Thanks for wishing Bridge happy birthday, Grand Rapids! (Slideshow)

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Center for Michigan outreach coordinator Allie Schmidt kicks off the party. Michigan bluesman extraordinaire Kevin Nichols looks a bit blue that he had to stop playing for a minute.

Bridge business reporter Lindsay Van Hulle chats up party guests. Is she hearing a good joke or picking up story tips?

Founders beer plus Bridge Magazine equals not much room to move.

Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine founder Phil Power greets guests in Grand Rapids.

Spring Lake Township Supervisor John Nash, always keeps the Bridge team on its toes with commentary and email feedback. Thanks, John, for being among the most dedicated Bridge readers in the entire state!

Former Michigan Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema talks issues with the crowd.

Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine president and CEO John Bebow thanks readers and leaders for helping Bridge earn two straight Michigan Press Association “Newspaper of the Year” awards.

Bridge’s correspondent in Grand Rapids, Ted Roelofs, talks with readers.

Bridge readers take in political commentary from Grand Rapids Regional Chamber of Commerce vice president Andy Johnston and former Michigan Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema.

Bridge readers take in political commentary from Grand Rapids Regional Chamber of Commerce vice president Andy Johnston and former Michigan Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema.

Kalamazoo Regional Education Service Agency Superintendent Dave Campbell (left) chats with Grand Valley University President Thomas Haas.

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