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Looking Forward to the Next Holiday Weekend: Labor Day

The summer is midway through practically, although it's only mid-July.

That's what we get for starting the season with Memorial Day instead of the official start of summer with the summer solstice.

Soon, Labor Day will be upon us here in West Michigan, which means a long, last weekend of summer and more time off for the rank and file.

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Elderly Jenison Woman Missing

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office is asking for help in finding a missing Jenison woman.

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Summer Craft Beer Festival Preview: Spring Lake’s Vander Mill Ciders [Video]

In honor of the Summer Craft Beer Festival, we’re making our way around to the participating breweries to taste what they’re bringing with the to John Ball Park on Saturday.

Today’s stop took me to our conference room, as the folks from Vander Mill Ciders came by and set up shop in our conference room to show off what they have to offer.

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Safe Boating Tip of the Week: Remember That Personal Watercraft Is a Boat [Sponsored]

There's plenty of summertime left and lots of boating still to be done.

Grand Valley Marine, with locations in Grandville and Grand Haven, urges you to say safe as possible when boating.

Caution and common sense are necessary, regardless of whether you're using a powerboat, a sailboat, a pontoon, a fishing boat, a ski boat or personal watercraft.

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Consumers Energy is increasing its tree-trimming efforts this year. (Photo: Consumers Energy)
Consumers Energy is increasing its tree-trimming efforts this year. (Photo: Consumers Energy)
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Consumers Energy Increases Tree Trimming for Safer, More Reliable Electricity [Video]

Consumers Energy is increasing tree-trimming efforts across Michigan this year in an ongoing effort to make delivering electricity safer and more reliable.

“Our work to keep electric lines clear is a vital part of our promise to deliver the energy you need, whenever you need it," said Mary Palkovich, Consumers Energy’s vice president of energy delivery.

"Fallen limbs or trees can cut power to hundreds or thousands of people at a time, and that’s why you see crews at work throughout the year in all conditions."

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Summer Craft Beer Festival Preview: Hudsonville’s Pike 51 Brewing Co. [Video]

In honor of the Summer Craft Beer Festival, we're making our way around to the participating breweries to taste what they're bringing!

Today's stop took Josh to Pike 51 Brewing Co. in Hudsonville.

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‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Talks About Everything

It's almost impossible to stay on topic when interviewing 'Weird Al'. He's a walking encyclopedia of popular culture knowledge and every answer leaves multiple alleyways to explore. Ahead, the topics covered include 'Star Wars,' 'UHF,' Charlie Kaufman, Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Springsteen, 'The LEGO' Movie, his is favorite movie of all-time, Joe Piscopo, 'The Naked Gun,' 'Rocky' and a host of other topics that don't have much to do with one another.

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Grand Valley State University Vying For Top Spot In Forbes’ #MyTopCollege Contest

Grand Valley State University is currently in the top ten schools in Forbes' social media driven #MyTopCollege contest. 

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Kentwood Tornado Assistance Meeting Tonight

Kentwood residents affected by  the tornado that struck the area Sunday, July 6 are invited to a community resource meeting. It's 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 14, at Kelloggsville Christian Reformed Church, located at 610 52nd St SE (map). 

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Hazardous Swimming Conditions Expected in Lake Michigan [Video]

Heads up if you're heading to the Michigan lakeshore later today and Tuesday!

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Conquers All

Riding a huge wave of strong reviews and even stronger buzz, 'Dawn of the Planet Apes' opened big for a non-superhero, non-Transformers movie, leading a top 10 that's full of just as many hits as misses. How about we just start at the top and work our way through?

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The B.O.B. Reopens Following Liquor License Suspension

The B.O.B. is back in business, starting today.

The restaurant and entertainment complex has been closed since July 3 because of a suspension of their state liquor license.

The downtown Grand Rapids establishment's license was suspended by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission after the death of a patron who fell down a back stairway while intoxicated. The state argued that servers at The B.O.B. had over-served Kevin O'Brien in 2013, when he fell to his death.

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