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Commissioners make budget amendment

St. Joseph County commissioners this week agreed to make a budget amendment to the county’s Commission On Aging fund balance. The action was requested after COA director Tim Stoll gave a presentation centering on bids for an architect analysis and construction management for the agency’s potential new location at the former Three Rivers Inn. Three companies were considered for project …

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Commissioners reappoints committee members

Six people were reappointed to the St. Joseph County Solid Waste Management Planning Committee. Following action Tuesday by the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners, Sturgis-area residents John Smits, Frank Kalasky and Mary Conklin-Craaybeek, Glenn Nissley of Burr Oak Township, Mendon Township’s Carol Higgins and Mark Ripplinger of White Pigeon were reappointed to two-year terms. Their terms will now expire …

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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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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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