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Tyler Howe, The Campanellis, Upstage Crew Bring Their Tunes to Summer Craft Beer Festival!

Not only great brews and great food, but great tunes as well are on tap for the Summer Craft Beer Festival on July 19 at John Ball Park in Grand Rapids.

Don't miss the live entertainment that will be performing at the fourth Summer Craft Beer Festival! 

Have a listen to all the great bands slated to play!

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New Footage of Wyoming-Kentwood Tornado Out [Video]

A couple of videos making the rounds in the wake of Sunday night's tornado in the southwest section of Kent County shed new light on the storm, which caught everyone, including the National Weather Service, by surprise.

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The Rapid’s Central Station Adds LiveWall, Fourth in Grand Rapids

LiveWalls are living walls containing green plants, most of which are edible. They also help cool the buildings they are attached to, which means they save money and fuel.

The newest one is located at The Rapid's Central Station, and is the fourth such wall in Grand Rapids.

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Kent and Ottawa County Businesses Selected to Produce Solar Energy

Consumers Energy has selected a total of 22 businesses and homeowners in Michigan's Lower Peninsula to help produce solar energy.

Three Kent and Ottawa county businesses were among those selected.

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Yard Waste Drop Off Sites for Kentwood and Wyoming Residents Affected by Storm

It's a long road of cleanup ahead for those affected by Sunday night's tornado south of Grand Rapids.

Residents in the cities of Kentwood and Wyoming may bring their downed trees, limbs, and branches to designated locations.

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Grand Rapids’ 10 Most Dangerous Intersections

Every year, the Michigan Auto Law auto accident attorneys release a list of the 10 most dangerous intersections in Grand Rapids. They compile data on the amount of accidents at intersections around the city, and use them to compile this telling list.

Wondering which intersections made the list this year? Well, here they are:

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City of Wyoming Releases Statement on Weather Relief Efforts

Cleanup and repairs continue following the tornado that struck south of Grand Rapids on Sunday night.

The City of Wyoming released a statement this afternoon which updates their weather relief efforts.

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Aerial View of July 6, 2014 Tornado Damage [Video]

It can be hard to grasp the amount of damage caused by the tornado that came through West Michigan on Sunday night.

An aerial video gives us a unique look at the damage and better understanding of how destructive the tornado was.

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Aretha Franklin to Perform In Muskegon For First Time In Almost 20 Years

The "Queen of Soul", Aretha Franklin, will perform in Muskegon for the first time almost 20 years this summer.

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Long Island Residents, Many Still Without Power, Continue To Clean Up After Superstorm Sandy
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Consumers Energy: More Expected to be Without Electricity on Monday Night

Consumers Energy is expected to cut power at 9 p.m. to allow crews to repair damage from Sunday night's thunderstorms.

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National Weather Service Grand Rapids: EF-1 Tornado Struck Kentwood

That wind and rain buried in a thunderstorm Sunday night that struck Kentwood just before 10:30 p.m. included a tornado, National Weather Service Grand Rapids meteorologist Brandon Hoving said.

Update (3 p.m.): The National Weather Service said the tornado was an EF-1, with peak winds of 100 to 110 miles per hour. The tornado, which injured six people, cut a swath of 300 to 400 yards wide near Cutlerville, Wyoming and Kentwood and lasted for about 10 minutes. It touched down at 10:20 p.m. at about 2 miles west of Cutlerville at 64th Street SW and Burlingame Avenue SW in Byron Township and ended at 10:30 p.m. at Breton Road and 28th Street SE.

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Thunderstorms Slam Kentwood-Wyoming Area; Rains Deluge West Michigan Locales [Video]

Update (12:35 p.m.): The National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office has confirmed a tornado struck Kentwood. More details here.

Severe thunderstorms late Sunday night caused considerable damage in southern Kent County and authorities are advising people to stay away from storm-stricken locales, WZZM-13 and the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids office report this morning.

The storms hit the Wyoming and Kentwood area late Sunday night and the National Weather Service is surveying areas to determine if damage was caused by a tornado, a microburst or straight-line winds.

Consumers Energy said this morning that about 20,000 electricity cutomers lost power, with about 9,600 of those in Kent County, including Wyoming and Kentwood. The Jackson-based utility said it could be until late Tuesday before power is fully restored.

The American Red Cross of West Michigan has opened a temporary Kentwood shelter at Kentwood Activities Center, 355 48th St. SE for affected people.

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