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John Mellencamp Announces ‘Plain Spoken’ Tour 2015 Will Land in Grand Rapids

John Mellencamp announced dates for his upcoming Plain Spoken tour beginning in January 2015 throughout the summer. “The Voice of the Heartland” will play 80 shows including a stop here in Grand Rapids at DeVos Performance Hall on Tuesday, June 9 at 7:30 PM. The special guest is Carlene Carter.

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Grand Rapids Remembers 9/11 with Boy Scout Salute, ‘Never Forget’ Exhibit at Ford Museum

 

As the nation remembers the tragic events of 9/11, so does Grand Rapids.

Today marks the 13-year anniversary of the attacks on the towers of the World Trade Center in New York, Sept. 11, 2001. A hijacked plane struck The Pentagon outside Washington DC and another crashed just outside Shanksville, Pa. Almost 3,000 people lost their lives, including firefighters, rescue workers, and police officers trying to aid the victims.

Today we pledge to never forget those people and to never forget the events of that day.

A day-long Boy Scouts salute, a special remembrance program, and "9/11 Never Forget" mobile exhibit tours are taking place in at the Ford Museum in Grand Rapids today as we remember 9/11/2001.

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Photo courtesy of GRAM
Photo courtesy of GRAM
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ArtPrize 2014: Many Volunteer Opportunities Still Available

It takes hundreds of volunteers for ArtPrize to be successful.

Volunteers are still needed to work directly for ArtPrize and to help at individual venues.

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College Football Week 3 Preview: How Bad Is the Big Ten?

Look, it's early, which usually means a lack of big games. But that doesn't mean we can't still have some fun this weekend. Here are the big questions going into Week 3:

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Matt Milhouse
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Rare Indian Pipe Plant in West Michigan

A couple of weeks ago I found this odd looking thing growing in my backyard.

Was it a plant, mushroom, or something else?

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John Mellencamp’s Coming to Grand Rapids in June 2015!

With his 22nd studio album due out later this month, John Mellencamp today announced dates for his upcoming Plain Spoken tour, which includes a stop at DeVos Performance Hall on June 9, 2015!

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Rocky the Wonder Dog Visits on Wet Nose Wednesday [Sponsored]

Rocky, a Lab, Huskie mix, came by 100.5 The River to visit Andy Rent's "Andy in the Morning" show for Wet Nose Wednesday.

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Grand Rapids Drive Opens NBA D-League for 2014-15 Season on Nov. 15

The Grand Rapids Drive has released its schedule for the 2014-15 season, the team’s inaugural run in the NBA Development League.

The Drive opens its season with a four-game road trip with a four-game road trip starting Nov. 15 at Bakersfield, the Phoenix Suns' California-based affiliate. The team returns for its first Grand Rapids home game at The DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center on Nov. 26 against the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the Los Angeles Lakers affiliate.

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WZZM-13: Haz-Mat Situation Unfolds at Haviland in Grand Rapids

Several emergency crews are being dispatched to a hazardous-materials situation on Grand Rapids' west side.

Public safety scanner traffic indicates a chlorine spill or leak at Haviland in the 400 block of Ann Street NW.

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ArtPrize 2014: Grand Rapids Public Schools Students’ Artwork on Display

Twenty student artists from Grand Rapids Public Schools are competing to have their energy-related artwork highlighted during ArtPrize.

The competition is a collaboration of Consumers Energy, Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) and the City of Grand Rapids.

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Courtesy of The Rapid
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The Rapid in Grand Rapids Is Looking for Your Good Ideas

Here's a good question: What's your preference -- doughnuts or pizza?

What do you think? Both? I'm all over that.  But seriously, doughnuts and pizza have something to do with The Rapid not resting on its laurels with the successful launch of the Silver Line.

The Rapid already wants to know where and how you want to go with the next bus rapid transit (BRT) line.

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Matt Milhouse
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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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