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Michigan AP D5-6 football player of year: Nolan Ziegler

Dec. 08, 2021 19:41 PM EST

The 2021 Michigan Associated Press Division 5-6 All-State football team, which is selected by a statewide panel of 12 sports writers in the state: ___ PLAYER OF THE YEAR Nolan Ziegler, Grand Rapids Catholic Central, Sr. ___ ...

Nolan Ziegler named Michigan AP D5-6 football player of year

Dec. 08, 2021 19:37 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — It was no secret that Grand Rapids Catholic Central senior Nolan Ziegler was one of Michigan’s top players heading into the 2021 high school football season. Ziegler, a standout strong safety and linebacker, had already committed to Notre Dame even...

Steel sculpture by Spanish artist installed in Grand Rapids

Dec. 06, 2021 01:05 AM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A 16-foot-tall stainless steel sculpture by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa has been installed in downtown Grand Rapids. Commissioned by the DeVos family, the sculpture titled “The Four Elements” is located on the northeast corner of Monroe...

3rd military medical team sent to Michigan amid COVID surge

Dec. 02, 2021 17:20 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A third 22-member medical team from the U.S. military is being deployed to Michigan, where hospitals are grappling with record-high numbers of COVID-19 patients amid the state's fourth surge of infections. The nurses, doctors and respiratory...

'Our miracle': Girl goes home after surviving plane crash

Dec. 01, 2021 12:58 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — An 11-year-old girl who survived a Michigan plane crash that killed her father and three other people was released Wednesday from a rehabilitation hospital. “She’s Laney, she’s great and she’s our miracle,” said Christie Perdue of...

Military to help Michigan cope with COVID-19 patient surge

Nov. 24, 2021 17:18 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The federal government will send 44 military medical staffers to Michigan to help beleaguered hospitals treat COVID-19 patients amid a fourth surge that is the worst in the country, state health officials said Wednesday. It also will open beds at...

Spectrum Health in W. Michigan sees 'dramatic' virus spike

Nov. 16, 2021 12:22 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The number of COVID-19 patients at a major hospital network in western Michigan is up 40% since Nov. 1 as a fall surge pounds the state, officials said Tuesday. Spectrum Health reported 367 COVID-19 patients at its hospitals, a “dramatic”...

Carbon monoxide killed 3 people found in Grand Rapids car

Nov. 16, 2021 10:50 AM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Two women and a baby found in a car in Grand Rapids died from carbon monoxide exposure, authorities said. Ruby Roberts, 78, daughter-in-law Ellay Mae Brown, 60, and Zaida Ashford, 4 months, were discovered outside Roberts' house on Nov. 4. ...

Trump backs challenger over GOP Rep. Meijer in Michigan

Nov. 15, 2021 19:53 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed a primary challenger over first-term U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer of Michigan, who was among 10 Republicans who voted to impeach him for the deadly mob siege of the Capitol. Trump backed John Gibbs,...

West Michigan's Santa Claus Girls again gives to needy kids

Nov. 14, 2021 01:07 AM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — For more than 100 years, the Santa Claus Girls have been providing gifts to Kent County children who might not otherwise receive anything for Christmas. The nonprofit postponed its 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Volunteers are...