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I&M gets approval to raise rates

The Michigan Public Service Commission has authorized Indiana Michigan Power to adjust rates as part of I&M’s “Michigan Building the Future” plan. This is the first increase in Michigan base rates since 2012 for I&M, an American Electric Power company. For a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours of energy per month, the increase will be less than $20 per …

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Prolonged winter weather raises concerns about Upper Peninsula deer

Wildlife biologists are worried about how prolonged wintry weather will affect deer in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. State Department of Natural Resources supervisor Terry Minzey says things looked good for the U.P. deer herd a month ago. But the situation has deteriorated as winter has held on. Deer fitted with radio collars for DNR studies have suffered a 13.5 percent mortality …

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Rural Three Rivers duplex gets a makeover

The exterior of a Lockport Township duplex was targeted Thursday by a team of about 35 people who volunteered to spruce up the property. The residence, vacant since 2010, was purchased by St. Joseph County through a foreclosure auction and will be used as a transitional residence for homeless veterans. Stoney Summey, Veterans’ Affairs director for St. Joseph County, said …

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Man hospitalized following crash

Authorities investigated a two-vehicle collision Thursday in Sherman Township. Sheriff’s officials said the incident occurred shortly before 4 a.m. on M-66 at Maystead Road. A pickup driven by 55-year-old Julie Rosen was struck head-on by a car driven by 34-year-old Jared Overley of Decatur. Investigators said Overley’s vehicle crossed the center line. Overley, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was …

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Update – Title IX

State Rep. Aaron Miller this week voted to require Michigan’s public colleges and universities to be transparent with Title IX reporting or face a 10-percent reduction in future state funding. The updated requirement is part of budget approved by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, upon which Miller serves. Title IX prohibits sex discrimination at educational institutions that receive …

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Colon Village council makes appointments

Colon’s interim village manager said plenty of work remains before he can comfortably say the municipality has been brought up to speed. Still, Tom Tenney said he is pecking away at several matters and making solid progress. Getting caught up on delinquent bills, he said, was a good place to start. Toward the conclusion of Colon’s March 13 meeting, its …

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Police search for armed man

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department was called to Camp Eberhart this week in response to a man with a firearm in the woods near the camp. Sheriff’s officials said deputies responded to the Fabius Township property shortly after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. The man was described as an older white male, wearing a stocking cap, maroon Carhart jacket and blue …

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Three Rivers interviews superintendent candidates

Three Rivers Community Schools has interviewed two of the four candidates it has chosen as its prospective superintendent. Spencer Byrd and Jeff Rehlander met Tuesday with the board of education and fielded a number of questions. Byrd is currently superintendent of Meridian School District in Southern Illinois; Rehlander is superintendent of Gobles Public Schools. The other pair of candidates will …

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Crash causes service outage

A crash Monday in Fawn River Township led to a lengthy interruption of internet and other services in St. Joseph County. According to Michigan State Police, the crash occurred just before 6 p.m. on Fawn River Road near Big Hill Road. A tractor-trailer driven by John Smoll of Elida, Ohio, was hauling an excavator that was over the legally allowed …

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Sturgis Board approves superintendent contract

Sturgis Public Schools Board of Education has reached a contract agreement with Art Ebert, incoming superintendent. During Monday’s board meeting, its members voted unanimously to approve Ebert’s contract. Board president Ann Bird said the sides agreed to a three-year contract, similar in total to the amount that was paid in the last contract for recently-retired Tom Langdon. His last 12-month …

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