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Indiana pretzel chain opens another West Mich. location

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- An Indiana-based pretzel chain has two new locations in West Michigan.

Our partner the Grand Rapids Business Journal reports Ben's Soft Pretzels opened last week inside the Grand Haven Meijer.

Last month, the chain opened its first location in the Grand Rapids area at the Meijer on Wilson Avenue in Walker.

The company was founded just seven years ago and has grown to more than 50 locations in five states.

Fire badly damages Ottawa County home

ROBINSON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Fire crews in northern Ottawa County say a wood burning stove may have caused a house fire.

It broke out around 8:20 Monday night on 144th Avenue just south of Lincoln Street. That's southeast of Grand Haven. Robinson Township firefighters say the homeowner heard popping noises in an attached garage before noticing flames shooting from the back of the building.

The fire eventually spread to the home causing heavy damage. Firefighters estimate a 70% loss. The only person at home at the time did make it out safely.

Grand Haven man invents custom tree-lighting tech

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- The name Brad Boyink might not yet ring a bell, but lakeshore residents likely remember a synchronized light show he created. The Holiday Road light show ran from 2006 to 2012. The display was retired in part because it attracted too many gawkers.

The shows' end, though, led to the invention of a product you may want on your tree this holiday season.

After retiring the light show, Boyink has been working on a product, using skills learned from programming the elaborate light show. "How do I take that experience of what people had outside and bring it into the family living room?" he asked himself.

So far, he's created a company called GeekMyTree and begun selling a product he calls Animated GlowBalls. Boyink says he's bringing tree lighting into the 21st century. "You can go from box to tree and plug it in, and have a show in ten minutes or less," he said.

Steel City Rovers to perform in New Era, Michigan

Steel City Rovers to perform in New Era, Michigan

Steel City Rovers are bringing their show, “Winter Tidings” to Morat’s Bakery and Pub Stage in New Era, MI on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 7:00pm.

This group from Canada, performs a mix of old world Celtic seasonal standards, secular and non-secular works and some of their new compositions tailored for the season. An energetic show of toe tapping jigs, reals and uplifting songs. A great seasonal outing.

The cost for this great show is a $5.00 cover charge; dinner prices from $10.00 - $15.00 from the dinner menu.

Any additional information can be obtained by calling Mark Fletcher at 226-227-1064 or by e-mail at sadsquirrel@sympatico.ca

Grand Haven considers adjusting winter parking rules

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- With snow on the way, Grand Haven city leaders are considering changes to the parking rules.

Those changes could include odd/even restrictions on overnight parking in neighborhoods on the north side of the city.

Our partner the Grand Haven Tribune reports the area being considered for the new rules is north of the Pennoyer-Howard line and west of US-31.

Neighborhoods in that area have limited off-street parking.

For now, the public safety department has been asked not to approve any more overnight parking exceptions.

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.