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Michigan Works! Engages for Kent, Allegan and Barry Counties [Sponsored]

Michigan Works! Kent, Allegan & Barry Counties works closely with employers across the three-county region of Kent, Allegan and Barry counties to match individuals with jobs.

If you’re unemployed, underemployed or are looking for a new career, Michigan Works! can help you take that next step.

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Grandville Hockey’s Mitchell Parsons Named High School Athlete of the Week

Mitchell Parsons, who captains eighth-ranked Grandville High School's hockey team, is this week's Meijer-97.9 WGRD High School Athlete of the Week.

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Dishing Out All of Dessert Wars’ Goodness

Dessert Wars is tonight!

It runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday night at the Amway Grand Plaza's Ambassador Ballroom in downtown Grand Rapids.

Get your tickets at the door!

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Mary J. Blige, Herbie Hancock, Questlove Added to Grammy Awards Performers [Video]

Mary J. Blige is going to do a duet with Sam Smith for the 57th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

She was announced Wednesday as an additional performer along with Beck, Brandy Clark, Juanes, Sia and pianist Lang Lang.

In addition, Herbie Hancock, John Mayer and Questlove have a special performance with Ed Sheeran slated. Also, Jeff Lynne's reunited Electric Light Orchestra is also performing with Sheeran.

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Grand Rapids Breaks February 1 Snowfall Record with 8.8 Inches [Video]

Remember that snowstorm we had in January?

Well, the Super Bowl Sunday-Groundhog Day snowstorm was just as bad with gusting winds, sub-zero wind chills and plenty of snow.

Snowfall totals from the snowstorm hitting greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan in some locales piled up more than a foot of the white, fluffy stuff, according to the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office.

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Tom Brady’s MVP Effort Leads New England to 28-24 Win Over Seattle for Fourth Super Bowl Title [Video]

A pair of fourth-quarter TD passes by MVP quarterback Tom Brady and a defensive stand won it for the New England Patriots in a 28-24 Super Bowl XLIX win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night in Glendale, Ariz.

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Greatest Hits 98.7 WFGR’s February 2015 Playlist of Top Songs

Fleetwood Mac's 'Say You Love Me'

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Super Bowl XLIX Is As Much About Concerts, Parties, Festivities As the Big Game

While Super Bowl XLIX is all about the Big Game on Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., it is also about what goes on off the field.

That is because during football's biggest week and weekend comes plenty of celebrating before the spectacle.

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Bird’s-Eye Views of Lake Michigan’s Wintry Shoreline Near Grand Haven [Video]

Talk about cool.

Byron Center's Tommy Sadler took some awesome Lake Michigan shoreline visuals on Saturday at Rosy Mound Natural Area near Grand Haven.

The aerials were shot with a DJI Phantom 2 drone-mounted GoPro camera.

Wintry and wonderful.

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WGRD Pond Hockey Classic Put Off Ice for Rest of Weekend Because of Conditions

The WGRD Pond Hockey Classic 2015 is done for the weekend and its remaining games will be rescheduled because of tenuous ice conditions at Richmond Park.

As of 9 p.m. EST Saturday, it was determined by tournament officials the ice at the Grand Rapids park was no longer in playable condition and Sunday's schedule has been canceled, said Angela Paasche, the tourney's director and Townsquare Media Grand Rapids live events manager.

Forty-five teams had played games Friday and Saturday in the WGRD Pond Hockey Classic, presented by Labatt Blue and Dematic. Most of Saturday's games had been completed.

Plans are to announce rescheduling of the remainder of the tournament early next week, Paasche said.

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Pond Hockey Classic 2015: Friday Night Lights

Forty-five-teams. Five rinks. Three days over one weekend. One park in Grand Rapids.

That pretty much sums up the WGRD Pond Hockey Classic 2015, which opened Friday night under the lights.

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LL Cool J’s Hosting Grammy Awards for Fourth Straight Time [Video]

Grammy Award-winning singer, actor, entertainer and author LL Cool J has been named to host the 57th annual Grammy Awards next month, his fourth straight year as emcee for the music industry honors.

The Grammy Awards are being announced Feb. 8 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, with CBS broadcasting the festivities live from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. EST.

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