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Michigan DNR Report On 2012 Deer Hunting Season

The weather has been quite cooperative for Michigan deer hunters so far in 2012.  But that's just the start.

Read the Michigan DNR report on the first impressions of the 2012 hunting season.

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Who Will Win The Michigan vs. Michigan State Football Game? [Poll]

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Saturday, October 20, Michigan State will visit Ann Arbor to take on Michigan for in-state bragging rights. Michigan State has won the annual matchup in each of the last four years. Who's going to win this year?

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Michigan Business Climate Improving

The business climate in Michigan is changing.

Tax Foundation reports that Michigan has the 12th best "business tax climate" heading to 2013.  That's up from 18th in 2012.

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Which College Football Team Will Finish The Season Ranked Highest: Michigan – Michigan State – Notre Dame [Poll]

College football is back and this season has the potential to be a great one for a few local favorites.

Michigan, Michigan State, and Notre Dame fans are all excited for the start of season, but who will be the most excited at the end of the season?

Who will finish the season ranked highest:  Michigan, Michigan State, or Notre Dame?

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Ionia Free Fair Fun July 19-28th!

The Ionia Free Fair is this Thursday and will continue through Saturday, July 28th!  The Fair has been a tradition here in Michigan since 1857 and has been ranked as one of the Top 50 Fairs in the nation.

Over the years lots of big names have graced the Ionia Free Fair stage.  Some of the old timers include  Gabby Hayes, Les Paul, Buster Keaton, Sonny and Cher, and world renowned country artists Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw and Willie Nelson.

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Muskegon Man Sentenced for Beating Puppy

While we at The River often try to make your day better by sharing fun videos of animals being their adorable selves, we also want to update you on cases in Michigan involving the mistreatment, or possible endangerment of our animal companions

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Grand Rapids Restaurant Week Has Moved From November To August

Grand Rapids Restaurant Week has moved from November to August!  I like that!  The weather is still warm, it's a nice break right before the kids go back to school.  November always seemed to be a bit busy what with Thanksgiving and the December holidays.  Experience Grand Rapids VP of Marketing Janet Korn said that last year's Restaurant Week generated between $500,000 and $700,000 in revenue for the 37 downtown restaurants that participated.

The organizers of Restuarant Week Grand Rapids are trying to attract more people from outside of the immediate Grand Rapids area.

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Grand Rapids/West Michigan Home Market Stabilizing

I have a couple friends who are real estate agents and they have been echoing the same thing.  However, I have had a cute little house next door, more than reasonably priced, that has been for sale for over a year now; so these statistics do make me wonder?  But the statisticians say the West Michigan housing market is seeing some healthy signs.  The number of housing listings went down 19% last month. Compare that to an 8% decrease from last year.  So does that mean the houses were actually sold or does it mean they were "rented or leased out"?

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51st Annual Grand Haven Art Festival Kicks Off This Weekend

We're only a few months away from ArtPrize so look at this as the warm up!  The 51st Annual Grand Haven Art Festival is this weekend, June 23rd - 24th.  Washington Avenue will be turned into an outdoor art gallery.  There will be lots of local talent and it will also feature art from 150 of the nation's leading artists.  There will also be a Family Day Of  Fun, June 23rd, 10am-2pm, with arts and crafts activities for the kids.   Admission and parking are free and open to the public both days.

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West Michigan Chalk Art Festival 2012 In Byron Center

When I first heard about the West Michigan Chalk Art Festival, or really any event that involves chalk, what person do you automatically think of?  If you were living in Grand Rapids in 2009, Rob Bliss, of course!  Remember Chalk Flood? It's the same thing that happens every time I hear American Pie by Don McLean on the radio, on my iPod, wherever; my mind starts streaming images of the American Pie lipdub video (almost 5 million view so far!).  It's still as brilliant as it was the first time I watched it.  It's poetry in motion.  Kind of strange how big events and good music,  have a tendency of cementing memories inside the brain.

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June 22nd Is Take Your Dog To Work Day!

I guess instead of asking you ,"Are you taking your dog to work on Take Your Dog To Work Day?" I should have asked "Can you take your dog to work on Take Your Dog To Work Day?"

June 22nd, is Take Your Dog To Work Day and this is the day that every dog in America gets to see how hard their masters work to put food into their dog bowl, provide shelter over their little heads at night, and always have a fresh bowl of water ready to drink. 

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What Is Your Favorite Vacation Spot In Michigan? – Poll Of The Day

Summer is vacation time, we are blessed in Michigan to have dozens of amazing vacation locations in our state.  Whether you are visiting Lake Michigan nearby or taking the long drive to the Upper Peninsula, you're sure to find something for everyone.

What is your favorite vacation spot in Michigan?

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