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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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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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Jim Caldwell will Remain Detroit Lions Head Coach

The Detroit Lions announced Friday that Jim Caldwell will return as head coach for the 2016 season.

The Lions had said that Caldwell's future with the team would be up to new General Manager Bob Quinn. Quinn said Monday he would need to get to know Caldwell before determining his future with the team. His deliberation complete, Quinn has decided Caldwell is a good fit with the Lions and will remain head coach. 

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McFadden’s is Closing in Downtown Grand Rapids, New Barfly Restaurant to Replace the Irish Pub and Nightclub

McFadden's, the second oldest bar on Ionia Street in downtown Grand Rapids, is closing.

After 10 years, the nightclub and Irish Pub with shut its doors January 30th to make way for a new restaurant from owners BarFly Ventures LLC, MLive/ The Grand Rapids reports.

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Grand Rapids Street Sweeping Crew Witnesses Deadly Shooting Friday Morning [Video]

Police are asking anyone with information on a deadly shooting on Grand Rapids' northeast side early Friday morning to come forward.

The shooting happened around 4a.m. near Knapp Street and Truxton Drive. A street sweeping crew nearby witnessed an unknown suspect shoot the woman and drive off in a vehicle, Wood TV8 reports. 

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Viral Video Shot at Grand Rapids Bus Stop Shows Strangers Standing Up to Bullies [Video]

If you saw a young person being bullied what would you do? Would you step up and say something or would you ignore it?

Who will stop the bullying?

This is the question a new anti-bullying video shot in Grand Rapids asks.

The way several strangers reacted to the social experiment makes me proud to be a Grand Rapidian!

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Michigan’s M-22 Voted Best Scenic Autumn Drive in the U.S.

Michigan has earned another top honor! Along with getting recognition for its beer, wine, and beautiful beaches, a Michigan highway has been voted the top route to take in fall colors in the U.S.

According to a USA Today and 10Best poll, Northern Michigan's M-22 wins "Best Scenic Autumn Drive" in the nation!

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Police Have Found 34-Year-Old Missing Courtland Township Woman

UPDATE: Police say they have found missing Courtland Township woman, Heather (Lynch) Barcarella alive. She had sustained minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. Authorities have not revealed where Barcarella was found.

Kent County Police are asking for help locating a missing Courtland Township woman.

Fox 17 reports that 34-year-old Heather (Lynch) Barcarella  was reported missing by her family Friday evening.

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