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Bad Coffee House Musician
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Michigan Has a Few Dumb Laws – So No Serenading Your Girlfriend

Everyone gets a kick out of funny laws that happen to be on the books. Some of them are simple carryovers from a time long past, where things were simpler, or weirder, depending on your viewpoint. Some of these laws are just plain odd, and don't make sense.

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WZZM-13
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Jessica Heeringa’s Disappearance From Norton Shores to Be Featured on Investigation Discovery

It has been three years since 25-year-old Jessica Heeringa disappeared from a gas station in Norton Shores.

The young mother's story will be featured on an upcoming episode of Disappeared on the Investigation Discovery channel, WZZM-13 reports.

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Library of Congress
Library of Congress
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When Up North Was Still Rustic: What Harbor Springs Looked Like In 1900

I don't know about you, but there have been times when Ihave been stuck in a traffic jam just north of Harbor Springs on US 31 and thought to myself, 'How is this a relaxing get away? This is just like Friday afternoon in Grand Rapids!'

But there was a time when being 'Up North' meant you were away from it all. Unfortunately that was in 1906, as photos from the Library of Congress can attest.

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Ahmed Mohsen via Facebook
Ahmed Mohsen via Facebook
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Former Marine Yells at Arab American Teens “I’ve Killed Your Kind” in Michigan Gas Station [Video]

A Michigan man, who claimed to be a former Marine, was caught on video allegedly telling a group of Arab American teenagers, "I've been in Fallujah; I've killed your motherf---ing kind."

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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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Tulips In Full Bloom In Toyooka
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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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PetersonDesignStudio via YouTube
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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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Courtesy of the Central Michigan University Police Department
Courtesy of the Central Michigan University Police Department
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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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Van Buren County Sheriff's Office
Van Buren County Sheriff's Office
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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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Female doctor with receptionist in hospital, smiling, portrait
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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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Courtesy of the West Michigan Whitecaps
Courtesy of the West Michigan Whitecaps
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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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