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Michael DuPre is a evening reporter/MMJ and hails from Louisiana.

Recent Articles
  • Camping out instead of moving in: A growing trend amid housing boom

    CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. – The housing market in West Michigan continues to boom and while realtors say selling a house is relatively easy, finding one to buy can be difficult and take time. Instead of waiting in limbo, many are setting up shop at camp sites. Rather than get tied down to an apartment lease or move in with a relative, some are choosing to use a camper or an RV as an in between home. The cheap month to […]

  • Bletsch family, friends post signs and billboard to killer’s cousin: ‘Your Silence Killed’

    MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — Family and friends of Rebekah Bletsch are using a billboard, Facebook and yard signs to send a message to Kevin Bluhm: that his silence killed her. Bletsch was murdered in June 2014, shot while jogging near her home.  In November 2017, Jeffrey Willis was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison for her death. Willis was also found guilty for the murder of Jessica Heeringa, who disappeared from a Norton Shores gas […]

  • Gordon Food Service set to open grocery store in Grand Rapids

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A Grand Rapids community in need of a grocery store is going to get what they’ve been wanting. Gordon Food Service announced Tuesday that it will have a full service grocery store near the medical mile. The new store will be on the ground floor of the Diamond Place development at 1003 Michigan Street. That stretch has been known as a food desert because of the lack of grocery stores. “What we’re adding in is some […]

  • Gordon Food Service to open grocery store in NE Grand Rapids

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Heritage Hill and Medical Mile neighborhoods of Grand Rapids will be getting a new grocery store. Gordon Food Service announced Tuesday they’ll open a full-service grocery store at the Diamond Place project at 1003 Michigan NE this fall.  The store will fill 16,000 square feet of the ground floor of the four-story development that will include 165 apartments and a parking ramp with 240 parking spaces. The store will be modeled after the recently redesigned […]

  • Caterpillar invasions plaguing some Michigan homeowners

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The temperatures have been pretty warm in Michigan and it’s causing a lot of things to sprout up, and not just plants. Many people in West Michigan are dealing with insect invasions. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently put out a warning about forest tent caterpillars that like leaves from sugar maple, aspen and oak trees. They’re insects that arborists say are easily confused with gypsy moth caterpillars, which look similar and are also running […]

  • Westside residents tell Grand Rapids city commission about possible cancer cluster

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Residents in a Grand Rapids Westside neighborhood spoke to the Grand Rapids City Commission Tuesday night to express their concerns about a potential cancer cluster surrounding the Butterworth landfill. The group Westside Cancer Crisis says more than 200 people in their neighborhood have either gotten sick or have died from cancer. The group says 60 people living on Indiana Avenue alone have died from various forms of cancer in the last 20 years. They believe the number […]

  • Muskegon and Muskegon Heights discuss fire department merger

    MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — On Monday evening, the Muskegon Heights fire chief and city manager walked the City Council through the particulars of a proposed merger with the Muskegon Fire Department. Muskegon Heights City Manager, Jake Eckholm told FOX 17 Muskegon City Manager, Frank Peterson approached him last October about contracting fire services from Muskegon Heights. Under the merger, the combined departments would operate under the new title, The Muskegon Heights Metro Fire Department. If the proposal goes through, the […]

  • Ribbons for ‘cancer crisis’ displayed on GR’s west-side

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Neighbors on the Westside of Grand Rapids hung dozens of ribbons up and down Indiana Avenue Sunday, one for every person who’s died or is living with cancer. The ribbons are meant to raise awareness about a problem that the ‘Westside Cancer Crisis’ group said needs to be addressed. The group believes the reason so many of their neighbors have cancer is because landfills in the area have leaked chemicals. The ribbons placed on doors and […]

  • Rockford special education teacher retires after 35 years

    ROCKFORD, Mich.– After 35 years of working as a special education teacher, Jim Ellis is retiring. The Rockford Public Schools veteran says that to him, teaching is more than just a job. “If I can make a little bit of a mark, then I wanted to go for it,” Ellis tells FOX 17. His students have learned important subjects like math and science from Ellis, though many say he’s more than just a teacher. “He’s a great person, I’m not […]