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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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A hiking trail in Ottawa County and a kayak launch in Fruitport are among a diverse range of projects recommended this week for state outdoor recreation grants.

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Temperatures are expected to reach into the 40s for much of this coming week.

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The redevelopment of the village of Spring Lake’s Tanglefoot Park is getting a big boost from two local residents who have pledged $1 million toward the project.

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Commuters and homeowners along Waverly Avenue near Beechtree Street should see the road open again today after a closure this past week for work at Sluka Field.

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FERRYSBURG — Despite the cooler weather and rain, a crowd gathered at the Ottawa Sands county park for a dedication ceremony Tuesday.

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FERRYSBURG — Since 2017, Ottawa County Parks employees have been working with their partners to acquire a 345-acre Ferrysburg property previously owned by Gaylen Byker.

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Mosquitoes carrying the deadly Eastern equine encephalitis have driven at least one Friday night football game in Michigan to the daylight hours.

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Whether it’s on foot or on horseback, a mountain bike or a snowmobile – or even in a canoe – Michigan has a trail for you.

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Hard to believe it’s almost Labor Day. But, fortunately, we have a long, summer-stretching weekend ahead.

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Spring Lake Village Council members say they want to know the cost estimates before committing to any changes at Tanglefoot Park.

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GRAND HAVEN TWP. — A visit to Mercury Park offers guests use of a softball field and playground on one end, and may soon have a multipurpose grass field on the other side.

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FERRYSBURG — For the past two years, the Ottawa County Parks system has worked to purchase a 345-acre property previously owned by Gaylen Byker.

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FERRYSBURG — Children screamed in delight as a mist of water sprayed out of an inflatable T-Rex sprinkler.

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Life doesn’t hand out many free rides, but this coming Saturday, the youth of Grand Haven will get the opportunity for a free plane ride at the Young Eagles event at the local airport.

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After wading through a pool of 82 candidates, Ottawa County Administrator Al Vanderberg announced Tuesday that Jason Shamblin has been selected to serve as the county’s parks and recreation director.

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To celebrate 100 years of Michigan’s state parks, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer handed out ingredients to make s’mores to dozens of local schoolchildren at Grand Haven State Park on Friday.

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Blue skies and temperatures hovering around 60 Tuesday afternoon greeted passengers eager to see a section of the Grand River from aboard a replica of an old-time riverboat.

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WEST OLIVE — Lakeshore Visual Arts Collective will transform the nature center at Hemlock Crossing County Park into a one-night-only, pop-up art venue Saturday, March 23, from 5-8 p.m.

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Longtime Ottawa County parks chief John Scholtz is retiring this summer, but he doesn’t plan on retiring his love for enjoying the parks he has helped develop.

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ALLENDALE TWP. — The Michigan Recreation and Park Association — an organization dedicated to the advancement of public spaces, recreation and natural resources — announced this week that Ottawa County Parks was awarded the 2018 Park Design award for Grand Ravines.

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Mary Schultz said she hadn’t laughed so hard or as much in such a long time as she did when she and her three Schroeder siblings recreated a pose for a picture that appeared in the Grand Haven Tribune in August 1968.

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LELAND — Jamie Racklyeft nearly died in a rip current in Lake Michigan off Van's Beach in Leland six years ago.

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The Grand Haven fireworks show next week will feature plenty of surprises with a creative, synchronized design, according to City Manager Pat McGinnis.