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Working to help others is actually turning out as a means to help some people get through the pandemic and feel good about themselves.

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Confirmed sightings of five new bird species in Ottawa County are part of a five-year update recently released by the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission.

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Family members clad in cloth face masks applauded, cheered and rang cowbells as two “senior citizen” paddlers worked their way to the Grand Haven pier heads early Monday afternoon, completing a multi-year journey to traverse the entire length of the Grand River.

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With gyms still closed throughout the state and people anxious to get moving outside, the businesses supporting outdoor activities have been booming.

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Pop-up fireworks sales tents are exploding with business with Fourth of July celebrations on the horizon.

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GRAND HAVEN TWP. — With the construction currently taking place on Robbins Road, many more motorists are forced to utilize Comstock Street in Grand Haven Township this summer. And that brings them past John Green’s home.

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SPRING LAKE TWP. — Driving down 152nd Avenue in Spring Lake Township, it’s hard not to notice the Dornier 328 airplane fuselage sitting beside Kase Knochenhauer’s garage. But when he saw the unusual hunk of metal for sale online, he had to have it.

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Bicycle shop owner Tim Meyer said that he was hoping to have the Rock ‘n’ Road stores in Grand Haven and Holland open to do repairs on May 1, but was happy to be back in business almost immediately after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last Friday added bicycle shops to the list of essential businesse…

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I grew up watching fishing shows on TV – Roland Martin, Bill Dance, the Lindner brothers on “In-Fishermen” and Flip Pallot on “The Walker’s Cay Chronicles.”

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The Northwest Ottawa Recreation Authority held its annual Dads and Daughters Masquerade Dance. The event is held for girls in fifth grade and older, created to fill a gap for those who are too old to attend the Dads and Daughters Dance for girls in kindergarten through fourth grade. For more…

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Debbie Voorhies and her dog, Primrose, enjoyed the sunshine and unseasonably mild temperatures Monday with a walk through downtown Grand Haven. Voorhies recently moved to Grand Haven from Hudson, Massachusetts, just outside Boston. Her favorite part about West Michigan? “The traffic here is …

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When he was in fifth grade, Gavin Hubner’s friend brought a yo-yo to school.

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The Sytsma family recently moved to West Michigan, and learned about the Winterfest Family Dog Pull while perusing Facebook.

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The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Alice in Wonderland, Captain Ahab and Moby Dick, and a replica of Ted Nugnet’s zebra-print Ford Bronco sped down the slopes at the Ski Bowl during Saturday’s Winterfest Cardboard Sled Race.

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The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Alice in Wonderland, Captain Ahab and Moby Dick, and a replica of Ted Nugnet’s zebra-print Ford Bronco sped down the slopes at the Ski Bowl during Saturday’s Winterfest Cardboard Sled Race.

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The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Alice in Wonderland, Captain Ahab and Moby Dick, and a replica of Ted Nugnet’s zebra-print Ford Bronco sped down the slopes at the Ski Bowl during Saturday’s Winterfest Cardboard Sled Race.

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The Winterfest Family Dog Pull was once again a hit, with eager dogs racing across the finish line with their happy owners in tow. 

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Singer/songwriter to perform at Tri-Cities Historical Museum

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LANSING (AP) — As promised, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed legislation Thursday that would have ended Michigan's ban on using bait to hunt deer or elk, saying the restriction is needed to curb the spread of animal diseases such as chronic wasting disease.

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Some of the best sailors from across the country will converge on Spring Lake Yacht Club this weekend for the 34th annual MC Blue Chip Regatta. 

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The last pair of purple martins nesting in the gourds at Grand Haven State Park may have a tough time getting their young ready in time for the flight south to the Amazon rainforest.

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The Lighthouse Quilt Guild has not only provided a place to share knowledge, but has become a meaningful community for many women in the area.

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FERRYSBURG — Area residents participating in a regularly scheduled bird walk were treated to a colorful fly-by Wednesday morning when an incoming storm pushed the migrating birds across the big lake.

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Steve Karsch was in bed Tuesday night reading a memoir when he had the urge to check Twitter just before falling asleep. The social media platform was abuzz: President Trump had tweeted a few hours prior about how big his nuclear button is.

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FRUITPORT — The Winter Olympics are set to begin in about four weeks, and while the best of the best will be skiing, luging and bobsledding in South Korea, a duo from West Michigan is busy introducing a new winter sport — ice bowling.

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A solid foot of base, cold temperatures and a constant barrage of fluffy white snow have combined to start a banner season for winter outdoor activities.

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HOLLAND — The specific origin of the toy known as the yo-yo is uncertain. One reference point is at the National Museum in Athens, Greece. On display inside the museum are several vases dating back to 500 B.C., depicting young Greeks playing with discs tethered to a cord.

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Cindy and Don Anderson have done their share of traveling, but it was a 2013 trip to Uganda that produced — as Cindy would say it — her epic fail and her greatest joy.

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At 22 years old, Justin Stielstra is one of the youngest mushers in the field at this year’s Iditarod sled dog race – one of the most physically and mentally demanding challenges a person can endure.

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Every year I am up early preparing for the early morning gift giving. I want to be ready to capture the many wonderful memories that would soon unfold. So since it’s just a few short days from Christmas and I just wanted to send you happy greetings and a few easy tips to improve your Christm…

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Walking through the parks and along the waterfront of Coast Guard City, USA and you may notice a relatively new phenomena — people of all ages suspended and swinging in the air.

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TRAVERSE CITY — A sign in the Dunckley deer camp kitchen reads, “Gino’s Café.” It’s both a tribute to the camp cook and a warning to those who might encroach on his territory.