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Clean environment

New law amends environmental cleanup procedures

A bill modifying the process for obtaining a “no further action” determination from the state regarding environmental cleanup and establishing toxicity values for hazardous substances became law just before the new year. Read More


Program aims to showcase health care jobs

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Amid an impending shortage of health care workers, a foundation is taking steps to introduce more West Michigan high school students to medical fields. Read More


American Storage plans to ‘make warehousing easy’

American Storage and Logistics is under new ownership and spent almost all of 2018 with the goal to “make warehousing easy.” Read More

Joint Surgery

Holland Hospital sees record-setting joint surgeries

Dr. Derick Johnson personally performed 450 joint replacement surgeries last year for Holland Hospital. Read More

Michigan Farm

New farm bill brings added protection

After being engulfed in a trade war between the U.S., Mexico, Canada and China, farmers now have some positives to look forward to this year. Read More

Mark Washington

Inside Track: New city, same challenges

Mark Washington was appointed Grand Rapids city manager just seven months ago in July, but for him, it feels like forever ago. Read More

Two-year legal battle ends for shuttered IT company

After a two-year legal battle, a Lansing circuit court judge cleared the name of Ryan Leestma and his IT consulting business, Information Systems Intelligence LLC, finding Muskegon County liable for breaching its contractual obligations. Read More

Declining confidence prompts stock dip

West Michigan’s public stocks saw an average decline of 8.4 percent last year amid what Wall Street is calling the worst dip since the Great Recession. Read More

Tax season arrives with some changes

Tax season is fast approaching, and that means another year for businesses to learn about tax changes, especially now when some of the new provisions in the federal tax overhaul that was signed into law in 2017 will take effect. Read More

A strong economy isn’t necessarily strong for all households

Despite warning signs at the end of the year, 2018 was a very good year for Michigan’s and the nation’s economy. Read More

Are your investment decisions as volatile as the market?

Three of my favorite quotes with timeless insight for investing in volatile markets are: Read More

Change Ups: Retired bank VP publishes fifth novel

Michael Lindley, retired senior vice president of marketing, communications and community relations for Huntington Bank, published his fifth novel titled, “A Following Sea” (Sage River Press). Read More

Public Record

Jan. 11 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Police manhunt goes nationwide

The city of Grand Rapids is now on the lookout for a new top cop. Read More