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Vote Now to Help Name Grand Rapids Top Town In America – Round 2

Grand Rapids has made it to Round 2 in Outside Magazine's ongoing "Best Town In America" contest.

In round one, Grand Rapids beat out Omaha, Neb.

This round, Grand Rapids is pitted against La Crosse, Wis. I've never been to La Crosse, but I can already tell you that Grand Rapids is better.

Want to help Grand Rapids move on to the next round? 

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BREAKING: Dorr Elementary School Evacuated

UPDATE (2:00 p.m.): Roughly 600 kids were evacuated from Dorr Elementary School and can be picked up a few blocks from the school at fire station. Police are still investigating the suspicious package at this time.

UPDATE (1:25 p.m.): Authorities are saying that the school has been evacuated as a precaution after a suspicious package was left outside of the building. Traffic is currently being detoured away from the area.

According to our friends at WZZM-13, Students at Dorr Elementary School have evacuated the building and are at the fire barn nearby. The evacuation occurred around 12:45 p.m. on Monday.

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Fifth Third Park Announces Concert Series

Fifth Third Ball Park in Comstock Park will take a break from baseball in August to host a three day concert series.  The dates are set for August 26-28, and the first show announced is Daughtry with the Goo Goo Dolls on August 27.  

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Godzilla’ is King

Everyone expected 'Godzilla' to take the number one spot at the box office this weekend, but few people saw it doing business that rivals 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' and 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2.'

'Godzilla' didn't just win the box office this weekend, it conquered it, proving that after all of these years, the king of the monsters is still a massive draw.

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Zeeland’s Two High Schools Simultaneously Lipdub Hall & Oates

What do you get when more than 2,000 students representing two high schools lipdub Daryl Hall and John Oates' "You Make My Dreams Come True" at the same time?

You get a split screen video of epic proportions.

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I-96 Construction Continues This Weekend — You’ve Been Warned [Map]

Last week, I had the unfortunate experience of forgetting about the I-96 construction zone between Lowell and Cascade.  It made my return trip from the Tiger game a little longer than necessary.

Take my advice -- plan around this week's slow downs.  

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Coming Soon to Grand Rapids: The Electric Run [Video]

How many different ways can you run five kilometers (3.1 miles)?  

The list seems infinite, as there are now color runs, mud runs, obstacle runs, zombie runs, and foam runs.

Add to that list the Electric Run, which is coming to Grand Rapids some time in 2014.

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Muskegon Mystery Letter Finds Its Way Back To Family [Video]

A letter from a serviceman home to his family in Muskegon during World War II somehow got sidetracked until it popped up in a carrier's mailbag.

Now, the letter is headed back to family members after it's odd journey.

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New Movies This Week: ‘Godzilla’ and ‘Million Dollar Arm’ [Video]

Get ready for the return of one of cinema's greatest monsters, plus an inspiring story of a few huge underdogs who get a chance to play Major League Baseball.

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Update: Wee Difference Honoree Keegan Bulk Wins Award for Efforts

Last September, as part of our Wee Difference campaign, we met a young man named Keegan Bulk from Fremont.  

His efforts to get toys for hospitalized children has earned him the title of HearthSong Hero.

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Consumer Energy Donating Free Light Bulbs to People in Need

 

Consumers Energy is helping families across Michigan to save energy and money this year by donating 85,000 energy-efficient light bulbs through food banks.

This month, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank is giving out about 40,000 Energy Star-qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) through its network of food pantries. Families receive a package of two CFLs, along with information on the bulbs' benefits and other energy-saving tips.

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New Holland Brewing Co. and Carhartt Team Up For New Brew

New Holland Brewing Co. has teamed up with Michigan-based company Carhartt to produce a new brew commemorating the work wear company’s 125th anniversary.

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