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Sturgis approves site plan for property

The Sturgis Township Planning Commission has approved a site plan that will allow a refuse disposal company to lease part of its former Carter Lumber Company property to a local towing service. Nissley Disposal of Burr Oak received township approval in June to move its operation to the former lumberyard site, off M-66. That approval will allow Nissley to store …

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Traffic stop leads to arrests

Two Sturgis men were arrested last weekend after a traffic stop in LaGrange County. Juan Aguilar-Reyes, 18, and Anthony Sandoval, 19, were stopped around 8 p.m. Saturday. Sheriff ’s deputies said Aguilar-Reyes has never obtained a driver’s license. A case of beer was found in the vehicle during the stop and both men were arrested for minor in possession. Aguilar-Reyes …

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2nd person dies following I-94 pileups

Authorities say a second person has died following a series of crashes along snowy Interstate 94 in southwestern Michigan earlier this month. State police First Lt. Dale Hinz tells the Kalamazoo Gazette that 54-year-old driver Andrew Griesemer of the Detroit suburb of Northville died Sunday at a hospital in Kalamazoo. His mother, 78-year-old Carol Griesemer of Northville, was a passenger …

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New chairman named for road commission

The St. Joseph County Road Commission Board has a new chairman. Three Rivers resident Dave Allen was nominated to head the five-person board during its meeting last week. Allen replaces John Bippus, who will remain on the board but in a different capacity. County commissioners last month agreed to appoint Allen to a six-year term to the road commission board.

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Four cases of listeriosis in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has been collaborating with local health departments on a multistate foodborne outbreak of listeriosis. Rebecca Burns, director of the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency, said listeriosis is a bacterial infection that causes fever and muscle aches, often preceded by gastrointestinal symptoms. Twelve people in six states have been infected with the outbreak …

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MSU Extension contract renewed

St. Joseph County’s Board of Commissioners has renewed its annual contract with Michigan State University for extension services. During the board’s meeting last week, commissioners OK’d the contract that calls for the full-time equivalent of one extension educator, whose collective duties will include field-crops expertise, program coordination and additional 4-H programs. The county will provide office space, utilities, high-speed internet …

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