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Back-to-School 2014: Check Out #BTSWMI, #BTSWestMI Photos from Twitter, Instagram Right Here

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

Use the hashtags #btswmi or #btswestmi on Twitter or Instagram with your back-to-school pictures from greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan. Let's show our pride pictorially about our students, children and kids.

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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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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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Looking Forward to the Next Holiday Weekend: Labor Day

The summer is midway through practically, although it's only mid-July.

That's what we get for starting the season with Memorial Day instead of the official start of summer with the summer solstice.

Soon, Labor Day will be upon us here in West Michigan, which means a long, last weekend of summer and more time off for the rank and file.

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Y’All Ready For an Awesome ’80s Holiday Weekend? [Video]

Are you all ready for an awesome '80s holiday weekend!

Of COURSE you are! Who DOESN'T love the '80s?

It's when I grew up, became a real person and developed a love for music and radio! Plus, let's be honest, Molly Ringwald was super hot!

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Tuesday Is Free Pancake Day At IHOP!

So this year IHOP threw us a curve ball. Last year, National Free Pancake Day was in February and on the same day as National Weather Persons' Day. Weather persons' day has come and gone, and Tuesday is IHOP Free Pancake day!

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Weather Alert: It’s Still Winter [Video]

The arctic blast gripping Grand Rapids and West Michigan is expected to loosen today, according to the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office and WZZM-TV, Channel 13.

The temperature reached a high of 8 degrees and a low a minus-1 degree Tuesday, with wind chills as low a 20 degrees-plus below zero at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.

In Holland at West Michigan Regional Airport, it reached a high of 11 degrees late Tuesday with a low a minus-1 degree early Tuesday and wind chills of minus-23 degrees.

Snow and windy conditions created near-blizzard conditions and sub-zero temperatures with sub-zero wind over the past three days. However, the high today is expected to reach 18 degrees.

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Greater Grand Rapids: Stuck in Polar Mode [Video]

Good morning. Welcome to the artic. You've been officially temporarily moved to a polar region.

Michigan and the Midwest are stuck in a polar vortex, according to the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office. Typically, such an arctic blast -- or wintry hurricane -- only hits northeastern Canada a la Ontario, Quebec and regions further north.

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Consumers Energy Fixing Power Outages in Greater Grand Rapids, West Michigan

This will remembered as the Christmas without power for many.

FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE: As of 4:30 a.m. Friday, 52,000 Consumers Energy customers were without electricity. Since noon Saturday, the winter storm caused more than 377,000 outages across Michigan.

Among the counties most affected by the outages still are Kent, with 313 customers without power; Barry, 6,754; Ionia, 1,909; Kalamazoo, 187; and Calhoun, 739.

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Fight Hunger: 10 Donation Ideas for Food Banks; Find and Give Help in Grand Rapids

This time of year, food banks and food pantries are working extra hard to keep their shelves stocked.

For those in a charitable mood, you might wonder what these charities seeking for donations. Here are 10 ideas:

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Power Restoration Continues in Greater Grand Rapids, West Michigan [Video]

Despite some extra efforts, Christmas is a powerless holiday for many in greater Grand Rapids and across West Michigan because of snow, cold and the lingering effects of a weekend ice storm, officials said Tuesday.

More than 152,000 electricity customers of Consumers Energy were without power headed into Tuesday evening.

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Grand Rapids Named Lonely Planet’s No. 1 U.S. Travel Destination for 2014

Grand Rapids scored some high marks from Lonely Planet!

The marks were so good that Lonely Planet put Grand Rapids and West Michigan atop its list of "Top 10 U.S. Travel Destinations for 2014."

Grand Rapids beat out destinations such as Yosemite National Park, Las Vegas and Lana'i, Hawaii!

Lonely Planet credits Grand Rapids' craft breweries along with the festivals cele

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