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Branch crash kills one, injures two others

One man is dead and two people were injured Friday in a crash on U.S. 12 west of Snow Prairie Road in Branch County’s Bethel Township. Identity of those involved have not been released, pending family notification. Branch County Undersheriff Keith Eichler said a driver of Ford Fiesta had stopped on U.S. 12 to turn left into the Sprung Lake mobile …

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Hepatitis A outbreak in Michigan

Although many health officials are focused on the flu, Michigan is in the midst of a serious Hepatitis A outbreak, said Rebecca Burns, health officer at Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Health Agency. The state’s case count as of Jan. 24 was 715 confirmed cases with 582 hospitalizations and 24 deaths. One case has been reported in Hillsdale. The concern with the Michigan …

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Michigan to begin $4M project to remove 90-year-old dam

Crews are preparing to remove a 90-year-old dam in southwestern Michigan to help restore habitat for native fish. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and other organizations will soon begin the $4 million project to remove the Alcott Street dam in Kalamazoo, the Kalamazoo Gazette reported . The dam, which impounds Bryant Mill Pond on Portage Creek, was built in 1927, but …

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Arizona meteorite hunter finds success in Michigan

Robert Ward dresses like a cowboy, but he’s often referred to as a “space cowboy.” Neatly displayed in well-lit glass cases at his Prescott home are the meteorites that he has found, bartered for or purchased throughout the world. Ward made the most recent additions to his collection this month, when a meteorite was widely witnessed as it fell from …

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TR residents advised to be observant

The Three Rivers Police Department is advising residents to remain observant in light of two incidents that occurred within the past week. In the first incident, a woman on the city’s River Trail Monday this week observed a man playing with a knife as he sat on a bench with a baby stroller at his side. He asked the woman …

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Auto insurance discussed in Lansing

State Rep. Aaron Miller this week joined House colleagues in unveiling an eight-bill package repealing Michigan’s no-fault car insurance system. The goal of the plan is to bring significant relief to drivers paying the nation’s most expensive insurance premiums. The proposal eliminates the no-fault system and moves Michigan to a full-tort system similar to other states, including Indiana. The legislation …

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More break-ins in the area

A dozen campers at a Fabius Township site were damaged sometime late last year. State police said the incidents occurred between Oct. 15 and Dec. 24 at Corey Lake Campground. The suspects caused damage to approximately a dozen campers by prying open or cutting holes into entry doors. Once inside, they rummaged through the interior and stole several flat screen …

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Sturgis Hospital begins limiting visitation

Sturgis Hospital announced Wednesday it is implementing limited visitation in all hospital areas to reduce the transmission of influenza from person to person. Hospital visitors will be limited to18 years of age or older, visitors to maternity areas are limited to immediate family, siblings under 18 years will be able to visit the newborn and may be screened for fever, …

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Commissioners hear MSU Extension annual report

Some positive news related to Michigan State University was yielded during Wednesday’s executive committee meeting of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners. Julie Pioch, MSU Extension’s District 13 coordinator, provided commissioners with the agency’s annual report covering 2017. She said it was a year of great programming with outstanding work taking place. Pioch’s annual report elaborated on a number …

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Three Rivers Chamber supports 911 millage request

The Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted at its January meeting to support the St. Joseph County 911 in an upcoming millage-increase request. Slated to appear before voters in May, the agency is seeking to increase its existing millage from three-quarters of a mill to one full mill. The proposed one-quarter-of-a-mill increase will allow for technology …

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