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Peter Meijer campaign

West Michigan’s U.S. House leaders offered statements on the Inauguration of President Joe Biden. U.S. Representative Peter Meijer congratulated President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

In a statement, the Grand Rapids Republican defended democracy and the peaceful transfer of power.

Authorities a firetruck lost control on an icy western Michigan roadway, rolling down an embankment and injuring three firefighters.

 Zeeland Township Fire Rescue was responding to a crash Thursday morning involving a car and a semi-truck when it slid across the roadway, went into the ditch and rolled onto its side in Ottawa County's Zeeland Township. The firetruck's driver and two other firefighters had what were described as minor injuries. The crash happened as Michigan and other parts of the Midwest saw rain and freezing rain, leading to multiple crashes in the state.

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A Republican congressman said he delayed treatment of his son's broken arm as an example of the kind of choices Americans will have to make when Republicans' repeal of the health care law shifts more out-of-pocket costs to consumers.

Rep. Bill Huizenga told Michigan news site MLive.com that he and his wife opted to place a splint on their son's arm and wait until the next morning to take him to the doctor rather than seek immediate but more costly treatment at an emergency room.

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Spectrum Health

Officials in western Michigan are investigating a reported chemical leak that prompted a hospital to shut down for about four hours.

MLive.com reports Saturday that Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital went on lockdown Friday night after reports that a small cloud of phosphorus trichloride leaked at nearby chemical manufacturer Vertellus Specialties.

The newspaper says the chemical turns into a toxic gas when it comes in contact with water.

Hospital spokeswoman Sara Donkersloot said the facility reopened about 1 a.m. Saturday.

Cleanup restores 80 acres of wetlands in Ottawa County

Dec 30, 2015
Project Clarity Holland Wetlands

A local effort to clean up the Macatawa Watershed has restored about 80 acres of wetlands in Ottawa County.

In 2015, the Outdoor Discovery Center's program Project Clarity used donated land to create 42 acres of new wetlands south of Holland and 38 acres of new wetlands in Zeeland Township.

The projects involved reworking the land into basins and replanting native plant species over several months.

Project Clarity fundraising director Lynn Kotecki tells the Holland Sentinel that the goal of the projects is to improve water quality in Lake Macatawa and its watershed.