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Janna

I grew up in South Haven, Michigan.  Gotta love the lakeshore! Still feel a yearning for the beach, pretty much daily.  Moved to Grand Rapids to go to Calvin College. Fell in love with GR and have been here since! (Go Beer City, USA!)   Big fan of crime TV, the '90s (scrunchies! Saved By the Bell!), my own rude and feisty cat, the beach (you may have thought I covered that already, but I really really love it, OK?), reading,  people watching, drinking on patios, playing the most inappropriate cards in Cards Against Humanity, and my dear, dear family.
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Dog Flu Confirmed in Grand Rapids [Video]

This spring an outbreak of canine influenza sickened more than 1,000 dogs in the states surrounding Michigan.

Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Indiana have all seen cases of the virus, some of them deadly.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has now confirmed three cases of dog flu in Michigan: two in Grand Rapids and one in Macomb County, Wood TV 8 reports.

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West Michigan Earthquake Strikes During Pastor’s Nepal Relief Sermon

Where were you around 12:25p.m. Saturday? Did you feel a weird rumbling/ quaking?

I've heard some interesting tales of what people thought it was-- a car accident, odd thunder on an otherwise gorgeous and sunny day, houseguests wrestling in another room (this comes from my little brother who's 24, for which that would be a totally normal thing).

Turns out, it was an actual earthquake here in West Michigan.

And that moment was caught on tape at a church in Paw Paw, where a pastor was giving a sermon on donating to the Nepal earthquake relief fund.

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Frederik Meijer Gardens Sells Out Nine Concerts in Just Two Hours

The members only pre-sale for Frederik Meijer Garden's Summer Concert Series started at 9 a.m. Saturday, and by 11 a.m. nine of the scheduled shows had already sold out. 

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Allegiant Air Pilots’ Strike Could Affect Grand Rapids Travel This Week

Flying Allegiant Air anytime soon?

A pilots' strike that could begin as early as Thursday (April 2) could impact your spring break travel plans.

Reuters reports that the strike follows more than two years of unsuccessful contract talks and several allegations made by the union and management alike.

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Grand Rapids Griffins Prank Fans with Fake Parking Tickets for April Fools’ Day

Parking tickets suck. Think about that feeling of dread you get when you see a ticket on your car.

Then, imagine that feeling turning to joy when you realize it's actually a free ticket to a Grand Rapids Griffins' game!

Nice one, Griffs.

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Grand Rapids Griffins’ Inaugural Dog Day Is Sunday at Van Andel Arena

Sometimes it's sad leaving your four-legged best friend at home when you head out for a good time.

This Sunday, March 22, your dog can join you at the Grand Rapids Griffins home hockey game!

It's the American Hockey League club's inaugural Dog Day at Van Andel Arena!

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Dublin Pub Owner: Founders All Day IPA Is Top Seller on St. Patrick’s Day [Video]

A pub owner in Ireland says a Grand Rapids beer is a top seller in his pub on St. Patrick's Day!

Gareth Cummings, who runs Thomas House in Dublin, gave props to Founders All Day IPA in a Reddit AMA session.

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Michigan-Fuller Intersection in Grand Rapids will be Closed Two Weeks in April

Possibly the only not great thing about spring is that it marks the beginning of pothole and road construction season in West Michigan.

The City of Grand Rapids announced Monday that a major intersection in Grand Rapids will close for two weeks in April:

The corner of Michigan Street and Fuller Avenue NE will be getting a full concrete overhaul.

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