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2014 Michigan State Christmas Tree From Kingsford

A 63-foot blue spruce from the city of Kingsford has been chosen as Michigan’s 29th Christmas tree. The tree will be delivered to the state Capitol on Saturday, November 1.

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Roman Milert, ThinkStock
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Holiday Shoppers to Spend More Than Last Year, Buy Fewer Gift Cards

According to the International Council of Shopping Centers, 70% of shoppers said they plan to spend the same or more than last year on holiday shopping.

Consumers expect to spend about $677 on holiday-related items this season with $559 going towards gifts and $118 going towards other holiday-related items.

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Bill Murray, Sofia Coppola Re-Teaming for TV Christmas Special?

Bill Murray has been well-established throughout pop culture as a legendary eccentric, whose next feats might well include emerging from your bowl of soup, or taking a flamethrower to your next karaoke jam, so what's next? Why, a TV yuletide special with 'Lost in Translation' director Sofia Coppola, featuring the erstwhile 'St. Vincent' crooning Christmas carols, of course!

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Toy of the Year Award Winners are Under $100

Holiday shopping is beginning to take off, with many people trying to get a jump on gift giving and save a little money. Money, ah, there is the problem. Seems everything has a pretty hefty price tag. Ah, ah, ah, not so fast. Families from across the country tested more than 400 toys in an effort to name 25 winners in FamilyFun magazine's 23rd annual Toy of the Year (T.O.Y.) Awards.  Each toy was chosen for its exceptional fun factor, innovation, and durability — and a cost of under $100.

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Black Friday Predictions for iPhone6, iPad, PS4, Xbox One and More

Get ready to save big on Black Friday 2014!

See Black Friday savings predictions for the iPhone6, iPad, PS4, Xbox One and more.

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16 Percent of Holiday Shoppers Started Shopping in September

Too early for Christmas shopping?

Many have already begun.

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Crafty Toys, Ride Ons Join Classics, Electronic Toys on Retailer’s Second Annual Holiday Toy List Chosen by Kids

Halloween isn't even here yet, and we're already talking about Christmas. I have even seen some retailers begin stocking their shelves with tree decorations to get a jump on holiday shopping. So, mom's, dad's and grandparents everywhere, I want you to get a jump on shopping for your kids.

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Christmas Movie to be Made in Grand Rapids

Two, talented people, were on my show this morning, "Andy in the Morning," promoting their new movie. A Christmas movie that they intend to shoot here in Grand Rapids.

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West Michigan Christmas Tree Recycling Info

Time to take down the Christmas tree?

We have the info you need to dispose of your tree in 2014.

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Progress Made on Outages in Greater Grand Rapids and Across Michigan [Video]

Saturday afternoon update: Restoration work continues for Consumers Energy customers impacted by last weekend’s devastating ice storm and those affected by ice melting off trees and equipment from Friday’s and today’s warmer weather.

As of 11:30 a.m. Saturday, about 18,000 Consumers Energy customers remained without service, including 3,667 in Barry County and 468 in Ionia County. Since noon Dec. 21, the storm has caused 409,000 outages, or about 23 percent of the utility’s 1.8 million electric customers.

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Matt Milhouse
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Grand Rapids Christmas Season 2013 [Photos]

Christmas of 2013 will be a memorable one for Grand Rapids.

Heavy snow and ice led to power outages for many.

The weather created opportunities for winter activities like skiing and sledding, plus a few less traditional activities, like dogs riding in motorcycle sidecars.

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flickr, Aurimas Adomavicius
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Grand Rapids Christmas Tree Recycling Begins January 2

Christmas has come to an end. And, if you had a real Christmas tree this year, it's time for you to figure out how to get rid of it.

Luckily, if you live in the city of Grand Rapids, it is offering free Christmas tree recycling starting Jan. 2, 2014. 

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