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I grew up in South Haven, Michigan.  Gotta love the lakeshore! Still feel a yearning for the beach, pretty much daily.  Moved to Grand Rapids to go to Calvin College. Fell in love with GR and have been here since! (Go Beer City, USA!)   Big fan of crime TV, the '90s (scrunchies! Saved By the Bell!), my own rude and feisty cat, the beach (you may have thought I covered that already, but I really really love it, OK?), reading,  people watching, drinking on patios, playing the most inappropriate cards in Cards Against Humanity, and my dear, dear family.
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Gilda’s Glub Grand Rapids Offers Advice on How to Cope with Kalamazoo Tragedy [Video]

It's really hard to know where to even begin to start healing after such an event as the shootings in Kalamazoo. An entire community is grieving, and I cannot even imagine what it would be like to lose loved ones so suddenly, and to such senseless acts of violence.

The community has come together at vigil events, which is wonderful thing. Gilda's Club Grand Rapids, which offers free grief support for those dealing with the loss of a loved one, talked with Fox 17 about more ways to process the pain and cope with what happened.

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Kalamazoo Shooting Victims Honored at K-Wings Game in Toledo [Video]

Following the shooting spree that claimed six lives in Kalamazoo, communities across the country are uniting support the city.

Players and attendees at the K-Wings game in Toledo on Sunday night held a moment of silence to honor the victims and their families, WWMT reports.

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Happy National Drink Wine Day! Michigan Makes ‘Wine Region to Watch’ List

Happy National Drink Wine Day! I know, there's like a made-up holiday for everything now. But any day that gives us an excuse to imbibe, is worth marking on the calendar in my opinion.

Turns out, Michigan is an awesome place to celebrate National Drink Wine Day: According to CNN, Michigan is one of the top up-and-coming wine regions in the entire world!

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Grand Haven in the Running for ‘Best Freshwater Beach in the U.S.’

C'mon, this is The Great Lakes State! If we're talking about the top freshwater beaches in the country, of course Michigan is going dominate!

Grand Haven State Park and five other Michigan beaches are in the running for "Best Freshwater Beach" in a USA Today and 10 Best reader's poll.

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Mackinac Bridge Featured on Inside Edition’s ‘Scariest Bridges in America’ [Video]

My boyfriend's mom tells a terrifying tale about the Mackinac Bridge. She was crossing it on a rainy, windy day in 1989; It was the day Leslie Pluhar lost control of the Yugo she was driving and swerved off the bridge, plunging 170 feet into the chilly waters below.

It's the stuff of Michigan legend, but it's a true story that has helped give the Mackinac Bridge it's scary reputation.

On Wednesday night Inside Edition did a story on the Mackinac Bridge and the officials who offer to help drive stressed-out motorists across.

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Grand Rapids Restaurant Tops ‘Best Coney Dogs in Michigan’ List

Don't judge me, but as a West Michigander, I'm really not all that familiar with Coney Dogs.

It was only recently I learned Coney Dogs were even a Michigan "thing". It kinda seemed to me Coney Island Hot Dogs were more prevalent on the other side of the state-- big in Flint and originating in either Jackson or Detroit, depending on who you ask...

That's why this honor is all the more impressive! The One Stop Coney Shop in Grand Rapids is being praised for having the No. 1 Coney Dog in Michigan!

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Fatalities Confirmed in Multi-Vehicle Pile Up on I-94 in Van Buren County

UPDATE:  Initial information from Michigan State Police indicated two fatalities. Authorities later confirmed one fatality as a result of the accident. 

A multiple vehicle crash has caused I-94 to close in both directions in Van Buren County near Hartford and Watervliet.

According to Fox 17, Michigan State Police believe at least two people are dead following the pile up involving nearly 65 vehicles Sunday afternoon.

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