Published: Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 11:00 AM


Brian VanOchten | The Grand Rapids Press


GRAND RAPIDS -- The West Michigan Sports Commission proved it could get the Meijer State Games of Michigan -- its signature event designed to increase direct spending among visitors to the area -- up and running despite limited staff, resources and funding for the inaugural Olympic-style festival last year.


It proved it could build upon that solid foundation this past weekend.


Steve Kaminski | The Grand Rapids Press


Imagine Mike Guswiler’s surprise the day he got a text message at work, and staring back at him was a photograph of a rat.


“I wrote something like, ‘Guess what we got?’” said Julie Guswiler, his wife of 18 years. “He said, ‘I don’t know, but I think that is a rat I see in the picture.’ He told me I wasn’t allowed to stay home with the kids anymore.”


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Published: Saturday, June 04, 2011, 7:00 AM

By Steve Ungrey | The Grand Rapids Press


Dave Emeott would like nothing better than to see one more strong performance out of his East Kentwood boys track team this weekend.


The defending Division 1 state champions have worked overtime the past two weeks and the thrill of a third consecutive championship is something Emeott wants to experience.

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