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Natural Resources Trust Fund bill goes to state House

State Sen. John Proos has supported approval of Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund projects for 2018, including six in Southwest Michigan. The trust fund is supported by interest earned on funds generated from the development of state-owned mineral rights, Proos said. Senate Bill 883 would authorize the trust to use almost $50 million in restricted funds to support 34 acquisition …

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Multiple injuries in Cass County crash

Three Indiana residents were injured in a one-vehicle accident over the weekend in Cass County’s Newberg Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday to Quaker Street, near Savage Road. Investigators said 20-year-old Elkhart resident Colin Schieber was driving eastbound on Quaker Street, when he lost control of the vehicle, causing it to go into …

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Hundreds enjoy Mendon Dust-Off

Organizers of Sunday’s 55th annual Mendon Dust-Off are declaring the event a success. Heidi Alexander, president of the Three Rivers Classic and Antique Restorers Club, said the event drew about 650 participants and hundreds of spectators. Always staged the first Sunday of May, the Dust-Off serves as the unofficial kickoff to car season, with a major show in Coldwater the …

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Annual post office food drive

The U.S. Post Office in Three Rivers will be one of thousands across the country to take part in what is believed to be the largest food drive in the nation. The annual National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive will be May 12. Post office officials are asking for anyone wishing to participate to leave non-perishable …

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Old cars coming to Mendon

The 55th annual Mendon Dust-Off takes place Sunday with the usual impressive variety of old cars, muscle cars and other vintage vehicles. It starts at 7 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. Three Rivers resident Arnold Alexander is a charter member of the event sponsor, Three Rivers Classic and Antique Restorers Club. He said Sunday’s show marks the 30-year anniversary …

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Woman injured in motorcycle crash

A Cassopolis woman was injured after she was involved in a motorcycle accident earlier this week in Calvin Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called shortly after 5 p.m. Monday to Day Lake Road, near Jeffries Street. Behnke said a motorcycle driven by Debra Hartline, 51, was heading north on Day Lake Road when she attempted to pass a …

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Man dies in tree cutting incident

The Cass County sheriff’s department handled an accidental death Tuesday on White Temple Road in Penn Township. Authorities said Robert Wright, 73, of Vandalia, was struck by two trees while he was cutting wood. An investigation revealed Wright was cutting a tree that fell into another tree, which uprooted itself. The two trees fell on Wright. Emergency personnel extracted Wright …

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County commission approves correction grant application

A grant application for St. Joseph County’s Community Corrections was approved by commissioners Tuesday. The grant seeks nearly $175,000 from the Michigan Department of Corrections. According to Erin Goff, community corrections coordinator, the funding would be put in the agency’s 2019 budget and go toward programs that serve as alternatives to incarceration. Goff said the request is a renewal and …

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County Commission approves filling vacant animal control hours

St. Joseph County commissioners have approved a request to fill vacant hours in the Animal Control Department. Undersheriff Mark Lillywhite said the department recently had a support assistant resign, leaving a void of 29 hours a week. Lillywhite asked if 11 of those 29 hours could be reassigned to another part-time assistant position, which would make it a full-time job. …

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Man dies in motorcycle crash

A Dowagiac man died in a motorcycle accident earlier this week in Cass County’s Calvin Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called shortly after 5:30 a.m. Monday to Calvin Hill Street near North Shore Drive. An initial investigation shows a truck was turning out of a driveway to go west on Calvin Hill Street when it was struck by an eastbound …

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