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Muskegon OKs moving farmers market downtown

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Muskegon City Commissioners voted six-to-one Tuesday night in favor of moving the farmers market from Yuba Street closer to downtown. The vote clears the way for the nonprofit Downtown Muskegon Development Corporation to start officially gathering private funds to build the market.

Groundbreaking at West Western Avenue and Terrace Street is expected in June. The market would open in May 2014.

The new market design includes 125 stalls, larger than what the city currently offers. Each vendor will have electricity, water, and indoor space for year-round sales. Once it's built with private funds it will become city property.

"After the market is complete, the DMDC will turn this property over the the city of Muskegon for one dollar. The city will then take ownership and full responsibility for maintaining this facility," explains Steve Olsen of the Downtown Muskegon Development Corporation.

Wetland projects starts in Muskegon County

MOORLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Work is officially underway on a 100-acre wetlands project in Muskegon County.

The project is being funded by environmental protection agency grants. It will filter pollutants and sediment runoff from Black Creek and the Mona Lake Watershed by creating berms at the Muskegon County wastewater facility.

When finished, the site will fill with water up to three feet deep and provide a new home for wildlife. Work is expected to be completed this fall.

Enter the WZZM 13 'Made in Michigan' giveaway

(WZZM) -- WZZM 13 is highlighting companies that make products here in our state and you could be a winner. Friday we will announce the third winner of our Made in Michigan giveaway.

This week's prize package includes one box of Sweetland chocolate every month for a year, a premium twin mattress set from Jonathon Stevens, and makeup from Artistry cosmetics.

To enter the contest visit the WZZM 13 Grand Rapids Facebook page. You can enter the contest once each day. The winner will be announced Friday during WZZM 13 News at 6 p.m.

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Muskegon home deemed habitable after small fire

MUSKEGON, Michigan (WZZM)- A fire at a home in Muskegon caused only minimal damage Monday night.

The home is located in the 200 block of Mason Street.

Fire crews from both Muskegon and Norton Shores responded to the fire around 10:45 p.m. on Monday. When they arrived on scene, flames were visible coming through the first floor windows.

Fire fighters say no one was home at the time, and it only took 10 minutes to contain and extinguish the flames.

The house is still habitable. And the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Police: Son grabbed steering wheel in deadly crash

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- The son of a woman killed in a car crash Friday afternoon faces charges in her death.

Alicia Keech of Pierson died Friday when her SUV crossed the center line on Apple Avenue and collided with a semi-truck carrying steel.

The Muskegon County Prosecutor says Keech's son, 20-year-old Lorenzo Martinez, confessed to grabbing the steering wheel and causing the crash. Two other passengers who survived the accident confirm what happened.

Authorities say Martinez has a history of mental illness. Prosecutors have signed an arrest warrant seeking one count of manslaughter, but charges are being delayed until Martinez completes a mental health evaluation in Kalamazoo.

"Usually it is a couple of months. You have to get down there, get evaluated, and get a report back from a doctor," Muskegon County Prosecutor, D.J. Hilson told WZZM 13.

Muskegon Chamber to host Entrepreneur of the year banquet

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is hosting it's annual Entrepreneur Award Luncheon on April 17th at Watermark 920. 

Chris Lampen-Crowell the founder of Gazelle Sports is this years keynote speaker.  During the Luncheon Muskegon County's Outstanding Entrepreneur, and Young Entrepreneur of the Year will be named.

2013 Outstanding Entrepreneur Award Finalists:
* Harold Hall, Hall's Sports Center
* Michelle Harris, Harris Hospitality
* Frank & Gina LIster, Hearthstone Restaurant & Catering
* John Sytsema, Sytsema Funeral Homes, Inc.

2013 Young Entrepreneur Award Finalists:
* Courtney Bailey, Muskegon High School
* Morgan Griffin, Muskegon High School
* Ashley Jagnecki, Muskegon High School
* Kayla Kilgore, West Michigan Christian High School
* Keaton Smith, Whitehall High School