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Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands Open for Thanksgiving Weekend

Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands are set to give skiers and snowboarders another reason to be thankful this weekend. The two sister resorts, located about 45-minutes apart, are both opening for the holiday weekend.

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‘The Gales Of November’ Bring 18 Foot Waves And Surfers To Lake Superior [Video]

In his epic song about the sinking of the Great Lakes freighter, the Edmund Fitzgerald, Canadian song writer Gordon Lightfoot immortalized the phrase 'Gales of November' to describe the high winds that sweep Michigan's northernmost lake this time of year.

This weekend, the high winds pushed the waves to 18 feet off the coast of Marquette, and that meant one thing to some guys in Marquette -- SURF'S UP!!!

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Griffins Jersey Design Contest: Day Two [Photos]

The contest to vote for the new design of the Grand Rapids Griffins alternate jerseys entered day two on the Uni-Watch web site.

Local and national fans were afforded the opportunity to design new jerseys for the team. Each day, two groups are shown and voted on, with the highest vote getter becoming the new look for the Griffins this season.

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Five Excuses For Being Late That Would Only Work In Grand Rapids

CareerBuilder came out with its top excuses for being late, and many are pretty funny, but are there excuses for being late that are unique to Grand Rapids?

I have a few ideas, do you have some to add to the list?

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Free Fishing Weekend Is Here, But Beware Of Thin Ice [Video]

Michigan's Annual Winter Free Fishing Weekend has arrived (and who was the genius who made it the same weekend as Valentine's Day?) and despite the chilly temperatures, the DNR warns anglers that the ice may be thinner than it appears.

Plus -- the biggest lake trout I've ever seen pulled out of the ice.

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Grand Rapids Sixth In Nation When It Comes To Snow Plowing Response Time

This winter has been a bit less snowy then what we're used to, but rest assured, when the snow flies, Grand Rapids' private and commercial plow crews are top notch to getting your parking lot or driveway plowed out quickly. 

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Griffins Hope Home Ice Streak Continues [Video]

It seems like it's been forever since the Grand Rapids Griffins have played a game on the home ice at Van Andel Arena.

The truth is, it's been twenty days, and the Griffins are hoping that playing in front of their fans will lead to a berth in the Calder Cup Finals. 

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Mark Newman via the Grand Rapids Griffins
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Griffins’ Western Conference Finals Playoff Schedule Set, Wings Say Blashill Can Stay [Video]

Two of the top seeds in the American Hockey League's Western Conference, our own Grand Rapids Griffins and the Utica (NY) Comets, have survived and will face off against each other in best of seven series that will commence this Sunday night.

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Ionia Boys’ Basketball’s Austin Gregory Named High School Athlete of the Week

Austin Gregory, a senior who is the all-time scoring leader for Ionia High School's boys' basketball team, has been named Meijer-97.9 WGRD High School Athlete of the Week.

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East Grand Rapids Boys’ Swimming’s Andy MacGregor Named High School Athlete of the Week

Andy MacGregor, a junior who claimed two individual state titles and was on a state champion relay for East Grand Rapids High School boys' swimming team, has been named Meijer-97.9 WGRD High School Athlete of the Week.

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Michigan State Makes NCAA Final Four with 76-70 OT Win Over Louisville [Photos]

Travis Trice had 17 points and Denzel Valentine had 15 points and seven rebounds to lead Michigan State past Oklahoma 62-58 on Sunday afternoon in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in Syracuse, N.Y.

Branden Dawson added nine points and 11 rebounds and Bryn Forbes had 14 points for the seventh-seeded Spartans (27-11), who advanced to the Final Four with the triumph at Syracuse University's Carrier Dome.

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Michigan State Advances to NCAA Elite 8 with 62-58 Win Over Oklahoma [Photos]

Travis Trice had 24 points, Denzel Valentine had 18 points and Branden Dawson added six points and 11 rebounds to lead Michigan State past Oklahoma 62-58 on Friday night in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in Syracuse, N.Y.

The eight-seeded Spartans (26-11) advanced to the Elite Eight in the East Region with the triumph at Syracuse University's Carrier Dome.

Third-seeded Oklahoma (24-11) got 21 points from Buddy Hield and 16 points and seven rebounds from TaShawn Thomas.

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