Grand Rapids


Rick Haglund: Census shows Michigan is still losing the race to attract young talent

BY: - August 30, 2021

Alarm bells should be ringing in the heads of state policymakers over Michigan’s latest census figures. Why, you ask? At first glance, the numbers look pretty good. The 2020 census, released earlier this month, shows Michigan has 10,077,331 residents. That’s the first time the state has cracked the 10 million mark since 2008. Many of […]

200+ federal workers coming to help Michigan with COVID vaccinations

BY: - April 23, 2021

More than 200 federal personnel are headed to the state to assist at three mass COVID-19 vaccination sites: DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, as well as Ford Field and TCF Center in Detroit. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had asked for more federal help in immunizations.  “We appreciate the support from our federal partners, especially adding additional […]


Column: What Michigan’s response to the 1918 flu epidemic can teach us about the COVID pandemic

BY: - April 5, 2021

On Jan. 11, 2021, nine officials from Baraga County in the Upper Peninsula signed a letter stating that they would not enforce restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19.  This letter arrived as Michigan had just confirmed nearly 520,000 cases and roughly 13,000 deaths. Those numbers have risen to more than 692,000 cases and […]

Jewish cemetery desecrated with “MAGA” and “TRUMP” graffiti 

BY: - November 3, 2020

On Monday, one day before Election Day and hours before President Donald Trump visited the city, headstones at Ahavas Israel Jewish cemetery in Grand Rapids were found vandalized with red spray-painted letters spelling out “TRUMP” and his slogan of “MAGA” (Make America Great Again). The Anti-Defamation League of Michigan tweeted their statement shortly after the […]

Looking for 2016 repeat, Trump shares dark closing message in Grand Rapids, threatens to fire Michigan GOP chair

BY: - November 3, 2020

President Donald Trump closed out his 2020 reelection campaign in Grand Rapids with a dark message Monday night, looking for a repeat of his upset victory from 2016. “Joe Biden is promising to delay the vaccine and turn America into a prison state. He’s looking you in the face and he’s locking you in your […]

Doctors are ‘angry and frustrated’ about health risks of Trump’s Michigan rallies

BY: - November 2, 2020

Michigan health care workers on Monday blasted President Donald Trump’s decision to continue to hold large campaign rallies in Michigan, including events in Traverse City and Grand Rapids, despite a rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the state and recently released research that links hundreds of COVID-19 deaths and tens of thousands of cases […]

HHS report: Grand Rapids hospital has highest average of inpatient bed utilization in U.S.

BY: - October 30, 2020

According to federal documents, a Grand Rapids hospital has the highest estimated three-day average of inpatient bed utilization in the country. The COVID Hospitalizations Summary Report, compiled on Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, shows that Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in downtown Grand Rapids is using 93.7% of its inpatient beds […]

Updated: Final four days: Obama, Biden going to Flint, Detroit; Trump planning 4 stops*

BY: - October 30, 2020

Updated, 10:19 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.10/30/20 In a whirlwind final four days before Election Day, both President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden have trips planned to Michigan. Biden is reuniting with former President Barack Obama with drive-in events in Flint and Detroit on Saturday, the Biden campaign confirmed Friday morning.* U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), […]

Ivanka Trump’s Alto stop is 3rd Trump campaign visit to West Michigan in a week 

BY: - October 20, 2020

As the contentious 2020 presidential race winds down to its final days, West Michigan has become a battleground.  On Monday afternoon, Wildwood Family Farms in Alto welcomed Ivanka Trump. Vice President Mike Pence, Democratic nominee Joe Biden and former Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg have all made recent stops in the Grand Rapids region. President […]

West Michigan has been a key GOP stronghold. That’s now being tested by two congressional races.

BY: - October 15, 2020

The 3rd and 6th congressional districts in West Michigan are, in some ways, a study in contrasts: They are a world of dense urban neighborhoods and cornfields that fill the horizon, of cars donning “Resist” and “Make America Great Again” bumper stickers, of Republican and Democratic (and occasional Libertarian and Green) political signs dotting yards […]

‘I just don’t trust the system any more’: Voters on edge as election nears.

BY: and - October 5, 2020

WASHINGTON — Widespread anxiety and confusion around voting, compounded by the pandemic that has spread to millions of Americans, including President Donald Trump. A vastly underfunded and decentralized electoral system that could take days and possibly weeks to certify results.  Attempts to suppress voting, interfere with elections and cast doubt on the integrity of mail-in […]

Biden culminates chaotic 24 hours with Grand Rapids speech 

BY: - October 2, 2020

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden spoke Friday in Grand Rapids about his plans for the economy, capping off a chaotic 24 hours of uncertainty. Details of the visit were first announced Thursday, but were thrown into question after President Donald Trump announced late Thursday night that he had tested positive for COVID-19. Trump and Biden […]