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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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ARF presents animal kindness award

In a field crowded with worthy nominees, Kelli Lusk stood slightly above all others as the recipient of this year’s, “Jeanette Schirs Recognition of Kindness to Animals” award. Bestowed by the Animal Rescue Fund of St. Joseph County, the award was presented to the 31-year-old Sturgis-area resident during the organization’s annual mostaccioli dinner and live auction fundraiser Saturday at Three …

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STDs on the rise

Cases of chlamydia and other sexually-transmitted diseases are rising in the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph County area, according to 2016 data. Lauren Vogel, medical officer at the tri-county agency, said HPV exposure remains the most common sexually transmitted infections, with chlamydia being the most frequently reported disease. Vogel during last week’s department board meeting, said St. Joseph County showed 207 cases reported in 2016 …

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Glen Oaks seeks input on possible millage

Glen Oaks Community College this week will present the first in a series of informational sessions. The forums are being offered to seek input from voters regarding a potential millage request for the 2018 November election. Sessions will start at 6 p.m. at the Dresser Business Development Center on the school campus. The first will be Wednesday, and will be …

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County unemployment down

March’s unemployment rate in St. Joseph County was four-tenths of a percent lower than the previous month. The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed the county’s 3.7 percent March unemployment rate marked a decrease from February’s 4.1 percent. St. Joseph County was below the state unemployment average, which was 4.6 percent in March. …

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Three Rivers Health Wound Clinic receives award

Three Rivers Health physicians, leaders and clinicians gathered last week to celebrate the Robert A. Warriner III Center of Excellence award. The accolade was given to Three Rivers Health Center for Wound Healing during a ceremony Friday. The center has achieved patient satisfaction rates higher than 92 percent and a healing rate of at least 91 percent in less than …

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Man arrested after fleeing police

A 29-year-old White Pigeon man was arrested after fleeing from police last week. Constantine police said its officers attempted Friday to stop a driver for an equipment violation. The man disregarded police orders to pull over and fled onto Youngs Prairie Road before turning onto Peck Academy Road. His vehicle crashed at the intersection of Peck Academy and Millers Mill …

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Cause of Mendon fire still unknown

Two victims of a house fire last week in Mendon Township were migrant farm workers. St. Joseph County Undersheriff Mark Lillywhite said the cause of the blaze might never be known due to extensive damage to the house in Mendon Township. The home was owned by an area dairy farm, according to Lillywhite. Lillywhite said other occupants of the farmhouse …

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County Bar Association names award winner

The St. Joseph County Bar Association has selected Janice Clark, of Michiana Guardianship Services, as the winner of the 2018 Liberty Bell Award. Clark has been providing services to St. Joseph County citizens and courts for almost 20 years. The owner and operator of Michiana Guardianship Services, Clark has worked for the Cass County Community Mental Health system for nine …

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Recycling event successful

Saturday’s collection of household hazardous waste, tires, paper, paint and electronics was the most successful in the 13-year history of the spring event. Pat Kulikowski, secretary of the St. Joseph County Solid Waste Committee – the event’s sponsor – said she can attribute its success, in part, to the fact it was a free drop-off. There was no charge for …

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