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Grand Rapids: ‘Sports City’ to Host National Games in 2017

Athletes sprinting across the Blue Bridge. Skateboarders weaving around Calder Plaza’s La Grande Vitesse. A lone ice skater twirling in front of Frederik Meijer Gardens’ The American Horse. A baseball game at Rosa Parks Circle. A fast-moving, high-energy video that pairs…



Historic Upper Peninsula Site Gets Makeover from Tourism Pros

It took one very hard day of work to make years of difference at an historic park in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In its fourth restoration project, Michigan Cares for Tourism, a group comprised of tourism industry professionals and students, recently…

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ArtPrize Seven: Quilt Entry Scores Repeat Win for Artist

ArtPrize Seven saw many familiar finalists competing for the top prizes in this year’s international competition, which overtook Grand Rapids from Sept. 23 through Oct. 11. Two $200,000 Grand Prizes were awarded – through public vote to Northwood Awakening by…

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Photo Gallery: Highlights from ArtPrize 2015

Let the ArtPrizing begin! The seventh annual art competition officially kicked off today at noon, although patrons wishing to cast votes were delayed due to an Amazon Web Services outage, which hosts ArtPrize’s website and mobile app. That didn’t stop…

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Family-Friendly Ways to Enjoy ArtPrize 2015

The seventh edition of ArtPrize kicks off today in downtown Grand Rapids and as usual, there’s plenty of family-friendly fun to be had at the enormous art competition. Round up the kids and plan your ArtPrize adventure by incorporating some…

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Good Eats, Good Cause: GR’s Goodwill Food Truck First of its Kind

When you think Goodwill, does food come to mind? Although the organization’s secondhand shops are the most visible and plentiful job-training sites, Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids is working to make careers in the food service industry a core…



Growth in Michigan Hop Farms Tied to Craft Brewery Boom

It’s no secret that Michigan’s craft beer business is booming. Craft breweries are opening at a dizzying pace, with Michigan ranked fifth in the nation in terms of the number of breweries per state. “There are so many opening that…

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Bringing Boards Downtown: Why a Skate Park Could Be In GR’s Future

Mike Dallas has already undergone surgery on his right shoulder. He needs another operation on his left. The owner of Bustin’ Boards, a Brooklyn, New York-based longboard manufacturer, makes his home in Grand Rapids, which is where he grew up….


Making Sure No Kid Goes Hungry in Southeast Michigan this Summer

Far too many kiddos in the greater Detroit area miss healthy meals every day while they’re on summer break. That’s why a huge network of Michigan companies, schools and recreation centers are working together to make sure no kid goes hungry in Southeast Michigan. The…

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