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Grants helps new development coming to Sturgis

State Rep. Aaron Miller announced earlier this week a state grant to help develop five parcels of land in Sturgis into a two-story building, which represents the first significant new construction in the downtown area in half a century. Miller said Moso Village LLC will use the $1 million Michigan Community Revitalization Program grant to redevelop the land to include ...

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Liberty Bell Award recipients named

The 2015 Liberty Bell Award is being presented Friday to representatives from St. Joseph County’s two newspapers. Judge Jeff Middleton said the 31st annual award ceremony will honor the Sturgis Journal and the Three Rivers Commercial-News as recipients of the award for 2015. Presented by the St. Joseph County Bar Association, the Liberty Bell Award was established as a way ...

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Sturgis plans festival lineup

Members of the Sturgis City Commission earlier this month gave approval to accommodations for an expanded Sturgis Fest lineup, slated for the last full week of June. Added to this year’s events are a car exhibition on U.S. 12 and a dog show in Franks Park. Cathi Abbs, executive director of Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce, indicated another surprise is ...

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Man sentenced to life in prison in slaying of 2-year-old son

A western Michigan man will spend the rest of his life in prison in the slaying of his 2-year-old son. WOOD-TV and the Kalamazoo Gazette report that 41-year-old Brian Roberts of Kalamazoo was sentenced Monday. He was convicted earlier this month of first-degree murder and child abuse in the death of Nehemiah Dodd. Kalamazoo officers found Nehemiah unconscious Dec. 31, ...

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Work to begin next week on Interstate 94 bridge replacement

Construction is expected to begin next week on an estimated $14 million project to replace a highway bridge in southern Michigan. State transportation authorities say the project will replace the Interstate 94 bridge at Exit 92 and resurface parts of the business loop in Battle Creek. Work is set to begin Monday and finish by Nov. 15. The Michigan Department ...

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Maintenance, refueling outage finished at Cook nuclear plant

Operators of southwestern Michigan’s Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant say that one of its units has returned to service after a 34-day shutdown for refueling. Unit 2 at the plant went back online about 2 a.m. Tuesday. Indiana Michigan Power runs the plant, which is along Lake Michigan in Berrien County’s Lake Township, near Bridgman. The Fort Wayne, Indiana-based company ...

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