two children — daughter Paige, 6 and son Cole, 4.
“I am very happy to be living back in town,” Sarah says. “In fact, I have family members that have lived in Grimes since the 1950s. I have so many fond memories of this community. And even though so much has changed over the years, it still has that special small town feel that I want my kids to experience as they grow up.”
Nick is farm boy at heart. He grew up in Exira, so he understands the value of a small town upbringing as well. Although a busy dad and husband, he is also the director of finance at Agricredit in Johnston and is currently pursuing his MBA at the University of Iowa.
The Irlmeier family moved into their new home last October and has been working hard ever since to get it just the way they want it. Now as spring approaches, the family is preparing one final room to welcome their newest family member as they are eagerly awaiting the arrival of new “baby Irlmeier” later this month. By the time he or she is in high school, who knows how big the graduating class will be?
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