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Perfect Summer Date Spots in West Michigan

With summer upon us that means summer lovin'. Whether you're attached or single these are some of the best places to go on a date in West Michigan...

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Kent and Ottawa County Election Results

A number of West Michigan communities headed to the polls on Tuesday, May 3, including Grandville, Sparta, Grand Haven, Hudsonville, Jenison, Zeeland and more.

View complete election results for Kent and Ottawa counties.

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Grand Haven Sunset, Townsquare Media
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Grand Haven Makes ‘Ultimate Summer Weekend Road Trips’ List

Despite the snowy, slushy weekend we just had in West Michigan, we are definitely creeping closer to summer. With the weather warming, it's time to think about what to do with those summer weekends.

Business Insider has compiled a list of the top 9 Ultimate Weekend Road Trips to take this summer-- and Grand Haven made the list!

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Grand Haven Pier/ Townsquare Media
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Grand Haven Named No. 2 ‘Best Freshwater Beach in the U.S.’

Grand Haven State Park held the lead for quite a bit... but somehow, just got edged out and ended up the No. 2 Best Freshwater Beach in the U.S. according to a USA Today and 10 Best Poll.

Michigan did have the most beaches in the running, though, with six beaches among the 20 that readers could choose from.

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Grand Haven Pier/ Townsquare Media
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Grand Haven in the Running for ‘Best Freshwater Beach in the U.S.’

C'mon, this is The Great Lakes State! If we're talking about the top freshwater beaches in the country, of course Michigan is going dominate!

Grand Haven State Park and five other Michigan beaches are in the running for "Best Freshwater Beach" in a USA Today and 10 Best reader's poll.

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West Michigan Election Day Results – May 5, 2015

Today, Michigan voters decided if the state sales tax would be increased from six percent to seven percent.

Voters in Byron Township, Caledonia, East Grand Rapids, Forest Hills, Grand Haven, Hudsonville, Kentwood, West Ottawa and other communities also had issues on the ballot.

Results are in.

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A satellite view of the southern half of Lake Michigan this winter when a record for ice coverage was set. (Photo: NASA)
A satellite view of the southern half of Lake Michigan this winter when a record for ice coverage was set. (Photo: NASA)
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Beautiful Footage of Lake Michigan Ice Melt Off Coast of Grand Haven [Video]

Nik Henderson from Village Studio and his friend, Marcus Rietsma, took their camera drone out for a flight above the Lake Michigan shoreline in Grand Haven to capture some stunning footage of the ice melt in progress.

While this is gorgeous, I still can't wait until I'm out at City Beach lying in the sand while knocking back an Oberon.

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Michigan Kick Butts Day Events Target Getting Kids to be Smoke-Free

Kids were kicking butts across Michigan today in places like Grand Rapids, Grand Haven and Hastings, but it wasn't because they were bullying their peers.

They were standing up to Big Tobacco as part of the 20th annual Kick Butts Day.

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Ottawa County Sheriff's Department via WZZM-13
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Mears Man Charged with Report of False Terrorism, Destruction of Property in Grand Haven Coast Guard Attack [Video]

A 33-year-old man has been charged in the attack on the U.S. Coast Guard station in Grand Haven.

Matthew Lawrence Krueger was arrested Sunday after drove his pickup truck through a security gate at the Coast Guard Station and assaulted on-site personnel.

Prior to that, he had called Ottawa County Dispatch, telling them he had a bomb and was going to blow up the station.

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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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Grand Haven Cross that Drew Criticism Will Become an Anchor

Grand Haven city officials have approved plans to convert a 48-foot-tall cross on city-owned property overlooking the Grand River into an anchor.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports that the Grand Haven City Council approved a resolution Monday on a 3-2 vote to limit access to the Dewey Hill property as well as change the cross, which had faced criticism from local residents and a religious organization.

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Free Solar Eclipse Viewing Parties in Grand Rapids, Grand Haven

The solar eclipse expected around dusk tonight may be safely seen at viewing parties in Grand Rapids and Grand Haven.

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