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Dancing with the Local Stars celebrates 10 years

The Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce is bringing back “Dancing with the Local Stars” for its tenth year. This will be a reunion celebration featuring 56 community stars along with 12 pro dancers.


All proceeds will support local food pantries and food programs in Muskegon County along with surrounding areas. Over the past nine years, this event has raised more than $755,000.


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Muskegon to add more mini-shops in 2018

MUSKEGON, MICH. – The city of Muskegon will spend around $30,000 dollars to add five more mini-retail shops to the Western Avenue in 2018. City Commissioners approved the market expansion plan this week.


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What is behind the resurgence of Muskegon? Look to its growing support for entrepreneurs.

When Kevin Ricco, the director of Grand Valley State University’s Muskegon Innovation Hub, returned to his home city in 2000 after about a decade and a half of living elsewhere, this West Michigan metropolis was on the precipice of sweeping change.


The industrial landscape that once dominated the city was shifting; the factory jobs people had relied upon for decades to feed their families were no longer a given. A year after Ricco returned, the Muskegon Mall shuttered for good, leaving in its wake a downtown almost entirely devoid of retail and a nonexistent street system in the 23 acres that, once upon a time, spelled economic revitalization for a struggling city. Not long after that, unemployment rates soared.

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Five new chalets will help expand Western Market in downtown Muskegon

MUSKEGON, MI – Five new chalets will be built to expand Western Market next year, adding new businesses to the popular downtown pop-up shops that have helped define the streetscape of West Western Avenue.


The city currently leases a total of 12 chalets to local businesses, some of which have transformed their success at the location into brick and mortar shops in downtown Muskegon.


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Skiing, snowshoeing underway at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex

MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – Snow lovers rejoice – skiing and snowshoeing is underway at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex.

The lighted cross-country ski trails have been groomed for both classical and skate skiers, and there’s enough snow in the woods for snowshoe hikes. The small sledding hill also is open.


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Muskegon Community College to celebrate $14.81M downtown center opening

MUSKEGON, MI – Muskegon Community College will officially open its $14.81 million downtown center on Thursday, Jan. 11.

A public celebration and ribbon cutting will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. with remarks and light refreshments at the Carolyn I. and Peter Sturrus Technology Center, 388 W. Clay Ave. The public is invited.


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Cotton has influenced the United States possibly more than any other crop. Its influence can be seen in the country’s history, economics and the environment.

Two new exhibits, “Sarah Wagner: Vegetable Lamb of America” and “Southern Roots: The Paintings of Winfred Rembert,” opening on Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Muskegon Museum of Art, explore the crop’s influence.


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Muskegon Area Promise Exceeding Expectations

MUSKEGON, MICH. – School officials say a two-year program, Muskegon Area Promise, is exceeding their expectations for 2017. The Promise is a scholarship program that provides money for tuition, book costs and fees for graduates of all 16 high schools in Muskegon County.


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Muskegon featured as ‘incredible’ vacation spot by Redbook magazine

MUSKEGON, MI – If you’re looking for “more fun,” national women’s magazine Redbook suggests you check out the luge and more in Muskegon.

Muskegon was one of 10 cities featured in the December issue as places that would provide “incredible” family vacation memories.

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Fyah! Fyah! Fyah! How Tacitus Bailey-Yabani is bridging worlds and bringing Ghana to Muskegon

As Tacitus Bailey-Yabani walks around downtown in November’s frigid autumn air, he can’t go more than a couple steps without someone yelling out his name, or more often, shouting “fyah, fyah, fyah!”


“Yeah, man, fyah, fyah, fyah!” Bailey-Yabani, who moved from Ghana in West Africa to Muskegon in 2014 and is the owner of Abeshi, a photography, art, and jewelry business that operates in one of the new chalets at the downtown Western Market, will yell back, smiling and pumping his arm in the air as he says the phrase that’s become a mantra in his own life.


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