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Sheriff’s Department selling mailbox signs

The St. Joseph County Sheriff ’s Department explorer post is selling 9-1-1 mailbox signs. The signs are green with reflective numbers on both sides, with dimensions of 6-inches by 17.5-inches. Signs are available in a vertical and horizontal layout. They are $15.50, with all proceeds going to Explorer Scout Post for uniforms and educational training. Signs can be ordered through …

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Sturgis man named to planning commission

A Sturgis man has been added to St. Joseph County’s Planning Commission Board. During action last week, county commissioners agreed to make Gregg Dohm a member. His appointment fills one of two vacancies on the planning commission. Dohm, who is retired and serves as president of the Pheasant Pointe Condo Association, will serve through 2017, when, the term of his …

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MSU Extension field crops report

Here are some important highlights from the MSU Extension field crops team this week. IPM BREAKFASTS Crop updates and IPM information shared at the meeting have been incorporated into the SW MI Regional Update – see the link below. The field crops team update from the meeting is attached which also highlights several issues. This week’s meeting featured MSU weeds …

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Man charged with killing 6 in Michigan to face trial

A man charged with killing six strangers in between picking up riders for Uber will go to trial, a Michigan judge said Friday after listening to a dozen witnesses, including a survivor of the random shootings who said it’s his face she sees in her sleep each night. Jason Dalton is charged with murder and attempted murder. He’s accused of …

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Mountain bike course planned for Meyer Broadway Park

A team of mountain-bike enthusiasts has agreed to help develop a 10-mile route at Meyer Broadway Park in Fabius Township. Parks and recreation director Jaymes MacDonald told members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners Tuesday he made contact last fall with Augusta-based Southwest Chapter of the Michigan Mountain Biking Association about the concept. After a site visit with …

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Burr Oak begins outsourcing police

Burr Oak’s plan to outsource its police protection was completed Tuesday, when members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement with the village. Less than a week after village officials staged a special meeting to dissolve its department and accept the sheriff’s department proposal, the issue was put in motion with the county commission’s endorsement. The …

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