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Sturgis approves business signs

The Sturgis Township Planning Commission has approved sign permits for three new businesses. Biggby Coffee will open Monday in the renovated storefront that previously housed Fawn River Meats on Fawn River Road, east of South Centerville Road. Planning commissioners on Monday also granted sign plans for TSC and Dunham Sports, two businesses that will share the former Kmart building on …

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Take our daughters and sons to work day resolution drafted

State Rep. Aaron Miller today intends to introduce a resolution in the House declaring April 28 as “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” in Michigan. Miller drafted the resolution calling on parents to take a daughter or son to their workplaces so the children can see the many employment opportunities that exist in Michigan. He will bring his …

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Ratering will seek second term as treasurer

St. Joseph County Treasurer Judie Ratering has filed for re-election for a second four-year term. Ratering recently submitted to the county clerk’s office paperwork with enough signatures to be on the ballot in the August primary. Sturgis resident Gwen Donmeyer has also declared her candidacy. The 56-year-old Ratering was appointed by a statutory committee in February 2012 from a pool …

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Special permit granted for potential camp facility

Members of the Sherman Township Planning Commission have agreed to issue a special land-use permit to two brothers for a 25-site camp facility. Proposed by Ben and Jamey Rouch of Three Rivers, the campground could potentially include cabins up to 400 square feet. It also may feature tent and RV camping. The Rouchs said they would like to include an …

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Sturgis votes no to sidewalk committee

Sturgis city commissioners have vetoed a staff plan that would have revived a seven-member citizens committee to prioritize sidewalk projects and advise the commission on sidewalk policy issues. The vote was 5-4. The commissioner’s majority said they do not believe a citizens committee is necessary to prioritize sidewalk needs, instead leaving the recommendations to city staff with commissioners approving final …

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March unemployment up in St. Joseph County

The March unemployment rate in St. Joseph County increased by one-tenth of a percent compared to a month earlier. The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed St. Joseph County’s 3.8 percent March unemployment rate was greater than February’s 3.7 percent. March’s unemployment rate was 1 percent less than the same month one year …

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