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I grew up in South Haven, Michigan.  Gotta love the lakeshore! Still feel a yearning for the beach, pretty much daily.  Moved to Grand Rapids to go to Calvin College. Fell in love with GR and have been here since! (Go Beer City, USA!)   Big fan of crime TV, the '90s (scrunchies! Saved By the Bell!), my own rude and feisty cat, the beach (you may have thought I covered that already, but I really really love it, OK?), reading,  people watching, drinking on patios, playing the most inappropriate cards in Cards Against Humanity, and my dear, dear family.
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Grand Haven in the Running for ‘Best Freshwater Beach in the U.S.’

C'mon, this is The Great Lakes State! If we're talking about the top freshwater beaches in the country, of course Michigan is going dominate!

Grand Haven State Park and five other Michigan beaches are in the running for "Best Freshwater Beach" in a USA Today and 10 Best reader's poll.

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Mackinac Bridge Featured on Inside Edition’s ‘Scariest Bridges in America’ [Video]

My boyfriend's mom tells a terrifying tale about the Mackinac Bridge. She was crossing it on a rainy, windy day in 1989; It was the day Leslie Pluhar lost control of the Yugo she was driving and swerved off the bridge, plunging 170 feet into the chilly waters below.

It's the stuff of Michigan legend, but it's a true story that has helped give the Mackinac Bridge it's scary reputation.

On Wednesday night Inside Edition did a story on the Mackinac Bridge and the officials who offer to help drive stressed-out motorists across.

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Netflix US $ Canada via Youtube
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‘Making a Murder’ Steven Avery’s Defense Lawyers Coming to DeVos Performance Hall on Speaking Tour

"Making a Murderer" fans rejoice! About the only two likable people from the Netflix documentary are coming to Grand Rapids!

Steven Avery's defense lawyers Dean Strang and Jerry Buting will stop at DeVos Performance Hall March 20, as part of a speaking tour.

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Grand Rapids Restaurant Tops ‘Best Coney Dogs in Michigan’ List

Don't judge me, but as a West Michigander, I'm really not all that familiar with Coney Dogs.

It was only recently I learned Coney Dogs were even a Michigan "thing". It kinda seemed to me Coney Island Hot Dogs were more prevalent on the other side of the state-- big in Flint and originating in either Jackson or Detroit, depending on who you ask...

That's why this honor is all the more impressive! The One Stop Coney Shop in Grand Rapids is being praised for having the No. 1 Coney Dog in Michigan!

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Fatalities Confirmed in Multi-Vehicle Pile Up on I-94 in Van Buren County

UPDATE:  Initial information from Michigan State Police indicated two fatalities. Authorities later confirmed one fatality as a result of the accident. 

A multiple vehicle crash has caused I-94 to close in both directions in Van Buren County near Hartford and Watervliet.

According to Fox 17, Michigan State Police believe at least two people are dead following the pile up involving nearly 65 vehicles Sunday afternoon.

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Jim Caldwell will Remain Detroit Lions Head Coach

The Detroit Lions announced Friday that Jim Caldwell will return as head coach for the 2016 season.

The Lions had said that Caldwell's future with the team would be up to new General Manager Bob Quinn. Quinn said Monday he would need to get to know Caldwell before determining his future with the team. His deliberation complete, Quinn has decided Caldwell is a good fit with the Lions and will remain head coach. 

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Grand Rapids Street Sweeping Crew Witnesses Deadly Shooting Friday Morning [Video]

Police are asking anyone with information on a deadly shooting on Grand Rapids' northeast side early Friday morning to come forward.

The shooting happened around 4a.m. near Knapp Street and Truxton Drive. A street sweeping crew nearby witnessed an unknown suspect shoot the woman and drive off in a vehicle, Wood TV8 reports. 

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Viral Video Shot at Grand Rapids Bus Stop Shows Strangers Standing Up to Bullies [Video]

If you saw a young person being bullied what would you do? Would you step up and say something or would you ignore it?

Who will stop the bullying?

This is the question a new anti-bullying video shot in Grand Rapids asks.

The way several strangers reacted to the social experiment makes me proud to be a Grand Rapidian!

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