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Back-to-School 2014: Check Out #BTSWMI, #BTSWestMI Photos from Twitter, Instagram Right Here

Summer vacation and the three-day Labor Day weekend are over as students head back to school across Michigan today.

Use the hashtags #btswmi or #btswestmi on Twitter or Instagram with your back-to-school pictures from greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan. Let's show our pride pictorially about our students, children and kids.

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Post Back-to-School Pics on Twitter, Instagram with #BTSWMI, #BTSWestMI Hashtags; See Them Online with 100.5 The River

Summer vacation and the three-day Labor Day weekend are over as students head back to school across Michigan on Tuesday.

Share your pride about your students headed back to school on their first day of the 2014-2015 school year. Use the hashtags #btswmi or #btswestmi on Twitter or Instagram, and see those photos online at 100.5 The River.

We'll post those photos starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

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Thinkstock/ Tomislav Forgo
Thinkstock/ Tomislav Forgo
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Minimum Wage Employees In Michigan Get a Raise

If you're an employee making minimum wage, you're about to see a larger number on your paycheck.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Rules

A few weeks ago, this column was skeptical that Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' could reach $300 million. Now, it seems impossible that it won't. Thanks to ecstatic word of mouth, killer marketing and only one genuinely successful box office challenger (that would be 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'), Marvel's oddball space opera has managed to spend three of the past four weekends at the number one spot at the box office, giving it enough momentum to officially become the highest grossing film of 2014.

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Labor Fest 2014 Today in Grand Rapids’ Ah-Nab-Awen Park

Hard to believe September is here, isn't it? Seems like the summer went awfully fast.

But here it is, Labor Day. And if you're looking for something to do today, I'd like to point you toward Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Grand Rapids for Labor Fest 2014!

Labor Fest runs from 11 a

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Steven Depolo
Steven Depolo
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Esquire: Brewery Vivant Has One of ‘Weirdest Brewery Locations In America’

Grand Rapids has gotten noticed for a lot of things in recent years: art, health care, beer, and much more.

Now, our "weird" brewery locations are getting attention, too.

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Eliot J. Schechter, Getty Images
Eliot J. Schechter, Getty Images
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MDOT Suspends Most Road Projects for Labor Day Weekend

To make travel easier, the Michigan Department of Transportation will lift most road restrictions over Labor Day weekend, with 126 of 156 construction projects having lane restrictions lifted for the weekend.

See which projects will remain active.

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PHOTO: City of Grand Rapids
PHOTO: City of Grand Rapids
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Grand Crossings: Avoid Long Drive And Crowds; Walk Across a Local Bridge Or Two

You don't have to drive four hours and deal with 40,000 people to walk across a bridge on Labor Day.

The Grand Crossings Bridge Walk here in Grand Rapids is low key and less stressful.

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Sean Gallup, Getty Images
Sean Gallup, Getty Images
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Labor Day Bridge Walks in Grand Rapids and at Mackinac Bridge

Bridge walks are a Labor Day tradition in Michigan.

This year is the 57th annual at Mackinac Bridge.

Grand Rapids is hosting a bridge walk too.

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Last Gasp of Summer: Looking Forward to Labor Day Weekend

Drat. Summer is almost done.

Schools go back next week, at least those who aren't on year-round schedules.

Labor Dayis upon us here in West Michigan, which means one long, last weekend of summer and more time off for the rank and file.

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Photo courtesy of Michigan DNR.
Photo courtesy of Michigan DNR.
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Michigan DNR Gives Osprey Chicks GPS Backpacks

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is monitoring osprey chicks via GPS backpacks in order to learn how to better help the population recover in Michigan.

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Courtesy of the Marshall Police Department
Courtesy of the Marshall Police Department
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Missing 14-Year-Old From Marshall Found Safe In Atlanta

Hannah Marie Amaro, the 14-year-old girl missing since Saturday from Marshall, was located with a 29-year-old man at an Atlanta-area hotel on Tuesday.

The girl was located by authorities at a hotel in Georgia Tuesday afternoon, Marshall Police Chief Jim Schwartz said during a press conference Tuesday evening. She appeared to be fine, according the the Chief, but will be checked out at a hospital.

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