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Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

For the Valentine’s weekend, it’s a free fishing weekend for residents and out of state visitors.

All fishing license fees are waived for two days in Michigan, February 13 & 14 from 6:00am – 10:00pm. This allows fishing enthusiasts to enjoy the chance to catch all types of fish on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters during their respective open season. Just remember that all regulations still apply.

Call: (517)284-5839 or email walters@michigan.gov for more information. Visit www.michigan.gov for details.

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Man crashes into snowbank, dies at hospital

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 54-year-old West Michigan man is dead after driving through the median of East Beltline and crashing into a snowbank. 

The accident occurred just before 5 p.m. Sunday.

Kirk DeHaan, from Ada, was heading north on East Beltline near Leonard St. when he had a heart attack and lost control of his vehicle.

Onward to Meijer Gardens, another free outing last Saturday

Onward to Meijer Gardens, another free outing last Saturday

Going on line and doing a little research will help you find something to do during the cold winter months of Michigan and Grand Rapids MI seems to have an abundance of interesting things to do. This is a follow-up to our coffee visit on Saturday, January 16th.

OK, so now Pat & I had our coffee and checked out the Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, so it was on to Fredrick Meijer Gardens for the Orchid Show, something else that was free on Saturday, January 16 & 17.

Lots and lots of beautiful Orchids and so many different kinds. There were many people out there, just like us, curious to see these beautiful flowers. I’m sure many of them were people who had their plants displayed. How proud they must be.

Million dollar Powerball ticket sold near G.R.

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Unless you bought your Powerball ticket in California, Florida or Tennessee, you're likely not the winner of the record $1.6 billion jackpot -- but someone in the Grand Rapids area is still a new millionaire.

Michigan Lottery officials say five Powerball tickets matching five of the winning numbers were sold across the state, each worth $1 million.

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The Rapid extends into Cascade Township

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Riders of the Rapid can now get to Cascade Township.

The system has extended Route 28 to Cascade destinations including the YMCA, with a loop from Patterson to Burton, to Kraft Avenue, and back to 28th Street. The Rapid says this extension is not a permanent change just yet. It will go through a three-year trial period first.

"I think it should be very successful, and it does open up the community and other communities to Cascade Township," said Cascade Twp. supervisor Rob Beahan. "It's something that's very needed, public transportation."

Meijer Gardens sees record attendance in 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park says 2015 saw the largest attendance in the western Michigan attraction's history.

Meijer Gardens says Monday more than 775,000 guests visited during its 20th year, up from about 650,000 in 2014.

In 2015, many programs centered on the theme "Welcoming the World." In April, Meijer Gardens celebrated its 20th anniversary with the dedication and installation of Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei's outdoor sculpture "Iron Tree."

Patients evacuated when car hits medical building

Ada TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) – About 40 patients and health care providers were briefly evacuated after a car crashed into an Ada Township medical building Tuesday afternoon.

They stayed outside until it was certain there was no structural damage to the building at 5060 Cascade Road SE and it was safe to occupy.

Police say a 74-year-old woman arriving for an appointment pushed the gas pedal instead of the brake.  Her station wagon jumped the sidewalk and smashed the building.