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'The Big Wild'A brief history of Michigan’s Pigeon River Country

Creating and preserving Michigan's Pigeon River Country, known as "the Big Wild," has involved a long, sometimes contentious dance between conservation and the pressures of the outside world.

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Coming home: Family navigates immigration during COVID-19 crisis

After 12 years, Salvador Munoz was close to being reunited with his wife Jodi and their daughters, then came the COVID-19 crisis. The Holland family is working with Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates to get over the last hurdle. 

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Law is a tool to help for Holland immigration attorney and advocate

Sarah Yore-Van Oosterhout started Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates to make sure that those who don’t have a voice are heard. The Holland area nonprofit offers low- or no-cost immigration legal counsel.

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Cat adoptions are up during quarantine

The Harbor Humane Shelter has seen an increase in first-time adopters since stay-at-home orders went into effect, says Executive Director Jen Self-Aulgur.

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Dawn breaks after protest: Community cleanup provides unexpected opportunity for dialogue

On Saturday, May 30, over 3000 people gathered downtown Grand Rapids to protest the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. What began as a peaceful event ended in violence and the destruction of dozens of properties downtown. Though officials are still working to determine the details of the escalation, hundreds gathered on Sunday to clean and repair damaged spaces in a much-need show of solidarity.

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Marketing agency continues giving back amid pandemic

Scott Millen shares how he and his wife, Shelly, are keeping the faith and their commitment to nonprofits even as their small business struggles during the global pandemic.  The good news is 2 Fish Company business was approved for a PPP loan and things are looking up. 

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La Lucha Fund supports undocumented and mixed-status families with direct payments during COVID-19

La Lucha Fund was created as a short-term emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is designed to provide financial resources directly to undocumented and mixed-status families in Kent County who are not eligible for unemployment, CARES Act relief, or other government support.

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Nutrition in Action serves kids and adults an extra helping of health

For the past 15 years, the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids has brought its Nutrition in Action program to West Michigan schools and other organizations serving families and individuals with income challenges.

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Pandemic, erosion force restrictions at state, county parks

Photo essay illustrates how the potent combination of coronavirus guidelines and high-water levels will create a different experience at lakeside beaches from Holland to Grand Haven this summer.

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When a birdhouse becomes a work of art: Friends of GR Parks fundraiser supports local green spaces

The Friends of Grand Rapids Parks gave 10 local artists a small wooden birdhouse, and the challenge to transform it into a work of art for the home or the yard. Each of the birdhouses is being auctioned off by Friends on their website to raise money for the mission to empower people to support vibrant parks, trees, and green spaces in the Grand Rapids community.

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How Cornerstone University plans to return to campus this fall: Q&A with President Joe Stowell

Cornerstone University announced that it plans to resume all on-campus services this fall. President Joe Stowell explores the university's plans for "agile teaching," virtual support, social distancing in the dorms, and more.

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Community foundation creates stabilization fund as next step in crisis response

The Community Foundation of Holland/Zeeland Area (CFHZ) has created the Community Stabilization Fund to prioritize investment on financial stability, health, and education to prevent people from slipping into poverty.

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Telehealth use surges in Michigan during pandemic, with "tremendous" benefits

Health care visits conducted by phone or videoconference had slowly started to catch on in Michigan in recent years, but now they're the safest way for health care providers to meet with their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Pandemic spurs Visser Farms to find creative ways to offset losses, serve community

When Visser Farms of Zeeland lost half of their income overnight from the closure of Michigan dining establishments, the farm partners dug deep to find creative solutions to offset the loss of 40 restaurant accounts.

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Leaders say Downtown Holland merchants ready, eager to reopen

Hospital and business leaders discuss how downtown merchants can begin partially reopening this week during a webinar hosted by the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce and Lakeshore Advantage.

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Custer focusing on workplace re-engagement


Indigenous chef ISO kitchen: Camren Stott wants to share healthy meals with those in need


Local coalition focused on substance use prevention keeps youth engaged with virtual experiences


Veteran bike mechanic has Common Bond with cyclists


GVSU Charter Schools Office urges its educators to be innovative as distant learning begins in MI


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Indigenous chef ISO kitchen: Camren Stott wants to share healthy meals with those in need


Veteran bike mechanic has Common Bond with cyclists


Temporary Heartside health center offers COVID-19 care to those experiencing homelessness


Literacy Center of West Michigan conference focused on kids under 5


The Rapid invites community feedback as it looks to the area's public transit future


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Custer focusing on workplace re-engagement


Local coalition focused on substance use prevention keeps youth engaged with virtual experiences


GVSU Charter Schools Office urges its educators to be innovative as distant learning begins in MI


Local seamstress trains dozens to sew face masks for medical professionals responding to coronavirus


Meaningful involvement: Local grassroot organizations collaborate around environmental justice


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