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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.
Borgess Health Park, Battle Creek

Borgess celebrates opening of Health Care Park in Battle Creek

On 21 acres of rolling wooded land in a park-like setting that’s close to I-94 and M-66, Borgess has opened its latest facility: Borgess Health Park. Jane Parikh finds out what it means for the community.

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Fear and loathing at Mackinac, or How I learned to stop worrying and love the Policy Conference

Aspiring young leaders learn the art of the deal on Mackinac Island. 

Shane Farlin, Hogzilla Food Truck

Veteran wants to help other vets with Hogzilla food truck

All Shane Farlin ever wanted to be was a soldier. When he was wounded in battle he no longer had that option. Now he has a mission again and it's helping veterans by giving them the same kind of help that saved his life. A job.

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Marshall and Detroit learn from one another

What 1,300 downtown professional are learning from Detroit this week, and what Detroit can learn from them. Mainstreet Marshall was there, Natalie Burg reports.

Jeremy Andrews

Growing a food hub from a sprout

Connecting local farmers with people who want to buy the vegetables and animals they raise is what a food hub does. Jeremy Andrews is one of those creating such connections in the Battle Creek area. Zinta Aistars has the story. 

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.

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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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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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