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Articles by Grace Ruiter

Grace Ruiter

Grace Ruiter is the Chimes local editor for the 2014.

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Meijer installs new automatic checkout lanes

Meijer Inc. is hoping a new checkout system being tested out at its Jenison location will speed up the checkout process ...

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Community development organization launches home renovations

LINC, a Grand Rapids-area nonprofit focused on community development, recently embarked on a $10.5 million dollar renova...

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Local children’s book store, Pooh’s Corner, closes

Pooh’s Corner, the largest independent children’s bookstore in West Michigan, will be closing its doors for good on ...

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Panel hopes to bring attention to human trafficking in West Michigan

The Acton Institute is holding a panel discussion about human trafficking in West Michigan on March 28 at 9 a.m. in the ...

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Prison cuts force Grand Rapids to scale back prison reentry services

The state of Michigan cut funding for prison reentry programs by 37 percent, leading the city of Grand Rapids to signifi...

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Frederik Meijer Gardens launched annual ‘Butterflies are Blooming’ exhibition

Guests will be able to take in over 7,000 different butterflies at the exhibit, which is set up in the tropical conserva...

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‘Coffee with the Captain’ allows GR residents to get to know police chief

A small white sign pokes out of the snow bank in front of First Christian Reformed Church. It announces that “Coffee w...

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Calvin professor Lew Klatt to be Grand Rapids poet laureate

Calvin English professor Lew Klatt was recently named poet laureate for the Grand Rapids area, succeeding Grand Rapids C...

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Rapid bus system to add new line, release bus routes to Google Transit

Rapid bus system users will soon be able to plot out their bus routes on Google Transit, take a bus straight from Grand ...

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Grand Rapids ranked No. 9 in nation for health care

The health care in the Grand Rapids area ranked No. 9 nationally in a recent listing on, a website that r...