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Post Back-to-School Pics on Twitter, Instagram with #BTSWMI, #BTSWestMI Hashtags; See Them Online at WFGR

Summer vacation and the three-day Labor Day weekend are over as students head back to school across Michigan on Tuesday.

Share your pride about your students headed back to school on their first day of the 2014-2015 school year. Use the hashtags #btswmi or #btswestmi on Twitter or Instagram, and see those photos online at WFGR.

We'll post those photos starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

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Thinkstock/ Tomislav Forgo
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Minimum Wage Employees In Michigan Get a Raise

If you're an employee making minimum wage, you're about to see a larger number on your paycheck.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Rules

A few weeks ago, this column was skeptical that Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' could reach $300 million. Now, it seems impossible that it won't. Thanks to ecstatic word of mouth, killer marketing and only one genuinely successful box office challenger (that would be 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'), Marvel's oddball space opera has managed to spend three of the past four weekends at the number one spot at the box office, giving it enough momentum to officially become the highest grossing film of 2014.

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Labor Fest 2014 Today in Grand Rapids’ Ah-Nab-Awen Park

Hard to believe September is here, isn't it? Seems like the summer went awfully fast.

But here it is, Labor Day. And if you're looking for something to do today, I'd like to point you toward Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Grand Rapids for Labor Fest 2014!

Labor Fest runs from 11 a

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Re/Max of Grand Rapids’ Grand Rapids Balloon Festival Gets Aloft Friday, Saturday in Wyoming

The first annual Grand Rapids Balloon Festival launches on Friday and Saturday.

Twenty-one hot air balloons from across the midwestern U.S., including the iconic Re/Max balloon, are taking part, according to festival organizer Re/Max of Grand Rapids.

The festival includes goings-on starting at 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday on the grounds of the corporate headquarters of Gordon Food Service, 1300 Gezon Parkway SW in Wyoming.

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98.7 WFGR’s September 2014 Top Songs Playlist

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Grand Rapids’ Grand Crossings Bridge Walk on Labor Day

The yearly Grand Crossings Bridge Walk is set for Monday morning in downtown Grand Rapids.

The walk will start at 8 a.m. at Ah-Nab-Awen Park at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and will be led by Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell.

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Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images
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A Labor Day Tradition Returns

I'm not sure what you use your Labor Day weekend for, but since returning to Michigan, I've brought back an old tradition from my days of living on the Lakeshore.

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Esquire: Brewery Vivant Has One of ‘Weirdest Brewery Locations In America’

Grand Rapids has gotten noticed for a lot of things in recent years: art, health care, beer, and much more.

Now, our "weird" brewery locations are getting attention, too.

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PHOTO: City of Grand Rapids
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Grand Crossings: Avoid Long Drive And Crowds; Walk Across a Local Bridge Or Two

You don't have to drive four hours and deal with 40,000 people to walk across a bridge on Labor Day.

The Grand Crossings Bridge Walk here in Grand Rapids is low key and less stressful.

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Last Gasp of Summer: Looking Forward to Labor Day Weekend

Drat. Summer is almost done.

Schools go back next week, at least those who aren't on year-round schedules.

Labor Dayis upon us here in West Michigan, which means one long, last weekend of summer and more time off for the rank and file.

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Missing 14-Year-Old From Marshall Found Safe In Atlanta

Hannah Marie Amaro, the 14-year-old girl missing since Saturday from Marshall, was located with a 29-year-old man at an Atlanta-area hotel on Tuesday.

The girl was located by authorities at a hotel in Georgia Tuesday afternoon, Marshall Police Chief Jim Schwartz said during a press conference Tuesday evening. She appeared to be fine, according the the Chief, but will be checked out at a hospital.

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