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West Michigan man takes the plunge twice

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)-One West Michigan man took the plunge twice Saturday.

After jumping with three fellow deputies from the Muskegon County Sheriff's Department, Dan Stout got on one knee and made the commitment of a lifetime.

"I wanted to surprise [my girlfriend] there, that way she'd never know it was coming," said Stout. "She actually told me in the past that she didn't want [a proposal] done in public. Well I had to throw her off a bit, so I did it out in the public here."

Stout's girlfriend said yes.

Saturday's polar plunge also attracted dozens of other participants. They paraded in crazy costumes before jumping in the frigid waters at Hartshorn Marina.

The Muskegon Polar Plunge is typically held on Muskegon Lake, but it was moved to the docks since there is little to no ice.

Proceeds from the plunge will benefit Special Olympics Michigan athletes.

UPDATE: Muskegon bakery predicts Super Bowl winner

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)–A Muskegon business is using baked goods to predict this year's Super Bowl winner.

Ryke's Bakery accurately calculated the winners of the past two Super Bowls and the 2008 presidential election through its cookie poll. The bakery makes a cookie for each team or candidate, and the top seller is the winner.

This year's Super Bowl cookie poll winner is the Patriots. Bakery workers say customers bought 429 patriot cookies and 397 Giants cookies over the past week.

Ryke's Bakery, Catering and Café is located at 1788 Terrace Street at Laketon Ave. Business hours are Monday-Friday, 6:30am-5:30pm and Saturday, 7:00am-3:00pm. Ryke's is closed on Sundays. Visit them on the web at www.rykes.com <http://www.rykes.com>.


Saturday AM Java Chat w/Jennifer & Alana: Miserable Cities, Polar Plunge, Little Pearl Cupcakes

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- WZZM 13's Jennifer Pascua & Alana Nehring talk about Yahoo's Most Miserable Cities list.

Plus, the Polar Plunge is happening in Muskegon.

And, still looking for a Valentine's Day gift idea? Jennifer & Aaron stop out at Little Pearl Cupcakes for an idea.

Adopt-a-pet: Prince

(WZZM)- This week we're featuring Prince. He is a 5-year old dog available for adoption.  We're told he is good with children, other dogs and cats and is quiet.

For information about Prince or other animals up for adoption call Pound Buddies of Muskegon at (231)- 724-6500.

For information about pets at other shelters visit Petfinder.com.

Local newspaper deliveries reduced this week

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Subscribers to the Grand Rapids Press, Muskegon Chronicle and Kalamazoo Gazette will notice big changes this week.  

Friday will mark the first day the newspapers will go to a reduced home delivery schedule, delivered on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays only.   Daily printed editions will be available on newsstands and in vending machines.

Booth Newspapers, which publishes all three, is switching its focuses to delivering news on digital devices like cellphones, iPads and computers.  Booth has restructured into the MLive Media Group.  

Dan Gaydou, MLive Media Group's president, told WZZM 13 Wednesday, "This is exactly what we need to do today if we're going to respond to what the consumer wants, if we're to respond to what the public demands. These are the kind of steps we have to take because we have to be responsive on every platform."

January 2011 Weather Stats for Muskegon Michigan

Muskegon (WZZM) -

The month of January was an above-average and rather unusual month to start the year as it was warmer than average, wetter than average, and snowier than a typical January (believe it or not)!

Temperatures in January averaged 31.2°F, 5.8°F above average, making it the sixth warmest on record and 9.1°F warmer than last year (22.1°F).  Twenty-two days were warmer than average, seven were cooler and two were average.  The highest temperature occurred on January 11 with 56°F while the lowest temperature occurred on January 20 with 9°F.

Precipitation was above average last month with 3.13", 1.10" more than usual but 0.13" less than last year (3.26").  There were fourteen days with measurable precipitation, three less than average (17).

Snowfall in January amounted to 37.6", 9.6" more than usual but 15.3" less than last year (52.9").

Lumberjacks critical month of hockey begins at home

Lumberjacks critical month of hockey begins at home

MUSKEGON, Mich. (February 1, 2012) – The Muskegon Lumberjacks earned points in two of three games last weekend, but they’ll need to pick up the pace to make a push for the Clark Cup Playoffs.

The Jacks (10-18-4, 24 points) held third period leads against the National Team and Dubuque last Friday and Sunday, respectively, but they had to settle for overtime losses in both games. Throw in Saturday’s spirited game against Indiana and Muskegon’s last five games have been decided by a total of six goals.

Those five contests make up the entirely of Head Coach Jim McKenzie’s tenure in Muskegon; the 15-year NHL veteran and Stanley Cup winner has guided the team to a 1-2-2 record since taking over Jan. 16. Despite the competitiveness of the games, however, the Jacks need results quickly if they are to jump back into contention.