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Storm caused less beach erosion than expected


GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Last week's powerful storm did not do as much damage to some lakeshore beaches as expected.

On Monday, Ottawa County park officials told us there is minimal beach erosion at places like Kirk Park in Grand Haven Township. There were concerns high waves would damage the sand dunes in the area. Park officials say there is no significant damage to the dunes, but the storm did leave behind more beach debris.

"We may have lost three to four feet off of the fore dune, but as you can see behind me, the debris line that we talked about is much more substantial than it was from the previous storm so it just added to it," said Ottawa County Parks Department operations manager Bob Reichel.

Kiteboarder challeges Lake Michigan waves and wind


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Gale force winds and 13-foot waves are making it dangerous along the lakeshore in Grand Haven.

And that's just how kite boarder Steve Novak says he likes it.

"Absolutely," he says. "I'm like a kid on Christmas morning."

Novak says there are only a few days during the year when the wind is blowing and the waves are pounding. He says he likes to get his kiteboard and take advantage of the opportunity.

"You need wind and waves for kiteboarding," he explains. "The higher the winds the better."

Photographer David Keller says he is often with Novak when he is out challenging nature with his kiteboard. Keller records video to post on YouTube.

Shopping in Grand Haven area to benefit schools


GRAND HAVEN (WZZM) -- This weekend is an opportunity for people in the Tri-Cities area to give back to their schools.

During the third annual "Shop 4 Schools" event more than 40 retailers and restaurants in and around Grand Haven will be helping educate local students. They will donate 15 percent of their sales to schools on Saturday, November 14. Last year shoppers raised more than $9,300 dollars for seven local schools.

The event is going on from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for stores, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for restaurants.

Click here to find out more about the event, including which businesses will be participating.

Grand Haven piers closed during windy storms


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- The north and south piers in Grand Haven are closed to the public, with the windy storm's arrival.

The Grand Haven Department of Public Safety closed the south pier at 10 p.m. Wednesday. The north pier was closed Thursday morning. Barricades are up, and public safety personnel are monitoring the piers and weather conditions.

Additionally, DPS has closed the fisherman parking lot to try discouraging people from approaching the pier.

Storm poses threat of beach erosion, park trail dangers


GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A powerful storm comes at a time when Lake Michigan is higher than it's been in years.

Water levels have risen more than three feet since January 2013, which has already affected the shoreline. WZZM 13 is now looking at how this storm could further erode West Michigan beaches and lead to a dangerous situation at local park trails.

More: 
Damaging 60-mph gusts possible in fall storm

Related: Monster 12- to 18-foot waves possible on Lake Michigan

Free Meals for Military Personnel for Veteran's Day-2015

Free Meals for Military Personnel for Veteran's Day-2015

Brann’s is offering a free 6oz.  Sirloin and two sides on Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, November 11th.

Bob Evans-Free Breakfast all day for Veteran’s and Active Military. Choose from 5 different plates.

Golden Coral-Appreciation for Veterans and Active Military: Dinner is free November 11th from 5 – 9pm.

Applebee’s will be serving 7 different free meals to Veterans and Active Military on Wednesday, November 11th.

Red Robin Restaurants will be offering a free Tavern Double Berger with Bottomless Steak Fries at all of its restaurants on November 11th. They will also be offering a 20% discount at participating restaurants from November 12 – December 31.

Red Lobster is offering a free appetizer and dessert from Monday, November 09, 2015 to Thursday, November 12. They have put together a special menu for both items.

US 31 rollover crash injures Wyoming teen


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Wyoming teenager was seriously injured in an early morning crash on U.S. 31.

Marissa Buitendyk, 17, apparently fell asleep at the wheel while traveling on northbound around 7 a.m. Sunday on U.S. 31 just north of Pierce Street, according to the Grand Haven Tribune and police reports.

Authorities say Buitendyk's car drifted off the east side of the road while she dozed off. She woke, over-corrected and the car re-entered the highway and overturned. 

Firefighters used the "Jaws of Life" to cut the roof off the vehicle to free Buitendyk, who was pinned inside. Her condition is unknown.