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Wind, snow to hit U.P. with latest storm system
A bit of a switch-up is in store for the northern tier of Michigan’s U.P. A low-pressure system will be moving in. After seeing high temperatures in the mid-to-upper 40s the past few days, Michigan will do her thing again. Because of this, the top of the state could see temps right back in bitter cold territory, falling into the teens as early as Friday morning.
Woman found dead in home near Holland, police arrest boyfriend in Las Vegas
OTTAWA COUNTY, MI - A body of an Ottawa County woman was found in her home, and officers arrested her live-in boyfriend while he was in Las Vegas, police said. Deputies responded for a wellbeing check around 10:30 p.m., Jan. 1 on the 200 block of Patti Place in Zeeland Township east of Holland, said the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.
Gibbs’ claims of poor performance by Ottawa County corporate counsel ‘baseless,’ attorney says
OTTAWA COUJNTY, MI -- The lead attorney for Ottawa County’s corporate counsel said John Gibbs is trying to “deflect scrutiny” by claiming the county’s legal team performed poorly. Gibbs, the Ottawa County administrator, said his complaints against Kallman Legal Group led county leaders to seek his...
Lake Superior State University names new president
SAULT STE. MARIE, MI – Lake Superior State University has selected its new president. David Travis, who is currently the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin at River Falls, will be the 11th president of Lake Superior State University, the Upper Peninsula university announced in a news release.
Kent County voters to decide on renewing early childhood millage
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Kent County voters in August will decide on renewing a millage dedicated to the county’s youngest learners. The Kent County Board of Commissioners on Thursday, Feb. 22, by a 17-2 vote approved placing the Ready by Five millage renewal of .25 mills on the Aug. 6 ballot. If renewed, the millage would be in place for another six years.
Orchard-inspired shandy variety pack introduced by Saugatuck Brewing Company
ALLEGAN COUNTY, MI — The newest variety pack from Saugatuck Brewing Company will give beer lovers a “taste of the orchards.”. A shandy variety pack, hitting stores March 1, features what brewery CEO John Miller describes as a “fruit-forward” style with blueberry, strawberry, peach and black cherry flavors.
Judge plans to rule next week in ‘complex’ Michigan GOP leadership battle
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The legal battle over who should rightfully be leading the Michigan Republican Party will continue into next week. On Thursday, Feb. 22, Kent County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Rossi heard from a pair of committee members brought in by a breakaway faction of the party. It is now led by Pete Hoekstra, who was recognized by the Republican National Committee over the previously-elected chairperson, Kristina Karamo, and Karamo refuses on concede power.
Open Mic Night, ‘Pilates and Pints’: 3 events in Muskegon this weekend (Feb. 23-25)
MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI - Locals and visitors along the lakeshore looking to milk the warmer weather while it lasts can do so by getting out and participating in fun events around town. Whether you’re searching for a great comedy show to attend or some quality brews to share with friends,...
See 23 penguins get their annual checkup at John Ball Zoo
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – No one likes their annual visit to the doctor, but the penguins at John Ball Zoo took it like a champ Thursday, Feb. 22, as they lined up to receive their routine yearly checkup. Twenty-three Magellanic penguins had their beaks and nails trimmed, blood drawn,...
VP Kamala Harris says Michigan’s abortion protections are at stake in 2024
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Vice President Kamala Harris visited Grand Rapids Thursday to cast a spotlight on reproductive rights, praising Michigan Democrats’ abortion policy achievements, even while offering grim predictions of the future if Republicans regain the White House. “I thank again the Governor and the Michigan legislature...
Jack in the Box plans to open 5 restaurants in Michigan
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Jack in the Box is bringing five restaurants to West Michigan in the next five years. The fast-food chain will open its first Michigan location in Battle Creek, new Jack in the Box franchisee Niraj Patel said in a news release. Locations in Kalamazoo, Calhoun and Kent counties will follow, according to a press release. Opening dates are not yet known.
Can’t afford waterfront views? Rent an office overlooking Muskegon Lake
MUSKEGON, MI -- Do your best ideas find you when you’re staring out the window? Try looking out over Muskegon Lake to get inspired. Inside Muskegon’s iconic bronze “pyramid” building is a coworking space offering open desk space, individual cubicles, private offices, tech-savvy boardrooms and a huge waterfront patio for happy hour.
Previous owner of murder weapon may testify in trial for Michigan school shooter’s dad
PONTIAC, MI -- A man who previously owned and sold back the gun later used in a mass shooting at Oxford High School on Nov. 30, 2021, may be called to testify in court. The man was named as a potential witness in the upcoming trial for 47-year-old James Crumbley, the father charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection to murders committed by his son.
‘Corgis on Ice,’ Winter Beer Festival: 5 events in Grand Rapids this weekend (Feb. 23-25)
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - As Michiganders welcome the nice weather, there are plenty of outdoor activities kicking off in the Grand Rapids area for the whole community to enjoy. Keep scrolling to find five fun events to plan for this weekend, including the 16th Annual Winter Beer Festival, the Grand Rapids Ballet’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and the Corgis on Ice event during the Griffins vs. Milwaukee Admirals game.
Attorney: John Gibbs’ suspension is ‘retaliation’ for efforts to ‘protect’ Ottawa County
OTTAWA COUNTY, MI -- Suspended Ottawa County Administrator John Gibbs is facing “retaliation” because he opposed decisions that might hurt the county, his attorney said. Ann Arbor employment law attorney Noah Hurwitz released a statement Thursday, Feb. 22, after Ottawa County leaders voted to place Gibbs on paid administrative leave. The 10-1 vote came after a closed session during an 8 a.m. special meeting.
West Michigan Whitecaps announce 2024 special theme nights at LMCU Ballpark
COMSTOCK PARK, MI — If the warm weather has you thinking ahead to spring and summer, the West Michigan Whitecaps are gearing up for a new season of baseball near Grand Rapids. The minor league Tigers affiliate team kicks off its home opener at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9,...
Already file your tax return? Here’s how to track when you’ll receive your refund
Tax refunds have begun being issued, but if you’re one of the millions waiting to receive your money, the Internal Revenue Service offers a tool that allows you check your status. The “Where’s my refund” tool is available to anyone who files a 2024 tax return and is expecting a refund.
Atlantic hurricane season list includes 2 new names with retirements of Florence, Michael
The 2024 Atlantic hurricane season list has been released and includes two new names, two names that have never been used and the oldest name on any of the rotating lists, Weather.com reports. Hurricane name lists are on a six-year rotation, which means this year’s list is almost the same...
Conflict of interest, disagreement paves way for senior high-rise, other Muskegon projects
MUSKEGON, MI – Four community initiatives in Muskegon left out of an initial round of ARPA funding were the beneficiaries of one Muskegon city commissioner’s conflict of interest and another’s rejection of a $150,000 community path project. The denial of Pioneer Resources’ proposed path paved the way...
McDonald’s bringing its anime counterpart to life with manga packaging, new sauce
WcDonald’s, the anime version of McDonald’s, is about to become reality. The fast-food chain announced this week that the WcDonald’s campaign will take place at restaurants in the U.S. and in more than 30 markets around the world on Feb. 26. A new sauce, manga-inspired packaging, episodic shorts and more is expected.
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