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What exactly does a company town look like in the 21st century? Curbed trekked to Grand Rapids, Michigan, to take a look at furniture manufacturing through the eyes of Herman Miller’s 3,700-strong workforce. First, centuries back, came the forests: occupying almost all of the land-mass we now know as Michigan by the time it was founded in 1837. Show More Summary

Is fluoride in drinking water safe? (video)

WASHINGTON, July 5, 2016 -- It's in our tap water, toothpaste and even in tea. Fluoride has helped reduce cavities in children for decades. Still, more than 70 years after Grand Rapids, Michigan, became the first city to fluoridate its drinking water, the practice remains controversial. Show More Summary

Grand Rapids Art Museum's Michigan Artist Series presents "Maureen Nollette: Honorable Ordinaries"

2 weeks agoArts : Artdaily

Artist Maureen Nollette draws from personal experience to create her multi-media art, while also examining the underlying meanings attached to her materials, methods, and motifs. Working with paper, thread, mesh, plaster, and adhesive...Show More Summary

Man In Michigan Makes Two Holes-In-One… In The Same Round [Video]

2 weeks agoSports / Golf : Off The Deck

A Michigan man did what most golfers can only dream of on Friday. Ted Hillary was playing the Thousand Oaks Golf Club in Grand Rapids where he made two holes-in-one… in the same round. Ted made his first ace on the 142 yard seventh hole. Show More Summary

Two Brazilians contest vacant US podium

Of six conductors in the race to be music director of the New Mexico Philharmonic, the two standout names are Marcelo Lehninger and Roberto Minczuk. Lehninger has only just been named music director in Grand Rapids, but clearly needs a second job.   As for Minczuk, he has just wound up his term at the […]

A Minnesota Man Decapitated His Girlfriend's Alleged Rapist

3 weeks agoLifestyle / Fashion : The Cut

A man from Minnesota has reportedly confessed to a gruesome crime involving the beating, stabbing and decapitation of a man his girlfriend said had raped her. The boyfriend, Joseph Thoresen of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, confessed to using a bat to beat the alleged assailant and former acquaintance, stabbing him in ... More »

Grand Rapids Drive announce coach and GM

The Detroit Pistons announced today that the team has named Jon Phelps as general manager and Rex Walters as head coach of the Grand Rapids Drive - the NBA D-League affiliate of the Detroit Pistons. “We’re fortunate to be able [...]

The 2016 Great Race Update: Cheyenne, Wyoming to Rapid City, South Dakota

4 weeks agoVehicles / Cars : Hemmings.com

Sportsmen Division veterans Bill & Carolyn Croker, in their 1936 Packard 120B Coupe, are welcomed to the day’s finish line in Rapid City, South Dakota. Six days in the books, three to go, and the race to claim the title as Grand Champion of the 2016 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty is […]

Meijer Classic: Dame Laura Davies six shots off the pace in Michigan

Dame Laura Davies shoots a two-over 73 to fall six shots off the pace at the Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Grand Rapids Has Lost Its Arts Coverage. Now What To Do…

“Without that review and without a reliable reviewer people have come to trust, a lot of the performing arts groups are saying that their second weekend of shows aren’t getting that big bump they used to when someone would come to review the dress rehearsal or reviewed their opening night.”

Meijer Classic: Dame Laura Davies shares lead after first round

England's Dame Laura Davies shares the lead after the opening round of the Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Little girl's adoption hearing becomes real-life fairy tale when Disney princesses arrive.

last monthHumor / odd : Happy Place

On June 8th, five-year-old Danielle Koning got a fairy tale ending with some help from fairy tale characters at her adoption finalization hearing. Sarah and Jim Koning of Grand Rapids, Michigan finalized Danielle's adoption after fostering...Show More Summary

This Might Be the Sweetest Adoption Hearing That's Ever Taken Place

When people think of fairy-tale endings, it often involves a princess at last meeting her prince. For one little girl in Grand Rapids, MI, however, her happily ever after came in a courtroom where her adoption was finalized. As 5-year-old...Show More Summary

A hole that swallows things

Q: Soon after we had a sinkhole fixed on our street in Grand Rapids, an author friend asked for help on Facebook about the origins of the term. Some people thought it was a US version of the UK term “swallow hole.” Bring in the scholars. A: This is a timely question for us, since... ? Read More: A hole that swallows things

Grand Rapids Symphony Gets A New Music Director

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

The Brazilian-born conductor, who has led the Grand Rapids Symphony twice in the past two seasons, becomes the 14th music director in the 86-year history of the orchestra.

Maestro move: Brazilian wins US orch

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Marcelo Lehninger, 36, has been named music director of the Grand Rapids Symphony.  

Abortionist Busted for Aggravated Assault, Domestic Violence and DWI Tries to Hide His Crimes

A Michigan abortionist is in trouble with the state after he was caught hiding his violent criminal history from the medical licensing board. Thomas Gordon, who runs the Heritage Clinic abortion facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has a lengthy criminal history of violence and substance abuse. Most recently, Gordon was arrested on Jan. 13, 2016 […]

What One District's Data Mining Did For Chronic Absence

Brittney Lohmiller for NPR 'Three years ago, Grand Rapids' public schools took a hard look at the numbers on absenteeism. They've been able to get nearly half of the students missing school to show up.' -- +NPR

Grand Rapids Art Museum exhibits loans, new acquisitions and rarely seen works of art

2 months agoArts : Artdaily

The Grand Rapids Art Museum announces its summer exhibition, The Collection in Context, which is on view May 22, 2016 through August 14, 2016. The exhibition features many of GRAM's new acquisitions and works of art never seen in Grand...Show More Summary

Dallas Area Rapid Transit Wins Top Honors at 2016 APTA International Bus Roadeo

Dallas Area Rapid Transit of Dallas, TX took the top spot this year and was crowned the Grand Champion at the 41st Annual International Bus Roadeo.

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