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Midwest Propane raises money for cancer center

Picture-perfect weather created a great backdrop for the inaugural Midwest Propane Fueling the Fight Family Movie Night last Thursday. Hundreds of guests joined us under the stars at the Cass County Council on Aging for a variety of activities to raise money for the West Michigan Cancer Center. Many guests gathered around a giant outdoor movie screen on blankets and …

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The new Kalamazoo East, MI Menards Mega Store located at 5300 Gull Road (Just West of N. Sprinkle Road on Gull Road) will open for business on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. With the opening of this new store, the Kalamazoo and surrounding area can further enjoy all of the great services, low prices and shopping convenience that Menards has to …

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Local officials participate in CTA tour

Nearly two dozen local officials, including State Rep. Aaron Miller and State Sen. John Proos, took part Tuesday in a tour of the St. Joseph County Transportation Authority headquarters as well as a ride-along. Officials from the CTA said the first-of-its-kind event was staged to help promote the services it offers countywide. The group, which featured representation from Sturgis police, …

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Midwest Propane to host family movie night

Midwest Propane invites the community to a family movie night this Thursday, Aug. 27. The feature film is the Disney/Pixar family favorite UP, and the event will be held under the stars on the lawn of the Cass County Council on Aging, 60525 Decatur Road, Cassopolis. The venue opens at 6 p.m. and the movie begins at 7. The event …

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Michigan adjusted unemployment rate dips to 5.3 percent

Michigan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped last month to match the national average. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget released state and regional employment figures Wednesday. July’s statewide jobless rate was 5.3 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from June. It was 7 percent in July 2014. The state says the number of unemployed in Michigan dropped …

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Michigan folk art comes alive in wooden fish decoys

Craig “Curly” Spink swirls a hand-made jig above a water-filled 15-gallon galvanized steel tub in his Kalamazoo back yard, tugging and relaxing the line attached to a wooded fish decoy he carved and painted. He’s trying to make it swim as realistically as possible. “This is how I test them,” Spink told the Kalamazoo Gazette. “See, how I can make …

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