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This Fake ‘Ocean Life Found In The Great Lakes’ Story Is So Out There, It’s Kind Of Amusing

From photoshopping whales surfacing off the coast of the Sleeping Bear Dunes, to sharks being caught in Chicago, I've reached the end of my tolerance for the BS stories about the aquatic life found in Lake Michigan. Who believes this stuff?

But the latest one is actually so far out there, and written with just enough snark to be at least kind of funny.

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Which Other Michigan Park Or Landmark Would You Like To See On A Quarter? [Poll]

In 2010 the US Mint started to issue quarter dollar coins that featured National Parks and other National Sites as part of the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program...

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Flip That House! Grand Rapids Among The Top Cities To Flip in 2017

The real estate market is still hot in West Michigan, and if you're into flipping houses (buying them low, renovating and selling for a profit), GR is in the top ten in the nation for doing just that.

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Do You Think Schools In Michigan Start Too Early? [Poll]

More and more schools in Michigan are starting before Labor Day, despite the law that technically makes it illegal for schools to do so.  Schools can apply for waivers to the law in order to start class in August, and this year a record number of schools applied...

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The 10 Most Dangerous Intersections In West Michigan

Each year, the Michigan State Police release traffic crash statistics and we've compiled the 10 most dangerous intersections in West Michigan with the help of data from ClickOnDetroit...

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People Doing Good: GRPD Officer Caught Helping Overheated Elderly Lady

This is a great story and a great reminder.

I came across a post by Bruce Steffke in the We Are Westsiders Facebook group about an act of compassion he witnessed to at the Meijer gas station on Kalamazoo Ave, just south of 28th Street...

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14 Hot Air Balloons to Launch in Greenville

We don't see them as often as we used to but it's always fun seeing a hot air balloon.

It's even more fun when you can see 14 hot air balloons and become of member of the hot air balloon crew!

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Always Wanted to Own a Bar? Historic Montcalm County Pub is Up for Auction

"We should buy a bar."

Lots of us have uttered that statement before; It's even immortalized in an episode of "How I Met Your Mother".

Well, this could be your shot. A bar north of Grand Rapids off U.S. 131 is up for grabs online.

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Are You Missing Your Otter? You May Have Left It In Petoskey

A winery in Petoskey has sent out an all points bulletin, looking for the owner of an otter someone left behind in their tasting room.

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A New Service In Grand Rapids Lets You Avoid Awkward Conversations

Are you like me and try to avoid confrontation at all costs?  If so, you should check out bitterpillbox.com.  Chris Boden, CEO of The Geek Group National Science Institute and founder of Bitter Pillbox, started a service that will have an awkward conversation on your behalf for the low price of $50...

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Grand Rapids Man Puts Up Sign For ‘Free Stuff’ In His Yard, Thievery Ensues [Video]

When Joseph Alexander was cleaning house, he set out a box of stuff in the yard with a sign saying 'FREE STUFF'. Apparently, people driving by didn't quite understand the concept and took $3000 worth of his actual stuff.

Lesson learned.

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Do You Remember Gantos?

It now seems like a long time ago, but Gantos was a clothing institution for women in Grand Rapids, and many parts of the country. For nearly 70 years, the name Gantos said women's fashion.

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