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Progress Made on Outages in Greater Grand Rapids and Across Michigan [Video]

Saturday afternoon update: Restoration work continues for Consumers Energy customers impacted by last weekend’s devastating ice storm and those affected by ice melting off trees and equipment from Friday’s and today’s warmer weather.

As of 11:30 a.m. Saturday, about 18,000 Consumers Energy customers remained without service, including 3,667 in Barry County and 468 in Ionia County. Since noon Dec. 21, the storm has caused 409,000 outages, or about 23 percent of the utility’s 1.8 million electric customers.

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Rachel Kramer
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Consumers Energy Fixing Power Outages in Greater Grand Rapids, West Michigan

This will remembered as the Christmas without power for many.

FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE: As of 4:30 a.m. Friday, 52,000 Consumers Energy customers were without electricity. Since noon Saturday, the winter storm caused more than 377,000 outages across Michigan.

Among the counties most affected by the outages still are Kent, with 313 customers without power; Barry, 6,754; Ionia, 1,909; Kalamazoo, 187; and Calhoun, 739.

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Fight Hunger: 10 Donation Ideas for Food Banks; Find and Give Help in Grand Rapids

This time of year, food banks and food pantries are working extra hard to keep their shelves stocked.

For those in a charitable mood, you might wonder what these charities seeking for donations. Here are 10 ideas:

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John Winkelman
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Power Restoration Continues in Greater Grand Rapids, West Michigan [Video]

Despite some extra efforts, Christmas is a powerless holiday for many in greater Grand Rapids and across West Michigan because of snow, cold and the lingering effects of a weekend ice storm, officials said Tuesday.

More than 152,000 electricity customers of Consumers Energy were without power headed into Tuesday evening.

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Becky Weber
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Powerless Christmas for 37,000-plus in Grand Rapids and West Michigan

It’s going to be a powerless Christmas for many households in Grand Rapids and elsewhere across West Michigan because of a weekend ice storm and a continued wintry mix including snow, officials said Monday night.

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More than 70,000 Without Electricity in Grand Rapids and West Michigan

As of noon today, more than 285,000 Consumers Energy customers statewide were without power caused by a snow and ice storm over the weekend.

That includes nearly 70,000 in Grand Rapids and West Michigan, according to the Jackson, Mich.-based utility.

 

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NORAD Tracks Santa Claus! [Video]

Santa Claus is getting ready for his annual Christmas Eve jaunt across the globe, bringing toys to all the good girls and boys.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is again helping make certain the trip is safe for the jolly old elf. NORAD is the U.S. and Canadian military combining forces to assist Santa Claus, and is tracking Santa Claus on his Christmas Eve journey across the globe.

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Grand Rapids Named Top Travel Destination

The Grand Rapids area has been named the #1 travel destination by Lonely Planet!

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Credit: Experience Grand Rapids
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Grand Rapids Named Lonely Planet’s No. 1 U.S. Travel Destination for 2014

Grand Rapids scored some high marks from Lonely Planet!

The marks were so good that Lonely Planet put Grand Rapids and West Michigan atop its list of "Top 10 U.S. Travel Destinations for 2014."

Grand Rapids beat out destinations such as Yosemite National Park, Las Vegas and Lana'i, Hawaii!

Lonely Planet credits Grand Rapids' craft breweries along with the festivals cele

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William  J. Hebert
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Top 3 Places to See Christmas Lights Displays in Grand Rapids!

There's nothing like seeing giant Christmas light displays.

With that in mind, I offer the top three places in Grand Rapids to see those cool yule hues and celebrate the season!

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Josh Wants to Know: “What in Grand Rapids do I HAVE to experience?”

I've officially been in town for a week and 2 days, yup I’m counting, but it feels like I've lived here way longer. I mean that in a good way. I spent the last 5 years in Petoskey, beautiful town but it’s great to be back in a larger city, much more like home for me. I can’t t

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Grandwich 2013 Kicks Off In Downtown Grand Rapids

Once again it's that time of year, Grandwich time! I am a bit of a foodie and love this local contest here in Grand Rapids. Each year local restaurants come up with their sandwich that is normally something you wouldn't see anywhere else! Using locally grown food these places come up with some crazy stuff. Do this years contestants have what it takes to win the Grandwich award? Last year one of our favorite places, Skywalk Deli took home the crown... who will it be this year?

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