Festival charts course for the future

Monica Pritchard said she didn’t enter ArtPrize in 2021 expecting to win. But her project — a repurposed phone booth full of memories — filled the Blue Bridge and took her all the way to the grand prize.

Meijer temporarily adjusts store hours

Meijer Inc. is adjusting its store hours for the foreseeable future to allow more time for team members to deep clean and restock its stores.

Providing peace for pigs — and chickens

The Gadziemskis have turned their passion into a sanctuary.

Mover study reveals majority leaving Michigan

A national moving company ranked Michigan the sixth most moved-from state in 2021.

‘Close to a breakthrough’

Researchers at Van Andel Institute have Parkinson’s in their scope.

Turning the lens on homelessness

Dean Cain’s latest project was filmed in Grand Rapids.

Wayland bank collects 700 blankets for charity

A small community bank is making a difference for families in need this winter season with its "Blanket the Community" project, now in its fourth year. 

Confronting racism in Grand Rapids

Partners for a Racism-Free Community hands the baton to WMCAT.

Behavioral health crisis center planned for Kent County

Two local health care organizations are partnering to bring a behavioral health center to downtown Grand Rapids.

Frauds out in full force during tax season

So, you've received your W-2(s) and need to file your taxes. Now what? 

Gov. Whitmer orders noncritical businesses to close

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a shelter-in-place order that will require all noncritical Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily close.

Youth care facility hosts family Fill the Backpack event

Wedgwood Christian Services’ NextGen Board will host its inaugural event in support of at-risk youth. 

Fundraiser to promote awareness of child abuse

A local nonprofit association is hosting a colorful fundraiser to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect.

Lessons from the classroom

It’s not easy to be a teacher right now. A debate over masks, vaccines and more has put students and educators in the midst of an intense political debate over how to handle COVID-19.

Gov. Whitmer issues executive order on child care services

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently issued an executive order to expand child care services amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Enriching the childbirth journey

Tiffany Townsend’s midwifery practice provides an alternative to the hospital environment.

Momentum continues on Riverfront Amphitheater

For years, Grand Rapids has been in the midst of a surge in downtown development — with a forest of tower cranes building apartments at Monroe North, or expansions along Medical Mile, or new hotel space in the city center. 

Safe Haven supports human trafficking survivors

A West Michigan nonprofit extended its services to survivors of human trafficking.

Study: Michigan residents lose an average of $667 to puppy scams

A new study from Honest Paws found that scams involving the sale of puppies have increased 280% during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Michigan residents are one of the most impacted.

Giving baby turtles a head start

John Ball Zoo, ever on the forefront of species maintenance and preservation, is making strides to protect the population of eastern box turtles.