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Townsquare Media Buys Kalamazoo Ribfest

Townsquare Media announced today it has reached an agreement to acquire Kalamazoo Ribfest from The Arc Community Advocates.

As part of the deal, Townsquare Media also inked a long-term partnership with The Arc to produce the event on an annual basis.

The Arc Community Advocates, a non-profit focused on helping people with intellectual and development disabilities, has operated Ribfest for the past 22 years.

Ribfest 2014 is Aug. 7 to 9 at Arcadia Creek Festival Place, and is downtown Kalamazoo's largest event.

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Hundreds Use Twitter to Show Support for Grandville’s Ryan Fischer

Grandville High School's Ryan Fischer is missed by his friends and family.

He has touched many people who never even met him.

Many have turned to Twitter to share pictures, memories, and offer support.

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Visitation and funeral for Grandville’s Ryan Fischer are Tuesday and Wednesday

Grandville High School's Ryan Fischer died unexpectedly at his home on Friday.

The cause of death was complications from having an enlarged heart.

Fischer was remembered at a celebration of his life on Sunday at Grandville High School.

The visitation and funeral for Ryan Fischer are Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Omar Bermejo is representing the U.S. in the Sochi Winter Paralympics in Russia. (Photo: Mark Nadell/MacBeth Graphics)
Omar Bermejo is representing the U.S. in the Sochi Winter Paralympics in Russia. (Photo: Mark Nadell/MacBeth Graphics)
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Grand Rapids’ Omar Bermejo Competes for U.S. in Sochi Paralympic Winter Games [Video]

Omar Bermejo believes.

He believes he can overcome. He believes in himself.

That steadfastness and determination has brought the 31-year-old former Marine to surmount an amputation of part of a severed arm suffered in a June 2009 motorcycle accident. It has the Grand Rapids resident at the pinnacle competing representing the U.S. in two disciplines at the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in Russia.

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Human Penguin Spotted on Frozen Lake Michigan in Holland

I spent some time checking out the ice on Lake Michigan in Holland on Saturday.

I'll admit, I was a little surprised to find a human penguin.

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Photo Courtesy of The Right Place
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Grand Rapids Business Journal announces ‘The 50 Most Influential Women In West Michigan’

West Michigan is constantly receiving recognition for all it has to offer.

Great schools, festivals, housing, health care, and more make the list.

None of it would be possible without all of the great people.

Grand Rapids Business Journal is taking time to recognize some of those people with their list of "The 50 Most Influential Women In West Michigan".

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Winter 2013-14 Second Snowiest on Record in Grand Rapids

It's the second snowiest winter on record in Grand Rapids and it's not over yet.

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West Michigan Areas Most At Risk of Flooding Shown in Map

Deep snow and ice, combined with the chance of rain and warmer temperatures as we near spring, means a chance of flooding in West Michigan.

See that latest report on which areas are most at risk for flooding in West Michigan.

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Grand Rapids’ Maurice Townsend from American Idol to perform in Holland

Maurice Townsend made a strong run on this year's "American Idol."

Townsend advanced all the way to the top 30 before reaching the end of the line.

Now fans in West Michigan will have a chance to see him in person when he performs in Holland.

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‘Holland, Michigan’ to Star Bryan Cranston, Edgar Ramirez and Naomi Watts

The movie "Holland, Michigan" is planned for release in 2015.

Director Errol Morris just announced some big casting information about the movie.

Bryan Cranston, Edgar Ramirez, and Naomi Watts will all star in the film.

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Trooper Paul Butterfield
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Trooper Paul Butterfield (Photo: Michigan State Police)
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WZZM-13: Jury Finds Eric Knysz Guilty of Killing State Trooper Paul Butterfield

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Vote for the Whitecaps’ Newest Food Item

The West Michigan Whitecaps are rebuilding their ballpark following the fire back in January and preparing for their season. As part of that, they're doing a lot of things and asking for the public's input.

First, they asked fans to design their jerseys for Social Media Night. Then, they asked for suggestions for the name of their new mascot. Now, they want the public to vote for which new food item they should add to their menu for the coming season. 

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