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How three Michigan groups use food to connect to culture

From Grand Rapids to Sault Ste. Marie to Detroit, Michigan organizations and activists are tapping into the value of community gardens, culturally relevant dishes and local resources to build community.

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New year, new food: 10 restaurants, cafes, & bars you'll be digging into in 2019

2019 brings an entirely new batch of restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, and tasting rooms to douse your pallet with new flavors and your Instagram with new pics. Here’s where you’ll be eating in Grand Rapids this year.

Lauren Carlson

Welcome back from Rapid Growth: A message for 2019

Publisher Tommy Allen and Managing Editor Lauren Fay Carlson welcome you back with their thoughts for 2019.


Local nonprofits need you: How volunteers fuel the day-to-day missions of area charities

2.3 million Michiganders volunteered last year, contributing $4.4 billion in economic value. In West Michigan, local nonprofits rely on volunteers for their day-to-day operations.


Is it jobs or the lakeshore driving professionals to GR? Recent relocatees share their stories

With low unemployment and an increasing number of jobs, Grand Rapids has a lot to offer relocating professionals. RG explores why professionals from across the country are making the move.
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