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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On October 4

Scarlett Kanistanaux is working ArtPrize 2014 like she's running for office.

The Erie, Colo., sculptor has been in the first-floor lobby of 50 Monroe sharing about her 26-inch high, 26-inch deep, 51-inch tall dark fired clay piece titled "Quiet Mind" with the aplomb of an elementary school art teacher since ArtPrize Day One on Sept. 24.

The billboard artist-turned-sculptor, who's represented exclusively by Denver-based Pismo Fine Art Glass, has been readily meeting and greeting and not being discrete in discussing the largest ceramic sculpture she's ever done.

Today (Saturday, Oct. 4) is a big day for Kanistanaux and everyone else involved with ArtPrize as it enters the 11th day of its 19-day run in Grand Rapids. This is the last day of first-round public voting.

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Dodge/Chrysler LLC
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Legendary Dodge Brothers’ Spirit Lives on in ‘Ballroom –- They Dreamed Big’ Campaign [Video]

A century after Michigan native John and Horace Dodge created the Dodge Brothers Motor Car Company, their spirit lives on in a new advertising campaign being launched today in television spots for the 2015 Dodge Challenger.

The cinematic "Ballroom –- They Dreamed Big" is the first ad in a series capturing the spirit and passion the Dodges had for making great cars and how that vision is still driving the Dodge brand.

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Officer Accidentally Shoots Self Inside of Downtown Grand Rapids Court Building

It's being reported by WZZM-13 that a court officer accidentally shot himself reportedly while cleaning his gun inside the U.S. Bankruptcy Court building, which is next to the Grand Rapids Police Department in downtown Grand Rapids early Thursday afternoon.

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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On October 3

Rain is in the forecast, but that doesn't matter for ArtPrize.

Today (Friday, Oct. 3) is the 10th day of the 19-day public art exhibition, which runs through Oct. 12 in Grand Rapids. It's the midpoint of the sixth annual extravaganza.

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Five Guys, Potbelly, More to Open at Centerpointe Mall

The recently-constructed building near Centerpointe Mall (roughly where Arnie's used to be located) will soon be home to four new restaurants, including one that is brand new to Grand Rapids.

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Gun Lake Casino Will Remain Open!

The federal government has spoken. Gun Lake Casino will remain open, virtually forever.

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Who Will Still Be in the Playoff Hunt? Big Questions for Week 6 in College Football

With six games between ranked teams, this is the first real Showdown Saturday of the year that will shake up the playoff race. Here are the big questions as we enter Week 6:

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Matt Milhouse/100.5 The River
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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On October 2 [Video]

ArtPrize is hosting the public premier of the seventh season of a PBS series focused on contemporary art tonight.

Today (Thursday, Oct. 2) is the ninth day of the 19-day public art exhibition, which runs through Oct. 12 in Grand Rapids.

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Officials Warn Michigan Drivers: ‘Don’t Veer for Deer’

With the start of bow hunting season Wednesday, deer are on the move here in West Michigan. October and November are the riskiest months for deer-related vehicle accidents in Michigan.

Because of this, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and other organizations are coming up with new ways to bring the number of deer-related accidents down.

The Traffic Safety Coalition is trying to increase education when it comes to cars and deer by creating a video titled "Don't Veer For Deer", which will be shown in Michigan driver education courses.

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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On October 1

ArtPrize's 20 juried finalists are in and the public vote continues with first-round voting running through 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

The current public top 25 in each of ArtPrize's four award categories -- two-dimensional, three-dimensional, time-based and installation -- also have been made available. More than 200,000 votes had been cast as of 8 a.m. today in first-round public voting, according to ArtPrize's vote tabulations. The final 20 announcement is Sunday.

Today (Wednesday, Oct. 1) is the eighth day of the 19-day public art exhibition, which runs through Oct. 12 in Grand Rapids.

The public voting helps determine a $200,000 grand prize winner, with another $200,000 grand prize selected from the jurors' shortlists.

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ArtPrize 2014: ArtPrize Offers Free Bicycle Valet Parking

Tens of thousands of people are expected to visit downtown Grand Rapids to tour ArtPrize exhibits duration of the competition. That makes finding a place to park a vehicle a little bit difficult at times, even if it's only a bicycle.

But this year ArtPrize has an option for bikes. Valet parking.

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Wee Difference for October: Safe Haven Ministries

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

With that in mind, 98.7 WFGR has named Safe Haven Ministries, of Grand Rapids, as its Wee Difference charity for the month of October.

Since 1990, Safe Haven has been helping women and children find freedom from domestic violence.

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