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Rob Bliss + Pure Michigan Lip Dub Video Will Debut September 9

Pure Michigan's latest campaign involves a lip dub created by Rob Bliss and Jeff Barrett of Status Creative.  Bliss and Barrett traveled across Michigan visiting 50 cities in 10 days, including Grand Rapids.

The lip dub will debut September 9.

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Rare Freshwater Jellyfish Found In Greenville

Last weekend, there was an alligator near Kalamazoo.  A few of months ago, there was an iguana in Grand Rapids. Now a jellyfish in Greenville?

Yes.  But this is different.  The alligator and iguana were lost or abandoned, the jellyfish were in their natural habitat.

The jellyfish in Greenville were rare, freshwater jellyfish! 

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How Much Did You Spend On Back To School Shopping? [Poll]

The kids are back at school bringing with them lots of supplies:  pencils, folders, calculators, backpacks, shoes, clothes, etc.  Sales and coupons are nice, but it only helps so much at back to school time.

Before the next credit card statement arrives take our anonymous poll...

How much did you spend on back to school shopping?

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Grand Rapids Begins New Pay As You Throw Trash Program

Grand Rapids has launched its new trash pick program.  The new program will save some residents money, while others will pay more.

Find out how the costs will effect you.

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Should School Start Before Or After Labor Day [Poll]

Summer is unoffically over and students are back in school.

Summer lasts longer than it used to for many students.  Since 2006, Michigan law requires public schools to wait until after Labor Day to begin school.

Should school start before or after Labor Day?

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ArtPrize Jewelry Worth $25,000 To Be Auctioned Off For West Michigan Charities

ArtPrize is set to kick off on September 19.  Each year the competition brings a few new surprises, among those this year is an entry valued at $25,000.  It will be auctioned off to benefit West Michigan charities.

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West Nile Virus is Becoming Epidemic in Michigan

Last week I wrote a blog regarding the West Nile Virus, and the seemingly epidemic proportion of it around the country, especially in Dallas, Texas.  At that time, we had 24 confirmed cases in Michigan and we were being cautioned to take care.  There were 5 Kent County cases.  Well today, it's much worse.

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LaughFest Announces Dates For 2013

LaughFest has announced that they will be returning in 2013!

2013 will mark LaughFest's third annual appearance in Grand Rapids.  LaughFest raises money for Gilda's Club Grand Rapids to provide support for families and individuals effected by cancer.

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How Did You Choose Your Kids’ Names? [Poll]

Choosing a name for a child is one of the first of many important decisions for parents.  Some names can help a child through life, while some names can create unnecessary obstacles.

How did you choose your kids' names?

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Michigan Makes It’s Mark At 2012 Republican National Convention [Video]

Michigan is having an impact on the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida this week.

Michigan has been featured during a speech by a U.S. Representative from the Upper Peninsula, as Mitt Romney’s brother reflected on his family's time spent in Michigan, during West Michigan Congressman Justin Amash's speech at a seperate rally and on more occasions.

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Hunger Action Week 2012 Begins September 5

Hunger Action Week returns for its second year this September. The annual series of events, organized by the Food and Nutrition Coalition, a subcommittee of Kent County’s Essential Needs Taskforce, boasts a revamped itinerary and a sharper focus on advocacy.

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Does High School Football Receive Too Much Money And Attention? [Poll]

We just had a huge opening weekend of high school football in West Michigan and across the state.  Thousands turned out and packed stadiums to watch student athletes, cheerleaders, bands, and more.  But is it fair to other students?

Does high school football receive too much money and attention?

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