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Three WWII Veterans honored

Three World War II veterans from Southwest Michigan joined state Rep. Aaron Miller at the Capitol Thursday to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory in Europe. Miller invited the veterans and their families to join him and Brig. Gen. Len Isabelle at the Capitol, where they were introduced in the House and Senate chambers. Rep. Miller said he ...

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State game area master plans available for review

State game area managers with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources are seeking public input on several draft master plans for state game areas located in the southwestern region of the state, including one that straddles Cass and St. Joseph counties. Steve Chadwick, supervisor for the DNR Wildlife Division’s southwestern region, said the master plans are important in guiding habitat ...

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Semi-trailer fire shut down 131

U.S. 131 between U.S. 12 and Dickenson Road was closed for about an hour Thursday after a semi-trailer caught fire. Around 7:45 a.m., a semi-truck hauling eggs was northbound on U.S. 131 when fire started in the trailer. The driver was able to disconnect from the trailer and drive a safe distance away. It appears the blaze started in the ...

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Groundbreaking for RV company in White Pigeon

Forest River Manufacturing, a recreational-vehicle company, will break ground this week at its future Michigan site. The ceremony begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday, at 500 W. Chicago Road in White Pigeon. The Indiana-based company in January announced its intention to launch new products in White Pigeon in three newly constructed 100,000-square-foot facilities. Company officials estimate creation of close to 400 ...

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Man seeking ‘suicide by cop’ dies in shootout with police

Battle Creek police report that a 19-year-old man who said he wanted police to kill him was fatally shot when both he and officers opened fire. The shooting happened Sunday morning. Police tell WOOD-TV that a family member called about 10:40 a.m. saying the man had taken a relative’s gun and wanted to die. Police say the man then called ...

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Michigan man builds haven for rescued alligators

At 9 feet long and around 350 pounds, the alligator known as Godzilla lives up to his name: A body plated with pointed, armor-like scales known as scutes. Massive jaws that hold up to 80 sharp teeth and snap shut on reflex. A powerful tail. He could do some damage if he wanted to. Sunning himself on the edge of ...

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