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After the Doss family sold Muskegon County-based Structural Concepts in 2018, there was a full-fledged assumption that they had washed their hands with the company. The paperwork was finalized, the keys were handed over and life would go on.

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The campgrounds at Isle Royale National Park can get so crowded campers have to share sites with strangers, trek further into the wilderness to pitch their tent or pile into designated “overflow” sites with other visitors to the prized island park in Lake Superior.

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This past summer, Chris VanHekken had to turn away 100 families for Northwest Ottawa Recreation Authority’s eight-week summer camp. The nonprofit recreational organization was fresh out of extra sites and staff to accommodate such families.

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GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, as well as the peak season for tourism in Michigan – and while parts of the travel industry continue to recover after pandemic shutdowns, one section is still seeing growth.

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Grand Haven State Park officers know they’d have their hands full without them. Grand Haven Area Public Schools teachers say they love working with them. And Ottawa Area Intermediate School District coordinators say it’s a “perfect example of a win-win for all involved.”

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My son-in-law Eric Leaf and I stood next to each other on a wood platform, 80 feet above the ground in the woods west of North Muskegon. Both of us were looking at the wires that stretched out to another platform 1,400 feet away.

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I love to be outdoors. I enjoy running, hiking and swimming. Often in the summer, I take my family camping, and we go kayaking, canoeing and do other activities. With the temperatures anticipated to be above average this summer, what advice do you have for making sure we av…

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A new secondary red flag has been added to the Michigan State Park’s flag system, signaling that water access is closed.

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Sallie Brinks says she always enjoyed a trip to the beach, but due to being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease five years ago, those trips have become much more difficult.

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Just as the first day of spring officially kicked earlier off this week, the village’s four-year prized project, Tanglefoot Park, is starting to sprout life.

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CHICAGO — With spring migration picking up and warmer days ahead, researchers are preparing for another season of bird banding – an effort to understand how local birds are faring and future challenges they may face.

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GOLETA, Calif. — Seven days a week, dozens of retirees, college students, children and working parents flock to a sunbaked patch of pavement in this oceanside city just west of Santa Barbara. They’re here to play pickleball, a nearly 60-year-old sport that’s seen a surge in interest during t…

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NORTON SHORES — A soft opening has been scheduled for Saturday at Dune Harbor County Park, with “soft” an appropriate term at a gathering place where only a hill of sand separates 376 acres of recreational activities from Lake Michigan.

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GRAND HAVEN TWP. — The owners of Highway to Haven Family Campground, formerly known as Campers Paradise, are currently revamping the entire 9-acre parcel toward an expected grand opening during the first weekend in May.

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A judge restored federal protections for gray wolves across much of the U.S. on Thursday, after their removal in the waning days of the Trump administration exposed the predators to hunting that critics said would undermine their rebound from widespread extermination e…

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There’s been plenty of commotion about a local bayou’s fishery stock over the past few years.

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WEST OLIVE — With plenty of fresh, powdery snow in West Michigan this week – some areas receiving up to a foot – an Ottawa County park was able to open its lodge on Thursday.

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Season pass holders got their first taste of carving and cruising the slopes at the Mulligan’s Hollow Ski Bowl last Thursday – officially kicking off the 2021-22 season for skiers and snowboarders.

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FERRYSBURG — The Ottawa County Parks Foundation recently received a $2.5 million gift, which will help build overnight camping and other amenities at Ottawa Sands County Park.

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SPRING LAKE – The COVID-19 pandemic has caused hardship for many in Michigan, closing doors to countless businesses. At the same time, the pandemic has unexpectedly opened a door to a niche business in Spring Lake with more than 70 years of history.

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The Grand River Greenway campaign recently achieved its fundraising goal of $7.2 million — critical money in leveraging public funding as part of the $21 million project to eventually establish a public land corridor connecting Grand Haven to Kent County.

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State lawmakers became anglers Monday morning, casting lines into calm, quiet, deep-blue Lake Michigan waters – which made for rather leisurely fishing and conversation.

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LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday called for spending a "historic" $250 million in federal coronavirus relief aid to upgrade state parks and trails, a day after Senate Republicans announced a $1.5 billion plan to fix deteriorating local bridges across Michigan.