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Grand Rapids Voted Best Beer Town in the USA

Grand Rapids wins another title in the name of craft beer!

Already the reigning Beer City USA, Grand Rapids has now claimed the title  “Best Beer Town in the USA” in USA Today's and 10Best's annual poll.

The honor was just bestowed at noon. Tampa; Asheville, N.C.; Bend, Ore.; and Fort Collins, Colo., were also in the top five.

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Grand Valley Police Investigating Sexual Assault

Police are investigating a sexual assault reported on Grand Valley State University's Allendale campus.

A university spokesperson told WZZM 13 that the assault was reported Monday, October 13. The assault was reported to have happened outside of the Robinson Living Center some time last week, but the spokesperson did not specify the date. 

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Justin Sullivan, Getty Images
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New Brewery Coming to Cedar Springs [Video]

West Michigan's beer fever is spreading!

After last week's announcement that New Holland Brewing is coming to Grand Rapids, WZZM-13 reports there is another brewery on the horizon in Cedar Springs.

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Enterovirus Case Confirmed at West Michigan School

Newschannel 3 is reporting that there has been a confirmed case of Enterovirus D68 at a Portage school.

According to a spokeswoman from Portage Public Schools, the case was discovered at Haverhill Elementary.

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College Football’s Balance of Power Has Shifted, Other Things We Learned in Week 7

Mississippi State has gone from unranked to No. 1 faster than any team in history. And that’s just one of the surprises from this week in college football.

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Grandville Business On ‘Shark Tank’! [Video]

"Shark Tank" is on Friday nights on ABC, so people might miss it. However, they also rerun it on CNBC weeknights. Bingo!

The other night a business from the Grand Rapids area was featured!

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John Eisenschenk
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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On October 12

ArtPrize 2014, Grand Rapids' sixth annual public art extravaganza, wraps up today.

So, head to downtown Grand Rapids to check out the winners and revisit your favorites before ArtPrize closes at 6 p.m.

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Anila Quayyum Agha’s "Intersections" -- Ann-Marie Jurek
Anila Quayyum Agha’s "Intersections" -- Ann-Marie Jurek
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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On October 11

And the envelopes please.

On Friday night in ceremonies at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre with a watch party at Rosa Park Circle, ArtPrize 2014 handed out its awards.

The big winner was Indianapolis artist Anila Quayyum Agha's Grand Rapids Art Museum installation titled "Intersections."

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Matt Milhouse
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ArtPrize 2014: The Winners [Video]

Anila Quayyum Agha’s “Intersections” is the public vote grand prize winner of ArtPrize 2014.

The juried grand prize produced a tie between Quayyum Agha’s “Intersections” at Grand Rapids Art Museum and Sonya Clark’s “The Hair Craft Project” at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.

Quayyum Agha's wins, announced Friday night in ceremonies at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, total $300,000 for the Indianapolis resident.

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BaCon: A Bacon & Beer Celebration
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BaCon: A Bacon & Beer Celebration Sizzles Nov. 8 at The DeltaPlex [Sponsored]

BaCon: A Bacon & Beer Celebration is returning for its second annual event in November at The DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center.

BaCon features bacon-inspired dishes and drinks, with tickets going on sale this morning for the Nov. 8 celebration.

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Steven Depolo
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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On October 10

Rick DeVos' brainchild is six years old this fall.

And for something originally imagined as a possible film festival, its 32-year-old founder admits ArtPrize has grown enough he's now able to take it in and enjoy it.

"In the earliest days, it was to do something that people would have to talk about," DeVos said Thursday at The ArtPrize Hub. "I always thought Grand Rapids could use a great cultural event."

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Kathryn Trumbull Fimreite's 'My Norwegian Pram' -- Matt Milhouse/100.5 The River
Kathryn Trumbull Fimreite's 'My Norwegian Pram' -- Matt Milhouse/100.5 The River
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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On October 9

This is the last day to vote for ArtPrize 2014.

Today (Thursday, Oct. 9) is the 16th day of ArtPrize's 19-day run, with 1,825 artists represented by 1,536 entries at 174 venues in downtown Grand Rapids and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

The ArtPrize 2014finalists for public voting and juried honors are in, and the top 20 in four categories on both lists get narrowed down through 11:59 p.m. tonight.

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