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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) - A couple has donated $2 million to support the Grand River Greenway Trail project in western Michigan. Bill and Bea Idema's donation to the Ottawa County Parks Foundation brings the total money raised for the project to $5.5 million. The foundation aims to raise $7.2 million. The project would connect Grand Haven in Ottawa County to Millennium Park in Kent County.
DETROIT (AP) - Wayne State University is turning 150, and the Detroit school is preparing to kick off a yearlong Sesquicentennial Celebration. The Friday event in the Community Arts Auditorium will include a representation of the university's history through student performances, the debut of a commemorative video and a birthday cake for attendees. The Detroit Medical College, a Wayne State predecessor, was founded by five Civil War physicians in 1868.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State University is creating an online hub of data and documents related to the slave trade. MSU says it's using a roughly $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop a website that links collections from numerous universities. It's designed to allow people to search millions of pieces of data to identify enslaved people and their descendants.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The sheriff of an Ohio county is assuming command of the Indiana National Guard's 38th Infantry Division. Brig. Gen. Gordon Ellis will become commander of the Indianapolis-based division during a Sunday ceremony at the Indiana War Memorial in downtown Indianapolis. Ellis will oversee more than 8,000 National Guard soldiers within Indiana and thousands more in units in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee and Delaware. He's also the sheriff of southern Ohio's Brown County.
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