Missing Michigan kids, The Banana Car, stories featuring small towns like Paw Paw, Mattawan and Gobles...It's the Top 17 Stories of 2017 from WKFR.com.  
2017 has been a crazy year.  Let's look back at the 17 stories that got the most views from right here in West Michigan on WKFR.com.

Top 17 Stories Of 2017 On 103.3 KFR

#17.  PICTURES OF BUILDING COLLAPSE DOWNTOWN KALAMAZOO
One hot, windy day Downtown Kalamazoo lost a building.  Check out those pics here.

TSM: Dana Marshall

 

#16.  KALAMAZOO TGI FRIDAY’S CLOSES ITS DOORS
We've seen a shocking number of businesses close in West Michigan this year.  TGI Friday's got a lot of people's attention.  Click here to read more.

The now close TGI Friday's on West Main in Kalamazoo (TSM/Mark Fricke)

 

#15.  5 THINGS EVERYONE FROM GOBLES KNOWS
From Football state champs to a killer retro arcade, Gobles is pretty rockin' little town.  That must be why it's the 14th most viewed story on our website.  To find out 5 fun facts about Gobles click here.

Google Maps

 

#14.  ARE MC SPORTS AND GANDER MOUNTAIN CLOSING IN MICHIGAN?
The internet has hit the sporting goods box store industry hard.  Get more on that by clicking here.

Google Maps

 

#13.  KALAMAZOO WILL BE AS COLD AS ANTARCTICA THIS WEEK

That bitter cold winter has come in with a roar.  So much so, that West Michigan is colder than the South Pole.  Get the whole store by clicking here.

Getty Images

 

#12.  WHY DOES KALAMAZOO WATER HAVE WEIRD WHITE FLAKES FLOATING IN IT?
Kalamazoo is flakey for a reason.  Find out what it is by clicking here.

Creatas Images

 

#11.  10 FUNNIEST MICHIGAN CITY NAMES
Slapneck, Jugville and Bad Axe are real Michigan town names.  Is your hometown on this list?  Click here to read more.

Google Maps

 

#10.  AMERICA’S GOT TALENT CRUISES IN KALAMAZOO’S BANANA CAR
Have you seen America's Got Talent judges in the Kalamazoo Banana Car yet?  Click here and check it out.

via Craigslist

 

#9.   5 THINGS THAT ANYONE FROM PAW PAW KNOWS
I have 3 words for you: Goose Poop Island!  Clearly, that struck a nerve because this story was the 9th most popular story of the year.

Dana Marshall

 

#8.   5 THINGS EVERYONE FROM MATTAWAN KNOWS
I'm not saying we just started a rivalry between Paw Paw and Mattawan.  However, this story on Mattawan beat the story on Paw Paw by less than 20 views.  To put that in perspective, WKFR.com got well over a million unique page views in 2017.  Click here for that story.

Google Maps

 

#7.   A WEBSITE HAS MADE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION FREE TO THE PUBLIC.
This was freakin' alarming.  West Michigan must agree because this story reached #7 in our year end countdown.  Click here to read this story.

maxkabakov

 

#6.   THE LABOR DAY MACKINAC BRIDGE CLOSURE JUST GOT WORSE.
The Labor Day I-75 debacle was substantial.  Click here to read this story.

Eric Meier

 

#5.   ADULT PROM COMING TO KALAMAZOO IN FEBRUARY. 
When we made the announcement about our first ever Adult Prom...the internet blew up.  Click here to read more.  We just announced the 2018 Adult Prom.  Get that info by clicking here.

Photo: Dave Benson

 


 

#4.   MICHIGAN’S MOST WANTED CRIMINALS – HAVE YOU SEEN THESE PEOPLE?
We are all on the look out for Michigan's most wanted.  Click here to read more on this story.

MDOC

 

#3.   12 MOST DANGEROUS CITIES IN MICHIGAN 2017.
This story ruffled quite a few feathers on Facebook.  Click here to find out why.

Thinkstock

 

#2.   FARMER’S ALMANAC PREDICTS WILD WINTER FOR MICHIGAN.
The story about the "Wild Winter" prediction was the 2nd most read story on our website in 2017.  Click here to read more.

Getty Images

 

#1.   23 CHILDREN MISSING IN MICHIGAN SINCE JANUARY
The number of missing children in Michigan this year was astounding.  Many in West Michigan did their part to help by getting the word out and sharing this story.  Get more info by clicking here.


BONUS VIDEO:  Surprise Proposal with Puppies