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Grand Rapids Balloon Festival on Instagram [Photos]

The first year of the Grand Rapids Balloon Festival brought fun and memories.

Crowds enjoyed getting up close to more than 20 hot air balloons and many shared their experience on social media.

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Marvel
Marvel
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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Reigns Again

There actually was a new film released this week. It's called 'The Identical' and it's a Christian-themed fable about what would have happened if Elvis Presley's stillborn twin brother had survived. Well, for reasons that should be obvious after reading that sentence, 'Guardians of the Galaxy' held onto the number one spot this weekend while 'The Identical' opened outside of the top 10, never to be heard from again.

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Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
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College Football 2014: What We Learned In Week 2

In a week that didn’t feature many marquee matchups, we still had our share of excitement with several upsets and exciting finishes. Here is what we learned in Week 2.

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Brad Wilson
Brad Wilson
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Record Enrollment at GVSU

Student enrollment at Grand Valley State University has hit record numbers.

This fall, GVSU will welcome 4,226 first-year students and 25,094 total students, both are records.

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Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
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Usher Announces 27 Dates for UR Experience, with Auburn Hills, Chicago Concerts [Video]

Hot on the heels of a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards and release of his new single/video "She Came To Give It To You," Usher announced he will tour North America this fall.

He plans to bring the UR Experience to 27 cities. The dates include The Palace of Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit on Nov. 4 and United Center in Chicago on Nov. 17.

It is the Grammy Award winner's first headlining tour in three years.

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Photo courtesy of Michigan DNR
Photo courtesy of Michigan DNR
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Michigan DNR Conservation Officer Training Makes Ice Bucket Challenge Look Easy [Video]

Ice bucket challenges continue to raise money and fill social media, but bathing in ice cold water is nothing new to the Michigan DNR's conservation officers.

It's part of their training.

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Courtesy Grand Rapids Symphony
Courtesy Grand Rapids Symphony
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Grand Rapids Symphony Season Tickets Now on Sale to Public

The Grand Rapids Symphony's season ticket-holders are always offered first choice of tickets for a concert season. However, now it's the public's turn with tickets now available.

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Photo courtesy of USCG
Photo courtesy of USCG
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Kayaker Rescued After Failing in Attempt to Cross Lake Michigan

31-year-old Matt Frymire was attempting to kayak from Milwaukee to Grand Haven.

His attempt fell short.

Frymire called for help on Monday morning and was rescued by the United States Coast Guard.

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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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Pixland/ThinkStock
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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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