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Mosquito boom predicted after flooding

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Last month's historic flooding along the Grand River has left behind a lot of standing water, which is an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes.

According to Jack Den Uyl, the owner of Mosquito Squad of West Michigan, the mosquito population has tripled in areas compared to this time last year.

Mosquito eggs can lay dormant for up to two years. Due to all the standing water from the floods, Uyl says most of the mosquito eggs from the past three years will all be hatching this year.

"We've sprayed now for two weeks and mosquitos are far more abundant than they were last year, so if that's an early indication of the season. We are predicting we could see at least triple to even far more than what we saw last year because of the drought and heat," says Uyl.

The Mosquito Squad stresses the five Ts which will help homeowners keep mosquitos away:

Enjoy art from Alpacas at Michigan Fiber Fiesta May 11

Enjoy art from Alpacas at Michigan Fiber Fiesta May 11

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Visitors are encouraged to enjoy food, fun and fiber as the Michigan Fiber Fiesta returns to Greenville May 11.

The event will feature the latest yarns, wools and textiles, as well as a spinning cirle, demonstrations and live animals. More than 30 vendors will attend the Michigan Fiber Fiesta, including:

Hudsonville Ice Cream wants your ideas

LANSING - Hudsonville Ice Cream is once again teaming up with Pure Michigan to create a new official ice cream flavor.

A contest kicks off today and is designed to promote the state's agriculture industry.  The company wants people to submit flavor ideas.  Last year Hudsonville Ice Cream received 3,000 entries ranging from Tahquamenon Falls Root Beer Sundae to Hex Hatch.  The top winner was Pure Michigan Caramel Apple.

Ideas can be submitted through Hudsonville Ice Cream's website. The contest starts today and runs through May 22nd. The winner will be announced on June 21st, the first day of summer.

Voters approve school millages, bond issues

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- All but a few millage requests and bond proposals passed as West Michigan voters went to the polls Tuesday.

WZZM 13 News followed the results of 31 different ballot measures in seven counties.  Here are the county-by-county results:

Kent County

Voters in the Godfrey-Lee Public School district approved a $2.2 million bond issue, with the money going to school repairs and construction, new buses, athletic facility improvements and better technology.  The measure passed 118-79.

Grandville Public Schools received voter approval for a $75.2 million dollar bond proposal, with the money going to school repairs and construction, new buses, athletic facility improvements and better technology. The measure passed 3,959-1,697.

Missing Ottawa County woman found in Midland

UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.
BLENDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A missing Ottawa County woman has been found in Midland County, 24 hours after she was last seen in West Michigan.

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department says Karen Visch, 47, "suffered a medical event." She is hospitalized in the Midland area.

Police say there was no foul play in her disappearance.

BLENDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Ottawa County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for a missing woman who is without her medication.

Karen Visch, 47, left her home on Fillmore Street Monday evening around 8 p.m. and was headed to Cascade Township in Kent County.

Authorities say Visch left a message with a friend around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday but had not returned home. She also missed an appointment with her 19-year-old daughter Tuesday morning.

Visch does not have her medication with her and family members are concerned for her wellbeing.

Two Holland-area women die in crash on I-94

LINCOLN CHARTER TWP., Mich. (WZZM/AP) - Two Holland-area women are dead after a horrific crash on I-94 Sunday afternoon.

Police say that the women were in car heading westbound on I-94 when they swerved to avoid a piece of tire in the roadway.  Their vehicle hit a box truck that was also heading westbound, but then the driver lost control and went across the median, striking a semi-trailer heading eastbound head-on.

The two 19-year-old women in the car were pronounced dead at the scene.  Police say that the damage to the vehicle was extensive.  The drivers of the trucks received very minor injuries.  Westbound I-94 was closed for approximately four hours.

The Associated Press is identifying the victims as 18-year-old Jaquisha Wright of Chicago and 19-year-old Rashell Allen of Holland.

Police say that neither speed nor impairment appear to have been factors in the crash.  All those involved in the crash were wearing seatbelts.

Fire damages wood pellet business

HOLLAND (WZZM) - Fire crews from several departments responded to a call at Michigan Wood Pellet Fuel around 4:30 Monday morning.

Chris Tinney, a captain with the Holland Department of Public Safety, says the initial witness reported seeing heavy smoke and another witness reported heavy flames coming from the building on Industrial Avenue.

Tinney says they immediately called in for aid from two area departments,  Park Township and Holland Township, in preparation for what they believed would be a very large fire. 

The 46,000 square foot facility contains a large amount of wood on the premises.  However, when crews arrived Tinney says the fire was already contained and they only found light smoke inside the building.