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Hungry deer force Vicksburg Christmas tree farm to close

Too many hungry deer are being blamed for the end of a 30-year Christmas tradition in southwestern Michigan. Mott’s Christmas Barn in Vicksburg in Kalamazoo County is closing. The deer population can’t be controlled, and the animals have been munching on trees. Customers have traveled to the farm each year to cut down a Christmas tree. Owner Mardee Mott tells …

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Number of CTA riders increases

The St. Joseph County Transportation Authority saw a ridership increase during its 2014-15 fiscal year compared to a year earlier. Steve Yorks, executive director of the Three Rivers-based agency, said 97,506 rides were given during the 12-month period that ended Sept. 30. That figure tops the 95,942 rides given the previous fiscal year. Yorks said the CTA has maintained a …

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Team Midwest Launches Gig-Speed Internet

Rural portions of Edwardsburg and Schoolcraft, along with other parts of southwest Michigan, recently joined the big cities of Atlanta, Charlotte and Kansas City in having gigabit speed internet service available. Midwest Connections, teaming up with Midwest Energy Cooperative, launched a fiber-to-the-premise internet service in 2014, offering the first true broadband experience to homes and businesses in rural southwest Michigan. …

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Midwest Propane raises money for cancer center

TSE Balloon 27Aug2015

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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KALAMAZOO EAST MENARDS SLATED TO OPEN DOORS ON SEPTEMBER 1ST

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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