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With an economic development organization that is the envy of many communities, Battle Creek is building on its food industry roots and maximizing the space that makes it the state's third largest city in land area. For fun each year Cereal City, world headquarters to the Kellogg Co., celebrates the most important meal of the day with the World's Longest Breakfast Table. Bikers, joggers and nature explorers have a trail system of parks, forests and streams linked by a 24-mile linear park. Campers and outdoor-lovers visit Fort Custer Recreation Area for fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing and boating. For animal lovers, Binder Park Zoo is a must. The Battle Creek Art Center and Battle Creek Symphony stoke the city's many cultural offerings and the new Firekeeper's Casino adds to the city's fun side. B.C's Math and Science Center is acclaimed and secondary education needs are met by Kellogg Community College, Robert B. Miller College and a branch of Western Michigan University. As a touchstone to the city's history, Sojourner Truth, who lived here, watches over downtown from a memorial built in her honor.
Richard Harwood

What Does Public Innovation Mean?

Battle Creek is working with the Harwood Institute to be a Beacon Community. The institute's founder Richard Harwood shares some thoughts on what exactly we mean when we talk about innovation in the public arena.

Progress on early stage irrigation tubing installation.

Of Kale and Capital: How greens grow year round

The air is cold and the snow is deep, but inside the hoop houses at Green Garden Community Farm the greens are growing. Donna McClurkan talks to Trent and Ruthie Thompson about their year round operation and the slow money that made it possible. 

Josh Haas

A bike, 1,655 miles, 200 birds, one man's 12-month adventure

When Josh Haas sets a goal he doesn't settle for the little stuff. In 2013 he decided to travel all across Barry County on his bike as he spotted birds. Zinta Aistars talks to Haas about how that turned out.

Festivus 2014

Slideshow: Build Your Own Cardboard Sled Races draw a crowd in B.C.

When Battle Creek wants to have fun it can count on B.C.M.A.M.S. to get the party started. In the winter, it's the Festivus Build Your Own Cardboard Sled Race at Leila Arboretum. Erik Holladay has pictures. 

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Remembering the best-read stories of 2013

One thing about the new journalism--as an editor you know right away whether a story hits or not simply by seeing how many people clicked on it, how long they spent reading it and whether they shared it. Here is Second Wave's top hits of 2013.

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Southwest Michigan's craft beer news from A through W

As Southwest Michigan becomes a hub for craft beer it's tough keeping up with everything that's going on. Jeremy Martin has all the news that's fit to sip from Arcadia Ales through Walldorff Brewpub.

Some of the 20 people involved in The Franklin Project

Neighbors turn eyesore into place children can play

Zinta Aistars has the story of how a blighted city lot became a place where children can play soccer, creating a place for them to stay busy rather than get into trouble. It's called the Franklin Project and it's about workers in the surrounding neighborhood who decided to make a difference.  

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Startup Spotlight: Juicy Leaf brings healthy drinks to market

If you're not familiar with cold-pressed juice, the trio behind Juicy Leaf is setting out to change that. Find them at a Farmers Market or special event near you. Kathy Jennings reports.

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Room for trails grow as Southwest Michigan goes on a road diet

Communities that want to learn how they can become more friendly for bicycle riders are participating in a statewide program known as Training Wheels. Southwest Michigan cities that have participated say the program is comprehensive and has gotten the results hoped for. Zinta Aistars reports.

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Women circle round to broaden their philanthropic potential

Philanthrophy and being female are two things that are mutually inclusive these days. Find out what groups regionally are opening their bank accounts and pocket books in this report from Jane Parikh.
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Festivus 2011

Mustache Society changes the face of charity

More than 800 people dressed for the cold and headed out to the Battle Creek Metropolitan Area Mustache Society's (BCMAMS) third annual Festivus celebration to raise more than $2,000 for the Leila Arboretum Society. And that only begins to tell the tale of the hair growing fundraisers' event.
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