Michigan cities see reciprocal migration patterns

A study analyzing Midwest census data found many Midwest cities and surrounding areas gained much of their annual population from nearby metros. 

Sandal repair factory turns to making protective masks

A footwear brand is repurposing its local sandal repair factory to produce face masks and other protective equipment during the new coronavirus pandemic.

Twitter data: Michigan ranks top 5 nationally as ‘4/20’ state

According to Healthtrends, a wellness website, Michigan has been tweeting about 4/20 more than the majority of the country.

Nonprofit i understand to honor survivors of suicide loss

Ada-based nonprofit i understand on Saturday will honor International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day by holding a toy drive and delivering several charitable donations to organizations around Grand Rapids.

Michiganders invited to write holiday letters to veterans

Michigan Veteran Homes (MVH) is encouraging the public to send letters to bring holiday cheer to veterans.

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.

Homeless for the Holidays: A Picture of Homelessness in Grand Rapids

Selina Parks remembers her first steps into a Grand Rapids homeless shelter in vivid detail.
Teresa Collins

Finding work

When the word ‘felony’ is on a résumé, obtaining a job is next to impossible.

Turning the lens on homelessness

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

Update: Statewide 911 number restored

According to a press release by City of Grand Rapids, at 4:14 p.m. on January 10, 2023, 911 services in Grand Rapids are being affected by a statewide outage.

Mover study reveals majority leaving Michigan

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

CWD Real Estate sees silver lining in aftermath of violent protests

Sam Cummings, managing partner with CWD, said he was “mad as hell” Saturday night and Sunday morning, but witnessing the community outreach and cleanup afterward restored his faith in West Michigan.

Binder Park Zoo donates meals, PPE to local organizations

Although a Battle Creek zoo will not open its season as scheduled, it is helping its community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The price going cashless

In late December of 2023, an altercation outside J Burger N Wings, 2023 Eastern Ave. SE in the Seymour Square area ended in shots being fired at a woman and her son.

Homeless beds open for women

Homeless women face unique experiences and local agencies are trying to meet their needs.

Founders, Long Road team up to create hand sanitizer

Grand Rapids craft beverage makers are pooling their resources to supply hand sanitizer to the community.

Big-screen stories

New film production company and media incubator aims to bring Hollywood home.

Putting GR back on the map

January and February 2020 appeared to set a great trajectory for tourism growth in West Michigan.

Showing its pride

Grand Rapids Pride Center looks toward future.

GRCC to offer new scholarship

The Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) Foundation created a new, full-ride scholarship.