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How is the Business Roundtable's revised corporate purpose statement being received by industry leaders and economists? Also, addressing the groundwater issues in Ottawa County and lack of affordable housing in Holland.  

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The results of a state study into the discovery of PFAS in an Ottawa County school’s drinking water supply have been released.

In October, well water tests revealed elevated levels of PFAS in the drinking water at Robinson Elementary School in Grand Haven. Exceeding the EPA Advisory Level of 70 parts per trillion, the water was shut off and bottled water was supplied to students and staff.

Ottawa County officials say they’re planning a parkland project preserving dunes. Ottawa County is planning a multimillion-dollar project involving the purchase and development of new parkland along the Grand River in western Michigan.

The project in Ferrysburg includes preserving a section of Lake Michigan dunes and linking more than 2,000 acres of nearby parks and preservation areas.

Yet another West Michigan State Representative is announcing a run for state Senate. It’s the seat currently held by the term-limited Senate Majority Leader, Arlan Meekhof.

Ottawa County State Representative Roger Victory is currently serving his third and final term in Michigan’s 88th House District. A term limited Republican, Victory is turning his attention to a run for a Michigan Senate seat where 26 of Michigan’s 38 Senators are term limited in 2018.

Kent and Ottawa Counties are urging safety for those who are without power and may be wondering how long their refrigerated food will last.


A criminal case review team has formed to look at sexual assault allegations on or near Grand Valley State University's Allendale campus. The update comes after the news organization last year reported some sexual assaults being disclosed to university staff were slow to reach police and some weren't forwarded to the Ottawa County prosecutor's office.

North Ottawa Dunes park expands

Jan 23, 2017

About 80 acres in western Michigan are being added to North Ottawa Dunes park in Ottawa County.

The land in Spring Lake Township was acquired through a property exchange. Ottawa County Parks says it contributed $400,000 from a millage.

The parcel will increase the size of the park to 593 acres.

It is along the eastern edge of the dunes and is surrounded by park on three sides. It is primarily back dune forest dominated by sugar maple, American beech, eastern hemlock and red oak.

A man who tried to get a judicial candidate on a western Michigan ballot in 2012 with forged signatures has been sentenced to 30 days in jail. 

An Ottawa County judge also sentenced Brandon Michael Hall to 18 months of probation Tuesday.

Hall was convicted in November on 10 counts of election law forgery for forging signatures on petitions seeking to add then-judicial candidate Chris Houghtaling to the ballot. Before his sentencing the 27-year-old Grand Haven man called his actions "the most ignorant thing I've ever done."

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The president of Grand Valley State University says he feels "devastated" by four sexual assaults near campus and calls the recent series of attacks a "cancer."

Thomas Haas tells WOOD-TV that everyone must be vigilant and "really take care of each other."

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About 80 acres of land in western Michigan is expected to be added to North Ottawa Dunes park in Ottawa County.

Ottawa County Parks says in a release that county commissioners and a local board have approved a deal to acquire the privately-owned parcel in Spring Lake Township.

The park is part of a freshwater dune system along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

The parcel is along the eastern edge of the dunes and is surrounded by the park on three sides.

It is primarily back dune forest dominated by sugar maple, American beech, Eastern hemlock and red oak.

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Three workers at a construction site in western Michigan have been hurt after a roof they were building collapsed.

Ottawa County sheriff's office Sgt. Bob Ruster tells The Grand Rapids Press that it's believed strong winds caused about a dozen trusses to fall Monday afternoon from the roof area.

WOOD-TV reports that the men fell 30 feet to the ground.

Two of the injured workers were able to walk after falling. The third had to be taken to an ambulance on a stretcher.

All three were hospitalized.

Officials are offering people another chance to run on a new stretch of highway in western Michigan.

About 300 people participated in October's "M23.1k Run."

The 14.3-mile event on Michigan highway 231 took place before the roadway opened to vehicle traffic.

Last year's run was billed as a one-time event, but organizers say it was so successful they had to bring it back. So registration now is open for the "M23.1k Run & Relay," which takes place Oct. 1.

They say this year's race will be capped at 500 runners.

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An Ottawa County man has been arraigned on more than 30 charges related to an alleged Ponzi scheme. 

Scott Rookus of Jenison faces 33 charges in an alleged investment scheme netting about $1.5 million.

The charges were filed by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office. Schuette says the majority of the 45-year-old man’s alleged victims were senior citizens.

The scheme is said to have run from June 2010 to December 2013 and discovered once Rookus filed for personal bankruptcy in 2015.

The legacy of William Van Regenmorter, whose noteworthy accomplishments included authorship of the state's Crime Victim's Rights Act of 1985, is being memorialized with a garden in western Michigan to honor crime victims.

Brick pavers are being sold for a plaza as part of the project at the northwest corner of the Ottawa County courthouse in Grand Haven.

The garden will feature a memorial stone, fountain and benches.

The garden's pathway will be lined with bricks engraved with the names of victims.

Van Regenmorter died in 2012 at the age of 73.

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Hundreds of Cushman scooter enthusiasts are expected to visit western Michigan for Cushman Club of America's 34th annual national rally.

The Holland Sentinel reports the event takes place June 6-10 at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds.

Many will ride their scooters through downtown Holland on the evening of the first day of the event, which is hosted by the West Michigan Cushman Club.

The Cushman scooter started production in 1936.

In World War II, the U.S. military used the scooters.

The company quit making the scooter in 1965.