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I grew up in South Haven. Gotta love the Lake Michigan shore! I still feel a yearning for the beach, pretty much daily. I moved to Grand Rapids to go to Calvin College and study theater. Eventually I changed my major to another passion of mine- media. I was lucky enough to nab a position as an intern at Townsquare Media. About 10 years later I’ve had the pleasure of working in many positions, and I love that I get to spend every week day 10-3 talking with you on GRD! The Liquid Lunch is one of my favorite parts of the day! I’m getting married in September! My fiancé Charlie and I laugh together every single day, and he puts up with all of my nonsense—which is not a small amount of nonsense… I may have a slight problem with watching too much TV: Anything on Investigation Discovery, House of Cards, Chelsea Handler's Show, Chopped, Real Housewives, documentaries on Netflix… I could go on. Other things I love: My own rude and feisty orange cat (Money Bags! Yes, that's his real name!), the beach (you may have thought I covered that already, but I really, really love it, OK?), reading, ‘90s alternative rock, people watching, drinking on patios, and most of all -- my dear, dear family.
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Payless ShoeSource to Close at Woodland and Rivertown Crossing Mall

We learned in April that Payless was planning to close 400-500 stores nationwide.That list has grown.

USA Today reports that Payless is now is asking a federal bankruptcy judge for permission to close  up to 408 additional stores, including the Woodland Mall and Rivertown Crossing Mall locations.

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Deer Spotted Swimming in Lake Michigan Near Chicago Harbor [VIDEO]

With the weather warming up, we're all looking for ways to keep cool-- even deer, apparently.

What I love about this video of a deer swimming in Lake Michigan is that's not some super-remote, wooded area like we picture deer hanging out in. This deer is taking a dip near Montrose Harbor in Chicago

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Police Investigate Shooting During Large Fight on Grand Rapids Southwest Side

Police are investigating a shooting that occurred on Grand Rapids southwest side around 9:30p.m. Sunday night.

WZZM-13 reports that police were called to a large fight involving up to 15 teenagers on Merrill Avenue and Eton Street SW in the Black Hills neighborhood.

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Man Shot in Grand Rapids After Setting Up Sale on ‘Offer Up’ App, One in Custody [VIDEO]

A 25-year-old man was shot in the leg near Francis Avenue and Burton Street SE around 11a.m. Saturday.

According to WZZM-13, an early investigation reveals the man was meeting someone after setting up a sale through the app 'Offer Up'.

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South Haven Beach Shut Down on Wednesday Due to Partying College Students

Even though it's early in the season, South Haven police have already had to to shut down a beach because of visitors' behavior.

Wood TV 8 reports that South Haven's South Beach was closed for two hours on Wednesday after complaints about hundreds of college students partying on the beach. 

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