Welcome to DGR, LumberJack.
My Mom's side of the family is from that area, scattered in a bunch of little towns between Grand Rapids and Big Rapids. Lakeview, Mecosta, Amble, unmemorable places like that. I love it up there. When I was single I loved to go up for a week...go to a Whitecaps game, hang around in my Aunt Carol's house and let her feed me, go water skiing, hang out in the bar my cousin owned, play some disc golf. I left an 8X KC Roc in the lagoon at Riverside the last time I was there. Someday I hope to get back up there, as there are a bunch of new courses up there since I made my last trip.