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Bell’s Brewery Ranked Among Top Ten Breweries in U.S.

The Brewer's Association has put out their yearly review of craft brewery companies in the U.S. based on sales volume.

West Michigan is full of awesome breweries!  While no breweries from Grand Rapids made the list for 2015, we still have to give it up for our neighbors in Kalamazoo!

Bell's Brewery is ranked the No. 7 craft brewing company in the nation. 

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Holland Tulip Time Voted Best Flower Festival in U.S.

Growing up in West Michigan, the Holland Tulip Time Festival always meant the start of summer to me. Fingers crossed that when it kicks off May 7, we can be totally done with this snow that's been lingering!

Holland's annual celebration is being nationally recognized! Tulip Time has been voted "Best Flower Festival" in a USA and 10 Best readers' Poll.

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Millennium Park Beach in Kent County
Millennium Park Beach in Kent County
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Grandville, Ionia Make List Of ‘The Safest Cities In Michigan’

How safe is your neighborhood? Can you leave your door open without worrying that someone may stroll in with a dolly and cart out most of your living room?

Backgroundchecks.org recently rated the top 50 Safest Cities in Michigan and West Michigan was represented well, but not nearly well enough according to this author.

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Video of the Damage Caused by West Michigan’s F5 Tornado in 1956 [Video]

Today, (Sunday, April 3) marks the 60th anniversary of the strongest tornado to ever touch down in West Michigan. Check out this footage of the aftermath.

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Missing Central Michigan University Student Found Safe

Joshua Palmer, the 23-year-old Central Michigan University student reported missing Thursday, has been found safe according to police.

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Three Teens Admit to Vandalizing Van Buren County Cemetery For Fun

Three teenagers have admitted to vandalizing the Lacota Cemetery in Geneva Township.

Wood TV 8 reports that two 15-year-old boys and a 13- year-old girl say they tipped over and damaged nearly three dozen headstones for fun and because they were bored. 

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Ionia and Allegan County Ratio of Population to Primary Care Physicians Among the Highest in Michigan

County Health Rankings annual report examines a variety of health measures across the country. This week, we are taking a closer look at what the report has revealed about West Michigan.

The report found that the ratios of population to primary care physicians in Ionia County and Allegan County are among the highest in Michigan.

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West Michigan Whitecaps Announce Their New Menu Item for 2016 Season

Looks like you'll be able to get some "Dutch Love" at Fifth Third Ballpark this summer. The flatbread sandwich has been named the winner of the 2016 Fan Food Vote.

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Free STEAM-Based Spring Break Activities at Wyoming Library

Kent District Library’s Wyoming Branch is offering free STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities for kids on spring break.

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HopCat to Open New Kalamazoo Location

Soon Kalamazoo will know the delicious joy that is "crack fries".

BarFly Ventures LLC has announced plans to open a HopCat downtown Kalamazoo this fall, Wood TV 8 reports. 

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Grand Rapids, Gateway To The Playground Of A Nation? That’s What They Called Us In 1910 [Video]

This 1910 promotional film touting the Grand Rapids area shows that while we've changed in some ways over the past 106 years, in others ways, we're still the same.

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Kent and Kalamazoo County’s Population/Mental Health Provider Ratio Among Lowest in Michigan

County Health Rankings annual report examines a variety of health measures across the country. This week, we are looking at some of the highest and lowest rated health measures found in West Michigan.

The report found that the ratios of population to mental health providers in Kent County and Kalamazoo County are among the lowest in Michigan.

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