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County Administrator announces retirement

St. Joseph County Administrator Pat Yoder has announced he plans to retire at the end of the year. Chairman Al Balog during Tuesday’s county commission meeting made the announcement and the board subsequently accepted Yoder’s letter of resignation. Yoder, 67, for four years served as the county’s first administrator when the position was created in 1990. He returned in April …

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Mendon Riverfest begins

Despite a shortage of volunteers, the 30th Mendon Riverfest is ready to help St. Joseph County conclude its summer festival season. The three-day community celebration begins today. During their meeting last week, Riverfest Committee members spent a good share of their time figuring out how to recruit more volunteers. They have no shortage of needs and are seeking anyone who …

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Police investigate Mottville break in

A breaking-and-entering incident in Mottville Township was investigated this week by state police. According to a department media release, troopers were called shortly before 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to the 69000 block of Vistula Road. The victim told police someone used a pry device to open a locked service door. Nothing was taken from the garage, but the door was severely …

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Local Food Dinner planned

The St. Joseph County Conservation District is confirming its fifth annual “Local Food Dinner” will take place Aug. 25 at the county fairgrounds. The four-course meal will feature meat, fruits and vegetables from 18 different local farms. Food will be prepared by local chefs Diana Miller, Brenda McWatters and Amigo Center staff. The Conservation District has available tax-deductible table sponsors …

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Sturgis and Dowagiac awarded grants

The city of Sturgis and a Cass County municipality have been awarded a share of a $3.6 million grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. The Lansing-based agency announced a $48,800 grant to Sturgis. The city plans to demolish four properties in neighborhoods within walking distance of the central business district, public services, parks, schools and other amenities. Meanwhile, …

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Presentation on architect and Burke House

Architect Marion Mahony, the first licensed woman architect in the United States and her role in the prairie style of Burke House in Three Rivers and elsewhere in the region will be the focus of a special program this weekend by the St. Joseph County Historical Society. Presented by Jerry DeMaagd, docent of Frank Lloyd Wright Meyer May House in …

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