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Schedule announced for K-Wings 43rd season

The Kalamazoo Wings just wrapped up their 42nd season of professional hockey at the Wings Event Center, but the schedule for next season has already been released. Kicking off their 43rd season on the road, the K-Wings travel to Norfolk, Virginia to take on the Admirals on October 14 and 15. This will be the K-Wings first ever visit to …

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Cook nuclear plant online after routine refueling outage

Operators of southwestern Michigan’s Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant say one of its units is back online after being shut down for routine refueling and maintenance. Plant spokesman Bill Schalk says the Unit 1 reactor is connected to the transmission grid after a 36-day outage that began last month. The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph reports workers also completed several large …

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Bills to raise adult criminal age to 18 advance in Michigan

Seventeen-year-olds can’t vote, drop out of school or buy cigarettes in Michigan. But they’re automatically prosecuted, sentenced and locked up as adults if they commit a crime. That could change after a bipartisan push to raise Michigan’s age for adult offenders from 17 to 18 received a major lift in the Legislature. The Republican-controlled House approved a 20-bill package this …

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Fun planned for Treasures of St. Joseph County

Details of the fourth annual Treasures of St. Joseph County have been announced by the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce. Set to take place July 17, the event will closely follow the concept of “The Amazing Race.” Chamber director Christy Trammell said the event will cover four locations in the county and involve various challenges at each stop to …

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House passes budget including increase in school funding

State Rep. Aaron Miller has praised bipartisan passage of the House budget for the coming fiscal year, noting every school in St. Joseph and Cass counties will receive the maximum per-pupil increase in state funding. Miller, who serves as chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State Police, said all schools in the 59th House District will receive a $120 …

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Legislation to prevent deed scams signed

St. Joseph County Clerk and Register of Deeds Lindsay Oswald has forwarded a media release detailing legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. The new legislation will prevent private companies from charging exorbitant fees for copies of deeds that are available from their county Register of Deeds for only $1 per page. Amy Bissell, president of the Michigan Association of Registers …

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Michigan law limiting talk about elections won’t be enforced

The state of Michigan won’t enforce a law that blocks local government officials from talking about a ballot question before an election, under a deal approved Thursday by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge John Corbett O’Meara stopped the law in February with a preliminary injunction, saying the so-called gag order was vague and violated free speech rights. Now, nearly …

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Cover Crop Termination – How’s, When’s and What-if’s

“Cover crops that have overwintered need to be terminated in a timely manner in the spring to avoid interfering with planting the row crop, taking up needed soil water in a dry spring, or acting as a weed for the subsequent crop,” says Dr. Dean Baas, Michigan State University Extension Educator and a specialist in sustainable agriculture and cover crops …

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Commissioners hear park update

Members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners were given an update on a master plan for the county’s newest park during Wednesday’s executive committee meeting. Suzanne Fromson, representing St. Joseph-based Edgewater Resources, reviewed a number of details related to the six-acre Covered Bridge Farm park before commissioners agreed to put the matter on their agenda for a vote …

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Liberty Bell Award recipient named

The St. Joseph County Bar Association has announced its recipient of the organization’s 29th annual Liberty Bell Award. Spencer Price, who began working at St. Joseph County Community Mental Health in January 2008, will be honored during a ceremony next week. According to Judge Jeff Middleton, chairman of the Liberty Bell Committee, Price has become an important link between Community …

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