Morning Buzz: 5 things to know for November 15

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1. Firearm deer season started today and thousands are expected to be going out.

The Michigan DNR is expecting an even better harvest than last year.

The DNR is reminding you to wear hunter orange when you go out, know your surroundings, make sure you're aware of any antler point restrictions, and that you know the difference between hunting licenses.

You can find all the info you need at michigan.gov/dnr.

That's where you can also check to see if any area you're hunting in is home to chronic wasting disease.

Firearm deer season runs through November 30.

 

2. A 12-year-old girl in Battle Creek is leading the effort to bring Mexican Gray Wolves back to Binder Park Zoo.

Mackenzie Couch started a fundraiser page this fall after learning that the last wolf at the zoo died.

Then, the zoo found out that two male wolves were approved to relocate to Binder Park.

Mackenzie is hoping to raise $10,000 to help with transportation costs and renovating the zoo's current exhibit.

If you want to help you can find details here.

 

3. A big celebration happened on Grand Rapids' Westside because the iconic watchtower was put back up.

The old Bridge Street Railroad Signal Tower came down in June for repairs.

It stood for more than a century and really needed some work.

The restoration included a new paint job and some added lights, which took about five months to do.

They're hoping the newly repaired tower will stay standing for another 100 years.

 

4. Grand Rapids' newest concert venue just released a list of its first few shows.

20 Monroe Live will sit directly across from the Van Andel Arena, next to the B.O.B.

It's expected to open early next year, and tickets for the first few shows go on sale this Friday.

The first concerts are scheduled for February, with Trombone Shorty.

The rest of the lineup also includes Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Flaming Lips, and Pop Evil.

 

5. We're a little more than 24 hours in, and people in West Michigan are still smooching a Subaru.

At 6 a.m. on Monday, 20 people put their lips on a new Impreza at Fox Subaru in Grand Rapids. The last person standing wins the car, and about half the contestants are already out.

The contestants get a 10-minute break each hour, but organizers expect the competition to last about 72-hours.

You can watch their progress by clicking here.

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