Stories

Feature Story Shannon Felgner is the Communications Manager for Ottawa County.

What’s at stake for Ottawa County with the census

In a Q&A, Shannon Felgner, Communications Manager for Ottawa County, explains why counting everyone is so important for the county. 

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1st Microgreenery puts more veggies on your plate

1st Microgreenery Fresh Living Microgreens sells on Fridays at Fulton Street Farmers Market, Bridge Street Market, and via online orders and social distanced pick-up. Owner Chris Huntoon says tasty microgreens are an easy way to eat healthier. 

Feature Story The interactive exhibit, located on the corner of Main Avenue and Elm Street, takes the shape of a wall made up of red and white campaign-style buttons.

Zeeland exhibit designed to bolster community support

The 'Heal the Zeel' exhibit asks residents to wear a button to show their support for the Zeeland community as they work to rebuild in the wake of COVID-19. 

Feature Story Ben

Breaking down the unique challenges of Michigan's migrant farmworkers during COVID-19

Michigan has officially entered summer, a season that brings tens of thousands of migrant and seasonal farmworkers to the state for temporary employment picking produce. COVID-19 has complicated this journey, housing, and benefits for migrant workers, and attorney Ben O'Hearn of Migrant Legal Aid breaks down the unique challenges they face.

Feature Story Visitors to Holland fill the sidewalks with the reopening of downtown.

Hope for recovery stirs as visitors flock to reopened Lakeshore downtowns

Photo essay shows how merchants in downtown Grand Haven and Holland are back in business. They are optimistically looking forward to recovery three months after shops and restaurants were ordered closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Feature Story Heidi Tunison

Journalist’s wife recounts night of violent protests

Former reporter Heidi Tunison shares why she believes the work her husband, John Tunison, and other journalists do to increase transparency is more important than ever.

Feature Story Kiosha Jeltema is a West Michigan Works! Business Solutions Manager.

How West Michigan Works! is using online tools to connect job seekers with employers

In a Q&A, Business Solutions Manager Kiosha Jeltema explains how job seekers can make the best use of the online tools provided by West Michigan Works!

Feature Story Wyoming

How Wyoming aims to strengthen its diverse and growing population

The city of Wyoming is diverse and growing, bringing together multi-generational residents as well as new additions to the community. In light of all of the recent happenings, it may be easy to forget that the census is still underway. The city of Wyoming is actively encouraging residents to participate and, in turn, positively impact their diverse and growing community.

Feature Story Teng and Sabrina Kue, owners of Little Bangkok Thai Restaurant

Cómo los residentes ven un sentido de comunidad y se enorgullecen de la diversidad en Wyoming

La ciudad de Wyoming puede describirse como un crisol que reúne a residentes multigeneracionales y nuevas incorporaciones a la comunidad. A la luz de todos los acontecimientos recientes, puede ser fácil olvidar que el censo aún está en curso. La ciudad de Wyoming está alentando activamente a los residentes a participar y, a su vez, contribuir positivamente en el crecimiento y la diversidad de la ciudad.

Feature Story Steven Penkevich in front of Reader's World in downtown Holland.

How a donor and a bookstore are educating readers in fight against racism

Steven Penkevich shares the story of how a generous donor and Reader’s World see books as an important way to support Black Lives Matter and promote anti-racism.

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Flint River, reconnected

Amy McMillan saw the potential for recreation in downtown Flint along the Flint River. But she knew that to realize those dreams would require money the City of Flint and Genesee County didn’t have.

Feature Story Herman Miller employee sews a mask.

Herman Miller response to pandemic benefits local, global communities

“When COVID-19 hit,” says Linda Brand, President, Herman Miller Cares, the company’s corporate foundation, “we immediately marshaled our resources to focus our giving and our volunteerism on this effort.”

Feature Story Deborah

Published Together: Leaning in, beginning the conversation on race

"It is time for those who are 'leaning in' and have rarely given this subject a serious look, to begin to re-examine what you thought you knew about race," says Deborah Pryor Bayard, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion consultant and Grand Rapids African American Museum Archives board member. In this personal op ed, Bayard opens up to those seeking a deeper understanding of impact of the killing of George Floyd and COVID-19 on Black people in America.

Feature Story Kelly Raterink talks to customers.

Pandemic’s effect on meat processing, supply steers customers to locally-sourced food

Third-generation farmer Kelly Raterink believes the growing demand for and interest in local foods will be a catalyst for further expansion and economic opportunity for regional producers.

Feature Story Volunteers built the 80-foot fence that allowed the Curragh Irish Pub to extend its patio.

‘Village of friends’ gets creative to help downtown Holland restaurant reopen

Sometimes, building a fence is not about keeping people out, it’s about inviting more people in. Many volunteered to build this fence so the Curragh Irish Pub could safely expand outdoor seating in Downtown Holland. It's just one example of the community's spirit of cooperation and collaboration, says Mayor Nathan Bocks. 

Feature Story Nona

Veteran hairstylist on cutting hair in the new normal

Salons in Grand Rapids are reopening as of June 15. Veteran hairstylist Nona Walters explores her own plan for operating her business amid COVID-19.

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How tattoo parlors are reopening in West Michigan

Monday, June 15, after months of shuttered doors, tattoo and piercing parlors across Michigan will be allowed to reopen ... with restrictions. Those seeking a final sitting for a large tattoo or a piercing or body art for the first time can once again visit these venues for self expression.

Feature Story Attorney Peter D. Rhoades

Post-pandemic business world brings many questions

Meet Attorney Peter D. Rhoades, who is beginning a new series of columns to answer questions about how small businesses can navigate the legal issues that arise in the wake of the pandemic.

Longform Memes used by the Berrien County Health Department and Spectrum Health Lakeland to promote COVID-19 awareness.

In COVID-19 crisis, Michigan's public health pros leverage social media for good

The COVID-19 pandemic is the first public health crisis of the social media age, and public health officials have used social media platforms to spread important knowledge and fight misinformation.

Feature Story Chris Riker is Vice President of Advancement and Donor Services at the GHACF.

Foundation matching donations to Restoring Hope fund for COVID-19 relief

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation has launched an initial $150,000 challenge match to raise money for the Community Relief & Recovery Fund. 

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