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Community relationships are rekindled with the annual opening of the Fulton St. Farmers Market.

Apps on smartphones are making keys and keycards tools of the past as hotels embrace new technology.

500 volunteers join the Mayor's Greening Initiative planting trees.

Bikes and basketball greet the spring in Grand Rapids neighborhoods.

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"Food, farms, and community": The Fulton Street Farmers Market in its 95th year

This year, the farmers market is celebrating its 95th year in operation with a new logo that reads “95 years of food, farming and community.” Markets like Fulton Street often help incubate local trade, commerce, and businesses, provide healthy alternatives to most modern food, and in many cases just provide the daily warmth of a smile and a handshake with each purchase.

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Transforming a Celiac diagnosis into a top-selling snack: The Gluten Free Bar Story

Developing a snack bar designed to serve those who have Celiac's Disease or those who are simply gluten-intolerant, Elliott and his brother, Marshall, developed their tasty snack almost a decade ago. Now selling the Gluten Free Bar and other associated products in over 9,000 stores across the country, in Canada, and in Europe, the Rader brothers have transformed a simple idea into a successful B-corp, one bar at a time.

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VIDEO: On The Ground highlights the Southeast Community of Grand Rapids

Learn about the people who are mobilizing, living and working on the southeast community of Grand Rapids in our On The Ground Video celebrating the threads connecting these communities to each other. 

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UIX: BL²END offers diversity, inclusion and community for entrepreneurs

At BL²END (Business Leaders Linked to Encourage New Directions), young professionals of color connect with others, develop their professional skills, and add value to the community.

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Out of balance: The story of salmon in Lake Michigan

Michigan's multi-billion dollar salmon sports fishery is in peril. Check out our interactive to learn the story of how this happened and what officials are doing about it.

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Rapid Blog: Fighting for Immigrant Rights...When You’re Not an Immigrant

In this edition of Rapid Blog, local pastor Kate Kooyman explores the issue of solidarity in light of the three U.S. citizens arrested in Grand Rapids who were protesting recent deportation policies. Kooyman writes "there is an important place for non-immigrants in the struggle to ensure that Grand Rapids a place where immigrants can survive, thrive, and belong." 
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