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Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

For the Valentine’s weekend, it’s a free fishing weekend for residents and out of state visitors.

All fishing license fees are waived for two days in Michigan, February 13 & 14 from 6:00am – 10:00pm. This allows fishing enthusiasts to enjoy the chance to catch all types of fish on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters during their respective open season. Just remember that all regulations still apply.

Call: (517)284-5839 or email walters@michigan.gov for more information. Visit www.michigan.gov for details.

Winter Blues Snowshoeing

Winter Blues Snowshoeing

To break up these long winter months, the community, ages 12 & up are invited to the Ottawa County Park located at 8115 West Olive Road in West Olive to take part in a free guided snowshoe walk. Get some great exercise and meet fresh faces while enjoying winters wonderland on Monday, February 8 from 1:00pm-2:30pm.

Snowshoe rental is available at $5 to be worn with your own boots, unless you have your own snowshoes. A winter hike will substitute the walk if weather conditions are not favorable.

Visit www.visitgrandhaven.com for event details.

Hofma Park to expand following land purchase

GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A popular Ottawa County park will soon become bigger.

The Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids sold a 40-acre parcel of land to Grand Haven Township, which will become part of Hofma Park. The park currently sits on 80 acres and features a soccer field, softball field, inline skating rink, and multiple playgrounds. The park also includes wetlands.

The additional land will be used for new sports fields and elevated boardwalks.

Second brother pleads in Ottawa Co. break-ins

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- The second of two brothers charged in a series of break-ins last fall is pleading guilty.

Our partner the Grand Haven Tribune reports Christopher Dustman will be sentenced February 8.

His younger brother Brandon pled guilty last week.

Both face up to ten years in prison.

Deputies caught them in late October after they broke into the Yellow Jacket Inn restaurant, on Lake Michigan Drive southeast of Grand Haven.

Chief Ottawa County judge announces retirement

(Grand Haven Tribune) -- Ed Post would like to say he had a carefully orchestrated plan for his life, but the chief judge for Ottawa County Circuit Court admits his life is more like a pinball machine.

That's why he hadn't contemplated retiring until his wife, Barb, got serious about closing out the career portion of her life.

Barb Post retired in early December from the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.

Ed Post announced Monday that he plans to retire at the end of 2016, which is the completion of his current term.

"It's time," he said. "I have lots of things that I want to do."

Guilty plea from 1 of 2 brothers accused in break-ins

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- One of the two brothers charged in Ottawa County break-ins last fall is pleading guilty.

Brandon Dustman faces up to ten years in prison when he's sentenced on January 25th.

His older brother Christopher is charged with similar crimes.

Deputies say they caught them in late October after they broke into the Yellow Jacket Inn restaurant on Lake Michigan Drive southeast of Grand Haven.

Detectives accuse them in three more business burglaries in Nunica.

Ski hills open at Mulligan's Hollow

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- This recent streak of colder temperatures is helping to keep snow on the ground for a popular Grand Haven ski area.

Workers at Mulligan's Hollow say they currently have one of the five ski hills open. They hope to have two other hills open by Wednesday.

The ski area is using snow-making machines to make up for the lack of snow this season.

Mulligan's Hollow usually tries to open around Thanksgiving, but this year it didn't open until after Christmas.

Employees say 350 people were at the ski area on Saturday, so there is certainly high demand.