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Parks and Rec looking at mountain bike trail

St. Joseph County Parks and Recreation Director Jaymes MacDonald said he plans to work on the creation of a bike trail at the county’s premier park. He said the plan for a trail up to 12 miles long at Meyer Broadway Park is being studied. The trail would be created specifically for use by mountain bikes. MacDonald said if plans …

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Constantine updated on sewage-treatment operations

Members of the Constantine Village Council were given an update earlier this month regarding negotiations with the city of Three Rivers about sewage-treatment operations. Attorney Scott Smith led the update but details were not disclosed when the board reconvened following a 60-minute closed-session discussion. Constantine pumps its sewage to the Three Rivers wastewater treatment plant in accordance to a contract …

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Changes coming to Sturgis retirement benefits

Future city of Sturgis employees will have new pension rules designed to reduce the city’s future pension costs. Under the proposed amendment to city ordinance, new hires beginning Jan. 1 will have to work 10 years, rather than the current eight, to be vested in the municipal retirement plan. In addition, the city is expected to begin requiring all new …

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Man dies in Cass County crash

A 43-year-old Cassopolis man has died in a one-vehicle accident in Cass County’s Volinia Township. Sheriff Joe Underwood said deputies were called around 1 a.m. Wednesday to Dutch Settlement Road, east of Lawrence Road. Investigators said the vehicle was traveling east on Dutch Settlement Road when it left the roadway and struck a tree. Deputies attempted to revive the subject …

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Lumber load spills onto M-66

M-66 in Sherman Township was closed for about two hours this week after a semi tractor-trailer lost its load of lumber. Sheriff’s department officials said 51-year-old Bryan Wolfe of Saginaw was driving south on M-66 around 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, when he stopped to avoid a traffic backup near Hackman Road. His load of lumber broke free and crashed through the …

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Traffic change in Sturgis

Re-examination of downtown Sturgis traffic patterns prompted by the Moso Village development has resulted in a proposed order, changing North Street to two-way traffic from U.S. 12 to West Hatch Street. The Sturgis City Commission earlier this month approved the direction that would reverse a 2007 decision, which had continued restricting the downtown street to northbound only traffic. Representatives from …

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